Seventeenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost, and we share a commentary on the Collect for Sunday’s Mass:

Sunday October 2 – Latin Mass Updates

  • First Sunday Potluck at St. Thomas – Cancelled: Due to the potential for inclement weather and the lack of indoor space, the monthly first Sunday potluck at St. Thomas has been canceled. It will resume first Sunday in November.
  • First Sunday Latin Mass 4pm in Salisbury & Traditional Betrothal Ceremony: There will be a first Sunday Latin Mass this Sunday October 2nd at 4pm offered by Fr. Joseph Wasswa at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury (45 minutes north of Charlotte). Prior to Mass will be Confessions. After Mass Father will perform a special traditional betrothal ceremony for a newly engaged couple at the St. Joseph’s altar. All are welcome. If you have not seen this, it is a beautiful ceremony. Lastly, as custom, there will be a potluck social in Brincefield Hall afterwards – please bring a dish or dessert to share. To learn more or receive the Salisbury Latin Mass Community e-mail updates please visit:
  • Annual Life Chain after Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann: Sunday is Respect Life Sunday and St. Ann is scheduled to hold its annual Life Chain after the 12:30pm Latin Mass along Park Road.
  • Week of October 3-7 – Most Latin Masses in Charlotte Diocese are canceled this week due to the annual priests retreat. Please pray for the priests. The only exceptions are on Friday – please see the section below.

Feast of the Most Holy Rosary – Friday October 7 (First Friday)

(Update 10/3/2022) – Friday marks the 451st anniversary of the victorious battle of Lepanto, when, in 1571, Pope St. Pius V, asked all the Church to pray the Rosary for a military victory over the Turks (e.g. Muslims) whose fleet was attempting an invasion of Europe. We share the nearest diocesan Latin Mass for Friday October 7.

  • 8:30am Latin Mass – St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • 12 noon Latin Mass, Prince of Peace Parish, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • 6:00pm Latin Mass – St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

We advise travelers to call the parish to reconfirm the Masses in Boone or Tryon before attending.

Community News

  • Wednesday October 12 6pm Latin Mass – 530th Anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ Discovery of the New World: In commemoration of Columbus’ discovery of the new world on October 12, 1492, St. Ann parish will graciously offer a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity for its 6pm Latin Mass. In his 1892 encyclical on Columbus, Pope Leo XIII encouraged this votive Mass be offered on October 12 each year in the New World to give thanks for the discovery and spreading of the gospel to the New World. Learn more visit:

  • Important Pro-Life Seminar at St. Elizabeth in Boone, Friday October 28 & Saturday October 29: St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation for a special pro-life seminar entitled, The Traditional Doctrine of Creation: The Only Firm Foundation for Building a Culture of Life. The event will answer some important questions: What is the traditional Catholic doctrine of Creation? How should Catholics evaluate the molecules-to-man evolutionary hypothesis? How do the answers to these questions relate to the anti-culture of death and the current crisis of faith and morals? Hugh Owen and biologist Pamela Acker from the Kolbe Center will be leading the seminar. It begins 7pm Friday October 28 and continues 9am – 4pm Saturday October 29, and includes lunch. There is no cost but an RSVP is requested if you wish to have lunch. RSVP by calling Kathy at St. Elizabeth’s at 828-264-8338. St. Elizabeth is located at 259 Pilgrims Way, Boone, NC.  For those in the area, this will be an excellent event and the CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center’s 2019 conference at St. Mark parish in 2019.

