First Sunday of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the first Sunday of Lent and as custom, we provide commentary on the prayers at Mass:

**No coffee/snacks today at St. Ann: Please note – due to the start of the St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Mission today at the 11:30am Latin Mass (see below), the CLMC will not be hosting coffee/snacks after St. Ann Latin Mass today – please join us at St. Thomas Aquinas! We’ll resume next Sunday.

Lenten Mission: Mass Today, Mission Monday February 28 – March 1 (Plus Sunday and Thursday Sermons)

St. Thomas Aquinas begins its Lenten mission this week. Today, the mission priest, Fr. Joseph Portzer, FSSP, a priest of the Fraternity of St. Peter, will offer the Sunday 11:30am Latin Mass today and provide a sermon. This is a wonderful gift for all the faithful but particularly for the Latin Mass faithful, as the FSSP’s charism is to minister to Latin Mass devotees.  Please join the CLMC today at St. Thomas Aquinas, and during the week. The mission schedule is below and will feature a talk at 7pm each night as well as Confessions prior at 6pm.  Please see attached flyer.

TODAY: Pre-Mission Talk

  • Sunday February 26 – 11:30am Latin Mass (offered by Fr. Portzer with sermon)
  • Talk for parents – Sunday February 26 at 6:30pm


  • Monday February 27 – 6pm Confessions, 7pm Mission talk
  • Tuesday February 28 – 6pm Confessions, 7pm Mission talk
  • Wednesday March 1 – 6pm Confessions,7pm Mission talk
  • NOTE: A plenary indulgence is typically available for those who attend all three talks (Monday – Wednesday)

Post-Mission Latin Mass

  • Thursday March 2 – 7pm Latin Mass (offered by Fr. Portzer with sermon)

For those new to the Latin Mass, the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) is a congregation of priests who offer the Latin Mass exclusively and staff chapels and parishes throughout North America and the world. Two members of our community and St. Ann parish are enrolled in the FSSP seminary in Nebraska. We are grateful St. Thomas Aquinas parish for offering this timely mission.

Embertide Latin Masses this Week

This Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the Lenten Ember Days – when the traditional Church sets aside 3 days each season for prayer, fasting and partial abstinence (the later now voluntary) to thank God for his gifts of creation and to use them in moderation. It’s a good time to also pray for sanctity for the upcoming season. A brief description is provided by Dom Prosper Gueranger writing for tomorrow, Ember Wednesday in Lent:

The fast of today is prescribed by a double law: it is Lent, and it is Ember Wednesday. It is the same with the Friday and Saturday of this week. There are two principal objects for the Ember days of this period of the year: the first is to offer up to God the Season of Spring, and by fasting and prayer, to draw down his blessing upon it; the second is to ask him to enrich with his choicest graces the Priests and Sacred Ministers who are to receive their Ordination on Saturday.  

  • Wednesday March 1, 6pm – St. Ann (Ember Wednesday)
  • Thursday March 2, 7pm – St. Thomas Aquinas (Feria – no feast day)
  • Friday March 3, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark, preceded by Stations of the Cross at 12 noon)
  • Saturday March 4, 10am – St. Thomas Aquinas (Ember Saturday/First Saturday) followed by blessing of religious objects; and a 10am Latin Mass at St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone (2 hours northwest of Charlotte), followed by a Rosary and first Saturday devotions

A Short Instruction On Fasting & Abstinence (including the difference between modern and 1962 traditional fasting rules): The Missionaries of St John the Baptist, an order of Latin Mass priests in Kentucky, published a good guide on fasting and abstinence during Lent:

Community News

Holy Face Devotions

  • St Mark – Mondays 5-5:45pm
  • 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)
  • St Michael the Archangel, Gastonia – Tuesdays, 9am, Main Church
  • Holy Spirit, Denver – Tuesdays 10-11am after the Novus Ordo Mass
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

Annual CLMC Novena to St. Gregory the Great (March 3 – 11)

This Friday March 3 begins our annual novena to St. Gregory the Great, the CLMC’s patron – asking him for full sacramental and parish life in the Traditional Rite.

  1. Pray a Rosary each day beginning today Friday March 3 and ending Saturday March 11 (the day before his feast day).
  2. At the end of each Rosary, add this novena prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need.  Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter.  We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons. We also ask that you graciously intercede for us before God so that we might be granted the special assistance and graces that we seek (full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese).  Help us to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.  St. Gregory the Great pray for us.   Amen

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Traditional Catholics Received by French Bishops’ Conference: In a sign that can only be encouraging, the French Bishops’ Conference held a meeting with two representatives of the Latin Mass faithful of France this past week to dialogue about the sufferings and challenges of the Latin Mass faithful. The two representatives summarized their expectations which were as followed:
    • Access for the faithful to all the sacraments of Christian initiation (baptism, confirmation, Eucharist) according to the liturgical rite by which they wish to be sanctified;
    • The benefit for the faithful of the celebration of marriage and funerals according to the traditional rite in all dioceses;
    • The guarantee for the faithful to have access to the teaching of the Catholic catechism in a form that respects their attachment to the traditional liturgy;
    • The assurance for the faithful to be able to benefit from the apostolate of priests whose proper right to celebrate according to the old Ordo will not be called into question, contrary to several recent cases which have caused deep wounds;
    • The benevolent welcome by the diocesan authorities of the initiatives of the lay faithful to create independent schools, granting them without discrimination access to religious instruction in their programs, and Mass according to the traditional rite or confessions in the school for the students and the teaching staff.


      CLMC comment: These five-points accurately clarify the spiritual needs of any Latin Mass community and is what the CLMC has been praying for each year during our annual novena (begins Friday – see above!). The French meeting is fascinating as it occurred in country that is not typically friendly to the Latin Mass or its attendees.

      Furthermore, as unusual as it may seem, the dialogue also shows that progressive clergy (e.g. liberals) can oftentimes – though not always – be cordial and even supportive toward a Latin Mass community’s needs (contrary to conventional thinking).  That is why Latin Mass communities should never give up advocating for their needs no matter who is bishop, archbishop, or Pope. The results may sometimes surprise us.

Lent: All Is Changed

As the holy season of Lent begins, we close with the opening words of Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection for Ash Wednesday in The Liturgical Year, give us a reminder of the importance of this season:

Yesterday the world was busy in its pleasures, and the very children of God were taking a joyous farewell to mirth: but this morning, all is changed. The solemn announcement, spoken of by the prophet, has been proclaimed in Sion: the solemn fast of Lent, the season of expiation, the approach of the great anniversaries of our Redemption. Let us, then, rouse ourselves, and prepare for the spiritual combat.

But in this battling of the spirit against the flesh we need good armor. Our holy mother the Church knows how much we need it; and therefore does she summon us to enter into the house of God, that she may arm us for the holy contest. What this armor is we know from St. Paul, who thus describes it: Have your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of justice, and your feet shod with the preparation of the Gospel of peace. In all things, taking the shield of faith. Take unto you the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. The very prince of the apostles, too addresses these solemn words to us: Christ having suffered in the flesh, be ye also armed with the same thought. We are entering today upon a long campaign of warfare spoken of by the apostles: forty days of battle, forty days of penance. We shall not turn cowards, if our souls can but be impressed with the conviction that the battle and the penance must be gone through…

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10 Year Anniversary of the St. Ann Sunday  Latin Mass: Lastly, this Friday March 3rd marks the ten-year anniversary of the first Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann parish. We attach an image (below) of that first Mass on Sunday March 3, 2013 (and a much younger Fr. Reid!). Please keep him in your Mass intentions this week as he has dutifully ensured a Sunday Latin Mass each week these past 10 years (no easy feat).

The Traditional Latin Mass, with its pre-Lent season of Septuagesima prepared the faithful for the 40 days of Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving now upon us. What Mass are you attending Sunday?

First Sunday Latin Mass, St. Ann Catholic Church, Sunday March 3, 2013 (Fr. Timothy Reid, Celebrant)