Thanksgiving Week Update

IMPORTANT UPDATE: The Wednesday November 25 6pm Low Mass at St. Ann was just canceled late Wednesday afternoon.

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Feast of St. John of the Cross, the great Spanish Carmelite mystic, doctor of the Church, and contemporary of St. Theresa of Avila, and author of the dark night of the soul. Years ago Fr. Reid (a Third Order Carmelite himself), gave a great homily (which we can’t find online) on these two Carmelite saints and how their lives intertwined, and the suffering they both endured. Instead, we share with you Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection today:
https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-24-st-john-of-the-cross-confessor/

Thanksgiving Week Mass Schedule

  • Wednesday Nov. 25, St. Ann: 6pm Low Mass (Now canceled)
  • Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, St. Thomas Aquinas: 7pm Mass canceled due to Thanksgiving
  • Friday, Nov. 27, St. Ann: 7am Mass canceled
  • Friday, Nov. 27, St. Mark: 12:30pm scheduled as normal
  • Saturday, Nov. 28, St. Ann: 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass canceled

Veterum Sapientia Institute Kick-off

Thank you to everyone who attended the Veterum Sapientia Institute kick-off on Sunday.  We hope to have more to share about this initiative in the weeks and months ahead. If you’ve missed the kick-off event, please see the video recorded by Sensus Fidelium: https://youtu.be/W3LpammSy1c

Rorate Masses

This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent, and as such we have a special Masses and events to share this season. Notably, the Rorate Masses – a candlelight Latin Mass at dawn to herald the arrival of the Light of the World and honor the Blessed Mother (Very beautiful Mass if you never have attended)

  • Saturday December 5: St. Thomas Aquinas, 6:00am
  • Saturday December 5: Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 6:00am
  • Saturday December 12 (also the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe): St. Ann, 6:30am

Feast of the Immaculate Conception 

  • Tuesday December 8: St. Ann, 6:00pm, Solemn High Mass

Feast of the Nativity (Christmas)

  • Friday December 25: St. Ann, 12 midnight

Annual Blessing of Religious Objects & Gifts

Sunday December 20, after 12:30pm Mass at St. Ann: Each Sunday before Christmas, the CLMC sponsors an annual blessing of religious objects and gifts. Fr. Reid has again generously agreed to bless religious objects according to the traditional blessing (Rituale Romanum) after the 12:30pm Mass. Please plan to bring religious objects such as sacramentals, statues, medals, Rosaries, chaplets prior to Mass (we will have a table in the narthex) and Father will bless them immediately afterwards.

The Mythical Thanksgiving Indult

As we prepare for the Thanksgiving Day holiday, we again share with you a magnificent piece by former St. Ann choir member, Sharon Kabel, who examined the mysterious legend of the Friday-After-Thanksgiving Indult, supposedly granted by Pope Pius XII to allow American Catholics to eat meat on the day after Thanksgiving. It should be stated this is a moot point now since the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the US Bishops Conference has sadly allowed a “substitution” for Friday abstinence. Anyhow, for traditionalists, this is an occasionally debated each Thanksgiving and Sharon does good research to find out the truth: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/on-mythical-pius-xii-thanksgiving.html

Support Traditional Carmelites

Lastly, since today is a great Carmelite feast day of St. John of the Cross, if you are looking to support a Carmelite religious order that offers the Latin Mass, you can look no further than the Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Fairfield, PA. These Hermits subsist solely on almsgiving and many of you may remember them when they visited us in Charlotte a few years ago. They are a traditional order and offer the Traditional Carmelite Mass exclusively (similar to our Traditional Mass, but with a few variations. To learn more about them and support them, please visit:
https://www.eremitaednmc.org/donate/

We also wanted to share with you some excellent traditional & Catholic aspects surrounding the American Thanksgiving holiday, which was actually Catholic in origin. We share them below.

Thanksgiving Book

First, a member of our community (and the St. Ann Respect Life Coordinator), Mary Richardson, just wrote a wonderful children’s booklet on the Catholic origins of the first Catholic Thanksgiving on American soil which occurred years earlier than the Protestant Thanksgiving in Plymouth. It also contains some suggested traditions to sanctify the day and includes prayers from the votive Mass of Thanksgiving (not connected to the American holiday but certainly appropriate). It’s great book to read to children tomorrow and can be printed out on legal size paper. (We link a PDF copy to this post here)

Thanksgiving Day Mass: Thanks or No Thanks?

Speaking of Catholic traditions for Thanksgiving Day (above), Dr. Mike Foley explores the question further by providing an excellent liturgical history of the Catholic effort “baptize” the secular Thanksgiving holiday and where the Church has fallen short. Dr. Foley draws heavily upon Fr. Thomas Kocik’s article from 2009 (second article). Also of note is how the feast of St. Martin (Martinmas) on November 11 may have influenced the use of turkey.

Thanksgiving History: Catholic Origins

While the American Thanksgiving holiday is protestant in origin, the first true Thanksgiving was actually Catholic in origin, and held 50 years earlier in newly discovered San Augustine, Florida in 1565 by Spanish explorers. Their priest offered Mass (TLM of course) – the first on American soil, and then held a feast. Here are a few articles that explain the origins:

On behalf of the CLMC, we wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving.

Last Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Yesterday was the feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Mother to the Temple and we provide more history on this minor Marian feast day below. Today is the Last Sunday After Pentecost. Below are this weekend’s updates:

SPECIAL EVENT – TODAY Sunday 2pm: Veterum Sapientia Institute Kickoff with Fr. Barone

Today Sunday November 22nd,  Fr. Jason Barone, returns to St. Ann parish to unveil the new Veterum Sapientia Institute.  As you may recall Fr. Barone is a Latinist and gave an excellent talk to the CLMC in 2017 on the language of Latin. Now come join us to learn about this new institute he is forming with Dr. Eric Hewett, and Dr. Nancy Llewellyn. This will be great interest not just for clergy but for laity. Please join us for Latin Mass at 12:30pm and the kick-off at 2pm:

Sunday November 22 – 2pm (after 12:30pm Latin Mass)

St. Ann Parish Center (3635 Park Road, Charlotte)

Veterum Sapientia Institute – Kickoff event with Fr. Jason Barone

Presentation on Pope John Paul XXIII’s encyclical Veterum Sapientia (on the Promotion of the Study of Latin)

Refreshments and snacks will be served

Learn more: www.veterumsapientia.org (event will be live streamed on the website)

Last Sunday After Pentecost – Sunday November 22

The Last (or 24th) Sunday after Pentecost is when the Church focuses on the end of the world, as the liturgical year is also symbolic of the history of the Church. As custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection for this Sunday and notes how this Sunday prepares us for Advent season, which in its own way, prepares us for Christ’s 2nd coming. We should also note, today’s feast day of the Presentation of the Blessed Mother also prepares us for Advent, as it marks the one of the beginnings of the Incarnation history (see our Presentation section below): Dr. Foley’s reflection:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/the-stirring-collect-for-last-sunday.html

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 11:30am High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12:30pm High Mass

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – November 21

The Presentation of the Blessed Mother, often an overlooked Marian feast day was, as Dom Prosper Gueranger noted, instituted later in the Latin Church’s history (locally the 14th century and universally in the 16th century). With Mary’s “sojourn” beginning in the Old Testament times, this feast helps us in a sense helps us to prepare for end of the Old Covenant, and prepares us, via Advent, for the Incarnation, which was at that point only years away. Dom Gueranger’s reflection: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-21-the-presentation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

  • Lastly, tradition holds that St. Joachim and Anne (the Blessed Mother’s parents), lived near the Pool of Bethesda in Jerusalem. Today there is a beautiful church of St. Anne (operated by the French) near the remnants of the pool where according to tradition in the crypt, either St. Anne was born or the Blessed Mother. We attach a few photos of the Church and pool.

Other Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Powerful Intercessors for November – The Poor Souls in Purgatory: This month, one powerful intercessor we heartily encourage all to pray to are the Poor Souls in Purgatory. This is especially noteworthy because not only is November dedicated to the Poor Souls, but due to COVID-19, the Vatican extended, through November 30, the “novena” where one can obtain a plenary indulgence for a soul in purgatory. We encourage everyone to take full advantage of this special grace (which does not come often in the Church’s 2000 year history). To obtain the indulgence each day is simple: Any day this month receive Holy Communion, visit a cemetery, offer prayers for the dead, and for the Holy Father (with confession before or after 20 days). Doing so can spring a soul out of purgatory each day. Something to consider for the 9 days left in November.
  • Viva Cristo Rey – Blessed Miguel Pro: Speaking of intercessors, this Monday November 23rd is the 93rd anniversary of Blessed Miguel Pro’s martyrdom. He was a Jesuit priest (we need more Jesuits like him!) in Mexico during the Masonic-Communist revolution of the 1920s, which closed many churches (sound familiar?) and also executed priests. Blessed Miguel Pro frequently offered clandestine Masses for the underground Church until he was arrested in 1927. Upon his execution on November 23, he forgave his enemies and famously extended his arms and shouted the cry of the Mexican Cristeros (the Catholic counter-revolutionaries): Viva Cristo Rey! (Long Live Christ the King). Although not on the Extraordinary Form calendar, we can hope one day he will be as the Cristeros and the priests of the underground Mexican church enjoy much interest among traditionalists.
  • Excellent article on the Kingship of Christ: Speaking of Christ the King, tomorrow in the modern calendar is the “new” feast of Christ the King. In response to the COVID-19 lockdowns in the Europe, a British author penned an wonderful summary on the Church’s traditional teaching on the Kingship of Christ and how the Bishops should not have to “ask permission” to re-open their Churches – something we’ve covered many times this summer. Read more here: https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/have-church-lockdowns-uncrowned-christ-the-king
  • New book on the Vendee Martyrdom: Speaking of Catholic counter-revolutionaries which resisted a Masonic regime, Notre Dame press has re-released a book recommended to us by Sensus Fidelium, on the Vendee Martyrs in France, who defended the Church and King in the Vendee region against the French Revolution – many of these brave Catholics were massacred horrifically. The book is called: A French Genocide: The Vendée by Reynald Secher
  • The Mythical Thanksgiving Indult by Pope Pius XII: Lastly as we prepare for the Thanksgiving Day holiday (unless the government cancels it), we share with you a magnificent piece by former St. Ann choir member, Sharon Kabel, who examined the mysterious legend of the Friday-After-Thanksgiving Indult, supposedly granted by Pope Pius XII to allow American Catholics to eat meat on the day after Thanksgiving. It should be stated this is a moot point now since the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the US Bishops Conference has sadly allowed a “substitution” for Friday abstinence. Anyhow, for traditionalists, this is an occasionally debated each Thanksgiving and Sharon does good research to find out the truth: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/on-mythical-pius-xii-thanksgiving.html

