Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Lent, and as custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides commentary on Sunday’s Collect prayer for Mass:
Upcoming Latin Masses & Blessing of Religious Objects
Saturday March 6 – Blessing of Religious Objects: Each 1st Saturday, after the 10am Latin Mass, priests at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Charlotte will be available to bless any religious objects – including objects that may require a unique blessing, such with as holy salt. We presume these blessings will be the traditional rituals (e.g. Latin). Please also see our article on the validity of traditional blessings below in our news section.
Sunday March 7 – Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be celebrating its patronal feast day at the 11:30am Sunday Latin Mass (in the Traditional calendar St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day is March 7). Please join the parish for a sublime liturgical celebration. After Mass, the parish is having an outdoor reception after the Latin Mass. If you are attending and can bring some food, they would appreciate it by signing up here: www.stacharlotte.com/feastday Disclaimer: The signup is for FOOD only, there will not be a sign up for attending Mass or the reception.
Sunday July 11, 12:30pm, Traditional Confirmations at St. Ann: This summer the parish will be hosting the annual traditional Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday July 11 during the 12:30pm Latin Mass. Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the diocese will administer in lieu of the bishop (who is administering the Novus Ordo Confirmations at St. Ann in May). If you have children confirmation age, please contact the parish for details.
New Sunday Latin Mass Begins in Columbia, South Carolina tomorrow Sunday February 28 at 1pm
We are pleased to share that our friends in Columbia (many whom travel to St. Ann on Sundays), have at long last have a regular Sunday Latin Mass. It will be a 1pm Low Mass at Our Lady of the Lake parish in Chapin, South Carolina (195 Amicks Ferry Road Chapin SC 29036). The parish is doing signup Masses, so you will have to reserve a spot: (www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4facaa2ea4fb6-mass). To learn more or to contact the Columbia Traditional Latin Mass Society, visit: https://www.ctlms.org/
Annual CLMC Novena to St. Gregory (Begins Wednesday March – Ends Thursday March 11)
Wednesday March 3rd begins our annual novena to St. Gregory the Great, the patron saint of the CLMC. The novena (click here to view), consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory for our spiritual needs to be provided for (although progress has been made, much still remains to be fulfilled). As we prayed in prior years, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:
- Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
- Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
- That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- Blessings to be done in Latin only: Fr. Z on his blog notes that in order for a blessing to be valid using the traditional rite of 1962, the blessing must be said by the priest in Latin. If it’s done in English, it’s invalid: https://wdtprs.com/2021/02/ask-father-if-a-priest-blesses-something-without-following-the-ritual-is-it-really-blessed-bad-news/
- Bishop Schneider calls for a New Pro-Life Movement: Bishop Schneider, who visited the CLMC and St. Ann parish in 2017, is calling for a new pro-life movement to protest abortion tainted vaccines – like the COVID vaccine: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/catholic-bishop-calls-for-new-pro-life-movement-to-protest-abortion-tainted-medicines-like-covid-vaccine
- LifeSiteNews’ Conference on COVID & Vaccines: Bishop Schneider made the above remarks at an informative online conference about COVID and vaccines, which sadly, there is still much confusion in the Church about the correct teachings on this matter. To learn more visit: https://www.lifesitenews.com/unmasking-vaccines/
- Traditional Sermon on COVID Vaccine debate: Sensus Fidelium provides an excellent sermon by a traditional priest, in another diocese, on the COVID-19 vaccine: https://odysee.com/@SensusFidelium:c/covid-vaccines-may-we-should-we-must-we:3
- The New City of God – Clear Creek Abbey: Abbot Philip Anderson, who oversees Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, a traditional Benedictine Monastery on the edge of the Ozarks, penned a beautiful letter this month (click here to view), outlining a simple road map to rebuild Christendom. Simply put, its small localism, surrounded by a beautiful and growing Abbey. As John Senior (the college professor who converted Abt. Anderson and many other monks), wrote in his book, The Restoration of Christian Culture, that the restoration of Christian Culture needs to be done around a monastery. We would add, especially one that offers the Mass of Ages exclusively. For all the good news coming out of the Charlotte Diocese, one thing that is lacking are monasteries and cloistered religious orders, those praying and fasting daily in reparation for sins – perhaps one can offer their Lenten sacrifices and prayers for this to change. They are the key to restoring Catholic culture.
- TAN Books $5 books for March: TAN Books, a local Catholic publisher, is having a sale for some great traditional Catholic books, for $5 or less:
- Giovanni Braschi (+): Pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Giovanni Braschi (+), who served as custodian of the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano/Avellino, Italy for many years. Since the CLMC has developed a devotion to this saint, whose relics are housed in this shrine, let us offer prayers for this priest who helped to promote devotion to her. To learn more about the Shrine visit: http://philomena.us/