Christmas Octave update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Blessed Christmas greetings on this the 7th day within the Octave of Christmas and the last of 2018. As a reminder, tomorrow January 1st is the Feast of the Circumcision, a Holy Day of Obligation. Here is the latest updates:

Latin Masses on January 1st

Charlotte: 9am Low Mass, St. Ann parish (Confessions from 10am – 11:30 am)

Greensboro: Midnight Latin Mass on January 1 (later tonight technically), Our Lady of Grace parish, Greensboro (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)

Schedule changes/cancellations for this week

Wednesday January 2nd: 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann is cancelled (along with preceding Holy Hour)

Friday January 4th: 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann is cancelled

All other regular Latin Masses at other times/parishes are still scheduled as far as we know. Other updates will be posted at our Mass times page at:

Epiphany Festivities

There will be a Solemn High Mass for the Vigil of Epiphany at Charlotte Catholic High School at 5:30 PM Saturday January 5, preceded by the blessing of a new organ. A blessing of Epiphany Water, salt and chalk will take place at 5:00 PM. Please bring any water, chalk or salt to be blessed by no later than 4:45 PM. There will be tape/pens so people can mark their containers.


Advent Embertide update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Thanks to everyone who attended Saturday’s Rorate Masses. We hope you found it edifying and a good preparation for focusing on the coming of Christ at His Nativity next week.

This week we have a few things to note:

This week is Advent Ember Week

The Ember Days are when the Church traditionally devoted three days (Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) a season to prayer and fasting (now optional) to give thanks to God for His creation and for graces in the season ahead.  The Traditional Latin Mass calendar has many feasts and customs devoted to the land, agriculture and creation which are worth exploring sometime. As custom, we post an excellent summary by

Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle

Friday December 21st is the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle, a feast day which often seems buried in the preparations for Christmas. However, as the late historian Dr. Warren Carroll (founder of Christendom college) noted in one of his books, St. Thomas’ apostolic work is one of the greatest untold stories in the Catholic Church. Not only did he evangelize India, but tradition holds he baptized the three Magi near Persia, and also evangelized the new world – taking Christ’s command to preach the gospel to the four corners of the earth. He covered more geography than any other apostle.  Latin Masses on this day are:

7:00 AM – St. Ann

8:30 AM – St. John the Baptist, Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte)

12:30 PM – St. Mark, Huntersville

New Friday Latin Masses in Tryon

For those of our readers near the mountains, effective immediately, St. John the Baptist in Tryon will begin offer an 8:30 AM Latin Mass each Friday.  If you live nearby or passing through town, please consider attending to support the newest outpost for the Traditional Latin Mass. Our thanks to Fr. Christian for making this option available.

Lastly, please see our Mass schedule for Christmas and New Year Mass schedules: Lastly, we have a few updates for the Christmas week schedule here:

2nd Week of Advent update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Advent greetings on this 2nd week of Advent. We have the following updates to share:

Wednesday (tomorrow Dec. 12) Mass cancellations

St. Ann: The 7am Wednesday Latin Mass (offered by Seminary priests) is on hiatus until mid-January since the seminary is on Christmas break. We’ll let you know when it restarts.

St. Thomas Aquinas: The 7pm Wednesday Latin Mass will be canceled for tomorrow Wednesday December 12 due to Our Lady of Guadalupe celebrations.


Rorate Mass this Saturday December 15

Below are the special Rorate Masses being offered this Saturday December 15.

  • 5:30 AM – Rorate Mass (Candlelight, Solemn High Mass) – John the Baptist, Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • 6:30 AM – Annual Rorate Mass (Candlelight, Solemn High Mass) – St. Ann

What is a Rorate Mass? If you’re new to Latin Mass and wondering – what is a Rorate Mass? Simply put, it’s a beautiful and ancient candlelight Latin Mass honoring Our Lady at dawn; it’s name taken from the first words of the Introit of the Mass which comes from the words of Isaiah 45:8 (Rorate, caeli…). As is custom each year, we provide you a great article on it, written by local traditional blogger, Brian Williams at this website:

Christmas Octave schedule

For a listing of the Masses (and cancellations when available) for Christmas and beyond, click here:

Advent update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We’ve now entered the season of Advent, which as Fr. Reid noted in Sunday’s sermon a time when we prepare for Christ, both in his coming in the Incarnation, but also his second coming at the end of the world.

For this preparation, the Church provides us 4 weeks of Advent, which symbolize the 4,000 years from Adam until the Incarnation.  As custom during special seasons, we provide a link to some of the great traditions of Advent, from

We also have several updates to share about the Mass schedule. Most notable is there will now be an 8am Low Mass at St. Ann this Saturday December 8:


Feast of the Immaculate Conception – December 8

  • 6:00 AM – Annual Rorate Mass (Candlelight, Solemn High Mass with polyphany) – St. Thomas Aquinas
  • 8:00 AM – Low Mass – St. Ann
  • 12:00 PM – Low Mass – John the Baptist parish, Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte)

Wednesday December 12 – Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

  • Cancellation: The St. Thomas 7pm Latin Mass will not be offered

Saturday December 15

  • 5:30 AM – Rorate Mass (Candlelight, Solemn High Mass) – John the Baptist, Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • 6:30 AM – Annual Rorate Mass (Candlelight, Solemn High Mass) – St. Ann

Feast of the Nativity – Tuesday December 25

  • 12:00 Midnight Mass – Christmas (Solemn High Mass) – St. Ann
  • 12:00 Midnight Mass – Christmas (High Mass) – John the Baptist, Tryon, NC

Feast of the Circumcision – Tuesday January 1

  • 9:00 AM Low Mass – St. Ann

1st Sunday TLM at Salisbury (December 2)

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We just wanted to send a last minute update that tomorrow, Sunday December 2nd, there will be a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. They offer it the first Sunday each month.  Below is information from the Salisbury Latin Mass Community:

Just a reminder of the 4:00 p.m. Traditional Latin Mass this coming Sunday, December 2nd, at Sacred Heart in Salisbury.

We will have our usual social after Mass in Brincefield Hall (to the right as you exit the church). Please bring a favorite light hors d’oeuvres to share if you are able to attend.  Coffee, tea, water and paper products will be provided.

Father John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark in Huntersville will be celebrant.

Please Pray For Our Priests
Link: Priestly Vocations, Diocese of Charlotte

Prayer for Priests
Eternal God, please bless our priests, who represent You on this earth.  Make them more greatly aware of the grace that You pour out through them when they minister the sacraments, and help them to fall more deeply in love with You after each and every Mass that they celebrate.  Please strengthen our priests, who shepherd Your flock, when they are in doubt of their faith, that they may be examples of Your Truth and guide us always on the path to You.

We ask these things of You our Eternal Priest. Amen.
Source: St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte, website (

Mark Hartley

Lastly, we have updated our Mass listings for December 8, 15, and Christmas/January 1. There will be a 8am Low Mass at St. Ann next Saturday December 8. We’ll send more information this coming week, but you can see them here: