Novena for the Latin Mass Community

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! The CLMC is pleased to announce we now have a patron saint — St. Gregory the Great; and next Wednesday May 4th we will take advantage of his patronage with a special rosary novena to him for our future spiritual needs. We invite you to join us in praying this novena.

St. Gregory makes a wonderful patron for our apostolate as he was a 6th century Benedictine abbot who is most noted for his reform of the Roman Liturgy (i.e. the Latin Mass and the chant, which bears his name). Thanks to Father’s suggestion, we are pleased to have him as our patron — and St. Ann’s has his relics!

Back to the CLMC, we are starting this novena because many of us Latin Mass faithful desire to grow in holiness further through full sacramental life (parish life) in the Extraordinary Form. This means daily Latin Mass and Confessions, Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form, Extreme Unction, First Friday and Saturday devotions, Easter Triduum, Christmas midnight Mass, Divine Office recitation — all according to the 1962 liturgical books.

In short, we would like to live out this extraordinary faith everyday. Right now, however, the priest shortage in the diocese makes it difficult to fulfill these needs (N.B. Father is aware of our needs and continues to generously meet them as he can–Deo Gratias!).

Therefore, beginning May 4th and ending on May 12, the Vigil of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima, we will be offering a Rosary Novena to St. Gregory, asking for his intercession (and Our Lady of Fatima) for our spiritual needs and to send more priests to assist the Latin Mass faithful.  The novena consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days, and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory.

Might you consider joining us? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

 

Rosary Novena Prayer to St. Gregory the Great

 

  1. Pray a Rosary each day beginning May 4 and ending May 12.
  2. At the end of each Rosary, add this prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need.  Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter.  We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons.

I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek (full sacramental life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese). 

 

Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.  

St. Gregory the Great pray for us.   Amen

 

St. Peter Martyr Palms – Sunday May 1st

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

This coming Friday April 29th is the Feast of St. Peter Martyr (or St. Peter of Verona), a 13th century Dominican Friar.  A disciple of St. Dominic, Pope Gregory IX appointed St. Peter as a general inquisitor to combat the Manichean heresy, and St. Peter defended the faith across Italy through his preaching. He was martyred in 1252.

In the Extraordinary Form, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor. Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters.

While there is no Latin Mass on his feast day, Fr. Reid has generously agreed to bless St. Peter palms for us. We will be handing out these “blessed palm kits” on Sunday May 1st before and after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann’s. Please stop by the Latin Mass table to pick them up while quantities last.

Also if you have time to help us prepare the kits, we’ll be meeting at 11am May 1st in the upstairs conference room of the Allen Center.

We leave you with a poem St. Thomas Aquinas composed about St. Peter Martyr.

Here silent is Christ’s Herald;
Here quenched, the People’s Light;
Here lies the martyred Champion
Who fought Faith’s holy fight.

The Voice the sheep heard gladly,
The light they loved to see
He fell beneath the weapons
Of graceless Cathari.

The Saviour crowns His Soldier;
His praise the people psalm.
The Faith he kept adorns him
With martyr’s fadeless palm.

His praise new marvels utter,
New light he spreads abroad
And now the whole wide city
Knows well the path to God.

Latin Mass Class update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

The Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC) would again like to express its gratitude to Fr. Reid for taking the time to teach us more about the Latin Mass, its’ structure and symbolism.  We also wanted to thank members of the CLMC who helped set up and provide the meals.  We were pleasantly surprised at the large turnout of nearly 100 people to attend.  For those who did not make it, the CLMC is pleased to post both the audio and video on our website which you can view:

https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-introduction-class/

The class also was featured in the Charlotte Catholic News & Herald.

We didn’t anticipate the overwhelming response to the class and likewise the requests for future classes. That said, if you have a suggestion for a future class topic, let us know.

Latin Mass Class April 13

Latin Mass Class April 13th:

Just a reminder — Fr. Reid’s Latin Mass intro class is coming up quickly. He will be teaching a Latin Mass Introduction class for all parishioners on Wednesday April 13th at 7pm in the Allen Center cafeteria.
It will be preceded by the regular Low Mass at 6pm and a light dinner will be served by the Charlotte Latin Mass Community. The class is open to newcomers and regulars alike and will cover topics such as the role of the priest during the Mass, the different parts of the Mass, and its symbolism. While the event is free, an RSVP is greatly appreciated by April 12th (click here)