Septuagesima update & Annual Latin Mass Novena

Ash Wednesday Update (March 6, 2019): The only Ash Wednesday Latin Mass will be 7am at St. Ann parish (the evening Masses at St. Ann and St. Thomas Aquinas will be Ordinary Form).


Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We are now 2 weeks into the mini-lent season of Septuagesima, which as Fr. Reid noted a few weeks ago, helps us to prepare for Lent which begins next week. Here are some updates we have to share:

  • Wednesday February 27 – feast of St. Gabriel of Our Lady of Sorrows: This feast day normally is normally suppressed during Lent, but with Lent occurring later this year we get to commemorate St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Mother. St. Gabriel was an obscure saint born in 1838 in Assisi, Italy. He joined the Passionists, and lived a joyful life according to their rule, but died at age 23 from Tuberculosis. He is the patron of youth and the Abruzzo region of Italy (Source: FSSP Newsletter, February 2019). Latin Masses on this day are 7am (St. Ann), 6pm (St. Ann) and 7pm St. Thomas (Solemn High).


  • Annual Rosary Novena to our patron, St. Gregory begins this Sunday March 3: Each year we pray a Rosary novena to the CLMC’s patron saint, St. Gregory the Great (he reformed the Roman Liturgy, i.e. the Latin Mass, and the chant that bears his name). The novena begins this Sunday March 3rd which is the 6th anniversary (2013) of our Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann and concludes Monday March 11, the “vigil” of the Feast of St. Gregory.

The novena is simple – pray a Rosary, then add the attached prayers to St. Gregory afterwards (we’ll also have novena cards at 12:30 pm Sunday Mass). Like the last 3 years we again pray for these ongoing intentions:

    • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
    • Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
    • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte

Would you join us in praying the novena?  


Rosary Novena Prayer to St. Gregory the Great


  1. Pray a Rosary each day beginning March 3 and ending March 11.
  2. At the end of each Rosary, add this prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need.  Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter.  We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons.

I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek (full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese). 


Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.  

St. Gregory the Great pray for us.   Amen

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