Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost and we are happy to share a reflection on this Sunday’s prayers from the Latin Mass, which provides subtle hints that the end of the liturgical year is coming which also points to the end of time: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/eighteenth-sunday-after-pentecost.html
Latin Masses This Week
- Tuesday October 11, Feast of the Maternity of Mary, Mother of God. No Latin Mass scheduled in Charlotte although Fr. Barone’s parish, St. Jude in Sapphire, three hours west of Charlotte, will be offering a 12 noon Latin Mass that day. In the Novus Ordo, this feast is celebrated on January 1, but in the Traditional Rite it is celebrated on October 11. This feast is actually a patroness feast day for the Diocese of Charlotte’s 50th anniversary celebration which has a pilgrim statue of Our Lady, Mother of God that travels to different parishes (which providentially happens to be traveling to St. Jude’s in Sapphire this week). Please consider offering your Rosary intentions for the establishment of full sacramental life in the Traditional Rite in Charlotte (so that we can attend Latin Mass on Tuesdays or other days especially for Our Lady’s feast days in Charlotte).
- Wednesday October 12 – St. Ann 6pm, Feria day (non feast day). However, the day marks the 530th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World and Fr. Jones will kindly offer a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity in thanksgiving of the bringing of the Gospel to the New World (see details below).
- Thursday October 13, St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm, St. Edward, King & Confessor. It is also the 105th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun. Immediately following Mass at 8pm, there will be a Fatima Procession around St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
- Friday October 14, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark), St. Callistus I, Pope & Martyr.
- Saturday October 15 – St. Theresa of Avila. Sadly no diocesan Latin Masses offered in Charlotte on this great feast day.
- 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 this Wednesday. 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: https://www.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_16071892_quarto-abeunte-saeculo.html
- 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: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homestead-weekend-workshop-tickets-398890441047
- 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: https://www.osvhub.com/st-thomas-aquinas-rc-church/forms/frripperger
- 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?
CLMC Letter to Bishop Jugis Requesting a Latin Mass Chapel and FSSP
In case you missed our announcement Tuesday, the CLMC has, as part of our Synod response sent Bishop Jugis a request for a dedicated Latin Mass chapel which offers the full sacramental and parochial life in the Traditional Rite and to consider inviting in priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) to staff it. The FSSP has a papal exemption to offer the Latin Mass and sacraments without restrictions including Confirmation, as well as the Easter Triduum. To see our announcement and letter please visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/latin-mass-chapel/
To Last a Thousand Years – New Video by Fairfield Carmelite Nuns
The Traditional Carmelite Nuns (who attend the Carmelite Rite Latin Mass exclusively) in Fairfield, PA have just published an inspiring video detailing their new monastery and their perseverance to build it by ancient methods of stone laying and carpentry according to the great Carmelite reformer St. Theresa of Avila (whose feast day is Saturday), to ensure their building lasts a thousand years. According to the one of the sisters, the building also teaches the Nuns everyday day about stability, fidelity, and authenticity in a way that human voices do not communicate. To watch the video please visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XwcwOJ-qI3Q To support the Nuns, please visit: https://www.fairfieldcarmelites.org
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- Seeing Holy Mass with Carmelite Eyes: Speaking of Traditional Carmelites, Dr. Kwasniewski writes his second installment, on seeing the traditional Mass through the perspective of the ancient religious orders. This week he focuses on the Carmelites. https://onepeterfive.com/holy-mass-carmelite/
- What is Romanitas?: This is a fascinating podcast on OnePeterFive discussing the influence of ancient Roman culture on the Church and how it remains important today: https://onepeterfive.com/what-is-romanitas/
- A Brief Reflection on the Latin Titles of the Blessed Virgin Mary: To commemorate the feast of the Holy Rosary last Friday, Dr. Mike Foley has written an excellent piece on the challenges in translating the titles of the Blessed Mother into the vernacular (e.g. English). https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/10/a-brief-reflection-on-latin-titles-of.html#.Yz_Gw0zMKHs
The Highest Moment That the Centuries Ever Witnessed: October 7: 451th Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto
This past Friday was the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, and it was on that day, four hundred and fifty one years ago, October 7, 1571, that the Catholic armada, organized thanks to the tireless efforts of Pope Saint Pius V, and under the leadership of the great Don Juan of Austria met the menacing fleet of the Mohammedans who were poised for a massive invasion of Europe. The two fleets met in the Gulf of Lepanto with the Catholic flotilla, vastly outnumbered by their Turkish adversary. However, at that same time, when all seemed dark, when all seemed lost, with the Dominican Pope and laity across Europe praying the Rosary, Our Lady intervened at a decisive moment, giving Catholics, led by Don Juan, a glorious victory over the great foe of Christendom – marking a turning point in the history of Islam’s long decline.
One of the wounded survivors of the fighting, was Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes of Don Quixote, who reportedly described the battle as:
“The highest moment that the centuries ever witnessed”.
The victory demonstrates the power of praying the Rosary, and the importance of Our Lady’s intercession especially in dark times. There are many great essays and articles on this important turning point in history and but we include just a few, starting with Rorate Caeli’s post of Pope Benedict XV’s reflection on Lepanto:
- 450 Years of Lepanto – The Highest Moment the Centuries Ever Witnessed: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/10/450-years-of-lepanto-highest-moment.html
- G.K. Chesterton’s Poem on Lepanto: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/47917/lepanto
- The Month of October (The Holy Rosary), Pope Leo XIII, September 22, 1891: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/10/the-month-of-october-month-of-most-holy.html#more
- Pope Leo XIII On the Holy Rosary: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/10/pope-leo-xiii-on-holy-rosary-2022.html#.Y0JI4kzMKHs
We close with a reminder that Fr. Reid has encouraged everyone to pray the Rosary daily during October (if you aren’t already doing so) for an end to abortion. If Our Lady can intervene and defeat the menacing Turks in 1571, surely through the Rosary, we can merit her assistance to defeat the crisis of abortion in our age. Our Lady of the Most Holy Rosary, pray for us!