17th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday September 26 is not only Ember Saturday but also the feast of the North American Martyrs – 6 Jesuits who gave their lives to evangelizing to the natives in Canada parts of New York – more on them below.

Tomorrow Sunday September 27 is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost and Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection on the Collect for this weekend which ties into love of God and love of neighbor: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/unity-versus-devil-collect-for.html

Welcome to Fr. Brad Jones

We wanted to welcome Fr. Brad Jones, the new part time parochial vicar at St. Ann. We aren’t aware if he offers the Latin Mass, but he did distribute Holy Communion at this past Wednesday’s Low Mass at St. Ann. Please keep him in your prayers as he slowly returns to ministry after some health issues.

Sunday Latin Masses

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses however they have just expanded their capacity – so there are plenty of seats now available. There are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

Feast of the North American Martyrs – September 26

In the traditional calendar, today the Church in the U.S. & Canada honors the 6 Jesuits who gave their lives for the holy faith in the 1640s. Most notable of them is St. Isaac Jogues who had some of the flesh chewed off his fingers by some of his captors yet still persisted onward to convert souls (and presumably offer Mass).  This saint also escaped from one of the tribes and ended up traveling south to the Dutch colonial city of New Amsterdam, later sold to the British and renamed the city of New York. So New York City was blessed to have its first connection to a saint in the 1640s – many years before its first diocese was set up. Today, north of New York City, a shrine to these great saints was built in the 1930s in Auriesville, New York called the Shrine of the North American Martyrs: https://www.ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org/

There are may be a local connection to our diocese with the North American Jesuits and martyrs. One of the companions of the martyrs, Fr. Gabriel Druilettes, though not a martyr himself, was also known as the apostle of Maine, and ended up traveling to Augusta, Maine, where he befriended a customs house chief named John Winslow. Mr. Winslow was English (and protestant), but was very friendly to Fr. Druilettes and his convert companions. It’s likely that Mr. Winslow was an ancestor of our current Chancellor and Vicar General, Fr. Patrick Winslow, who describes his family heritage in this article: http://catholicnewsherald.com/189-news/faith/faith-nov/588-thanksgiving-a-family-affair-st-thomas-aquinas-pastor-descends-from-pilgrim-fathers

A great book on the Catholic history of the U.S. that told the above story is Our Land and Our Lady, published in 1943 by Daniel Sargent. This book is rare, but if you find a copy, it’s very inspiring and gives us a glimpse of what a truly Catholic America could have looked like (and still should): https://www.amazon.com/Our-land-Lady-Daniel-Sargent/dp/B00087JM4U

Latin Mass News and tradition

  • The Omission of Difficult Psalms: As a follow up to last week’s e-mail about the Divine Office/Breviary, a reader shared with us an article which discusses why the traditional breviary is preferred to modern ones as it contains many more Psalms – especially those that are more “difficult” or morally challenging. Sadly these Psalms were removed after 1962:
    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-omission-of-difficult-psalms-and.html
  • Online Traditional Breviary: Also the Traditional Breviary is available online to use on your phone or tablet at this very easy to use website. If you’re looking to start praying the traditional Breviary this might be a good starting point: https://divinumofficium.com/
  • The League of St. Martin: A year ago, you may recall Fr. Buettner giving a sermon at St. Ann on Fr. Lawrence Carney, a Latin Mass priest who walks the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri and evangelizes the Catholic faith. Fr. Carney is now starting up an apostolate called The League of St. Martin to help spread the Latin Mass, and the Holy Face devotion https://www.martinians.org/

Autumn Ember Days

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Just a reminder, beginning today, Wednesday is the autumn Ember Days, a 3 day penitential period in the traditional calendar (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) during the change of seasons that is a period of prayer, partial abstinence and fasting (now voluntary) to thank God for His creation and to pray for holiness in the upcoming season.  The autumn ember week usually falls after the feast of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14), and before the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29), and is often called Michaelmas Embertide.

The great liturgist Dom Prosper Gueranger has a beautiful reflection on the importance of keeping these days and how autumn frost helps to prepare us for the resurrection of Easter:

Autumn is harvesting the fruits, which divine mercy, appeased by the satisfactions made by sinful man, has vouchsafed to bring forth from the bosom of the earth, notwithstanding the curse that still hangs over her. The precious seed of wheat, on which man’s life mainly depends, was confided to the soil in the season of the yearly frosts, and with the first fine days, peeped above the ground; at the approach of glorious Easter, it carpeted our fields with its velvet of green, making them ready to share in the universal joy of Jesus’ resurrection; then, turning into a lovely image of what our souls ought to have been in the season of Pentecost, its stem grew up under the action of the hot sun; the golden ear promised a hundred-fold to its master; the harvest made the reapers glad; and now that September has come, it calls on man to fix his heart on that good God, who gave him all this store.

You can learn more about the Ember Days and its customs at Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/ember-days-of-september/ or more at Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost8.html

Ember Day Latin Masses in Charlotte

Ember Wednesday September 23: St. Ann, 6pm Low Mass

Ember Friday September 25: St. Ann, 7am Low Mass; St. Mark 12:30pm Low Mass

Ember Saturday September 26: St. Ann, 8am Low Mass

Respect Life Latin Mass 8am Saturday

As noted above, this Saturday September 26, St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday 8am Low Mass (Latin) for an end to abortion. After Mass, Father, will led people in prayer at Planned Parenthood abortion facility (700 S. Torrence Road, Charlotte). Those who are unable to go to Planned Parenthood, Deacon Sanctis will led a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church.

New traditional Catholic college forms in Maryland

A new traditional college, centered around the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional teachings of the Church has formed in Hagerstown, Maryland. According to its website, it has received the endorsement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Tomorrow, Thursday September 24 at 3pm, the President Ed Schaefer will hold a Zoom seminar to introduce himself and the college. We also hear Dr. Schaefer will be visiting Charlotte later this fall for any interested families. We will pass along any information.  The website with the Zoom information is here: https://www.the-collegium.org/news The college website is here: https://www.the-collegium.org

16th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday September 20 is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, and below is Dr. Mike Foley’s reflection on this Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-overstepping-collect-of-sixteenth.html#.X2a8_tR7nwc

Ember Week: This week is the autumn Ember Days, a 3 day penitential period in the traditional calendar (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) during the change of seasons that is a period of prayer, partial abstinence and fasting (now voluntary) to thank God for His creation and to pray for holiness in the upcoming season. You can learn more about the Ember Days and its customs at Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/ember-days-of-september/ or more at Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost8.html

Sunday Latin Masses

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses however they have just expanded their capacity from 50 families to 60 families  to 70 families – so there are plenty of seats now available. There are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

New Latin Masses in Western NC (3 hours west of Charlotte)

Fr. Barone is offering a Low Masses at each of his two mountain parishes: 9am Low Mass on Tuesday (St. Jude in Sapphire, NC) and 9am Wednesday (Our Lady of the Mountains, Highland, NC). Please check the schedule or the parish website/office in case there are last minute cancellations.

Spiritual concerns continue over live stream Sunday Masses (and a solution)

We wanted to re-share two articles about the growing concerns over the harmful spiritual effects of live streaming Sunday Masses:

Can the Divine Office be a solution?: While a sick or shut-in parishioner cannot participate or receive actual graces from Masses live streamed, there is a liturgy that they can actually participate in at home – it’s called the Divine Office.  Otherwise called the breviary, it is a series of set prayers, collects, and psalms, prayed at different times to sanctify the day and it’s not just for priests or religious – the laity can pray them too. The 1962 breviary follows the Traditional Latin Mass, liturgical calendar, and most importantly, is part of the official public prayer of the Church (perhaps the most powerful prayers next to the Mass) – which means the laity can unite themselves to the Church at home.  There’s a lot more that can be said, but if you know someone who legitimately cannot attend Mass, the breviary IS a more spiritually efficacious way to participate in the spiritual life of the Church. There are both traditional and Novus Ordo breviaries.

The Traditional Latin Mass (1962) breviary can be expensive and complex for beginners (maybe a future class on this someday), but as an alternative, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a very simple, short and traditional breviary for beginners to pray.  There are both traditional and modern (Novus Ordo) editions of the Little Office, so please look for one issued in 1962 or prior. Baronius Press offers a traditional Little Office here: https://www.baroniuspress.com/book.php?wid=56&bid=47#tab=tab-1

Exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger unveils new YouTube Channel

Renowned exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger (who heads an order of traditional exorcists), has just started up a YouTube page to help reintroduce traditional Catholic thought into the Church. Please see his page and welcome message: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnw-H0jHcrp7XbQ2abPaS4w His introductory message mentions something very critical for us that we will explore in the below topic:

One of the tragedies of modern Catholic thought is that it lacks the depth given by previous generations of the same issues. The heresy of modernism has begun affecting the members of the Church, by making them content with a superficial approach to and an explanation of their religion. One of the ways to combat this problem in the Church is to promote studies that draw the students into the depth and richness which Catholic thought can provide. However none of that is possible without  a deep sense  our indebtedness to tradition, as well as a strong developed sense of the value of those traditions.

Traditional vs. Modern (or “conservative”) Seminary Formation

The above quote by Fr. Ripperger highlights a major problem that is often overlooked in today’s Church crisis – the absence or near absence of traditional seminary formation.  Traditional formation is exclusively centered around the Traditional Latin Mass, it’s theology, philosophy, doctrine, traditions, and spirituality as it was handed down by our forefathers in the Church (Popes, Saints, etc.). Liturgy is imminently linked to these other disciplines.  Sadly, many wonderful pious and holy diocesan (and religious) priests – even those diocesan priests who offer the Latin Mass – are deprived of this exclusively traditional formation and are placed at a disadvantage in their priesthood. The problem is further compounded by receiving a watered down, often naturalistic formation (lacking full supernatural perspective) of the Catholic faith and priesthood. This is ultimately passed on to us, the laity. This does not mean a traditionally formed priest is personally holier than a priest who was formed in a modern or conservative seminary per se, but simply means traditional formation gives a priest a much deeper formation that better assists him to live out his priesthood in the way the Christ and His Church intended (and consequently deal with the challenges he encounters).

This helps us understand why in the Church today – even among “conservative” priests and bishops – we see a failure to fully grasp and confront the culture of death or even be able to resume normal parish operations over a human fear of a rarely fatal virus. What we are seeing tragically, is the full scale meltdown of the post-conciliar Church – which affects the diocese of Charlotte – a Church that is spiritually paralyzed because the post-conciliar formation is filled with fear of confronting society; trust of science over God; unnecessary self-imposed rules and legalisms; all combined with some orthodoxy.

Priests and seminarians deserve better and there is hope. Some priests and seminarians have taken it upon themselves to supplement their formation by studying tradition on their own time. However, as we watch the modernist Church bleed away parishioners (who won’t be returning to Mass after COVID), we, must pray, and encourage all priests (and seminarians) to fully embrace tradition and the supernatural outlook it contains into all aspects of their priesthood – it’s the only way out of this crisis and to save souls.

As Fr. Armand De Malleray, FSSP noted in a recent interview, many diocesan priests who have not received full traditional formation, are grateful when they learn of it:

I give retreats to priests every year, most of them diocesan. They are fond of discovering the riches of the traditional philosophy, theology and spirituality. Of course most priests would know some of this teaching, but because of our traditional formation, we FSSP priests are in a good position to explain the beautiful connection between liturgy, philosophy, theology and spirituality. It’s a priestly package. It makes sense to priests who come across it. Even though it’s a bit daunting at first, seen from without, it rings very true and gives hope to priests who struggle in their ministry and in their priestly identity.

X-Ray of the Priest: Interview with Fr. Armand de Malleray: https://fssp.com/x-ray-of-the-priest-interview-with-fr-armand-de-malleray/

(N.B. – there are other traditional seminaries besides the Fraternity of St. Peter/FSSP)

This is why we Latin Mass attendees should never be complacent with Traditional Latin Masses mixed into Novus Ordo parishes. That’s the starting point – not the end game.  Only when we have priests and parishes fully embracing tradition (i.e. only offering Latin Masses and teaching the full traditional faith) will a local diocese be able to start the pushback against the secular culture. To paraphrase, the late Dr. John Senior, “we can’t restore the culture until we restore the liturgy”. Let us continue to pray for this intention – our priests deserve it.

Other Latin Mass News

15th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Saturday within the Octave of the Blessed Mother’s nativity and the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Sunday September 13 is the 15th Sunday after Pentecost, and below is Dr. Mike Foley’s reflection on this Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-sensational-postcommunion-prayer-of.html#.X11RudR7nwc

Feast of the Holy Cross: Just a reminder Monday September 14 is the Feast of the Holy Cross when St. Helena found the relics of the True Cross in Jerusalem. It is also the 13th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum’s enactment date. We are not aware of any Latin Masses occurring in Charlotte that day but perhaps we may consider offering prayers for Pope Em. Benedict XVI and thanksgiving for his Moto Proprio granting laity and priests greater access to this Mass of Ages.

