Laudetur Iesus Christus! Yesterday Saturday August 22nd was the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – the traditional Octave day of the Assumption. The Mass propers for yesterday’s feast day are often used for First Saturday Masses. Since the Church still awaits the Pope’s formal consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady of Fatima requested, we include a prayer (at the bottom) for the consecration written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. To learn more about this feast day and the Octave of the Assumption (which was sadly suppressed in recent decades), please visit Dom Prosper Gueranger’s the liturgical year: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-22-the-octave-of-the-assumption/
As custom, for Sunday’s collect (12th Sunday After Pentecost), we also provide a reflection by Dr. Mike Foley:
Sunday Latin Masses in the City of Charlotte
11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses. There are still a few inside seats (late Saturday night) for the 11:30am Mass but there are still some slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast
12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not state). Seating outside in plaza.
Prayers and help for Joshua Hren and family:
If you’ve been attending Sunday Latin Masses at St. Ann, you may have seen or even met Dr. Joshua Hren, his wife Brittney, and their family, who are regular attendees. Sadly, Joshua, (who teaches at Belmont Abbey), has been suffering from some challenging health issues over the years. There are some treatments that may be of benefit to him, but it can be costly. As such, the Hren’s friends have started a Go-Fund me page to assist the family with these expenses. We’re pleased to share the page to learn about Joshua’s story and ways we can help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ry3vsr-lyme?sharetype=teams&member=5345266&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-
Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign:
CLMC member & St. Ann parishioner Mary Richardson is organizing a campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). A donation of $15 will get you one set ($30 two). To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs (if you tried in prior days and received an error – the problem should be fixed). Also if want to make a general donation instead, that will be of great help too.
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- New U.S. Traditional Latin Mass survey: There is a new Latin Mass organization in the U.S., called the Christus Vincit Foundation – inspired by Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book of the same name. The Foundation, with Bishop Schneider’s blessing, is focused on the restoration Traditional Latin Mass and tradition through financially backed projects (restoring old churches, re-opening monasteries, etc.). They are also conducting a survey of the Latin Mass faithful and clergy to begin charting a course. The CLMC has already filled it out but perhaps you’d like to as well: https://www.christusvincitfoundation.org/tlm-survey
- New Blessed Karl of Austria book by Charles Coulombe and TAN Books to be released this week: Every once in a while we see a good book being published and say “This will be a keeper.” We can certainly say that about Charles Coulombe’s upcoming book on Blessed Karl of Austria, the last Holy Roman Emperor who died in 1922. As you know, the CLMC has a devotion to Blessed Karl and hosted events with Christian in 2016 and Bishop Schneider in 2017. Hopefully someday soon we can add Charles Coulombe to that event list as his new book on Blessed Karl will be released this week and it looks promising: https://www.tumblarhouse.com/products/blessed-charles-of-austria?mc_cid=84164c69d2&mc_eid=6075cd5e4e
(Reminder: We were also promoting a pilgrimage with Fr. Matlak to Bl. Karl’s burial shrine on Madeira Island and also Bavaria Germany in Summer 2022 – contact us if interested).
- Prayer to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart: As noted above, Bishop Schneider has also created a prayer to implore Our Lady to provide the Pope with the graces necessary to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and to bring an end to this chaos, and usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart:
Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.
+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana
Inspiring/sobering quote by St. Jane Frances de Chantel:
In the traditional calendar, this past Friday August 21, was St. Jane Frances de Chantel’s feast day. According to Dom Prosper Gueranger, there was a beautiful story about her sanctity at age five and one of the strongest quotes against heretics.
Jane Frances Frémiot de Chantal was born at Dijon in Burgundy, of noble parents, and from her childhood gave clear signs of her future great sanctity. It was said that when only five years of age she put to silence a Calvinist nobleman by substantial arguments, far beyond her age, and when he offered her a little present she immediately threw it into the fire, saying: ‘This is how heretics will burn in hell, because they do not believe Christ when He speaks.’
Diocesan Policy on Holy Communion for Catholic Pro-Abortion politicians:
Lastly, on the topic of those who refuse to believe in Christ when He speaks, we inform our readers that Catholic pro-abortion public officials are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion in the Dioceses of Charlotte, Charleston, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta. This policy was instituted in 2004 and remains in force (also applies to non-public officials too!). Presidential candidate Joe Biden (pray for him!) learned this first hand in January when he was denied Holy Communion in a parish in Florence, South Carolina. We attach the letter outlining this policy – feel free to keep it handy as we approach election season.