Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost and the seventh day within the ancient octave of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We share commentary for Sunday’s Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/god-has-piety-collect-for-eleventh.html
Latin Masses this Week
- Monday August 22 – feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Octave of the Assumption). Sadly there are no Latin Masses in Charlotte this day but below we share Dom Gueranger’s reflection on this feast.
- Wednesday August 24 – 6pm St. Ann: St. Bartholomew (Apostle)
- Thursday August 25 – 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Louis IX (King and Confessor) (see commentary on St. Louis below)
- Friday August 26 –7am (St. Ann), 12:30pm (St. Mark): Feria
- Saturday August 27 – 8am St Ann (Respect Life Latin Mass): St. Joseph Calasanctius (Confessor)
- Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday August 27: As noted above, St. Ann parish will offer an 8am Latin Mass for an end to abortion, and afterwards there will be prayers at the abortion facility, and a Holy Hour of Reparation in the church (for those unable to travel)
- First Saturday Time Change – September 3: The normal 10am first Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas will be moved to 8:30am for September 3rd only. This is due to St. Thomas Aquinas hosting Dr. Kwasniewski for a talk on the Eucharist at 9:30am followed by Q&A (this is separate from the CLMC’s event the night before): All are welcome to attend. To learn more about this Saturday talk visit: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/dr-kwasniewskis-north-carolina-lecture.html#.YwG5SRzMKHs
- Daily Latin Masses Return to Prince of Peace Parish: We are pleased to report that Prince of Peace Parish in Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte), after a summer hiatus, has resumed its daily 12 noon Latin Masses (8am Saturdays). Prince of Peace is the only parish in all the Carolinas to offer the Latin Mass everyday. May God reward them!
Suffering Latin Mass Families Needed
Preserve the Latin Mass, founded to help defend the Latin Mass – and promoted from the pulpit and bulletins at St. Ann parish – is putting out a new video series entitled Suffering Faithful Video Series to highlight the suffering caused by bishops who have implemented Traditiones Custodes (TC) in their diocese. The cancellation/restriction of the Latin Mass and accompanying sacraments causes spiritual pain, loss, distrust, division, and the alienation of the faithful from their bishops. Preserve the Latin Mass needs the faithful who are suffering under TC to create and send video testimonials The video testimonials will be professionally edited and prepared for distribution by their video production team.
The goal is to encourage bishops to reverse their TC implementations. The Suffering Faithful video testimonial submissions should include the following:
- Please provide 3-10 minutes of clear (video and audio) testimonial from an individual or family
- Please share how you discovered the Latin Mass and how the Latin Mass has affected your life.
- Please share the circumstances around the implementation of Traditionis Custodes in your Diocese. Please name your bishop.
- Please share how the cancelation/restriction of the Latin Mass and accompanying Sacraments has caused you, your family, and your community to experience suffering.
- Please consider including a heartful plea for your bishop to restore the Latin Mass and accompanying sacraments.
- To upload a video visit this website: https://app.videopeel.com/c/xqdbbpgm
- Questions or to submit a testimonial, contact: info(at)preservethelatinmass.org
TWO WEEKS AWAY: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski Returns to Charlotte – September 2nd, 7pm
The CLMC is hosting Dr. Peter Kwasniewski to offer a special lecture for the CLMC, entitled: The Primacy of Tradition and Obedience to the Truth. Friday September 2, Aquinas Hall (St. Thomas Aquinas Parish), 1400 Suther Road, Charlotte.
5:30pm Cocktails/Meet & Greet
7:45pm Panel Discussion & Q&A
9pm Book Signing
This free lecture will be a sequel to his talk to us last November, and build upon his new book, True Obedience in the Church. Moreover, the event will also feature a special panel discussion which includes Dr. Kwasniewski and two other noted liturgical writers, Greg DiPippo from the New Liturgical Movement, and Christopher Owens of the Veterum Sapientia Institute (The Latin Institute co-founded by Fr. Barone). The panel will answer your questions about the future of the Latin Mass. It will be moderated by the CLMC’s own Brian Williams. Please invite your friends and spread the word.
Bishop Jugis Invites Dominican Sisters of Ann Arbor to Greensboro: In a major shift in diocesan policy, His Excellency Bishop Jugis has extended an invitation to the Dominican Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Eucharist, to serve at Our Lady of Grace School in Greensboro. This was announced in prior weeks and published in today’s bulletin. Although these Dominican Sisters have no connection to the Latin Mass (as far as we know), this invitation to an outside religious order is a significant change for the diocese. In prior years, when advocating for more Latin Masses to the diocese, the CLMC was truthfully told by several diocesan priests that Bishop Jugis and the diocese will not invite new religious orders into the diocese because the laity’s spiritual needs can be met with diocesan clergy. Today’s announcement clearly indicates that that policy has changed. The CLMC welcomes this new policy and prays that these are yet some of the fruits borne by the Synod – specifically that the diocese appears more open to alternative pastoral solutions (see question #2). Please continue to pray for Bishop Jugis as he charts this new path.
Holy Face Devotions & New Book
The primary purpose of the Holy Face apostolate is to 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. It should be noted that Communists hate the Latin Mass. To help counter communists and opponents of the Latin Mass, the CLMC faithful is invited to participate. 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)
- Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?
New Book on the Holy Face Devotion: TAN Books has just announced a new book on the Holy Face devotion by Fr. Lawrence Carney, a Latin Mass priest in Missouri who is chaplain to the Benedictines of Mary. The book is entitled The Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society. If you want to learn more about this powerful devotion, please visit: https://tanbooks.com/products/books/tan-books/pre-order/the-secret-of-the-holy-face/
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- 50 Years Ago Today: Paul VI’s (Attempted) Abolition of the Subdiaconate and Minor Orders: Dr. Kwasniewski (who will be visiting in less than two weeks), has commemorated the dark anniversary of when Pope St. Paul VI abolished the minor orders for seminarians. These minor orders were porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyte. These were important steps along the way to the major orders which include subdeacon, deacon, and priesthood. Today only the traditional religious communities such as the Fraternity of St. Peter, Institute of Christ the King, etc. receive minor orders. Dr. Kwasniewski’s article explains why this abolishment is a tragic loss for the church and should be reversed: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/08/50-years-ago-today-paul-vis-attempted.html#.YvshLxzMKHs
- Liturgical Diversity and My First Ordinariate Mass: OnePeterFive posts an interesting article about the Anglican Ordinariate Mass that was approved by Pope Benedict XVI and in doing so gives a helpful background on the diversity of liturgical rites within the Roman Rite. This is helpful in understanding this when we hear calls from Rome that the Novus Ordo is the “unique expression of the Roman Rite” – even though there are many Rites within the Latin Church (Dominican Rite, Benedictine Rite, Ambrosian Rite of Milan, etc.). Although we don’t agree with every point made in the article, it’s an interesting read: https://onepeterfive.com/liturgical-diversity-and-my-first-ordinariate-mass/
CLMC comment: Let us pray that the Traditional Latin Mass will be declared the expression of the Roman Rite someday, separate from the Novus Ordo, with its own bishops, priests, dioceses, and parishes. The Traditional Diocese of Campos, Brazil, is just one path towards this goal: https://www.friendsofcampos.org/story.html
- Finishing Off Traditionalists — Article by Enrico Roccagiachini: This is an inspiring article about the destructive plan the modernists have for the Latin Mass faithful – to eliminate and suppress who attend the Traditional Latin Mass – and why it will eventually fail. The liturgical revolutionaries can’t understand that their 1960s revolution has failed, and how they are growing old and dying off, and in an act of desperation, they will try (and ultimately fail) to suppress the Latin Mass. But there’s more and it is a warning for our conservative Novus Ordo friends: You’re next:
And so, that brings us to the present moment. The first ones in the crosshairs can only be the liturgical traditionalists, because it is easy to find them and hit them. But then it must include also all the others, the “fanatics” of orthodoxy and of perfect continuity, wherever they are nested and however they are camouflaged—even if they are perfectly aligned with the Novus Ordo.
CLMC comment: If the revolutionaries do intend to suppress not only the Latin Mass, but all elements of tradition and orthodoxy found in some Novus Ordo parishes, Charlotte may soon say farewell to altar rails, Latin chants, Benedictine altar arrangements, cassocks, incense, and conservative hymns at these Novus Ordo parishes. Those will all be banished if the revolutionaries succeed in suppressing the Latin Mass in Charlotte. Knowing what is coming, what will the Novus Ordo clergy of the diocese do?
- Purity of Heart and the Immaculate Heart of Mary: Monday is the feast of the Immaculate Heart, and Cardinal Burke continues his meditations on the Blessed Mother, which we include below: https://www.cardinalburke.com/presentations/purity-of-heart-immaculate-heart
Today, in a world that has grown secularized and hostile to His Law written upon our hearts, the purity of Mary’s Immaculate Heart is our model of faith, hope and charity. She is our model of intimacy with God Who has desired intimate union with us from the beginning when He made us His creatures in His own image and after His own likeness (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, no. 273; Gn 1, 26-27). “For in Mary’s faith, first at the Annunciation and then fully at the foot of the Cross, an interior space was reopened within humanity which the eternal Father can fill ‘with every spiritual blessing.’
We also share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection for Monday (also the octave of the Assumption): https://sensusfidelium.com/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-22-the-octave-of-the-assumption/
- Third Annual Festival of King St Louis in St. Louis, Missouri: The Ss. Gregory and Augustine Oratory in St. Louis (a diocesan Latin Mass non-territorial-parish) is celebrating the feast of the city’s patron with several traditional liturgical ceremonies this week: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/08/the-catholics-of-st.html
Feast of St. Louis IX – Thursday August 25
As Americans watch the “great experiment”, known as its representative republic go into meltdown through corruption, immorality, and all sorts of nefarious deeds and poor leadership, the Church this week presents the faithful with an refreshing example of what a virtuous leader and truly Catholic government can look like. Such a government can truly benefit all people and create the most ideal civic and temporal conditions to help facilitate the salvation of many souls. This example is St. Louis IX, the great 13th century king of France, a king of justice, peace, and sanctity – mirroring the True Monarch, Christ the King. He was a devout man who reigned over a just government that helped all peoples, promoted and lived the virtues of the faith, and honorably served in two crusades against the Saracens (Muslims) who seized the Holy Land and near east from the Church and her flock. His coronation, like Blessed Karl (the last Catholic monarch of Europe) was done according to the official Coronation Mass, where the king is wedded to his land and people in a special Mass.
While Catholic monarchies are often seen today as backwards and antiquated, only foolish moderns would look at today’s “advanced” world of democracy and its embodied masonic “values” of abortion, sodomy, usury, poverty, godlessness, religious freedom for erroneous sects, free speech for heresy and the profane, and endless revolutionary wars on terror (or viruses), as examples of “progress” for God and mankind. As Pope Pius XI wrote in Quas Primas, the 1925 encyclical which established the feast of Christ the King:
“With God and Jesus Christ,” we said, “excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.”
As Fr. Christian noted in his 2016 Christ the King talk, quoting historian Charles Coulombe, more people died for wars of “democracies” since the bloody French Revolution, than all who died in wars between Catholic monarchs:
Additionally, we should keep in mind that this age of republics and democracies, like life itself, is merely fleeting, and will eventually pass away – perhaps sooner than we think. In fact, many venerable, blessed and saints – including St. John Vianney and St. Louis de Montfort, have predicted that during the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, there would be a restoration of the Catholic monarchy, especially in France, with a Holy King who would restore Christendom and work with a Holy Pope, who would refute all the errors of these modern times. Taylor Marshall explains further in this informative video:
- Great French Monarch of the End Times – Who Is He? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tWRRHCrAhYY
How fitting that a city in the cradle of America is named not after a democratic free-thinker, but one of the greatest Catholic monarch in history.
To commemorate this feast, St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering its regular 7pm Latin Mass on August 25. St. Louis IX and Immaculate Heart of Mary, pray for America and her conversion to the Church!
What Mass are you attending Sunday?