Third Sunday After Easter (St. Peter Martyr Palms Today at St. Ann)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the Third Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide commentary on the orations for the Mass:

St. Peter of Verona Palms Available at St. Ann today (12:30pm Mass)

Yesterday April 29 was the feast of St. Peter of Verona, and there is an ancient custom only in the traditional rite to bless palms on his feast day. Tradition holds when the palms are buried around the four corners of one’s property, they protect against natural disasters. Father Reid has again kindly blessed the St. Peter palms and the CLMC will be distributing them at our Latin Mass welcome table at St. Ann after Sunday Latin Mass today while quantities last. We also have some St. Peter of Verona prayer cards which were kindly donated to accompany the blessed palms. Please note: If you already received one in prior years, you do not need new palms year (unless you moved). We also thank Fr. Reid for taking the time to bless the palms. To learn more about St. Peter of Verona, the 13th century Dominican martyr please see the two articles below in our news section.

Latin Masses This Week

  • Monday May 1 – Feast of St. Joseph the Workman (no Latin Masses scheduled for this day but see information about this feast day below)
  • Wednesday May 3 – 6pm, St. Ann (Ss. Alexander and Companions, Martyrs)
  • Thursday May 4 – 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas (St. Monica)
  • Friday May 5 – 7am, St. Ann (St. Pius V)
  • Saturday May 6 – 10am, St. Thomas Aquinas (1st Saturday of Our Lady) (after Mass will be a traditional blessing of religious objects in the narthex)

Fr. Lawrence Carney’s Holy Face Devotion Recap & Video

We thank everyone who attended Fr. Carney’s talk about the Holy Face devotion; and its importance in offering reparation for sins and to combat communism and freemasonry. Specifically we thank St. Thomas Aquinas parish for inviting him, as well as St. Mark and Holy Spirit parishes for hosting additional talks. St. Mark parish has kindly posted a video of his talk if you would like to review it:  If one wishes to learn more about the Archconfraternity of the Holy Face, please see Fr. Carney’s website, the League of St. Martin:

Also, to learn more about the Holy Face devotion, please see Fr. Carney’s recent book: Secret of the Holy Face: The Devotion Destined to Save Society:  During Fr. Carney’s talk on the Holy Face he mentioned the threats to the faith posed by communism and freemasonry. For those looking to dive deeper into the latter (freemasonry), TAN Books has published a reprint of an excellent book from the 19th century about the plan of freemasonry and its desire to subvert the Church and Christian society:

The Holy Face devotion is an important devotion that will likely be discussed more in the future. It perhaps may be providential that Fr. Carney’s visit came ahead of the feast of St. Joseph the Workman on May 1, which was instituted (in a way) to combat Communism (something Our Lord warned about in the 1840s) and its “May Day”. See notes about St. Joseph’s feast day below.

Holy Face Devotions

  • St Mark – Mondays at 5pm
  • 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?

2023 Women’s Traditional Silent Retreat (July 21-23)

We are pleased to share that the Legion of Mary in Raleigh is sponsoring a traditional silent women’s retreat at the Catholic Conference Center in Hickory, northwest of Charlotte from July 21-23. The retreat will feature Fr. Sean Kopczynski of the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist, a Latin Mass order of priests in Kentucky. Masses will be offered each day. Cost is around $280. To register or for more details please contact Tammy Huffman at the contact information listed in the below flyer.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Forgotten Customs of Rogation Days: Last Tuesday April 25 was the major Rogation Day in the traditional rite, where by prayers are offered to implore God’s mercy on creation. OnePeterFive has a helpful article explaining the ancient customs of this commemoration:
  • The Solemnity of St Joseph, Patron of the Universal Church 2023: Last week, in the pre-1955 calendar, was ancient feast of St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church. This was a different feast day from the general feast of March 19, but it was removed in 1955 and replaced with the feast of St. Joseph the Workman on May 1. Greg DiPippo writes a quick explanation of this ancient feast day dedicated to St. Joseph’s patronage of the Church:
  • Standing the Test of Time – Fairfield (PA) Carmelites: The cloistered nuns of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, who follow the traditional Carmelite Rite (similar to the Traditional Latin Mass) have published another installment of the building of their monastery according to the timeless principles of the great Carmelite reformer, St. Theresa of Avila. To watch this inspiring video visit: To donate to their project visit:

Feast of St. Joseph the Workman – May 1

On the topic of combating communism, in the 1950s, Pope Pius XII instituted the feast of St. Joseph the Workman on May 1 to counter the communist May Day “celebrations”. We share an article by Dr. Mike Foley wrote a few years ago on this important feast day:  Additionally, we share the Holy Pontiff’s predecessor’s, Pope Pius XI’s 1937 encyclical, Divini Redemptoris (On Atheistic Communism), proclaiming St Joseph the patron against Communism. We share some excerpts, specifically, Pope Pius XI explaining how the Church is the solution to the sufferings of the workers:

Faithful to these principles, the Church has given new life to human society. Under her influence arose prodigious charitable organizations, great guilds of artisans and workingmen of every type. These guilds, ridiculed as “medieval” by the liberalism of the last century, are today claiming the admiration of our contemporaries in many countries who are endeavoring to revive them in some modern form. And when other systems hindered her work and raised obstacles to the salutary influence of the Church, she was never done warning them of their error.

It may be said in all truth that the Church, like Christ, goes through the centuries doing good to all. There would be today neither Socialism nor Communism if the rulers of the nations had not scorned the teachings and maternal warnings of the Church.

To hasten the advent of that “peace of Christ in the kingdom of Christ”[48] so ardently desired by all, We place the vast campaign of the Church against world Communism under the standard of St. Joseph, her mighty Protector. He belongs to the working-class, and he bore the burdens of poverty for himself and the Holy Family, whose tender and vigilant head he was. To him was entrusted the Divine Child when Herod loosed his assassins against Him. In a life of faithful performance of everyday duties, he left an example for all those who must gain their bread by the toil of their hands. He won for himself the title of “The Just,” serving thus as a living model of that Christian justice which should reign in social life.

St. Joseph the Workman, pray for us!

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