Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and Dr. Mike Foley’s column discusses the theme for Sunday’s collect which is mortification and pulling away from worldly attractions: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/perpetual-propitiation-in-fourteenth.html#.X1RMktR7nwc
As we enter into September and autumn, Dom Prosper Gueranger notes that we will see fewer solemnities and major feast days until November as the Church wishes to let God speak, and like St. John the Baptist, to decrease so He can increase:
..we shall see its teaching as it were tempered down, by the fewness of the feasts, and the disappearance of great solemnities until November. The school of the holy liturgy aims at adapting the soul, more surely and more fully than could any other school, to the interior teaching of the Spouse. Like John, the Church would be glad to let God alone speak always, if that were possible here below; at least, towards the end of the way, she loves to moderate her voice, and sometimes even to keep silence, in order to give her children an opportunity of showing that they know how to listen inwardly to Him, who is both her and their sole love.
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 some inside seats available (late Saturday night) for the 11:30am Mass and there 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 governor). Seating outside in plaza.
Marian feast days this week: Looking ahead we do have two smaller ranked Marian feast days this week – Tuesday September 8 is the nativity (birthday) of the Blessed Mother, and Saturday September 12 is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Regrettably we don’t have any Latin Masses in the city of Charlotte but if we do we will share them with you. There will be a 6pm Latin Mass on Tuesday September 8 at St. Elizabeth parish in Boone, NC (2 hours northwest of Charlotte).
Prayers for the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: Please pray for the restoration of the 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Regretfully, the diocese’s restrictions are impacting Masses in some parishes and has prevented the restarting of the Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury. Please pray to the Blessed Mother – perhaps this Tuesday and Saturday for her intercession in the Latin Mass’ restoration.
Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Patrick: At Friday’s Latin Mass at St. Mark parish, Fr. Putnam noted that Friday September 4 was the anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Patrick. The anniversary (probably 1972) is a solemnity for the diocese and major day of celebration. As Fr. Alfonso Gamez (also at St. Mark) noted in another sermon Friday, the consecration of a cathedral in a new diocese represents the planting of the gospel in a new mission area, and is a historic occasion in the local mission of the Church.
CLMC’s Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign: The CLMC needs your help – we are co-sponsoring the campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). Even if you don’t need tabs yourself, we encourage you to consider supporting this project as can help people who are unfamiliar with the Douay Rheims bible to switch over to this eminently preferred translation. To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs. For those who donate (any amount), they will receive a complimentary tab (if they’d like). Thank you for any support you might provide.
Other Latin Mass/Tradition news
- Feast of St. Pius X – September 3: We can’t close the prior week without remarking of the important feast day this past Thursday September 3 of the great Pope St. Pius X, who was one of the strongest defenders of tradition, and an enemy of the modernists. We share with you his excellent Oath Against Modernism which every priest and Catholic professor should sign: https://reginamag.com/the-oath-against-modernism/
- New FSSP YouTube Channel: The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a society whose priests offer the Latin Mass exclusively and operate several Latin Mass-only parishes (and who claims 2 St. Ann parishioners as seminarians) has just started up a YouTube channel with some excellent catechesis from their priests. Learn more here:
https://fssp.com/introducing-te-igitur-the-fssps-new-youtube-channel/ (Hopefully they won’t be censored!)
- Traditional Carmelite Nuns compose new song: The Carmelite Sisters of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Fairfield, PA, who are ministered to by our friends, the Carmelite Hermits, and who follow the Traditional/Carmelite Latin Mass exclusively, recently composed a song based on a famous poem Invictus, by William Ernest Henely. To learn more and get a glimpse into the quiet contemplative life of the Carmelites visit: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/nuns-reimagine-invictus-poem-into-catholic-song-for-our-troubled-times (Note: As a reminder, with all the chaos in our world and state, we should consider praying more for contemplative religious to come to this diocese as their life efficaciously offers sacrifices and penance in reparation for sins that contribute to our societal unrest).
- Archbishop Vigano’s letter to mothers: Archbishop Vigano has published another excellent letter, this time written to mothers, to encourage them to defend the family against the secular attacks during the health dictatorship’s attacks against the family (COVID vaccines, etc.): https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5031-letter-to-mothers-from-archbishop-vigano
Traditional Moral Law & COVID lockdowns/policies
- Traditional Moral Law Primer & COVID-19 Lockdowns: The Remnant has published an excellent article which examines the Church’s traditional moral law and applies it to the COVID-19 lockdowns. It’s worth having a supernatural understanding of how the Church can act during a crisis, rather than a seemingly naturalistic response: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5034-what-they-re-not-saying-a-response-to-covid-19-in-the-light-of-church-teaching
Earlier this spring we shared 3 articles about traditional moral teachings of the Church and how they are applied to the COVID lockdowns. We re-post them as a necessary refresher on the topic:
- Traditional Teaching of Church vs. State: Theologian and exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger comments on the traditional teaching of the Church’s superiority over the state and how the concept of “Separation of Church & State” is incompatible with the Church. It’s an important read with the continued confusion over whether the Church (or a diocese) is required to follow the state guidelines related to worship during COVID-19: http://sensustraditionis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Ascendancy.pdf
You can also listen to a similar sermon here: https://sensusfidelium.us/ascendancy-church-state-issues-by-fr-ripperger/
- Traditional Teaching on Obedience to Civil Authorities: A traditional priest in Germany preached on the traditional teaching of proper obedience to state authority, and when obedience to civil authority has its limits: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/05/toobeyornottoobey.pdf
- The Immorality of Indefinite Lockdowns: Fr. John Naugle of Pennsylvania outlines the social teachings of the Church related to right to employment and the COVID lockdowns:
Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists. – Pope St. Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique (Our Apostolic Mandate), August 25, 1910