Upcoming major feasts

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have some very important 1st-Class Feast Days coming up.  These announcements are also listed in the St. Ann’s Bulletin, so many are already aware of these.

Firstly however, I wanted to direct everyone’s attention to a great article on St. Ann’s Catholic Church that ran in the latest edition of Regina Magazine.  St. Ann’s was featured in the Amazing Parishes series that has been running in the magazine (Click Here).  The article was written by local St. Ann parishioner, Zach Levering.  Great job Zach!

  1. Sunday May 22nd: Holy Trinity Sunday, 12:30pm (1st Class Feast):  On the traditional Liturgical Calendar, Trinity Sunday marks the official end of the Easter Season and the beginning of the Season after Pentecost.
  1. Thursday May 26th: Feast of Corpus Christi, St. Ann’s 7:00pm (1st Class Feast): All around the world in Catholic countries, this Feast is a Holy Day of Obligation and in many places it is a national holiday where all businesses are closed and they have huge processions through the streets.  The United States is one of the few countries to downplay this Feast by transferring the obligation to the following Sunday.  What a great blessing that our Bishop and Pastor have such strong devotions to the Holy Eucharist.

    Bishop Jugis Eucharistic Procession_2005

  1. 40-Hours Devotion (or Quarant’Ore) for Corpus Christi:  St. Ann’s will be hosting a 40-Hours devotion immediately following the Corpus Christi Mass on Thursday night.  There are sign up boards in the Narthex of St. Ann’s for people to sign up for one hour time blocks.  Please sign up!!!  The 40-Hours Devotion, introduced into Rome by St. Philip Neri in 1548, is the collective adoration of the exposed Eucharist for a period of 40-hours, in honor of the time Our Lord spent in the tomb (no single person is expected to spend 40-hours in adoration) [Excerpt from Fish Eaters].
  1. Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday, June 3rd, St. Ann’s 7:00am (1st Class Feast):  The Feast of the Sacred Heart falls 19 days after the Feast of Pentecost.  While it always falls on a Friday, this year we have the extra grace of it falling on a First Friday of the Month, which is tied to the First Friday Devotion to the Sacred Heart.There is an ancient tradition, whereby Catholics prepare for this Feast by beginning a Novena to the Sacred Heart on the Feast of Corpus Christi (Thursday May 26th) which is the Thursday of the week before. On the Feast of the Sacred Heart itself, we can gain a plenary indulgence by making an Act of Reparation to the Sacred Heart.  Friday June 3rd is also a great day to enthrone our homes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  More information can be found on this page.
  1. Calling all members of the Confraternity of St. Peter:  The Confraternity of St. Peter is a sodality of lay faithful who wish to unite themselves to the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP).  Rightly so, the FSSP leadership will not share out names, leaving it up to us to find each other, but we have been told that on aggregate, there are 62 members of the Confraternity in the greater metro-Charlotte area. A few of us who have already found each other, are talking about putting together some organized local events such as talk and reflections.  If you are currently a member (one of these 62 members) of the Confraternity, and would like to be involved in some local events, please send us an email via our webform and tell us your name.  If you are not a member currently but would like to join the Confraternity of St. Peter, please see the “How to Join” link on this page, and then also send me an email via our webform so we know who you are.

Octave of Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  I have two updates that I wanted to share:

  1. Liturgy & Fraternity (Date Change): The Liturgy & Fraternity group will not be meeting this week, as this week is an Ember Weekwhich is supposed to be penitential … so instead we will shift the meeting to the following Wednesday, May 25th after the Wednesday night Latin Mass at St. Ann (we meet up around 7pm).  All men are welcome.  There is a small pub about a half mile away called Sir Edmond Halley’s [4151 Park Road, Charlotte NC 28209].  The pub also has a good food menu for those who want to order food.  Look forward to seeing you there!
  1. Latin Mass Attendance Commitment: Firstly, we have had a great amount of supportive responses to this request which is a great blessing.  In addition, I had a couple good questions from people, asking why attendance at the Latin Mass mattered any differently than at the Novus Ordo.  I thought it would be helpful to explain this in some more detail.

The current juridical formula governing the Extraordinary Form Mass, what some refer to as the Traditional Latin Mass, was instituted into Church Law in 2007 by the Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum.  Unlike the Ordinary Form Mass, the Extraordinary Form obtains its particular rights through a request of the lay faithful and by their sustained attendance.  Of course a bishop or pastor could institute it on his own initiative, but in the case of the Latin Mass at St. Ann in Charlotte, it was instituted in response to a request of the faithful.  Church Law (Sum. Pont. Art. 5. § 1) refers to a coetus fidelium, which is Latin for a stable group of faithful, as being necessary to support such requests.  Church Law does not define any attendance number, which leaves it rather subjective.  A number that is sufficient for a current pastor or bishop, could be insufficient for the next.  One thing is certain, however, more is always better.

To restate our history, on August 15, 2011, the Feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and the anniversary of the founding of St. Ann Catholic Church, a stable group of faithful joined together to make a request for the Latin Mass.  This request was ultimately granted on February 10, 2013 — one day prior to the announcement of the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI.  We are so blessed to have a pastor and bishop who are so supportive of our spiritual needs.

When I equate attendance to the Latin Mass at St. Ann as a matter of “justice”, it is in the classical use of the term, which is more a matter of equity as opposed to one of judgement.  For example, if Mass attendance at St. Ann were to fall below a number that our pastor or bishop felt was too low, than either of them would have greater discretion to discontinue this Mass.  This is only reasonable.  If that were to occur, I am sure that many of the 1,400 people who are on this CLMC email list but who are not regularly attending the Latin Mass might feel some disappointment.  They might have wanted to have known ahead of time how important the attendance numbers were in this case.

I know that many people struggle with real difficulties with attending an afternoon Mass at this time slot and/or location.  There are some who live rather far away; or who may not have reliable transportation; or have a health concern.  For some, it might be imprudent to attend every week, but it might be reasonable to attend occasionally.  I gave the once per month figure as a example, but the right frequency for each family might be more or less — or it may not be practical to attend at all.  As in all things, let prudence be your guide.

For those who can not join us in person, in your charity, please include us in your prayer intentions!

Also note:

Feast of Corpus Christi May 26th: This magnificent feast will occur on Thursday May 26th and Fr. Reid is graciously offering a 7pm Mass that evening.

40 Hours of Adoration: Immediately after Corpus Christi Mass on the 26th will begin 40 Hours of Eucharistic Adoration. The sign up sheets are in the narthex and Father encourages all to sign up for a 30 minute slot.

Pentecost update

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus on this the 99th anniversary of the First Apparition of Fatima!

Our Novena: As Thursday concluded our novena to St. Gregory (and Our Lady) for the Latin Mass faithful’s needs, we wanted to thank you for participating and praying with us for our needs. As you saw from the Ascension Mass, the beauty and awe that this liturgy conveys – how much greater off would Charlotte be if we had this frequently?

Sacred Heart Prayer Request: Our efforts however are not done as we have another prayer request for you – this time from our friends in the Salisbury Latin Mass Community.  They are preparing to address Bishop Jugis with their need/desire for the reestablishment of the weekly Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Please join with them in praying a 30 day Litany to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (just pray the attached pray for 30 days) for this matter.  The prayer begins this Pentecost Sunday, May 14th (click here for the Litany).

Pentecost Plenary Indulgence: Speaking of Pentecost, we will have a beautiful treat on Sunday as Fr. Kauth (filling in for Fr. Reid) will lead the congregation in praying the Veni Creator Spiritus, which when prayed on Pentecost has a Plenary Indulgence attached to it. You won’t want to miss this Mass.

Commitment Sunday

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  … and a special thanks to Mike FitzGerald for keeping us updated.  I wanted to send out a quick note regarding one important item.

  1. Mass Attendance Commitment:  In keeping with the recent stewardship commitment drive at St. Ann Catholic Church in Charlotte, I wanted to give a quick report on Mass attendance for the Sunday Traditional Latin Mass at St. Ann. … and also to make a sincere request of you and your families.

Our Mass attendance numbers have increased and stabilized to an average of about 200 individuals each Sunday.  While this is a somewhat comfortable number, it is quite low relative to the 415 families who have signed up on the CLMC email list.  Statistically, these 415 families account for about 1,600 people including children.  So our average attendance accounts for only about 13% of those who have said that they want the Latin Mass to be provided by the Diocese.

I know several families who are somewhat fond of the Latin Mass but do not attend due to some legitimate difficulty.  For some the afternoon Mass time is not friendly to families with young children, for others it may be the distance.  Believe me, I understand and share these difficulties.

Our request is for each of you who are not attending the Sunday Latin Mass to make an extra effort to commit to attend at least one Sunday per month if at all possible.  Consider this a matter of justice — If, generally speaking, you want the option of attending a Sunday Latin Mass, but you are not attending the only Sunday Latin Mass provided by the diocese in Charlotte, that that can be a form of injustice.

Consider that if the 87% (1,400 people) who do not currently attend were to commit to attending only once per month, our average weekly attendance would jump from 200 to 550! … making the Latin Mass the highest attended Mass at St. Ann’s.

Please talk this over with your families and prayerfully consider if you are able to make this sacrifice.  Remember, the higher the liturgy and more God is glorified and the more Graces are bestowed thereby.  God will reward you with extra graces for your efforts in this regard!

N.B. … Last night there were over 400 people present for the Solemn High Mass for Ascension Thursday!

Latin Mass Novena begins today, May 4th

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder that today Wednesday May 4th begins our Rosary novena to St. Gregory the Great, begging his intercession for the following intentions:

  1. Full sacramental life in the Extraordinary Form for the Latin Mass faithful in Charlotte (more details here)
  2. To send more priests for the Latin Mass faithful

The novena is simple, just pray 1 Rosary daily from May 4 – May 12th and recite the prayer to St. Gregory attached at the end of each rosary. Be sure to invoke Our Lady of Fatima’s intercession too as the novena ends the day before her feast.

Parents, please consider encouraging your children to pray too as their prayers are most efficacious (Matthew 18:3-4)

St. Gregory the Great and Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

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.  

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us.


Ascension Week & Novena begins Wed.

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a busy week at St. Ann’s for the Latin Mass devotees.  In fact, we’ll have 3 consecutive days of Latin Masses.

  1. Wednesday: Vigil of the Ascension, 6pm:  As normal. Holy Hour from 5-6pm
  1. Thursday: Ascension Thursday 7pm (not a Holy Day of Obligation). There will be a Solemn High Mass for this glorious feast and will feature music by the Carolina Catholic Chorale and Orchestra who will sing Antonio Caldara’s Mass in A.  This will be a rare treat as Caldara’s music is not in print and is the first time it will be sung in centuries–right here at St. Ann’s (Thanks Father Reid!). The music was re-created by Carolina Catholic Chorale director Tom Savoy so please make an effort to attend – you won’t regret it!
  1. Friday: First Friday Latin Mass 7am: As normal.  Also to note, there will be a special Novus Ordo Mass, the St. Dominic Salvo altar boy Mass at 7pm as well. All are invited.

Novena Reminder: Lastly, just a reminder, the CLMC will begin its Rosary novena for full sacramental life (i.e. parish life) in the Extraordinary Form beginning this Wednesday May 4. Please consider joining us in praying to our new patron, St. Gregory the Great.