Gaudete Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Saturday was the great feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, when Our Lady appeared in Mexico to St. Juan Diego and eventually lead to the Mass conversion of millions of Mexicans, putting an end to the human sacrifices committed by the Aztecs. We thank everyone who attended yesterday’s Rorate Mass at St. Ann.

On Sunday, the Church will celebrate the 3rd Sunday in Advent, otherwise known as Gaudete Sunday, taken from the first words of the Introit. The priest wears Rose colored vestments to indicate hope during this penitential time that Christ in his Incarnation is coming. Dr. Mike Foley has the commentary on Sunday’s Collect:

Christmas Schedule

Speaking of Christmas, we again post the Christmas Latin Mass schedule as we know it:

  • St. Ann, 12 midnight (Solemn High) & 11:00am (Low) Christmas Day (signup Mass – see parish website. There will also be outdoor seating available for those unable to/prefer not to signup. All will have opportunity to receive Holy Communion)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, 12 midnight
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC, 12 midnight
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC, 12 midnight
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 11:00am High & 1:00pm Low (signup Mass – see parish website)

Other Masses during Christmastide please visit our Mass Times webpage:

IMPORTANT NOTE: The Governor’s executive order does not apply to attending Mass or traveling to Mass. You are free (and always have been) to travel to Mass at any time. As a reminder, we post Fr. Ripperger’s article noting how the Church is superior to the state.

Advent Embertide this week:

This Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the seasonal ember days – when the traditional Church sets aside 3 days each season for prayer, fasting and partial abstinence (the later now voluntary) to thank God for his gifts of creation and to use them in moderation. It’s a good time to also pray for sanctity for the upcoming season. Fisheaters has more commentary here:

Ember Week Masses:

Wednesday: St. Ann, 6pm (Low)

Friday: St. Ann 7am (Low) & St. Mark, 12:30pm (Low)

Saturday: None scheduled diocesan parishes in/near Charlotte, sadly

Annual Blessing of Religious Objects

Sunday December 20, St. Ann parish, after 12:30pm Latin Mass: As custom the Sunday before Christmas, Father will kindly bless any objects immediately after 12:30pm Mass. We will have a table in the narthex to place your religious items prior to Mass beginning.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Bishop Schneider & other bishops on the morality of vaccines: We are grateful that is there now a push to teach the Church’s traditional teachings when it comes to associating with abortion connected vaccines. Last week we highlighted Pamela Acker’s new book (see below) on a Catholic perspective on vaccinations, and this week we are pleased to share Bishop Schneider’s letter (co-signed by several bishops) on why the Church should stay away from vaccines that were in anyway connected to abortion (whether derived from OR tested on). This is an excellent article by true shepherds of our Church:
  • Year of St. Joseph declared for the Church: December 8 marked the 150th anniversary of St. Joseph being named universal patron of the Church. As such, Pope Francis has declared the next 12 months the year of St. Joseph (our diocese had an early start) and has made available many plenary indulgences. Rorate Caeli blog lists some of them here:
  • Archbishop Vigano’s recent reflections and commentary:
  • With Paris Theaters Closed, Church Is the Only Show in Town: Rorate Caeli blog shared a New York Times article that tells how some Parisians hungering some type of “theater” have opted to attend Mass, and specifically the Traditional Latin Mass. Although its incorrect (profane?) to look at the Mass as theater, it is interesting how some people are being drawn back to the faith is these stormy times:
  • New book on the traditional Catholic view of vaccinations: If there is one book to give this Christmas, it’s this book by Pamela Acker: Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective.  Miss Acker, as some of you may recall, is a biologist who worked on vaccines and spoke at St. Mark parish a year ago at the Evolution & the Culture of Death conference (co-sponsored by the CLMC). Her new book looks into vaccination, its safety record, the science, and the theological perspective.

Drawing upon the latest research in the field, Miss Acker elucidates the many problematic aspects of vaccination as currently practiced and explains how they flow out of a materialistic, mechanistic, evolution-based understanding of the human person which tends to see man as a collection of parts rather than as a divinely-designed body-soul composite.  With powerful examples she shows how the evolution-based approach to the study of disease has had disastrous consequences for scientific and medical research and has supported the maintenance of inadequate criteria for evaluating the efficacy and the dangers of vaccination as currently practiced.

The book went on sale Tuesday December 8: