First Sunday of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent, and as custom, we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on the prayers at Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/fasting-and-orations-of-first-sunday-of.html

Looking ahead here are the Latin Mass updates this weekend:

Six Sundays to Restore the Triduum

This Lent, in order to pray and sacrifice to help restore the canceled Latin Triduum, we are encourage all CLMC readers who are not currently attending the Sunday Latin Mass regularly, to consider making the sacrifice and join us each Sunday during Lent and pray for the Triduum’s restoration.  The attached flyer lists all of the diocesan Latin Masses in the Diocese of Charlotte.  Relatedly, the priests at St. Ann and St. Thomas Aquinas parishes (and others) will also be praying a Memorare after the Latin Mass on certain days for the protection of the Latin Mass: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2022/03/01/six-sundays-to-restore-the-latin-triduum/

1st Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury

This Sunday there will be a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury (45 minutes north of Charlotte), offered by Fr. Noah Carter. After Mass there will be fellowship and food in Brincefield Hall. To learn more visit the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: http://salisburylmc.org/

Juventutem Young Adults Event – Saturday March 26, 6pm

Juventutem, the young adults group centered around the Traditional Latin Mass is organizing traditional Latin Vespers at 6pm and afterwards a talk on iconography at the Cathedral on Saturday March 26 at 6:30pm (Cathedral Youth Room). Vespers will be prayed at 6pm near the Marion Grotto behind the school (on the backside of the parish). Please see announcement below.

At 6pm we will gather at the Marian grotto behind St. Patrick’s School to pray Vespers in Latin. Following prayer, we will walk over to the Youth Room at 6:30pm for a talk on iconography by guest speaker, Rachel Willoughby. Learn about this Sacred Christian art form full of complex layers, symbolism, and meaning! There is also the potential for a future offering of a multi-session icon painting workshop. 

For questions or more info visit their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Catholics Act Locally & Think Locally: In the wake of this corporate “cancel” culture and mandates, this sermon explores the importance of Catholics needing to support each other locally: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Wwv-g7–s0
  • Bishops ask Pope Francis to consecrate Ukraine and Russia to Immaculate Heart of Mary: In a miraculous turn of events, the Ukrainian bishops have formally written to Pope Francis asking him to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. As many followers of the Fatima apparitions know, Our Lady had requested in 1929 that the Pope consecrate Russia to her Immaculate Heart and doing so would usher in an era of peace, known as the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart. Since 1929 when this request was made, it has not been done.  Some claim that Pope St. John Paul II did it in March 1984, but he did not mention Russia by name. The fact remains the era of peace promised by Our Lady after the consecration has certainly not occurred – particularly for those living in Ukraine, not to mention other global “hot spots”. Recently both Cardinal Burke, and Bishop Athanasius Schneider have also called for the consecration to be done: https://www.catholicworldreport.com/2022/03/02/bishops-ask-pope-francis-to-consecrate-ukraine-and-russia-to-immaculate-heart-of-mary/
  • Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima: As a reminder, one year ago, a new confraternity formed which is dedicated to Our Lady of Fatima, and praying daily for the consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart. The group is endorsed by Bishop Schneider. This is great way to unite one’s self to the Ukrainian bishops’ request for the consecration: https://www.livefatima.io

Lent: All Is Changed

As the holy season of Lent begins, we close with the opening words of Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection for Ash Wednesday in The Liturgical Year, give us a reminder of the importance of this season:

Yesterday the world was busy in its pleasures, and the very children of God were taking a joyous farewell to mirth: but this morning, all is changed. The solemn announcement, spoken of by the prophet, has been proclaimed in Sion: the solemn fast of Lent, the season of expiation, the approach of the great anniversaries of our Redemption. Let us, then, rouse ourselves, and prepare for the spiritual combat.

But in this battling of the spirit against the flesh we need good armor. Our holy mother the Church knows how much we need it; and therefore does she summon us to enter into the house of God, that she may arm us for the holy contest. What this armor is we know from St. Paul, who thus describes it: Have your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. In all things, taking the shield of faith. Take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The very prince of the apostles, too addresses these solemn words to us: Christ having suffered in the flesh, be ye also armed with the same thought. We are entering today upon a long campaign of warfare spoken of by the apostles: forty days of battle, forty days of penance. We shall not turn cowards, if our souls can but be impressed with the conviction that the battle and the penance must be gone through…

To read more visit Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/season-of-septuagesima/ash-wednesday/

Lastly, as noted on Thursday, March 3rd marked the 9 year anniversary of the first Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann parish. We attach an image of that first Mass (and a much younger Fr. Reid!). Please keep him in your Mass intentions this Sunday.

The Traditional Latin Mass, with its pre-Lent season of Septuagesima prepared the faithful for the 40 days of Lenten fasting, prayer and almsgiving now upon us.  What Mass are you attending Sunday?