SPECIAL EVENT – This Sunday 2pm: Veterum Sapientia Institute Kickoff

Announcing the Veterum Sapientia Institute – this Sunday 2pm (after Latin Mass) at St. Ann parish

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Sunday November 22nd we are pleased to announce a major event we will be co-hosting Sunday with Father Jason Barone, who returns to St. Ann parish to unveil a new Veterum Sapientia Institute.

As you may recall Fr. Barone is a Latinist and gave an excellent talk before the CLMC in 2017 on the language of Latin. Now come join us to learn about this new institute he is forming with Dr. Eric Hewett, and Dr. Nancy Llewellyn. This will be great interest not just for clergy but for laity. Please read and invite your friends and family:

Sunday November 22 – 2pm (after 12:30pm Latin Mass)

Veterum Sapientia Institute – Kickoff event with Fr. Jason Barone

Presentation on Pope John Paul XXIII’s Veterum Sapientia encyclical (on Latin)

St. Ann Parish Center (3635 Park Road, Charlotte)

Refreshments and snacks will be served

Learn more: www.veterumsapientia.org

Please read their important announcement and invite all your friends and family to attend.

We are contacting you because you have in the past participated in or expressed interest in our Veterum Sapientia week-long courses on ecclesiastical Latin.  We wish to inform you that we have founded the Veterum Sapientia Institute (VSI) to continue this work of promoting and teaching Latin and Greek in the Catholic world, particularly to seminarians, priests, and religious, desired by Pope Saint John XXIII.

We will hold our first public event at 2 PM EST on Sunday, November 22nd at St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Charlotte, NC. It will be a presentation on the Apostolic Constitution Veterum Sapientia, its reception, other authoritative documents on Latin, and VSI’s plans to respond to the Church’s unchanged desire for Latin and Greek education. Feel free to attend in person or view our live-streaming online.  Please visit our homepage at www.veterumsapientia.org on Sunday for a link to the live-stream.

 In January, we will begin offering ten-week courses online covering both ecclesiastical Latin and Greek.  We encourage you to take a look at our course offerings. We also intend to develop many online resources for both clerics and laity.  For more information on course offerings, resources, and live-streaming, please visit www.veterumsapientia.org.

Lastly, please consider spreading the word about VSI, be it to clerics or interested laity, to potential students or potential donors. We are on all the major social media platforms. With your assistance, we hope to help the Church fulfil her own vision for Latin and Greek!

Sincerely,

Fr. Jason Barone

Dr. Eric Hewett

Dr. Nancy Llewellyn

P.S.: We invite you to join our mailing list at https://veterumsapientia.com/mailing-list-sign-up/ if you are interested in receiving future updates on our activities.

We also invite you to follow us on social media:

www.facebook.com/vetsapinst/

www.instagram.com/vetsapinst/

www.twitter.com/vetsapinst/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDfJ5zqc84uVCuiw4EiaE-w 

6th Sunday After Epiphany (Resumed)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Sunday (depending on the parish) we will travel back in liturgical time to mark the 6th Sunday after Epiphany.

Sunday November 15 – 6th Sunday After Epiphany

While the pagan merchants of the world are busy putting up “Christmas” decorations and offering “holiday” sales, today the traditional Mass liturgically resumes the Epiphanytide (Christmas) season with the 6th Sunday after Epiphany. Most years, the final few Sundays after Epiphany are “pre-empted” in February by due to the start of the pre-Lent season of Septuagesima and Easter’s changing date each year. There is also typically a gap in Sundays in November, so the Church fills these pre-empted Sundays before the last/24th Sunday after Pentecost (which is next Sunday). Dr. Mike Foley bridges both this Sunday and next with a reflection on the propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/reasonable-meditation-and-collect-for.html

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 11:30am High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12:30pm High Mass

Mass Cancellation next Friday November 20: Per Fr. Reid, the 7am Latin Mass next Friday November 20 is canceled. There will be a 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Mark.

Stay the Course: Fr. Chad Ripperger’s analysis on the Election and the Diabolical

Stay the course: Please continue praying the Rosary, making sacrifices for our nation, and tuning out the media. There is a battle for our nation’s soul that is much bigger than the election and as Fr. Reid noted last week, God is ultimately in charge, and engaged in this period of time (when is He not?).  Especially noteworthy however, was an interview exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger gave last week about our nation’s situation. He indicated that the current upheaval in our land reminds him of when that a demon is about to be exorcised from a possessed person, the demon rages with even more ferocity than ever.  You can watch the interview here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UKrLr4jW0Eo

Fr. Ripperger suggests stepping up the prayers, especially against the diabolical. He suggests two extra prayers, which the laity can pray (we attach them here).

  1. Binding prayer to consecrate all external goods (including the election) to the Blessed Mother (this takes them away from the grasp of the demons)
  2. Prayer to ask Christ to send away any evil spirits related to the election or President

Please consider adding these to your prayers.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • SAVE THE DATE – Sunday November 22nd: Fr. Barone returns to St. Ann to unveil a new Latin Institute: On Sunday, November 22nd, at 2:00 p.m. in the cafeteria of the Allen Center, St. Ann’s will host the first public announcement of a new Latin institute. The Veterum Sapientia Institute (VSI), named after Pope John XXIII’s 1962 Apostolic Constitution, which defended and promoted the study of Latin in seminaries, comes as the natural fruit of the eight annual conferences hosted in the Charlotte area. The goal of VSI is to provide Latin and Greek studies via online classes and in-person intensive programs to any priest, seminarian, or religious in the world. We also hope to respond to the needs of the lay faithful, such as homeschool families and Latin Mass attendees. I hope to see you on the 22nd for refreshments and a few brief presentations. ~ Fr. Barone
  • 9 Ways Catholics Should Respond to the Threat of COVID-19 Church Shutdowns: With the threat of a second immoral lockdown on the horizon (will the Health Dictatorship cancel Christmas?), Msgr. Charles Pope proposed some ways the Bishops can fight the Marxist lockdowns and defend Christ and His Church: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/9-ways

23rd Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed 7th day in the Octave of All Saints. Prior to 1955, the liturgical calendar had many octaves surrounding major feast days – Sunday November 8 would be the Octave Day of All Saints. Sadly, this was eliminated in Archbishop Annibale Bugnini’s reforms of 1955 (the prelate who designed the Novus Ordo Mass and had ties to Freemasonry).

To learn more about this Octave day at Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year:
https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-8-octave-day-of-all-saints/

Sunday November 8 – 23rd Sunday After Pentecost

The 23rd Sunday after Pentecost is usually when the Church traditionally focuses on the “end times” – sort of appropriate as the Northern Hemisphere’s autumn reflects the liturgical season as foliage turn bright colors of fire (yellow, gold, orange and red). As custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection for this Sunday: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/divine-participation-and-human-dangers.html

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 11:30am High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12:30pm High Mass

Stay the Course: Continue praying the Rosary for Our Nation (A 54 Day Rosary Novena begins TODAY Sunday November 8) 

While our nation remains influx with the electoral confusion, we invite you to continue praying the Rosary, and trust in God’s providence. As Father noted last week, let us turn off the media and pray. In that spirit, we share that the Cathedral is organizing a 54-day Rosary novena beginning TODAY Sunday November 8 – December 31. We also hearing second hand that Fr. Roux (or someone else) may lead the Rosary publically each day at 7:30am if you happen to be in the area (you may want to check ahead). We attach the calendar chart that accompanies the 54 Day Rosary or you can find it here: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/54-day-rosary-novena-chart_nov2020.pdf

As a reminder, we also attach Fr. Ripperger’s Binding Prayer of Command, and Archbishop Vigano’s Prayer for America – let us stay the course and pray until this matter is resolved.

Special “Election” Message from the Benedictine Nuns in Gower, MO:

Mother Cecilia, abbess of the Benedictines of Mary in Gower, Missouri published a message about our nation’s current situation we encourage you to read. They are the well-known traditional Benedictine Nuns (who attend the Latin Mass exclusively) who have recorded some beautiful chants and hymns over the years.  If you haven’t consecrated your family to the Immaculate Heart, now is a good time to do it. Here is Mother Cecilia:

Dear Friends, 

         Many have asked our prayers during these days, and many propose earthly solutions. There is one that was given from heaven centuries ago: the Most Holy Rosary. Our Lady came to remind us of this at Fatima, and asked for the Consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart. In the last century, anticipating the fulfillment of this request, the Bishops and families of Portugal consecrated themselves and their nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They were thus spared from both the Spanish Civil War and World War II. 

    Many Consecrations have been neglected in the past, and freedom has consequently suffered. 

     On this First Saturday, or as soon as possible, let all heads of households Consecrate themselves and our Nation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary; all others present need only say the ejaculation “Jesus, Mary, I trust in you,” and then follow the Solemn act with the recitation of the Rosary. 

     As the Angel of Peace told the children at Fatima, “The Hearts of Jesus and Mary are attentive to the voice of your supplication.” May their Hearts grant us peace, and bless and strengthen each one of us. 

In the Heart of Mary,

Mother Cecilia, abbess

Please share!

 

N.B. – This past spring, a traditional priest known to the CLMC shared a copy of a consecration prayer with us which we are happy to share again:
https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/family-consecration-to-the-immacualte-heart-of-mary.pdf 

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • UnaVoce Federation Releases Report on Latin Mass: In March, the Congregation for Doctrine of Faith conducted a survey of all bishops world-wide on the implementation of Summorum Pontificum (the 2007 decree granting greater access to the Traditional Mass). UnaVoce, the international lay-run Latin Mass society, organized its own survey (which the CLMC participated in) and issued it’s report on the Latin Mass and presented it to the CDF. You can read the summary in their current magazine (Page 7-10):https://lms.org.uk/sites/default/files/resource_documents/fiuv/gregorius_magnus/Issue10.pdf
  • Roberto De Mattei on the Jubilee Anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto 1571 – 2021: As we emphasize praying the Rosary during this turbulent time, we thought it would be good to re-share Catholic Historian Roberto De Mattei’s reflection on the upcoming 450th jubilee anniversary of the Battle of Lepanto and how it applies to our times. As you may recall Don Juan of Austria led the Christian flotilla’s miraculous victory against the Islamic empire’s fleet and aided by Pope Pius V who called all of Europe to pray the Rosary. We share it to highlight the power of people praying the Rosary against the revolution in America today:
    https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5082-roberto-de-mattei-the-jubilee-year-of-our-lady-s-victory-at-lepanto

Lastly, as we noted in past weeks, the Vatican has extended the All Souls novena/plenary indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory (praying at a cemetery for the dead) for the entire month of November.  Please consider taking advantage of it as much as you can.

Archbishop Viganò’s message to all Americans of Good Will

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We wanted to share with you Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s urgent and hopeful letter to American Catholics and all Americans of Good Will. In short, he encourages all Americans to continue praying and to pray the Rosary! His Excellency says:

In these hours, while the gates of Hell seem to prevail, allow me to address myself to you with an appeal, which I trust that you will respond to promptly and with generosity. I ask you to make an act of trust in God, an act of humility and filial devotion to The Lord of Armies. I ask that all of you pray the Holy Rosary, if possible in your families or with your dear ones, your friends, your brothers and sisters, your colleagues, your fellow soldiers.

Do not allow yourselves to be discouraged by the deceptions of the Enemy, even more so in this terrible hour in which the impudence of lying and fraud dares to challenge Heaven. Our adversaries’ hours are numbered if you will pray, if we will all pray with Faith and with the true ardor of Charity. May the Lord grant that one single devout and faithful voice rise from your homes, your churches, and your streets! This voice will not remain unheard, because it will be the voice of a people that cries out, in the moment when the storm rages most fiercely, “Save us, Lord, we are perishing!” (Mt 8:25).

The days that await us are a precious occasion for all of you, and for those who unite themselves spiritually to you from every part of the world. You have the honor and privilege of being able to participate in the victory of this spiritual battle, to wield the powerful weapon of the Holy Rosary as our fathers did at Lepanto to repel the enemy armies.

Read the entire letter here and pass it along:

MESSAGE OF ARCHBISHOP CARLO MARIA VIGANÒ TO AMERICAN CATHOLICS AND TO ALL AMERICANS OF GOOD WILL

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5139-message-of-archbishop-carlo-maria-vigano-to-american-catholics-and-to-all-americans-of-good-will

If you haven’t been praying Archbishop Vigano’s prayer for America (first composed this summer), please consider doing so here: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/viganos-prayer-for-usa-pdf.pdf

Binding Prayer of Command: There is a binding prayer of command, attributed to Exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger to be prayed daily until the election is resolved. It’s on Page 13 of his book Deliverance Prayers – For use By the Laity. We attach a copy and encourage everyone to pray to ask Our Blessed Lord to bind any demons or diabolical influences on our country during this time.

First Friday Latin Masses (for the Sacred Heart devotions):

  • St. Ann – 7:00 AM Low
  • St. Mark – 12:30 PM Low

First Saturday: Just a heads up, there will be TWO Latin Masses on 1st Saturday November 7.

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 10:00am High
  • St. Mark: 10:30am Low (This is a special Latin Mass for the Juventutem event below but is open to the public)

What is the 1st Saturday devotion and requirements?

https://fssp.com/a-short-history-of-the-first-saturday-devotions/

Juventutem: Special 1st Saturday Latin Mass & young adult talk at St. Mark this Saturday November 7

 Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Latin Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

All Saints and All Souls

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday October 31 is the Vigil of All Hallows Eve, and prior to 1955, the Church had a beautiful traditional liturgy which featured an “end times” and penitential tone (with violet vestments and reading from the Book of Apocalypse). In some places, during the chanting of Vespers, black vestments were used to commemorate the poor souls in purgatory.

The Vigil, followed by All Saints, and All Souls Day, formed sort of a Triduum of the Dead. Sadly with the 1955 “liturgical reforms” by Archbishop Annibale Bugnini (the prelate who designed the Novus Ordo Mass and had ties to Freemasonry), many beautiful liturgical traditions like the Octave of All Saints, Holy Week, and the Vigil of All Hallows Eve were eliminated. God willing, perhaps in a future year, one of the parishes in Charlotte could offer a Pre-1955 All Hallows Eve Mass & Vespers, and thereby provide Charlotte with an authentically Catholic response to the Halloween celebrated by secular culture today.

***Daylights Saving Time ends tonight: Just a reminder to set your clocks back 1 hour tonight due to daylight savings time ending.

Sunday November 1 – Feast of All Saints

Sunday is the great feast of All Saints, and as custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a great write-up on the prayers for the Traditional Mass on this day: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-orations-of-all-saints-day.html

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 11:30am High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12:30pm High Mass (visit to Cemetery with Father after Mass)

Visit to Belmont Abbey Cemetery – after 12:30pm Sunday Latin Mass – November 1

Sunday also begins the annual All Souls Novena which begins on November 1 and ends November 8*. Each day we can gain a plenary indulgence for a poor soul in purgatory by receiving Holy Communion, visiting a cemetery and praying for the dead (and confession 8-20 days before/after). Immediately after 12:30pm Sunday Mass Father will lead us in prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery in Belmont (about 25 minute drive, off I-85). All are invited to attend.  After the prayers, we will offer some “soul cakes” (i.e. donuts), snacks and some drinks.

*All Souls Indulgences extended thru November 30

The Vatican has extended the plenary indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory through November 30 (i.e. you can visit a cemetery, pray for the poor souls, and obtain a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions thru November 30 – it normally ends November 8) . Please consider taking advantage of this wonderful corporal work of mercy: https://www.ncregister.com/news/vatican-extends-plenary-indulgence-for-the-dead-throughout-november

All Souls Day Masses – Monday November 2nd

  • St. Ann: 6pm (High or Solemn High Requiem Mass)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 7pm (High or Solemn High Requiem)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 7:30pm (High Requiem)

If you are new to Latin Mass, the Requiem Mass is one of the most hauntingly beautiful and somber Masses – especially the Dies Irae sequence, perhaps one of the most beautiful chants in the Church: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2009/11/dies-irae-sequence.html

Juventutem: Special 1st Saturday Latin Mass & young adult talk at St. Mark this Saturday November 7 

Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Latin Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt(at)gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

 Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Diocese refrains from commenting on Pope Francis’ reported remarks about same sex unions: As noted from the pulpit at St. Ann parish last Sunday, Bishop Jugis has asked priests and deacons in the diocese to refrain from commenting on Pope Francis’ remarks reported in the media about same sex unions until clarification is made (other bishops have asked the Holy Father). We hope His Excellency will receive the clarification he seeks. We observe that perhaps through this incident the Bishop is becoming more aware of the threat the modernist crisis poses to the faithful in western North Carolina, and will be more outspoken.  Please also consider praying for Pope Francis that he may be turned away from the deadly scourge of modernism and have a full conversion to the traditional faith.
  • Vote: Just a reminder to vote on Election Day, Tuesday November 3rd to support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide for your area.  St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering Eucharistic Adoration from 1pm – 7pm on Election Day November 3rd as is St. Mark (from 9am – 7pm).

Christ the King recap & All Souls Prayers this Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few updates to share about this coming weekend, but first wanted to thank everyone for attending Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King festivities – especially the Eucharistic Procession and our Blessed Karl talk last week.

Christ the King Recap

As Deacon Tonon noted, the route was a last second decision, brought about by Divine Providence, as the rain ended just as Father Reid was processing the Blessed Sacrament out the main doors. This was no doubt, a historic event, with Christ the King, in all His glory being processed through the neighborhoods of Charlotte and across Park Road to Holy Trinity Middle School (and back). The look upon the curious neighborhood residents as the King of Kings processed by, was something for the ages.  Please consider offering some prayers this week for Fr. Reid in gratitude for leading this procession, for Deacon Tonon for his excellent sermon on the Kingship of Christ, and for the conversion of those residents along the procession route.

Blessed Karl talk by Fr. Matlak

Thanks are also in order for those who assisted with the Blessed Karl Mass and talk last Wednesday.  The CLMC is pleased to resume these talks after a long hiatus. We especially thank Fr. Matlak for making time at the last minute to offer Mass and the inspiring reflection. Please offer some prayers for Father as well this week.  If you missed the talk, we are pleased to provide an online talk which, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium, can be viewed here:

Blessed Karl Pilgrimage: As a reminder, Fr. Matlak is offering to lead a pilgrimage in Summer 2022 to beautiful Madeira Island (Blessed Karl’s tomb) and also Germany to attend the annual Passion Play. If interested, please reply to this e-mail.

Book on Blessed Karl: For a good book on Blessed Karl, please see this book, Blessed Charles of Austria: A Holy Emperor and His Legacy, by local publisher TAN Books: https://www.tanbooks.com/blessed-charles-of-austria-a-holy-emperor-and-his-legacy.html

All Souls Indulgences extended thru November 30

Not to confuse things, but due to COVID, the Vatican has extended the plenary indulgence for the poor souls in purgatory through November 30. Please consider taking advantage of this wonderful corporal work of mercy: https://www.ncregister.com/news/vatican-extends-plenary-indulgence-for-the-dead-throughout-november

All Souls Day Masses – Monday November 2nd

  • St. Ann: 6pm (High or Solemn High Requiem Mass)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 7pm (High or Solemn High Requiem)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 7:30pm (High Requiem)

If you are new to Latin Mass, the Requiem Mass is one of the most beautiful and somber of Masses – especially the Dies Irae sequence, perhaps one of the most hauntingly beautiful chants in the Church: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2009/11/dies-irae-sequence.html

Lastly, yesterday, Wednesday was the feast of Ss. Simon and Jude. We provide a reflection on some of the traditions (some not certain) associated with these apostles:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-legends-of-saints-simon-and-jude.html

Feast of Christ the King

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Raphael the Archangel! Tomorrow Sunday October 25th is the feast of Christ the King, an important feast day that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations on earth today. As custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides commentary on the prayers for tomorrow’s Mass:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-orations-of-feast-of-christ-king.html

History of the Feast of Christ the King

The feast was established by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, which was written to address the growing revolutions against the Church – particularly in Mexico and is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and his teachings.

This feast day is especially important in a year where the state of North Carolina has not only ignored Christ’s Kingship (by allowing abortion, same sex unions, contraception, and usury etc.), but actively attacked it through its unauthorized church closures during COVID (which sadly the dioceses and bishops complicity followed).  Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited us 2 years ago and gave a talk on this doctrine. You can listen to it here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/bishopschneider /  Below are some additional links of the feast day:

Christ the King & Elections: We should also note the feast’s importance as we come up to a pivotal election – which seems to receive undue attention only because the Catholic Church and her moral teachings have largely been absent in American society.  This occurs because the Church has sadly refused to advocate the Social Kingship of Christ, and to convert this country to the one true faith (instead the Church’s dioceses focus on leftist politics while accepting government funding) and therefore forces Catholics and other men of goodwill to rely excessively on political leaders and elections to promote Christ’s doctrine. In 1895, Pope Leo XIII wrote to U.S. Bishops and observes this strange arrangement of the Church in America:

(I)t would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced. – Pope Leo XIII, Longinqua (Catholicism in the United States), 1895

Plenary Indulgence for Christ the King: There is a plenary indulgence attached for the Feast of Christ the King to whom recites the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus publically in a Church. Please see this article from 2012 to learn more:
https://fssp.com/act-of-consecration-of-the-human-race-to-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus/

