Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom, we share a commentary on the Collect for Sunday’s Mass:

Note of thanks: We wish to thank Fr. Jones for offering the votive Mass of the Holy Trinity last Wednesday to commemorate Columbus’s bringing the gospel to the New World. In your charity, please consider offering a decade for Fr. Jones.

Latin Masses This Week

  • Wednesday October 19 – St. Ann, 6pm, St. Peter of Alcantara, Confessor (Mass intention will be for the repose of Count Arco, Blessed Karl’s grandson-in-law who visited St. Ann in 2018 – see details below)
  • Thursday October 20 – St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm, St. John Cantius, Confessor
  • Friday, October 21 – Feria (no feast day), 7am (St. Ann) & 12:30pm (St. Mark) – St. Mark will offer a votive Mass for Blessed Karl of Austria (see details below)
  • Saturday October 22 – St. Ann, 8am, Feria (no feast day) – This will be the 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass followed by prayers at Planned Parenthood or a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church

Upcoming Feast Days (Latin Mass Schedule)

The following are announced Latin Masses. Should other parishes announce additional Latin Masses we will post an update.

Sunday October 30 – Feast of Christ the King

  • Normal Sunday schedule, traditionally followed by Eucharistic processions

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation) (updated 10/19/2022)

November 2 – Feast of All Souls (updated 10/19/2022)

Note: On All Souls Day, priests can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

CLMC Letter to Bishop Jugis Requesting a Latin Mass Chapel and FSSP

In case you missed our announcement on October 4, 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:

Community News

  • Pro-Life Voter Guide: Early voting begins this week and many Latin Mass attendees may be interested in learning that North Carolina Right to Life has issued its 2022 endorsements for federal and state races. They have a helpful localized website that lists endorsement based on one’s address/district:

  • Important Pro-Life Seminar at St. Elizabeth in Boone, Friday October 28 & Saturday October 29: St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone, NC 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: 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. There will not be a Latin Mass offered on Saturday November 5 at the event; however attendees could head over to St. John the Baptist in Tryon to attend the 8:30am 1st Saturday Latin Mass. 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?

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Seeing Holy Mass through Dominican Eyes: Dr. Kwasniewski has released the third part of his series in how the Latin Mass is seen through the lens of the spiritual schools of the religious orders, notably the Dominicans:

Feast of Blessed Karl – Friday October 21 (12:30pm Latin Mass – St. Mark)

Blessed Karl von Habsburg’s feast day is this Friday October 21 and although he is not on the Latin Mass calendar yet, many Latin Mass attendees across the US and including Charlotte have a devotion to this last Catholic monarch of Europe. Blessed Karl was the last emperor of the Austro-Hungarian empire, the remaining vestiges of the Holy Roman Empire. Married to Servant of God Zita of Bourbon-Parma, they had eight children.  After his brief reign from 1916-1918, he was exiled by the masonic global leaders after World War I and died with sanctity in exile in 1922 on the Portuguese island of Madeira. His body was exhumed in 1971 and found incorrupt. He was beatified by Pope St. John Paul II who happened to be named after Blessed Karl (Karol Wojtyla) as the late Pope’s father served under Blessed Karl when his empire included part of Poland. Blessed Karl’s feast day is the date of his marriage to Empress Zita, October 21, and gives hope that this couple will be powerful intercessors for marriage and family.

Friday October 21 – 12:30pm, St. Mark parish: St. Mark parish in Huntersville will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass as a votive Mass of a Confessor (Os Justi) to honor Blessed Karl.

Memorial Latin Mass for Repose of Blessed Karl’s grandson-in-law, Count Arco – Wednesday October 19 – 6pm, St. Ann Parish

This week will not only feature a Latin Mass for Blessed Karl, but also for his grandson-in-law, Count Riprand von Arco-Zinneberg (Count Arco for short). What one may not be aware is that Count Arco, and his wife, Archduchess Marie Beatrix (Blessed Karl’s granddaughter) were not only Catholic royalty, but they actually lived here in Charlotte during the 1980s (attended St. Gabriel’s parish), raised their children here, and started a real estate development company which built many of the region’s noted shopping centers in Charlotte, Huntersville, and other surrounding areas. Though the Arco family moved back to Austria years ago, on Low Sunday 2018, they came back to visit Charlotte, happened to attend the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann and saw the Blessed Karl image at the CLMC welcome table. We cannot begin to describe the surprise and joy Count Arco had when he passed by the CLMC welcome table on the way into Mass and unexpectedly saw the Blessed Karl image (it was indeed priceless).

Sadly, Count Arco died in August 2021. His death was even noted in the Charlotte Observer in September 2021. In December 2021, the family requested a memorial Mass (Novus Ordo) offered by Abbot Solari at St. Ann’s, due to the parish’s connection to Blessed Karl (via CLMC). Though the Arco’s meeting with the CLMC was brief, due to our devotion to Blessed Karl and his family, we have requested this Wednesday’s 6pm regular Latin Mass to be offered for the repose of Count Arco. Please join us.

Blessed Karl, pray for us!

What Mass are you attending Sunday?