Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom, we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on the propers:

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Salisbury Today at 3pm

Today Sunday September 5 is also first Sunday, and Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will offer 3pm Traditional Latin Mass, followed by a social in Brincefield Hall.  Please bring a snack or desert to share. Soda, tea, and water will be provided. To stay connected to the Salisbury Latin Mass Community, please contact them at:

Upcoming Feasts

Wednesday September 8 – Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary: 9 months after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Our Lady was born to St. Joachim and St. Ann. This Wednesday September 8 commemorates that birth with her feast day. It also is the beginning of the ancient octave of the Blessed Mother’s nativity which concludes the following Wednesday September 15, the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows. St. Ann will offer its regularly 6pm Low Mass.

Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for Wednesday:

CANCELED – Eucharistic Congress

The Eucharistic Congress scheduled for September 17/18 has been canceled (and being shifted to virtual or “imaginary” Eucharistic Congresses at one’s parish). In a “magnificent triumph” of FEAR over FAITH, the Congress is being canceled due to, perhaps, watching too much daytime television about a false pandemic.  While COVID has caused illness, and sadly death, the behavior of the Catholic Church to a virus with an overall 99% recovery rate is beyond words.  One would hope that the Church would act with the same zeal to end abortion which has a nearly 100% fatality rate and each year gruesomely kills over 800,000 babies nationwide and 10,000 babies in Charlotte. But alas, today’s Church leaders appear to place their hope in superstitious activities such as mask wearing, 72” of social distancing, abortion-linked inoculations, all bereft of supernatural vision. This situation recalls the words of the Roman Catechism, prepared by St. Charles Borromeo, which addressed this topic over 400 years ago:

“[The faithful’s] attention should be called to the marked difference that exists between the prayers of the infidel and those of the Christian.

The infidel, too, begs of God to cure his diseases and to heal his wounds, to deliver him from approaching or impending evils; but he places his principle hope of deliverance in the remedies provided by nature, or prepared by man. He makes no scruple of using medicine no matter by whom prepared, no matter if accompanied by charms, spells or other diabolical arts, provided he can promise himself some hope of recovery.

Not so for the Christian. When visited by sickness, or other adversity, he flies to God as his supreme refuge and defense. Acknowledging and revering God alone as the author of all his good and his deliverer he ascribes to Him whatever healing virtue resides in medicines, convinced that they help the sick only in so far as God wills it…He, therefore, who has pledged his fidelity to Jesus Christ, does not place his principal hope in recovery in such remedies; he places it in God, the author of these medicines.

…Hence the Sacred Scriptures condemn the conduct of those who, confiding in the power of medicine, seek no assistance from God (2 Paralipomenon 16:12-13 or 2 Chronicles).  Nay more, those who regulate their lives by the laws of God, abstain from the use of all medicines which are not evidently intended by God to be medicinal; and, were there even a hope of recovery by using any other, they abstain from them as so many charms and diabolical artifices.” – Roman Catechism, Part IV, The Lord’s Prayer (Deliver Us From Evil) issued by Pope St. Pius V

As we noted last week, Ven. Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty of Hungary wrote that Communists frequently used fake epidemics to prohibit Catholic processions activities.  Sadly today, most dioceses and parishes are not only falling for this trick, but tragically missing the historic opportunity to challenge the culture of death and offer a truly Catholic response to the events of today.

Religious Exemptions for Vaccines

Obtaining a Religious Exemption from the COVID-19 vaccine: As a reminder, the Carolina Family Coalition (CFC), a non-profit founded by Catholic pro-life leaders in Charlotte to defend the family against the secular culture, has published some helpful information on how to obtain a religious exemption:

Bishop Schneider providing Religious Exemption letter to members of the Confraternity of Fatima: LifeSiteNews mentions Bishop Schneider is providing a vaccine exemption letter to members of his Confraternity of Fatima: To learn more about the Confraternity visit:  (See also Bishop Schneider’s interview at the end of this update)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Communique of the Superiors-General of the “Ecclesia Dei” Communities (to the French Bishops): Last week, the heads of many of traditionalist orders in France, issued a statement in response to the French bishops and their criticism of the Traditional Latin Mass, and traditionalists: (CLMC note: Since it was just addressed to the French bishops, we will refrain from commenting at this time).
  • Pontifical North American College (NAC) in Rome suspends Traditional Latin Mass: In another unsurprising sign of the times, the main American seminary in Rome, the NAC, has suspended its 14-year old Traditional Latin Mass.  It should be noted that Bishop Jugis, sits on the board of directors of the NAC and we generously pray that His Excellency will conduct an investigation into this suspension (which greatly offends Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ. We also extend our prayers to the diocese’s seminarians in Rome who are enduring this toxic Roman turmoil (which eerily reminds one of the fall of Jerusalem prophesized in St. Mark chapter 13 or St. Matthew 24).
  • In Defense of Preserving Readings in Latin: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s “article of the week” responds to the Motu Proprio, and explains why preserving Latin readings during the Traditional Latin Mass is important and necessary. This isn’t a new issue as Pope Benedict XVI’s Motu Proprio also allowed vernacular to slip into the Mass (outside of the sermon):
  • Gearing Up for the Long Campaign: We missed sharing this a few weeks ago, but Dr. Kwasniewski also wrote some helpful advice on how traditionalists can carry on the faith in these turbulent times and had some excellent practical advice:
  • Jewish Feasts in the Propers of the Traditional Roman Rite: Rorate Caeli posts an excellent and insightful article by Alisa Kunitz-Dick on how the Traditional Latin Mass incorporated Jewish feast days into the traditional liturgical calendar that are not found in the Novus Ordo.  For all the modern talk of ecumenism, its actually the Traditional Latin Mass that is best suited to reach out to Jews and show the complete connection between the Old Testament and the Catholic faith, founded by Our Blessed Lord Jesus Christ:
  • Resurrection Miracles in the Lives of the Saints: The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation (whom we co-hosted in 2019) penned an excellent article chronicling the many instances saints brought people back from the dead.  Often times theistic evolutionists (e.g. in this case Catholics who believe that God used evolution) will say that while the resurrection of Lazarus was real, the literal 6 day Creation by God was a fable.  Yet if God could restore to life days-old rotting and corrupted corpses of men, animals and plants, could He not have created the universe entirely in six 24-hour days, less than 10,000 years ago? Which is harder to believe?

Stay the Course: Bishop Schneider’s encouraging words to those who oppose COVID-19 vaccine mandates:

Last week LifeSiteNews published an excellent interview with Bishop Athanasius Schneider (whom we hosted here in Charlotte in 2017) in which he offers inspiring and hopeful encouragement to those who will lose their jobs by rejecting mandatory COVID-19 abortion linked inoculations at work. If you’re worried about losing your job over mandates, please read this interview:

“I think that God will reward these people with many spiritual gifts if they choose to live a poorer life rather than to co-operate with the fetal industry. Surely they will not die from starvation, God will never permit it! This was our experience in communist times. My parents did not collaborate with the Communist Party, for example; therefore, my parents could not have a profession, this was not allowed. And so they were simple workers, they had a low salary, and we lived in a really simple way. But God did not abandon us; we were happy in our faith and this gave us riches for all our life…”

Today is Sunday. Will you be attending a Mass that promotes fear or faith?

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