Masses & Processions 

  • St. Thomas Aquinas Latin Mass at 11:30am: As mentioned, St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer an orchestral Latin Mass for the feast day featuring the chanting of the Schola Aquinatis (parish schola) which will be signing the Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart along with his Ave Verum Corpus. Afterwards weather permitting, there will be a Eucharistic Procession.
  • St. Ann Latin Mass at 12:30pm: As custom, St. Ann & the CLMC will host a special neighborhood Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Latin Mass on Sunday. Please bring any images, statues, flags, of royal saints who through their virtue and office honored Christ the King and bring them along for the procession. See list of royal saints (attached) or at this link for more information: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/10/feast-of-christ-the-king-october-27-2019/
  • Expanded Procession with police escort: As noted, weather permitting, St. Ann will offer a special Eucharistic Procession that will go thru the entire neighborhood along Willow Oak Road, with Benediction at Holy Trinity Middle School. The procession will probably take 40-45 minutes before concluding back at St. Ann.

Upcoming Events

  • Saturday October 31, 9am (St. Ann) – Public Outdoor Rosary in Latin: Next Saturday, St. Ann will offer a public Rosary in Latin at 9am on Saturday October 31 on the front lawn of the parish to conclude the month of Our Lady and the Rosary.  Please join (translation pamphlets will be provided).
  • Sunday November 1 – Prayers for Poor Souls at Belmont Abbey Cemetery: All Saints Day Sunday November 1 begins the 8-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory and after the 12:30pm Sunday Mass, Fr. Reid has graciously agreed to the annual prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery. The novena consists of visiting a cemetery each day, praying for the dead. A plenary indulgence is offered each day under the usual conditions.
  • Monday November 2nd All Souls Day: Thomas Aquinas will be offering a Requiem Mass (Latin) at 7:00pm.
  • 1st Saturday November 7 – Next Juventutem Event: Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact visit: facebook.com/JuventutemCLT
  • Early Vote: Just a reminder to early vote until October 31 to help support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide. St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering Eucharistic Adoration from 1pm – 7pm on Election Day November 3rd.

Lastly, we wanted to share an article by Bishop Athanasius Schneider, who calls on Pope Francis to convert, and retract his tragic statement endorsing civil unions for sodomites:
https://edwardpentin.co.uk/bishop-schneider-to-pope-francis-for-sake-of-your-soul-retract-approval-of-same-sex-civil-unions/

We should close this e-mail with on a note of hope, the above story broke on Wednesday October 21, the universal feast of Blessed Emperor Karl, which was not the date of death, but Blessed Karl’s wedding day to Servant of God Empress Zita of Bourbon-Parma. God willing, they will both be canonized one day, and provide the Church with a role model for a saintly marriages.

Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

¡Vivo Cristo Rey!

Feast of St. Raphael update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! First we thank everyone, including Fr. Matlak, for attending our Blessed Karl of Austria event on Wednesday. We hope to provide a recap in the coming days. This evening, we have a few quick announcements for tomorrow and Sunday:

Tomorrow Saturday October 24 – Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel

Respect Life Mass at St. Ann – 8am: St. Ann will offer its monthly Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am tomorrow. Fr. Reid is unable to go to Planned Parenthood, though we hear the Catholic teen pro-life group may attend Mass and go out to Planned Parenthood to pray after Mass. A Deacon will lead a Holy Hour of Reparation after Mass in the Church.

Sunday October 25 – Feast of Christ the King

We hope to have more to share information tomorrow, but we have some exciting updates on Sunday’s Feast of Christ the King (which occurs on the last Sunday in October in the traditional calendar):

  • 11:30am High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas: The parish will offer an orchestral High Mass (with the Carolina Catholic Chorale) featuring Missa Brevis in D Major of Mozart along with his Ave Verum Corpus. Afterwards Father will led the parish in a Eucharistic Procession
  • 12:30pm High Mass, St. Ann (Expanded Procession!): The parish will offer a High Mass followed by a special and expanded Eucharistic Procession. God willing, Father will process the Blessed Sacrament all the way up to Holy Trinity Middle School and back to St. Ann. The path will go up Willow Oak Road, left onto to Princeton Road, and cross over Park Road to Holy Trinity Middle School (where there will be possibly Benediction) afterwards the procession will return to St. Ann via the same route. Please pray for fair weather.

The procession will conclude inside St. Ann parish. This expansion may make the procession long about 40-45 minutes total (20 minutes one way) and makes a glorious way to fulfill Pope Pius XI’s vision to bring Christ back into the public square and into the streets, as called for in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas. As custom, we will have flags, banners, etc. of our favorite royal saints and blessed (kings, queens, dukes, etc. who all honored Christ the King during their reign). Please bring your own images, statues, flags, of the royal saints (St. Louis, St. Stephen of Hungary, St. Isabel of Portugal, Blessed Karl, etc.). We attach an extensive list of royal saints.

As custom, St. Ann will offer the indulgence prayers at some point during the festivities.