Fifth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the fifth Sunday after Pentecost and we share a commentary on the orations (prayers) for Mass today:

Upcoming July feasts and Latin Masses

  • Thursday July 14 – St. Bonaventure, St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm
  • Friday July 15 – St. Henry II, Emperor, 7am (St. Ann), 12:30pm (St. Mark)
  • Saturday July 16 – Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel (no diocesan Latin Masses in Charlotte currently announced)

Community News

  • Holy Face Devotions:Three parishes in Charlotte now offer the Holy Face devotions – a timely and powerful devotion to combat communism (among which abortion is its “anti-sacrament”). As background, in 1843, Sr. Mary of St. Peter, a Carmelite nun in the monastery in Tours, France, received a series of revelations from Jesus telling her that reparation for certain sins were an imperative, and that it was to be done through devotion to the Holy Face.  The primary purpose of this apostolate is to, by praying certain prayers, make reparation for the sins committed against the first three Commandments of the Lord: The denial of God by atheism (communism), blasphemy, and the profanation of Sundays and Holy Days. Devotion to the Holy Face has been referred to as the devotion for Jesus Crucified.  The schedule is as follows:
  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-3pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet which takes 15-20 minutes)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Canonization of Maria Goretti: July 6 was traditionally the octave day of Ss. Peter & Paul, but in 1950, Pope Pius XII canonized the famous Italian martyr for purity, St. Maria Goretti, and established her date of death – July 6 – as her feast day. Although it is not celebrated as a universal feast day, her feast day is actually in the 1962 Roman Missal as a local feast day in Italy. This article shows a video of that canonization Mass:
  • Fr. Barone named Pastor of St. Jude in Sapphire: We are pleased to share that Bishop Jugis has upgraded St. Jude Mission in Sapphire (3 hours west of Charlotte) to parish status and upgrade Fr. Barone to be pastor (he was serving as administrator).  Fr. Barone offered the Latin Mass frequently when in Charlotte, and our Latin Triduum for us in 2017 – 2019. Please offer prayers for Fr. Barone as he continues now as pastor. For those vacationing in the mountains, St. Jude Parish offers a Latin Mass at 12 noon each Tuesday (  Father also offers a Latin Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains Mission on Wednesdays at 12 noon ( Article:
  • San Francisco Archbishop Cordileone Offers Pontifical Latin Mass: In another case of “Tradition Transcending T.C. (e.g. Traditiones Custodes)”, Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone of San Francisco offered a beautiful Pontifical Solemn Latin Mass to honor one of California’s patron saints, St. Junipero Serra (not actually in the 1962 calendar) in one of the beautiful mission churches built by the Franciscans. This comes soon after His Excellency’s recent heroic and pastoral approach in denying Speaker Nancy Pelosi Holy Communion due to her support of child sacrifice. Please pray for Archbishop Cordileone’s courageous stand for Christ, and His Latin Mass. The opening parts of the Pontifical Mass are beautiful, specifically the vesting of the bishop (his sermon about how the Friars helped the natives was inspiring). View video here:   CLMC note: Which diocese is more friendly to Latin Mass, San Francisco or Charlotte?

You can understand my astonishment when, on taking note of the final edition of the new Missale Romanum, I found that its contents in many respects did not correspond to the texts of the Council with which I was well acquainted, much was altered, expanded, and even directly contrary to the decrees of the Council.” – Alfonso Maria Cardinal Stickler (Council father and liturgy commission member)

CLMC note: As Bishop Schneider and others noted in the past, there are problematic ambiguities in some of the documents of Vatican II which will need to be corrected by the Church someday. That said, is it not now time to turn the tables on these modernists who falsely accuse traditionalists of being “against Vatican II”, when as Dr. Kwasniewski noted recently, it is these very modernists who themselves have shown to be against the actual conciliar texts?

  • The amorphous “Roman rite” and the authentic Roman Rite: Recently, Archbishop Roche, head of the Vatican’s Divine Worship office, offered some praise about a so-called new “rite of Zaire” Mass, which is apparently an adaptation of the Novus Ordo Mass mingled with some secular cultural celebrations native to the country of Zaire. Normally this strange development would not be worth commenting on except that Michael Charlier at Rorate Caeli notes the hypocrisy of Rome promoting new bizarre Masses like the one in Zaire, while persecuting the Mass of Ages. He closes with a sobering observation:  

“In the future, traditional groups in formation will think twice before seeking official ecclesiastical recognition. More than before, they will rely on having their own property for living and for worship—even where they have been tolerated by “good” bishops, because a bishop who has become disliked in Rome for being too close to tradition can be replaced tomorrow.

CLMC Note: If a “good” bishop is removed, what would happen to the Traditional Latin Mass in a given diocese? We can only note that in many cases the Traditional Latin Mass, and parishes continue to thrive in dioceses that are very liberal, conservative, traditional or in between. In short, the Latin Mass is the future and we have options and opportunities, no matter who the bishop is. Traditionalists are not afraid of the future, and neither should our readers.

Tradition, Patriotism, and Independence Day

As last Monday was the nation’s independence day, the topic of patriotism often comes up as well as the periodic debate about possible Catholic aspects about America’s founding. In May 2019, Cardinal Burke gave an excellent talk on the virtue of patriotism, and how love for one’s own fatherland is an act of charity. This is a good primer on this topic, for while it is important to love one’s own land, there are some conservative American Catholics who, perhaps out of good intentions, ignorance or protestant influence, take this definition too far and attempt to baptize the Protestant or secular principles of America’s founding documents to somehow show America’s government is compatible with Church teaching, and is the ideal form of government. This is usually where traditionalists take a different view point, who, following the words of Pope Leo XIII in his 1895 encyclical letter, Longinqua, to US Bishops, believe this American governmental structure is actually not the most ideal for the Church:

For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance. Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.


A few years later, Pope Leo XIII wrote another letter expressing concerns about a new heresy he called Americanism, which expanded on Longinqua and addressed other protestant influences creeping into the opinions of American Catholics:

To help present a more traditional view on the Church’s view of government and address the perhaps well-intentioned but misguided efforts to “Catholicize” America’s founding, we share a few helpful articles, particularly with Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s article which provides some clarity and how the Church can help influence and God willing, convert this country. Dr. Kwasniewski notes that while it is laudable to love one’s own homeland, adulation for protestant – or even masonic – documents is not appropriate for Catholics:

As a student of political history I find fascinating the genre of dreamy praise directed to the US government and its founding documents as practically the best the world has ever seen, and this, not on the lips of secularists or Protestants, from whom one might expect the message, but on the lips of important Catholic figures.” – Dr. Peter Kwasniewski

  • Independence Day in the New Missal: Dr. Mike Foley publishes a timely piece examining the difference between how the Novus Ordo celebrates “July 4” Independence Day Mass, versus how the Church under the Traditional Latin Mass would approach national “holidays”. Once can see clearly the difference between the two approaches of conservatives vs. traditionalists:

For more coverage on this topic, please see our July 4, 2021 update:

Today there can be no more powerful influence on American protestants, now fatigued by centuries of error, heresy and now cultural decay, than the Traditional Latin Mass, and the Catholic traditions, customs, and culture that accompany it. Inviting Protestants to it, when properly disposed, would be the truest act of charity and patriotism.

What Mass are you going to Sunday?