Blessing of St. Agatha Bread – Sunday February 5th

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Although we are focusing on Fr. Barone’s upcoming talk next week (click here to learn more), we also wanted to announce a special celebration after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann’s on Sunday February 5th, the Fifth Sunday after Epiphany and the Feast of St. Agatha.

On St. Agatha’s day there is an ancient custom to have bread blessed in her honor and immediately after the 12:30pm Latin Mass, Father will provide the ancient blessing of Agatha bread. That Sunday also marks the close of the extended Epiphany/Christmas season and we will celebrate by offering some homemade Agatha breads prepared by some of the families along with hot apple cider and hot cocoa. Moreover the St. Ann’s men’s schola and Cantate Domino Latin Choir will lead us in a wassailing song to close the Christmas season. It will be a joyful occasion to share in and we hope you can join us.

If you’d like to have bread blessed, please leave it on the blessing table (partially opened) in the narthex prior to the 12:30pm Mass on Sunday Feb 5th. The bread can be store bought or homemade and yes the blessed Agatha bread is consumable.

P.S. Don’t forget to RSVP for our Latin Mass Class with Fr. Barone by Monday January 30th. You can RSVP via our contact form: https://charlottelatinmass.org/e-mail-sign-up/

Latin Mass Class reminder

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder, our next Latin Mass class will be Wednesday February 1 at 7pm in the St. Ann’s Allen Center.   Father Jason Barone will explore the importance of Latin, as the church’s official language and its beauty.

The presentation will answer many questions including:

  • How did Latin become the Church’s language?
  • Why does the Church still use Latin?
  • How is Latin uniquely suited for the Mass? 

Class will be preceded by 6pm Latin Mass in the church and a free light dinner will be served by the Charlotte Latin Mass Community.  Class is open to newcomers and regulars alike.

While the event is free, an RSVP is greatly appreciated for headcount purposes by Monday January 30th.  To RSVP, please visit our contact page.

Blessing of Candles after class: Also since February 1st is the Vigil of the Feast of Candles (Candlemas), Father Barone has kindly agreed to bless all candles (an ancient custom) after the class. If you have candles you would like blessed, please bring them to the class and Father will bless them in the traditional rite. If you haven’t ordered any and would like to, here are a few sites that sell candles including 100% pure beeswax candles. May need to check for expedited shipping:

http://www.luxcandlecompany.com/

http://www.autom.com/category/church-suppies-candles-altar-candles-beeswax-stearine

http://www.saintsmaryandmarthaorthodoxmonastery.org/candles.html

P.S. While we will have Mass on Feb 1st, regretfully there will not be a special Latin Mass for Candlemas (Feb 2nd) this year (though St. Michael’s does offer a regular Low Mass Thursday mornings). God willing perhaps we can have Candlemas next year.

In the interim, if you’re not familiar with Candlemas, Below is a great article written a few years ago about it. It’s worth a read: https://liturgyguy.com/2014/01/10/regarding-candles-and-sacrifice/

Solemn High Latin Mass at St. Mark this Sunday at 7pm

Just a reminder St. Mark parish in Huntersville is hosting a special Solemn High Orchestral Latin Mass this Sunday January 15 at 7pm. Music will be offered by the wonderful Carolina Catholic Chorale. St. Mark parish is located 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville (off I-77).

Separately, Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury continues to offer Sunday Latin Masses on these following dates:

Sunday January 22, 4pm

Sunday February 19, 4pm

If you are able, please consider attending one of these Salisbury Masses to help support the small faithful group keeping Latin Mass flame burning up there.  Please also consider offering a decade for the restoration of their Sunday 4pm Mass, as having another Sunday Latin Mass would be great assistance to the Latin Mass faithful.

Save the date: Next Latin Mass class – Wednesday Feb 1st

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are pleased to announce our next Latin Mass class will be Wednesday February 1 at 7pm in the St. Ann’s Allen Center.  Please mark your calendars.

Our very own, Father Jason Barone will explore the importance of Latin, as the church’s official language and its beauty.

The presentation will answer many questions including:

  • How did Latin become the Church’s language?
  • Why does the Church still use Latin?
  • How is Latin uniquely suited for the Mass?

Class will be preceded by 6pm Latin Mass in the church and a free light dinner will be served by the Charlotte Latin Mass Community.  Class is open to newcomers and regulars alike.

While the event is free, an RSVP is greatly appreciated for headcount purposes by Monday January 30th.  To RSVP please view our e-mail sign up page and mention your RSVP.

https://charlottelatinmass.org/e-mail-sign-up/

 

St. Mark Solemn Latin Mass rescheduled for January 15th

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Please see the following update related to the snow and Epiphany wrap-up.

St. Mark Latin Mass rescheduled for next Sunday, Jan 15

Speaking of the snow, it has unfortunately forced the cancelation of the special Solemn High Orchestral Latin Mass at St. Mark parish scheduled for tomorrow Sunday January 8. The Mass has now been rescheduled for Sunday January 15th at 7pm. That’s the only cancellation we’re aware of.  As always, please check the parish website for the most current Mass information.

Epiphany wrap-up

We wanted to thank the 50 or so faithful who braved the weather to attend last night’s Epiphany Blessing and Low Mass. We also wanted to especially thank Fr. Barone for offering this special Mass, and blessing the water, salt, chalk, gold jewelry, frankincense, and myrrh. It may have also been the only actual Epiphany Mass offered in a parish yesterday.  Please offer him a few Hail Mary’s today for him in thanksgiving.

The Catholic News & Herald also published a nice article about the Epiphany Vigil Latin Mass at Charlotte Catholic High School on Thursday. You can view it here:

http://catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/1225-celebrating-the-epiphany-with-latin-high-mass

Epiphany Blessing kits

The CLMC hopes to provide Epiphany kits with blessed chalk and holy salt possibly tomorrow or next Sunday (we’re not sure they’ll be ready). Once ready, the kits will also be in the St. Ann’s narthex during the week. The CLMC did arrange for extra supplies of Epiphany holy water to be in the St. Ann’s narthex. It’s in the regular silver holy water font while quantities last.

Epiphany Holy Water Blessings – Tomorrow & Friday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are pleased to report that Father Jason Barone has kindly agreed to offer the Epiphany Holy Water blessing on Thursday (tomorrow) and Friday at these times:

Thursday Jan 5 (Vigil of Epiphany): 6pm Holy Water Blessing, 6:30pm Sung Latin Mass, Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel (7702 Pineville-Matthews Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226)

Friday Jan 6 (Epiphany): 5:30 pm Holy Water Blessing, 6pm Low Mass St. Ann (3635 Park Rd, Charlotte, NC 28209)

If you would like to have water blessed:

  • Bring your own container filled with water (no smaller than a quart) – large containers are fine
  • Arrive 15 minutes before the blessing
  • Leave your container open when placing it — Father will need to place a pinch of Holy Salt inside it.

We’re not sure if the blessing will be in the narthex or in the sanctuary – you’ll have to see when you arrive.

epiphany-blessing-2016-charlotte-catholic-high-schoolEpiphany Holy Water Blessing 2016 – Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel

Epiphany and Holy Family Masses

Laudetur Iesus Christus on this the Feast of the Holy Name of Jesus and the 9th day of the Octave of Christmas.   We have 2 important Masses to report on this week:

Feast of the Epiphany – Friday January 6, 6:00pm Low Mass at St. Ann: The 7am Latin Mass has been transferred to a special 6pm Latin Mass for Epiphany (thus no 7am Mass this Friday morning).  Also please stay tuned, we are awaiting details on whether an Epiphany Holy Water blessing will occur this week at St. Ann’s.

Feast of the Holy Family Orchestral Solemn High Latin Mass, Sunday January 8, at 7:00pm (St. Mark): We joyfully report that St. Mark parish in Huntersville will host their very first public Solemn High Mass, for the Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday evening January 8. The music will feature the Carolina Catholic Chorale who will present “the Mass in A”, by Antonio Caldara.  All CLMC faithful are encouraged to attend to support this Latin Mass at a new location. St. Mark is located at 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville (Off I-77 between exits 23 & 25).

Also, we are delighted to report that St. Mark recently announced that during Lent, they will offer Friday Latin Masses at 12:30pm. We are glad to welcome this growing parish to our Latin Mass “family”.  Please offer prayers for their priests for graciously responding to the requests of the parishioners.