Fifth Sunday After Easter

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Sunday is the fifth and last Sunday after Easter, and as custom we provide a reflection on Sunday’s Collect and propers:

Latin Mass 4pm Today at Sacred Heart in Salisbury

Today Sunday May 14 there will be a 4pm Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Salisbury (rescheduled from last weekend). Due to a scheduling conflict, there will not be a social afterwards. However, Fr. Carlson will be hearing Confessions 30 minutes prior to Mass. For more information contact the Salisbury Latin Mass Community at:

Latin Masses This Week

  • Wednesday May 17, 6pm – St. Ann (Vigil of the Ascension/Lesser Rogations)
  • Thursday May 18, Ascension Thursday (see schedule below)
  • Friday May 19, 7am – St. Ann (St. Peter Celestine, Pope and Confessor)

Ascension Thursday Latin Mass Schedule – Thursday May 18

Although not a holy day of obligation in our metropolitan archdiocese, Ascension Thursday May 18 is indeed celebrated in the Traditional Latin Mass calendar on its actual date (40th day of Easter) and it’s a wonderful gift to be able to attend Latin Mass this day. The following parishes have announced Traditional Latin Masses on Ascension Thursday:

If we learn of any more Latin Masses this day, we will share them.

Holy Face Devotions

  • St. James, Concord (*NEW*) – Mondays 10-10:30am in the cry room in the church
  • 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 and the flyer is attached. To register or for more details please see flyer below.

Minor Rogation Days (Wednesday May 17)

This Wednesday May 17 is Vigil of Ascension and also the 3rd day of the minor Rogation days (to petition God for mercy against natural disasters such as famines, diseases, etc.). Not to be confused with the major Rogation day of April 25, the minor Rogation days occur the Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday prior to Ascension Thursday. The Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter offers a reflection from Monday’s traditional breviary (1962):

Additionally, Dr. Mike Foley has written a helpful article explaining the minor Rogation days:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Glories of Mary – By St. Alphonsus Liguori: If there is one book that could encapsulate the entire month of May, dedicated to Our Lady, one could say it is The Glories of Mary, by St. Alphonsus Liguori. In this Marian masterpiece, the great Doctor of Moral Theology, spends nearly 700 pages “assembling the very finest information about Our Lady that he could find, all taken from the many writings of the Saints, Doctors of the Church, and other holy authors, as well as from Sacred Scripture”, and “is one of the greatest Catholic books ever written”, according to the summary of the 1977 TAN Books reprint of this classic. All detailing the importance of the Blessed Virgin Mary both to the Church and to our own souls. TAN Books has issued a new edition which one can purchase here:

The Month of May, the Month of Mary

In addition to St. Alphonsus’ writings in The Glories of Mary (above), we conclude this update with another saint’s reflection the Blessed Mother as well as the month dedicated to her; this time from the great English convert, St. John Henry Newman (courtesy of Voice of the Family):

Why is May called “the month of Mary”, and especially dedicated to her? Among other reasons there is this, that of the Church’s year, the ecclesiastical year, it is at once the most sacred and the most festive and joyous portion. Who would wish February, March, or April, to be the month of Mary, considering that it is the time of Lent and penance? Who again would choose December, the Advent season — a time of hope, indeed, because Christmas is coming, but a time of fasting too? Christmas itself does not last for a month; and January has indeed the joyful Epiphany, with its Sundays in succession; but these in most years are cut short by the urgent coming of Septuagesima.

May, on the contrary, belongs to the Easter season, which lasts fifty days, and in that season the whole of May commonly falls, and the first half always. The great Feast of the Ascension of our Lord into Heaven is always in May, except once or twice in forty years. Pentecost, called also Whit Sunday, the Feast of the Holy Ghost, is commonly in May, and the Feasts of the Holy Trinity and Corpus Christi are in May not unfrequently. May, therefore, is the time in which there are such frequent Alleluias, because Christ has risen from the grave, Christ has ascended on high, and God the Holy Ghost has come down to take His place.

Here then we have a reason why May is dedicated to the Blessed Mary. She is the first of creatures, the most acceptable child of God, the dearest and nearest to Him. It is fitting then that this month should be hers, in which we especially glory and rejoice in His great Providence to us, in our redemption and sanctification in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.

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The CLMC wishes all mothers a happy Mother’s Day.