  • Catholic Homesteading Conference – November 4-5: Lastly, as we shared on Monday, there is a Catholic homesteading conference in early November near Tryon, and will feature a Latin Mass Friday afternoon. The event is being hosted by a few people including Jason Craig, one of the Latin Mass leaders in Tryon and includes training on various homesteading trades and topics. To learn more visit:
  • Fr. Chad Ripperger to visit St. Thomas Aquinas Parish – March 11, 2023: Renowned traditional exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger will be making his first public visit to Charlotte next March at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.  Fr. Ripperger offers the Latin Mass exclusively and now runs an order of exorcists called Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother. Due to the interest, St. Thomas Aquinas is asking for RSVP now and seats are going fast. Please note the conference is geared towards adults (Per parish – not appropriate for children). To register and learn more visit:
  • Holy Face Devotions
  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • 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/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one? (e-mail us at

Feasts of the Guardian Angels (October 2) and St. Therese of the Child Jesus (October 3)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Michaelmas – A Holiday We Forgot About: A CLMC reader shared with us video about the history of Michaelmas (feast of St. Michael which was this past Thursday). It gives an overview of how important this feast day was celebrated throughout Christendom:
  • Seeing Holy Mass with Benedictine Eyes: Our friend Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has started a new mini-series on the spirituality of the Latin Mass as seen through the different religious orders and their spirituality. The first installment are the Benedictines:
  • Webinar: Blessed Karl and Empress Zita – A Model for Family and Nation: On Friday October 7 (1pm EDT), the Voice of the Family (a UK Catholic organization) is hosting a webinar on the life of Blessed Karl and Empress Zita as the former’s feast day is coming up later this month. The webinar will feature Eduard Von Habsburg, a decent of Blessed Karl. To sign up and learn more visit:
  • When Bishops Put Obedience Above Charity: This Crisis Magazine article comes highly recommended by Dr. Kwasniewski, and focuses on Arlington (VA) Bishop Michael Burbidge who, as many may recall, cut the number of Latin Masses in his diocese from 21 to 8 (around 3 actually still offered in an actual church according to reports). In particular, the article raises some points about Arlington’s restrictions, particularly noting the abrupt change in policy from one day to the next, while also examining St. Thomas Aquinas’ view of obedience versus the anti-Thomists’ hyper obedience justification to follow harmful restrictions and gives a reminder of the primary role of a bishop – to save souls. Here is an excerpt:

Bishop Burbidge has decided to make a strong effort to implement whatever the pope of the moment’s liturgical policy is—and argues that this is virtuous. Hence, on July 15, 2021, Bishop Burbidge was committed to promoting use of the Tridentine Mass in accordance with Summorum Pontificum, and on the following day he was committed to restricting its use in accordance with Traditionis Custodes.

His abrupt change of course is due to the fact that his priority is not to foster his people’s spiritual lives as much as essential obedience allows. His priority is to be as obedient as he can be, provided his people’s spiritual lives are adequately fostered. He chose to be sufficiently charitable so he could be more obedient rather than sufficiently obedient so he could be more charitable…

…From this it is clear that Burbidge does not understand the role of a bishop. It is not his role to be as obedient as possible. It is to sanctify his people and as much as essential obedience allows. This is why bishops have broad powers to dispense from universal Church law, to make diocesan law, and even to replace elements of universal law with particular law. Within the limits of Catholic doctrine and of essential obedience, sanctifying his people requires taking them—rather than the pope—as the basic point of reference.

When Bishops Put Obedience Above Charity:

CLMC comment: A major battle over the future of the Latin Mass seems to be taking shape in the suburbs of our nation’s capital (e.g. Diocese of Arlington, VA). It is there where a bishop made a heavy handed and anti-pastoral decision to restrict the Latin Mass (perhaps with coercion from Rome?) in a very conservative diocese, relegating it to gymnasiums and other locations, causing much confusion and spiritual harm. Will the Diocese of Arlington’s policy succeed in suppressing the Latin Mass or have they (and Rome) overreached? The situation in Arlington bears watching. As we said last week, we can only imagine the immense sorrow bishops will have when they realize they mistakenly (or under coercion) canceled or curtailed the Latin Mass for no legitimate reason other than to punish the faithful. Please consider praying for the bishops that they will restore the Latin Mass before the hour grows late.

What Mass are you attending Sunday?