Feast of Christ the King Eucharistic Procession – Sunday October 29

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Although its several weeks away, we are pleased to announce Father has agreed to host the 2nd annual Feast of Christ the King Eucharistic Procession on Sunday October 29th after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann.  Weather permitting we will process outside around the parish after Latin Mass.

The importance of the Feast

As you may recall, in the traditional calendar, the feast of Christ the King falls on the last Sunday in October, and Eucharistic processions were common on this feast day shortly after its inception in 1925.  The feast is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and his teachings (See Quas Primas encyclical). We’re inviting Bishop Athanasius Schneider to speak on this topic a few days prior (Oct 26) to help prepare us for this important feast day.


Invite your favorite royal saints to join us!

We will continue last year’s theme of invoking the aid of saintly king, queens, rulers and statesman who through their office and virtues recognized Christ’s Kingship over their land and peoples. We invite you to bring visual reminders of these saints as we beg them to intercede for our country. Toward that end, we again encourage everyone to bring:

  • Images/icons of their favorite royal saints (see list below)
  • Statues
  • Flags (coat of arms of the saint, or their royal/kingdom flag)
  • Banners

Saints like St. Louis IX, St. Isabel of Portugal, St. Fernando of Spain, Blessed Karl of Austria, St. Vladimir of Russia/Ukraine, St. Thomas More, etc.. (Canonized, beatified, or Servant of God). The Mexican Cristeros and Vendee martyrs are also included as they proclaimed Christ’s Kingship to their martyrdom.

Catholic national/regional flags are also encouraged (like the Sacred Heart flag of Quebec, Kingdom of Jerusalem, or the Cristeros flag). Below is a list of royal saints for your benefit.


Finding flags & banners

This year we’re particularly interested in having people bring more flags and banners. You can search online to find them. This ebay seller in France (http://stores.ebay.com/sarl-toutimport/) seems to have a good selection but there are other places.

Alternatively, it might be easier to have certain rare flags printed locally using computer images of the coat of arms.

¡Vivo Cristo Rey!

Embertide Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today marks the beginning of the Autumn Ember Days (Michaelmas Embertide). This is the quarterly time of year when (now optional) the faithful fasted and prayed around the change of the seasons for greater holiness, and thanksgiving for God’s creation. The Church set aside 3 days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) each season for this penitential practice and though optional, the Ember Days are still commemorated in the Traditional Latin Rite calendar of 1962. It’s a good way to grow in holiness for the upcoming season.

You can learn more about the Ember Days at Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/emberdays.html

We  also have 2 announcements to share:

  1. Young Adult lunch this Sunday September 24 after 12:30 PM Latin Mass (St. Ann). After Mass, some of the young adults who attend the 12:30pm Mass will head out to eat at a nearby restaurant. Meet at the Latin Mass Info table in the narthex. All young adults in their 20s & 30s are welcome (don’t have attend Latin Mass to join).


  1. Latin Mass workshop, Taylors, South Carolina: Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (~ 90 minutes south of Charlotte), offers the Latin Mass daily, and starting this Sunday will begin offering a 5 week series on the Latin Mass. It’s first event will this Sunday September 24th featuring none other than Fr. Jason Barone, on the familiar topic (to us) of “Why Latin”. You can learn more about it here: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2017/09/ef-workshops-at-prince-of-peace-in.html?m=1

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross & Homecoming Weekend

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have 2 events to share with you this week:

Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross – Thursday September 14, High Mass, 7pm at St. Ann parish:  This feast commemorates the discovery of the relics of the True Cross by St. Helena, Constantine’s mother in the 4th century.  St. Ann’s will generously offer veneration of one of these relics of the True Cross all day on Thursday – please stop by for an hour (a sign up sheet is in the narthex) to venerate and pray.  It will be reposed shortly before 7pm Latin Mass.

Closer to home, this date also marks another important celebration – the 10th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s Moto Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which provided greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. It went into effect on September 14, 2007 and since that time the Latin Mass has grown significantly – especially here in our diocese.  Shortly after, if memory serves, the diocese held a training seminar so diocesan priests could learn the Traditional Mass. By 2008, Fr. Reid began publically offering the Traditional Mass at St. Ann’s and the rest is history.  In your charity, please consider offering a decade of your Rosary this week for Pope Emeritus Benedict, Fr. Reid and the other priests who generously offer the Traditional Rite here in the diocese.

To commemorate this great feast, and the return of the Traditional Latin Mass, Fr. Reid will kindly offer a High Mass at 7pm.

Latin Mass “Homecoming Weekend” – Sunday September 17, 12:30pm High Latin Mass, St. Ann parish: This weekend we have our 2nd annual “homecoming” weekend, where we welcome all the visitors we met last weekend at our Eucharistic Congress booth back “home” to the Latin Mass. As custom St. Ann’s will offer a High Mass at 12:30pm, and will feature Gregorian Chant from the St. Ann schola and the Cantate Domino Latin Girls Choir. Afterwards we will host a welcome reception in the courtyard.

SAVE THE DATE: Bishop Athanasius Schneider to offer Pontifical Mass at St. Ann parish – Thursday October 26

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have exciting news to share with you today.

Last October, the CLMC inaugurated its 1st Annual Commemoration to Blessed Karl of Austria to promote the Church’s doctrine of the Kingship of Christ and the relations between governments and the Church (as exemplified by Blessed Karl).  Fr. Jason Christian generously offered Mass and the accompanying insightful lecture.  You can listen here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/christtheking/

Our special guest for 2017

This year, for the 2nd Annual Commemoration to Blessed Karl of Austria, the CLMC and St. Ann parish have the distinct privilege of welcoming His Excellency, Bishop Athanasius Schneider, O.R.C., the Auxiliary Bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan to St. Ann parish on Thursday October 26 at 7pm.

Solemn Pontifical Mass & Reception

Bishop Schneider will offer a special Solemn Pontifical Mass and during his sermon discuss the doctrine of the Kingship of Christ.  This Mass will be the first Pontifical Mass in the Diocese of Charlotte’s history.

Immediately after Mass, there will be a light reception in the St. Ann Allen Center where Bishop Schneider will offer some brief remarks about the Kingship of Christ and Blessed Karl.  Unlike prior events, the main talk will be the sermon during Mass.  Time will be limited during the reception (no Q&A) but we hope there will be time for you to chat with the Bishop individually.

Solemn Pontifical Mass
His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC
7:00pm, Thursday October 26
St. Ann Catholic Church
3635 Park Road
Charlotte, NC

Reception & brief remarks to follow in the St. Ann Msgr. Allen Center

Bishop Athanasius Schneider

If you’re unfamiliar with Bishop Athanasius Schneider, he is one of foremost defenders of the Catholic faith in the Church today and a defender of the Holy Eucharist (he promotes reception on the tongue and kneeling).  Bishop Schneider is of German descent, but grew up in the Soviet Union and later moved to West Germany.

His experience under Soviet rule makes him uniquely qualified to discuss the Kingship of Christ – the purpose of the visit.   Lastly, of course, the Bishop is also a friend of the Traditional Latin Mass which he offers regularly.   Our own Brian Williams has often written about him on his blog:


What is a Pontifical Mass?

A Pontifical Mass is a Traditional Latin Mass offered by a Bishop or a Cardinal, and is one of the highest ranking Masses in the Church.  It contains its own rubrics and traditions.  You can learn more about it here:



The visit

This will be a historic visit and event for the CLMC, St. Ann parish, and the diocese.  Thus, please offer some prayers the event goes well and is fruitful.  Blessed Karl, pray for us!