Advent-Christmas schedule

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we enter into the penitential season of Advent where we await Our Savior’s coming, we have several updates to share especially the Advent-Christmas schedule. However we also need to make an important announcement about this Sunday’s Feast of the Immaculate Conception.

Sunday December 8 – The Feast of the Immaculate Conception:   IMPORTANT NOTE: For those who may be undecided on attending the Traditional Latin Mass, this coming Sunday may be just the invitation for which you were waiting.

This year, December 8th, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, falls on the Second Sunday of Advent.  For those attending the Novus Ordo Mass this Sunday, you will miss out on this wonderful Feast to our Blessed Mother.  The Novus Ordo Missal transfers the Feast to the follow day, but without any obligation to attend Mass.

However, the Missal of the Extraordinary Form Mass, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception “out ranks” the Second Sunday of Advent.  As such, if you want to celebrate this high feast to our Blessed Mother on Sunday (on the actual Feast), the only way to do so is to attend the Traditional Latin Mass.

If you have a devotion to Our Lady, you can do no better than to honor Our Lady’s Immaculate Conception (and our nation’s feast day) by attending the Traditional Latin Mass at St. Ann this Sunday 12:30pm (or other locations where offered).  If you haven’t been to a Sunday Latin Mass recently – this would be the Sunday to do it.

To learn more please see this article by Gregory DiPippo:


Next Juventutem Young Adult event – this Saturday December 7: Juventutem Charlotte the new city-wide young adults group (18-35) centered on the Traditional Latin Mass is hosting a special Advent reflection Saturday, December 7. It begins with 10am Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte), followed by a special Advent reflection given by Father Matthew Bean at 11:30 am in the Parish Center – Classroom B. For questions or to join their e-mail list, please contact Angela Kessler at JuventutemCLT(at)  or find them on Facebook at:


Rorate Masses, Advent Schedule and Christmas schedule: With Advent underway, we are pleased to post the Advent and Christmastide schedule.

This Saturday will offer 2 Rorate Masses in the region, one at St. Thomas in Charlotte, and the other at St. John the Baptist in Tryon. If you haven’t been, a Rorate Mass is a beautiful candlelight Latin Mass at dawn rich with symbolism of Our Lady, and the coming of Christ at His nativity.

Rorate Mass (Candlelight Latin Mass at Dawn):

  • St. Thomas parish, Saturday December 7, 6:00 AM (High Mass?)*
    (*St. Thomas will also still offer their 10 AM 1st Saturday Latin Mass on Dec. 7)
  • St. John the Baptist parish, Tryon, NC, December 7, 5:30 AM (Solemn High Mass) (Tryon is 2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann parish, Saturday December 14, 6:30 AM (High Mass)
  • Holy Cross parish, Kernersville, NC, December 21, 6:00 AM (High Mass), Kernersville is located 2 hours north of Charlotte between Greensboro/Winston-Salem)

Feast of the Nativity December 25:

  • St. Ann parish, Midnight (Solemn High Mass)
  • St. John the Baptist parish, Tryon, NC Midnight, (High) (Tryon is 2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • Sacred Heart parish, Salisbury, 12:30pm (Low Mass)

Feast of the Circumcision (Octave of the Nativity) Wednesday January 1:

  • St. Ann parish, 9am (Low Mass)

Feast of the Epiphany Monday January 6:

  • St. Ann parish, 6pm (High Mass)

Please see our Mass Times webpage for the latest Advent/Christmas schedule updates:

Lastly, if you are looking for a good Advent meditation, Sensus Fidelium has posted St. Alphonsus Liguori’s excellent meditations for each day of Advent:

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