Ash Wednesday Schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of the Holy Face! The feast day occurs each Shrove Tuesday, the day prior to Ash Wednesday.  We share information on this feast day, and the Ash Wednesday Latin Mass schedule.

Shrove Tuesday – Feast of the Holy Face

Today, the day before Ash Wednesday, known as Shrove Tuesday (and commonly referred to as Fat Tuesday) is also the feast of the Holy Face of Jesus, a devotion that has growing interest in Charlotte. In 1910, Pope St. Pius X authorized a Mass for this feast day. To see the text of this Mass please see Fr. Lawrence Carney’s Holy Face webpage:  (To learn more about Shrove Tuesday customs visit:

Fr. Carney, who offers the Traditional Mass exclusively, will be coming to St. Thomas Aquinas parish in late April, and recently gave an interview with LifeSiteNews on the Holy Face and the need for reparation:

Father Carney also authored a book recently published by local publisher, TAN Books:

Ash Wednesday February 22 – Latin Mass Schedule (as announced)

  • 7am – St. Ann (the 6pm Mass will not be a Latin Mass) – this will likely be the only diocesan Latin Mass in the Charlotte area
  • 10am – Our Lady of the Lake, Chapin, SC (2 hours south of Charlotte)
  • 12 noon – Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • 12:15pm – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, NC (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • 6pm – St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

Lenten Fasting & Abstinence Guidelines (Modern vs. 1962)

REMINDER: Lenten Spiritual Enrollment – 40 Days of Latin Masses, prayers, and penance (Deadline is TODAY)

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which includes 40 Latin Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form:  (the deadline is today February 2021) – they also subsist on alms, which provides us a great opportunity for almsgiving.

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter – Thursday February 23 (Plenary indulgence)

Normally the feast of the Chair of St. Peter is held on February 22nd to commemorate St. Peter’s episcopacy in Antioch and Rome (1962 missal). However, due to Ash Wednesday falling on the 22nd, this feast has been transferred to February 23. Additionally, this feast day is a patronal feast of the Fraternity of St. Peter (a Latin Mass society of priests), as well as their lay apostolate, the Confraternity of St. Peter. For those enrolled in the Confraternity of St Peter, a plenary indulgence can be obtained under the usual conditions on February 23. To learn more about this indulgence visit the FSSP’s Houston parish website: To learn more about the Confraternity and how to join visit:

NEXT WEEK: St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Mission with the FSSP: February 27 – March 1, 7pm

St. Thomas Aquinas parish is inviting Fr. Joseph Portzer, FSSP, a Fraternity of St. Peter priest, for the Lenten mission Monday February 27 – Wednesday March 1.  The schedule will feature a mission talk at 7pm each evening as well as Confessions prior at 6pm.  Additionally, Fr. Portzer will offer and preach at the Sunday February 26, 11:30am Latin Mass, a talk to parents at 6:30pm that evening, and the Thursday March 2nd, 7pm Latin Mass. We can’t express enough the blessing of having this mission and encourage everyone to take advantage of this wonderful event. Please see linked flyer.  

Fr. Ripperger: Prayer and Support Needed for Sarah Grant, wife of Ryan Grant

Lastly, as mentioned in Sunday’s update, Fr. Chad Ripperger, (the traditional exorcist who is coming to St. Thomas Aquinas next month) issued a plea for help for the family of Ryan and Sarah Grant, a Latin Mass family who lives in Idaho. The Grants operate Mediatrix Press, a small family-run Catholic publishing company, and the CLMC had the privilege of hosting Ryan in 2018 at St. Ann parish for a talk on English Catholicism. Tragically, Sarah, mother of 8 was diagnosed with terminal cancer with only six months to live. 

Fr. Ripperger is asking for prayers for Sarah – specifically to Servant of God, Fr. Aloysius Ellacuria CMF, an American priest who died in 1970 and whose cause for beatification is being considered. Please see the linked prayer for Fr. Aloysius. Additionally, Father also shares an online fundraising site for the Grants to help them pay for hospice and ongoing bills for childcare.  To learn more please visit these links below: