Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday October 21 is the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria, the last Holy Roman emperor of Austria-Hungry who died less than 100 years ago, and has a large following among Latin Mass faithful. You may recall we invited Bishop Athanasius Schneider to provide a talk on this soon to be saint back in 2017.
Tomorrow evening Wednesday October 21, we are pleased to announce that Fr. Joseph Matlak (whose mother hails from the island of Madeira where Bl. Karl is buried) will offer the 6pm Low Mass at St. Ann in commemoration of Blessed Karl, and at 7pm provide a brief talk on him in the St. Ann Center. Please join us. Here are the details:
Wednesday October 21 – Blessed Karl of Austria
- 6:00 PM – Low Mass* by Fr. Matlak at St. Ann Catholic Church
- 7:00 PM – Talk by Fr. Matlak in Cafeteria followed by Q&A
- Individualized snacks and refreshments served (prepackaged)
- There will be plenty of space/room in the cafeteria
Who is Blessed Karl of Austria? Blessed Karl von Habsburg was the last Holy Roman Emperor who reigned just 2 short years from 1916 – 1918. He inherited World War I from his predecessor, tried tireless to end the war through an authentic peace, and was a devout ruler who had a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He was married to Servant of God Princess Zita of the House of Bourbon (who died in 1989) and was the father of 8 children. After being deposed from power by the globalist revolutionaries (who hated all things Catholic), he died in exile on the Portuguese island of Madeira in 1922. He was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2004 (whose was named Karol in honor of Bl. Karl) and his feast day is October 21 – the date of his wedding to Zita. It is likely that when Servant of God Zita is beatified (and hopefully canonized) they will be honored with a husband-wife feast day. When Blessed Karl’s tomb was opened, his body was discovered to be incorrupt.
In a time when we are needing holy and pious leaders in government and in marriage, the Church gives us Blessed Karl, and hopefully soon his wife, Zita.
- Local Catholic publisher, TAN books has just published a new book on Blessed Karl by author Charles Coulombe: https://www.tanbooks.com/blessed-charles-of-austria-a-holy-emperor-and-his-legacy.html
- To learn more about Blessed Karl please visit his official website at: http://www.emperorcharles.org/biography
*Although not technically on the EF calendar yet, since it’s a feria day (non-feast day), a Mass of the Confessor can be offered with his commemoration. Please join us.
Lastly, we have some updates to share for Sunday’s Christ the King Procession – we hope to share them Thursday or Friday.