Feast of St. Agnes celebration – this Sunday January 21

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few events to share with you:

St. Ann Latin Mass on Friday January 19 at 7:00 AM is canceled.

Feast of St. Agnes celebration – after 12:30pm Latin Mass this Sunday January 21

Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany and in the traditional calendar it’s also the feast of St. Agnes (one of the great virgin-martyrs). As her name is a Latin derivative of Angus, she is frequently pictured with a lamb, and even the blessing of lambs occurred on her feast day. She died on January 21 under Diocletian’s persecution in a most heroic manner and to celebrate we will be hosting some extra lamb-themed cookies and treats after 12:30 PM Sunday Mass at St. Ann.  Can we have some volunteers bring some treats, drinks to help support this? (They don’t have to be lamb-themed).

 

To learn more about this great saint, please visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany2.html

 

Latin Mass Lecture – Wednesday January 24 7pm on Henry the VIII and the English Reformation

As noted before, we are hosting  Catholic author Mr. Ryan Grant to come to St. Ann’s to give a talk on King Henry VIII and the English Reformation. January 24th at 7:00pm in the St. Ann’s Allen Center (Cafe).  [PLEASE REGISTER HERE]  Mr. Grant is the founder of Mediatrix Press and is a distinguished scholar on St. Robert Bellarmine, St. John Fisher, and the English Reformation.

This event with occur following the 6:00pm Wednesday evening Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.  There will be a pizza dinner provided.  More information can be found at this Eventbrite link.  If you are able to join us, please RSVP so we have an accurate head count.

 

Respect Life Latin Mass Saturday January 27 9am (Charlotte Catholic High School)

Fr. Barone will offer a Traditional Latin Mass 9am Saturday January 27 at Charlotte Catholic High School chapel (7702 Pineville Matthews Road, Charlotte) for an end of abortion. The event is for the Helpers of God’s Precious Infants, a pro-life apostolate in town and immediately after Mass, the group (along with Father) will head to the Hebron abortion facility (700 E. Hebron, Charlotte) to pray a Rosary for an end to abortion. All are welcome to attend.

Deo Gratias! New Sunday morning Latin Mass offered during Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! For us traditional Catholics the extended Christmas season (Epiphanytide) actually continues (most years) until February 2nd the Feast of the Purification and Fr. Barone reminded us of that with his wonderful Christmas gift announcement yesterday.

Beginning on Septuagesima Sunday, January 28, and continuing each Sunday through Lent, Fr. Barone will offer a Sunday 9am Low Mass at Charlotte Catholic High School. Moreover he will offer Sunday confessions beginning at 8:30am (ending right before Mass).

This Low Mass (and confession times) will afford all an extra Sunday TLM option so we can continue to grow in holiness during Septuagesima season (pre-Lent) and Lent through greater availability of the TLM. We should note this is only on Sundays from January 28 – March 25; yet think of the extra graces our city, families, will collectively receive by having this Mass of Ages offered an extra time in Charlotte.

It goes without saying how grateful we are to Fr. Barone who will heroically carve out extra time on an already busy Sunday.  Please be sure to thank him and offer some prayers for him. The 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann continues as it normally has.

To recap here is the schedule:

Charlotte Catholic High School chapel (same as where we had the Easter Triduum)

7702 Pineville-Matthews Road

Charlotte, NC 28226

8:30 AM Confessions

9:00 AM Low Mass

Chapel is located off the south side of the main plaza/entrance

 

Dates:

Sunday January 28 (Septuagesima Sunday)

Sunday February 4 (Sexagesima Sunday)

Sunday February 11 (Quinquagesima Sunday)

Sunday February 18 (1st Sunday of Lent)

Sunday February 25 (2nd Sunday of Lent)

Sunday March 4 (3rd Sunday of Lent)

Sunday March 11 (4th Sunday of Lent – Laetare Sunday)

Sunday March 18 (5th Sunday of Lent – Passion Sunday)

Sunday March 25 (6th Sunday of Lent – Palm Sunday)

If you’re new to Latin Mass, we invite you to learn more about the pre-lent season of Septuagesima here: https://www.fisheaters.com/customsseptuagesima1.html

 

Holy Week

Since we’re on the topic of Lent, we also announce St. Ann will again host a traditional Easter Triduum (i.e. Latin Mass) at Charlotte Catholic High School (Thursday March 29, Good Friday March 30, and Holy Saturday March 31 – exact times will be announced later).

Let us be grateful for these opportunities and try to support and spread the word. Remember Lent is a perfect time to invite your family and friends to a Sunday Latin Mass.

 

Ryan Grant/King Henry VIII lecture next Wednesday January 24th – Please RSVP

And lest we forget – next Wednesday January 24th is our next Latin Mass lecture with Catholic author Ryan Grant on the topic of King Henry the VIII and the English Reformation. Mr. Grant is the founder of Mediatrix Press and is a distinguished scholar on St. Robert Bellarmine, St. John Fisher, and the English Reformation. (He also attends the Latin Mass regularly at his home out west.)

This event with occur following the 6:00pm Wednesday evening January 24th Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.  There will be a pizza dinner provided.  More information can be found at this Eventbrite link.  If you are able to join us, please RSVP so we have an accurate head count. Link:

 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clmc-lecture-series-k-henry-viii-the-english-reformation-by-ryan-grant-tickets-41809237555

Save the date: Next Latin Mass Class – Wed. Jan 24 – Author Ryan Grant

(updated with correct RSVP link)

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We are pleased to be able to announce the wonderful news that the CLMC has been successful in inviting Mr. Ryan Grant to come to St. Ann parish to give a talk on January 24th at 7:00pm in the St. Ann’s Allen Center (Cafe).  [PLEASE REGISTER HERE]

Mr. Grant is the founder of Mediatrix Press and is a distinguished scholar on St. Robert Bellarmine, St. John Fisher, and the English Reformation.

His topic will be: King Henry VIII & the English Reformation

This event with occur following the 6:00pm Wednesday evening Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.  There will be a complimentary pizza dinner provided.  More information can be found at this Eventbrite link.  If you are able to join us, please RSVP so we have an accurate head count.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/clmc-lecture-series-k-henry-viii-the-english-reformation-by-ryan-grant-tickets-41809237555

Epiphany Water, chalk and salt available at St. Ann

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

Epiphany House Blessing Kits: Reminder that starting today (Feast of the Holy Family – January 7) at St. Ann’s there will be Epiphany House Blessing kits available in the St. Ann narthex after Mass … the kit includes: blessed salt, blessed chalk, and a printed sheet with the rite of blessing.

Epiphany Water: In addition the large 10-gallon metal holy water font in the narthex will contain Epiphany Water.  Please remember to bring your own empty containers to St. Ann and bring some Epiphany Water home with you for blessing your home throughout the year.  This Epiphany Water will remain in the narthex as long as supplies last.

More about the blessing of the Epiphany Water and homes (taken from Regina Caeli Parish in Houston Texas): The Feast of the Epiphany celebrates the threefold manifestation of the divinity of Our Lord to the whole world: the adoration of the Magi; the baptism of Christ in the Jordan; and the first miracle at the wedding feast of Cana. The Magi in seeking the Christ Child to adore Him foreshadow the spread of the faith to the Gentiles.

The Blessing of the Epiphany Water is a 45-minute ritual that begins with the Litany of the Saints, the Agnus Dei and psalms, after which, the priest chants powerful exorcisms against Satan and his legions. An antiphon extols the fruits of the baptism of Our Lord and references the wedding feast at Cana, and then the exorcisms of salt and water begins. After the salt is added to the water, the Te Deum is sung, and a simple, but profound prayer beseeching God’s mercy ends the ceremony.

The exorcisms are unique to the Epiphany water and make it a powerful sacramental against attacks of Satan so that “wherever this water and salt is sprinkled it may turn aside every attack of the unclean spirit”. The water is poured into the Holy Water tank and is used in the blessings of the homes during the Octave of the Epiphany.

The home is blessed on the Feast of the Epiphany or during the Octave by a priest or senior member of the household. The purpose of the blessing is to witness to the Faith and to beseech salvific benefits and protection from evil. If a priest is present, incense is used. Holy water is sprinkled throughout the home and, using blessed chalk, the lintel of each exterior-leading door is marked with the year and initials of the three kings, Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar. The initials also form the first letters of the Latin prayer Christus mansionem benedicat [May God bless this house], and serve as a reminder of the date and purpose of the blessing.

Home blessing prayers: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/epiphany-blessing-2018.pdf

A note from Bishop Athanasius Schneider

Laudetur Iesus Christus! On this the Vigil of Epiphany, and Holy Family weekend (Sunday), we have an important message to share regarding marriage and family.

Bishop Athanasius Schneider who, as many of you recall, paid a historic visit to St. Ann last October has issued a document with his brother Kazakh Bishops called “Profession of the Immutable Truths” defending marriage and the Eucharist against some of the confusion coming about with regards to the divorced and “remarried”.

His Excellency has passed along this important document.  He sends his greetings to all and has encouraged us to spread the word among the faithful. We encourage all to read the document its entirety – it’s a beautiful yet simple document. Please feel free to share with others. You can read the document here:

https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2018/01/profession-of-the-immutable-truths.pdf

In your charity, please offer prayers for Bishop Schneider, as well as our Bishop Peter Jugis, and all priests that they will continue to defend our Blessed Lord’s teaching on marriage and the Eucharist.

Epiphany & Holy Family schedule

Below is the schedule for the Epiphany related Masses and events Friday-Sunday.

Friday January 5 – Vigil of the Epiphany

5:00 PM – Blessing of Epiphany Water & Chalk* (Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel)
5:30 PM – Solemn High Mass (Charlotte Catholic High School Chapel)

Charlotte Catholic High School address: 7702 Pinesville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226. Chapel is along the main entrance to the school.

*The blessing will begin at 5pm prompt.  Bring water and chalk to be blessed and place them in the chapel before 5pm. Please bring your own water and containers (need to be unsealed during blessing) as well as chalk.

Epiphany Water is a powerful sacramental and the blessing prayer contains an exorcism and the litany of the saints.  Epiphany chalk is a tradition where the head of household can mark the mantle of the door as part of the Epiphany home blessing. For more information please visit:

https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas8.html

Saturday January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany

8:15 AM – Low Mass, St. Michael the Archangel, Gastonia

10 AM – High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte (please check bulletin to confirm)

5:00 PM – Solemn High Orchestral Mass, St. Michael the Archangel, Gastonia (fulfills Sunday obligation)

Sunday January 7 – Feast of the Holy Family

12:30 PM – High Mass,  St. Ann

After Mass: Holy Family & Post-Epiphany celebration with some Spanish flair. We will serve some Rosca de Reyes (King’s cake), which is an epiphany custom throughout Spain and South America featuring a ring cake-pastry.  Inside the cake are figurines, one of which is the baby Jesus, to symbolize the Holy Family’s hiding of the baby Saviour in Egypt, far from Herold’s soldiers. The cake is traditionally eaten on Epiphany to celebrate the arrival of the Maji.

Epiphany Holy Water and Chalk will also be distributed Sunday (please bring bottles to fill up with Holy Water)

More information on Epiphany celebrations:

https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas9.html