Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, and as Dr. Mike Foley notes, it was called Sunday for the Love of God due to the Gospel read at Mass (Matthew 22: 34-46). To learn more we share Dr. Foley’s reflection for this Sunday:

We thank everyone for their attendance at Saturday’s Latin Mass and Eucharistic Procession at St. Ann. Please offer a few Hail Marys in thanksgiving for Frs. Jones, Reid and Deacon Tonon for offering/assisting with this beautiful Mass.

Ember Days This Week (September 22, 24, and 25)

This week are the autumn Ember Days, the 3-day penitential period during the change of seasons where the faithful offer thanks to God for his creation and gifts, and to pray for sanctification in the upcoming season. Traditionally, these are days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only one meal, except Friday which is full abstinence) – though the fasting is now voluntary.  The autumn Ember Days this week are Wednesday September 22, Friday September 24, and Saturday September 25. To learn more visit:

Ember Week Latin Masses

  • Wednesday September 22: St. Ann, 6pm (Low)
  • Friday September 24: St. Ann, 7am (Low) St. Mark 12:30pm (Low)
  • Saturday September 25: St. Ann 8am Low Mass – Respect Life Latin Mass* (*if there is a change in the Saturday Mass we will let you know)

For an in-depth look on the autumn Ember Days and its connection to the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, please read Gregory Dipippo’s articles at New Liturgical Movement:  

Back to School

With fall upon us this week and kids back in school (home or otherwise), this might be a good time to refresh us traditional Catholics on some of the fundamentals of the Traditional Latin Mass and the faith that accompanies it. This topic can be as wide as the ocean, so perhaps these two articles from Fr. Chad Ripperger, which was featured in Latin Mass magazine nearly 2 decades ago, can help us remember the uniqueness of the Traditional Latin Mass and its spirituality:

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 (see link below). Link:

Veterum Sapientia – Fall Latin Classes Begin Tomorrow September 20

Speaking of back to school, Veterum Sapientia, the Latin language school founded by Fr. Barone, Dr. Nancy Llewellyn and several others is opening their fall enrollment which actually begins tomorrow:

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Enrollment is now open for all of VSI’s Fall Quarter, which will run between Monday, September 20, 2021, and Friday, December 3, 2021. We have five classes meeting either twice a week (long format) or once time a week (short format). Three of these courses are for beginner and intermediate students, while two of them are for more advanced students to study the Orations of the Missal or the Hymns of the Roman Breviary and the Liturgy of the Hours in Latin.

Learn more at:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • A New Website of the Little Office of the Virgin Mary: As we’ve noted before, the Mass isn’t the only liturgy of the Church. The Mass actually “continues” into the Divine Office (breviary), where the Church prays the psalms over different hours to sanctify the other parts of the day. The Divine Office is also tied to the Latin Mass calendar. Sadly though, after Vatican II, Church leaders not only replaced the Latin Mass, but they also created an entirely new “Divine Office” often called today, The Liturgy of the Hours (for a list of concerns of the Liturgy of the hours click here).

    Back in the Traditional Rite, there are different Divine Offices that were approved for use in the Church (Carmelites have their own office, as do Benedictines, etc.). One of them is the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It’s a simplified office that was used for those more active religious (teachers, missionaries) etc. Many lay people find this office to be an simple yet spiritually efficacious Office to start with. The good news is now someone has now created an online website of the Little Office you can use “on the go” which we link to here:
  • “Men Must Be Changed by Sacred Things, and Not Sacred Things by Men”: Dr. Kwasniewski shares a fascinating debate between two faithful seminarians over whether they should become ordained as a diocesan priest and try to “traditionalize” the Novus Ordo Mass, or follow their conscience and attend a traditional seminary where they only learn the Traditional Latin Mass (and only offer it as a priest), where they can be at peace. Dr. Kwasniewski closes by noting many Novus Ordo priests have come to discover not only do they love the Traditional Latin Mass, but they can never again offer the Novus Ordo Mass. Some join traditional orders like the Fraternity of St. Peter, or Institute of Christ the King (among others) or retire from diocesan priesthood and serve as a chaplain somewhere.

    CLMC note: If you know of a Novus Ordo priest or seminarian who is struggling in such a situation, encourage them to follow their heart and make the jump to offer the Traditional Mass exclusively. They will not regret it nor will God abandon them for making such a choice. The will find treasures in heaven (Matthew 6:20-21).
  • Clear Creek Abbey becomes headquarters for Servant of God Empress Zita of Habsburg:  Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma is now serving as the American headquarters for Empress Zita’s beatification cause. Empress Zita, as many know, was the wife of Blessed Karl of Austria, whom many with the CLMC has a devotion to (See 2016, 2017, and 2020). The Empress actually lived in New York for a while in exile but died in Austria quite “recently” in 1989. Her husband’s feast day was established as October 21, which is the date of their marriage, alluding to the day when both are canonized and will together share the same feast day. To learn more about her cause please read:
  • “Beware” – A Benedictine Monk Speaks Out Against Vaccine Mandates: As Australia and New Zealand have gone full “Soviet’ and imposed complete lockdowns and vaccine mandates on humanity, a voice cries out in the wilderness of Tasmania, Australia. A traditional Benedictine monk-priest in Australia issues a stern warning to those who try to impose vaccine mandates:

But we do have a word for them and this word is for everyone, including authorities, both civil and religious of every rank. It is a strong word. That word is this:

Beware. Our conscience stands firm on this issue. If you wish to pressure us, know that you are violating the voice of a well-formed conscience, that is the voice of God Himself. You should also know that international law condemns severely the use of moral persuasion when it comes to that taking of any medication that is experimental. This sort of thing has been done before. It was perpetrated by the same people who put yellow stars on the shoulders of the Jews, and then ultimately decided that they had a better, more final, solution for them.  Beware. Whoever you are, whatever badge or religious symbol you might wear, you are crossing a line that you will bitterly regret and for which you will have to give an account.

God is not mocked, St Paul told us today. You reap what you sow. If you sow in the flesh, you will reap corruption and death and damnation. If you sow in the Spirit, you will reap everlasting life. And he adds: while there is still time, do what is good, for the end of all things is fast approaching.

P.S. N.B. the Notre Dame Monks offer the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively “down under” in Tasmania. If you’d like to send a donation visit:

The Viganò Tapes Collection

No CLMC update seems complete without hearing the wise words of Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò. Thankfully, Dr. Bob Moynihan of Inside the Vatican magazine has published a series of quick Q&A “tapes” with His Excellency to help us learn on various topics surrounding COVID and “deep Church”.  The channel can be found here:

We provide excerpts from two of them:

The Viganò Tapes #6: The Limits of Authority:

Obedience…does not consist in a critical submission to power, because in doing so it degenerates into servility and complicity with those who do evil.

The Viganò Tapes #2: The New Alliance:

Rulers are not pursuing the common good when they expose population to experimentation without scientific basis. Even in the face of evidence of the vaccines’ ineffectiveness and the damage it causes to those who have received it… And it is equally obvious that the ecclesiastical hierarchy in so far as it lends itself to supporting this massacre plan on a global level is an accomplice to a crime against humanity and even more to a very grave sin against God.

CLMC note: H.E. Viganò sternly warns Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles (and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops) of being complicit in this plan (COVID-19 “crisis”) which is a grave crime against humanity.Please offer your Mass intentions today or this week for the courageous H.E. Viganò.


It’s Sunday. Is it not time to make a true alliance with the Mass of Agesthe Mass loved by Our Lord so much that he allows it to feed His flock for 1,600 years and counting. What Mass are you attending today?

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