High Mass Monday October 15 – St. Michael parish

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a last minute announcement for tomorrow, Monday October 15:

There will be a 6pm High Mass at St. Michael the Archangel parish in Gastonia tomorrow October 15, offered by Fr. Matthew Bean, parochial vicar at St. Thomas Aquinas parish. The Mass is being offered for the feast of St. Theresa of Avila.

High Mass – 6pm

St. Michael the Archangel Parish

708 St. Michael’s Lane, Gastonia, NC


Also we understand the new pastor of St. Michael parish announced that beginning in November there will be a Latin Mass offered Thursdays at 7am (not Tuesdays). Once the start date is announced it will be posted.


For Columbus is Ours (October 12)

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Columbus Day! Today, October 12 is the 526th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

And for those early birds today who attended the 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann, Fr. Reid offered a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity (Low), which Pope Leo XIII decreed be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892


In recent times, Christopher Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.”  – October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force.” – October 12, 1492.

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.

This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, another Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

For us in Charlotte, we should be thankful for Columbus because less than 50 years after his discovery, a subsequent Spanish expedition led by Hernando De Soto introduced the Catholic faith to the Carolinas in 1540 as he passed near Charlotte with his priests.

As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

“And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching.” – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

It is a reminder for us to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it.

Mass cancellations this week

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder that the annual Diocesan priests retreat is occurring this week as such there are some Mass cancellations. Here is what is published:


Wednesday October 10 (today)

St. Ann 7am Latin Mass by Seminary priests – Still scheduled

St. Ann 6pm Latin Mass – Canceled

St. Thomas Aquinas 7pm Latin Mass – Still scheduled per parish website (offered by Fr. Kauth for healing of Fr. Winslow  – please keep him in your prayers)


Friday October 12

St. Ann 7am Latin Mass – Still scheduled

St. Mark 12:30pm Latin Mass – Canceled

Our Lady of the Rosary – Sunday October 7

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community

This Sunday October 7 is the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary.  The Cantata Domino Latin Girls Choir will be singing at the 12:30 Latin Mass at St. Ann.  Prepackaged rose-themed treats will be available after Mass.  Perfect to take with you on the way to the annual Life Chain which begins at 2 p.m  – perfect to enjoy after the prayers are completed. (n.b. the Life Chain will in front of the Church, along Park Road).

Also , the Salisbury Latin Mass Community has announced the next 1st Sunday Latin Mass will be this Sunday October 7 at 4pm at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. It will be a High Mass.