Candlemas update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We thank everyone for attending our annual “close of Christmas” celebration this past Sunday and extend our thanks to the Cantate Domino Latin Choir for their beautiful singing during Mass, and afterwards.

Candlemas this Saturday (February 2nd) … Also First Saturday!:
This Saturday is not only Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas), it is also a First Saturday.  Following the traditional Liturgical Ordo, Candlemas marks the fortieth day after Christmas and the end of the extended Christmas season.  There are three Latin Masses in the greater Charlotte area of which we are aware.

Following tradition, these parishes will be blessing candles prior to Mass and additionally may have processions incorporated into the liturgy.  Parishioners are invited to bring their own candles in from home to be blessed.  Please take note of the time of the candle blessing, and be sure to have your candles in the appropriate place before the blessing begins.

St. Ann, Charlotte, NC:  Low Mass: 9:00 am (Candle Blessing at 9:00 am)
St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte, NC:  Solemn High Mass: 10:00 am (Candle Blessing at 9:30 am)
St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC:  High Mass: 8:30 am (Not sure if there will be a candles blessing … bring candles just in case)

1st Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury

Sacred Heart in Salisbury will offer its monthly Sunday Latin Mass at 4pm. Fr. Brian Becker will offer Mass, and afterwards in the school library there will be a reception and talk with Flora Lester (parish music director) on the liturgical music of the Mass. Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres or snack to share.

Late January update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we progress through Epiphanytide, below are some updates for Masses:

Respect Life Latin Mass this Saturday 9am January 26
St. Ann will offer a 9am Low Mass for the 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass. After Mass will be a Holy Hour of Reparation in the church, or you can go with St. Ann’s Respect Life Ministry to pray at the local abortion facility on Hebron Road.

3rd annual Wassailing celebration this Sunday January 27
At the 12:30 PM Latin Mass at St. Ann parish this Sunday, we will be joined by the Cantate Domino Latin Choir who will singing at the Mass.  Afterwards, we will have a celebration out in the plaza and the CDLC will lead us in our annual singing of the Wassail (ancient carol).  We will also be serving hot apple cider and some cookies. Please consider bringing a plate of cookies to share. (N.B. this year we’re holding the celebration a few weeks early).

Candlemas – Saturday February 2nd
Saturday February 2nd is the Feast of the Purification, or otherwise known as the Feast of the Candles (Candlemas). It commemorates Mary’s obedience to the Mosaic law by submitting herself to the Temple for the ritual purification, as commanded in Leviticus.  The tradition was for Catholics to bring all their candles for the year in to be blessed on this feast day. Here are the Masses thus far:

  • St. Ann: A Latin Mass will be offered at 9 AM.
  • St. John the Baptist parish in Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte): A High Mass (Latin) will be offered at 8:30 AM.

To learn more about the traditional customs surrounding Candlemas, please click here:

Lastly, if you haven’t ordered Candles and would like to, Chris recommended this site:

New Saturday Latin High Mass in Tryon
Additionally, from February 2nd onward, Fr. Christian will be offering a High Mass each Saturday at 8:30am at St. John the Baptist parish in Tryon, NC.

No 7am Latin Mass this Friday at St. Ann (Jan. 18)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a heads up that due to the March for Life in Washington DC, the 7am Friday Latin Mass this Friday January 18 at St. Ann is canceled.

As routine, there will still be a 12:30 PM Low Mass at St. Mark parish in Huntersville on Friday.

Please consider offering your rosary intentions that day (or next Tuesday – the actual anniversary) for the end of the terrible scourge of abortion.

Epiphanytide update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a couple updates to share:

No 7am Friday Latin Mass at St. Ann tomorrow (January 11). With Fr. Reid being away, there won’t be a Latin Mass tomorrow morning at 7am. If you’re looking for a Friday Latin Mass, St. Mark in Huntersville offers one at 12:30 PM.

Two Solemn High Masses this Sunday January 13 in Tryon: To celebrate the feast of the Holy Family in the traditional calendar, St. John the Baptist in Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be offering not one, but TWO, Solemn High Latin Masses on Sunday (for real!). The Masses are at 11AM and 12:30 PM and will feature the Carolina Catholic Chorale with an orchestral High Mass in Mozart’s Mass in D. St. John the Baptist’s website is:

7th annual Nellie Gray Latin Mass at the DC March for Life – Friday January 18: For those traveling to the DC March for Life next week, the Paulus Institute will be organizing their annual Traditional Latin Mass at 4:30 PM at St. Mary Mother of God parish in DC, to commemorate the March for Life founder, Nellie Gray(+). Details are here:

Epiphany update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy New Year!  Here are some updates for this week:

Vigil of Epiphany Mass (Saturday – January 5)

As custom, Fr. Barone will generously offer a special Solemn High Mass for Vigil of Epiphany, Saturday January 5 at 5:30 PM, with blessing of Epiphany water beforehand. Please see details below:

5:00 PM* – blessing of Epiphany Holy Water, chalk and salt (please bring any water, chalk and salt to the chapel no later than 4:45 PM). *The blessing will begin at 5pm prompt. Large containers of water are fine to bring.

5:30 PM – Solemn High Mass

Location: Charlotte Catholic High School chapel, 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road, Charlotte, NC 28226

FYI – 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:

Feast of the Epiphany – Sunday January 6

  • 12:30 PM High Mass – St. Ann parish (Epiphany celebration to follow in plaza)
  • 4pm High Mass – Sacred Heart parish, Salisbury (Reception/lecture with Father in Brincefield Hall after). Confessions 20 minutes prior.

Reminder: Mass cancellations for this week

  • Tonight 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 parishes are still scheduled as far as we know. Other updates will be posted online at: