Ascension Octave Update

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the octave of the Ascension and we have several updates heading into this weekend.

CLMC on Catholic Radio Today Friday at 5pm: The CLMC’s Chris Lauer will be on the Obligation Show with Jason Murphy to discuss the Synod, the CLMC’s Synod response, and the future of the Latin Mass. It will premier at 5pm on the Carolina Catholic Media network. It will be on 1270AM or online at: (we will share the podcast when it is made available).

CANCELLED: Saturday June 4  – First Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas

Regretfully, the first Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish is canceled for this Saturday only. Father will be attending the diaconate ordinations of one of his parishioners, seminarian Chinonso A. Nnebe-Agumadu, and the backup Latin Mass priest is unavailable. There are other first Saturday diocesan Latin Masses in the region:

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish: This Sunday June 5 there will be a 4pm Latin Mass offered by Fr. Noah Carter at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury this Sunday, followed by a potluck in Brincefield Hall (please bring a dish or snack to share). For questions or to join their e-mail list, please visit:

Mass of Ages Part II – The Perfect Storm Premiers: Last Thursday, the latest Mass of Ages documentary premiered.  This exceptional documentary examines the question “What went wrong after Vatican II?” and looks into the role of Archbishop Annibale Bugnini, and the role of the Concilium, which was the committee that dismantled the Traditional Latin Mass and designed the Novus Ordo.  To watch it, or Part I, visit:

Traditional Days of Fasting During Pentecost Season

Lastly, in the 1962 Missal (or earlier), typically the day before a major feast day (Pentecost, Assumption, Nativity, etc.) was a vigil day to prayerfully prepare for the solemn feast and also a penitential day of fasting and partial abstinence (meat only permitted once per day). Additionally, as our readers may recall, the Ember Days, the three penitential days at the beginning of each season that offer thanksgiving and prayers for holiness, are the other periods of penance. Over the next week the Church commemorates four of these penitential days. Though the fasting/partial abstinence are now voluntary, with all the sin occurring in the world (and in the Church), it may be worth participating in the traditional fasts if you have not done so before.

All days below were traditionally days of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal) unless otherwise noted:

  • Vigil of Pentecost – Saturday June 4
  • Whit Ember Wednesday – Wednesday June 8
  • Whit Ember Friday – Friday June 10 (fasting and complete abstinence from meat)
  • Whit Ember Saturday – Saturday June 11

The “Whit Ember” days are named after Whit Sunday (“white”), which was an ancient name for Pentecost Sunday. Hence the Pentecost Ember Days. To learn more about the Whit Ember days visit: