Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),
Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Feast of the Purification of Mary! We have a few reminders we wanted to mention, and also share with you an update about the CLMC.
- First Friday Latin Mass 7am this Friday. Thanks to Fr. Reid’s generosity and care for our souls, he will begin offering a First Friday Latin Mass on Friday February 5th at 7:00am (Low Mass). This is the only First Friday Mass offered in the Extraordinary Form around the metro area (as far as we know). We encourage you to consider making an extra sacrifice to attend this first devotional Mass if you can.
- Ash Wednesday (Feb 10): Latin Mass will be in the morning at 7am. The evening Mass will be Novus Ordo.
- Latin Masses at Mission: The St. Ann Lenten mission is coming up on February 14-17 at 7pm each night with Confessions afterwards Sunday-Tuesday night. The mission priest, Fr. Wolfgang Seitze will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass and the Wednesday evening 6pm Latin Mass (talk begins at 7). Please consider plans to attend.
- Coffee Fellowship on Sunday February 14th after 12:30pm Mass.
Lastly, an update about the CLMC.
Over the past several months you may have noticed an uptick in the spiritual activities surrounding the Latin Mass at St. Ann’s. Some of these were Fr. Reid’s initiative to help care for the souls of all his parishioners while others the CLMC desired and expressed to Father (who kindly obliged!). It is the latter (CLMC requests) we wish to draw your attention to, not to bring spotlight to the CLMC per se, but to show the potential of spiritual growth and fellowship that can occur when the we faithful work with our pastor to develop ways to grow in holiness. Some of these CLMC requests included Christmas Day Mass, First Friday Mass (see #1 above), and various sacramental blessings you’ve witnessed after Mass recently.
To facilitate these requests, last year the CLMC formed a Latin Mass Steering Committee comprised of several families & individuals who meet monthly to plan and organize spiritual/fellowship opportunities for the Latin Mass faithful. Linked you will find CLMC’s 2015 Latin Mass Report that shares a vision of what spiritual life can develop when working with our pastor.
Over the course of 2016, the CLMC, working under Fr. Reid’s guidance hope to offer more spiritual and fellowship opportunities for the Latin Mass faithful. As we move forward in 2016, we ask for both your prayers and your help in giving back to our wonderful parish (stay tuned). With more hands to help, the Latin Mass at St. Ann can grow more. We hope you enjoy the read.
St. Gregory the Great, ora pro nobis!