Sunday Latin Masses in the City of  Charlotte

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses however they have just expanded their capacity from 50 families to 60 families – so there are many extra seats now available. There are slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday September 26

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Latin Mass at 8:00am Saturday September 26. Afterwards a group will go out with Father to Planned Parenthood to pray. Those who do not are welcome to stay for a Holy Hour of Reparation led by a deacon.

Traditional Understanding of Obedience vs. Modernist Obedience (hyper obedience)

While COVID dominates the headlines, there is another more deadly virus that has infected nearly everyone including in the Church and that is the virus of modernism and its misapplication or confusion over the virtue of obedience.  Often Catholics mistakenly think that if a priest, bishop, or Pope, says “do this” on any topic, that a person is obliged follow the order without question and to do otherwise would be a sin (or a merit if they comply). While on faith and morals, that may be true, this is not the proper understanding on other topics as the below articles will note.

This problem came to light decades ago with predator priests and bishops (like Theodore McCarrick) who used fear and the false use of “obedience” to silence subjects &  whistleblowers. It was also used by clerics against laity who questioned the “new normal” of Vatican II and fought for the restoration of the Latin Mass and traditional Catholicism – yet thanks to these heroic laity who obeyed God (and some courageous priests), we have Latin Masses throughout western North Carolina today.

We raise this topic because modern or “hyper-obedience” is rearing its ugly head again – this time during the COVID protocols. We often hear people say “I comply with X, because my priest, bishop, superior or elected official told me to do so and I want to be obedient”.  As followers of Christ however, we owe our obedience and allegiance first to God, not man. There is legitimate reasons for obeying superiors and the Church but it also has clear limits.

As Fr. Daniel Nolan, FSSP, a Latin Mass priest in the Archdiocese of Denver, noted a few weeks ago (as his personal opinion but still instructive), when someone in authority asks us to do something that could violate our health, right reason, or the common good, Catholic laity are actually obliged to follow God, and not the authority (Acts 5:29). Sadly, the “sanitary police” were called on Fr. Nolan, but nevertheless his helpful message was captured in the third article below.

In Eric Sammons’ article below he highlights that even the level of inconvenience does not exempt a Catholic from rejecting an unjust request (i.e. we are still obliged to reject even trivial unjust requests). Sammons also notes the Church is not a cult in which we just follow blind orders. As one priest preached recently, God gave us a brain, let us to use it. This understanding of obedience also applies to priests or religious, in regards to their bishop or superior.

We have barely scratched the surface, but these excellent articles can help better explain what St. Thomas Aquinas says about obedience (Fr. Nolan is the 3rd article).

Latin Mass & Traditional News

14th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 14th Sunday after Pentecost and Dr. Mike Foley’s column discusses the theme for Sunday’s collect which is mortification and pulling away from worldly attractions: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/perpetual-propitiation-in-fourteenth.html#.X1RMktR7nwc

As we enter into September and autumn, Dom Prosper Gueranger notes that we will see fewer solemnities and major feast days until November as the Church wishes to let God speak, and like St. John the Baptist, to decrease so He can increase:

..we shall see its teaching as it were tempered down, by the fewness of the feasts, and the disappearance of great solemnities until November. The school of the holy liturgy aims at adapting the soul, more surely and more fully than could any other school, to the interior teaching of the Spouse. Like John, the Church would be glad to let God alone speak always, if that were possible here below; at least, towards the end of the way, she loves to moderate her voice, and sometimes even to keep silence, in order to give her children an opportunity of showing that they know how to listen inwardly to Him, who is both her and their sole love.

Sunday Latin Masses in the City of  Charlotte

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses. There are still some inside seats available (late Saturday night) for the 11:30am Mass and there slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

Marian feast days this week:  Looking ahead we do have two smaller ranked Marian feast days this week – Tuesday September 8 is the nativity (birthday) of the Blessed Mother, and Saturday September 12 is the feast of the Holy Name of Mary. Regrettably we don’t have any Latin Masses in the city of Charlotte but if we do we will share them with you. There will be a 6pm Latin Mass on Tuesday September 8 at St. Elizabeth parish in Boone, NC (2 hours northwest of Charlotte).

Prayers for the Salisbury Latin Mass Community: Please pray for the restoration of the 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Regretfully, the diocese’s restrictions are impacting Masses in some parishes and has prevented the restarting of the Sunday Latin Mass in Salisbury. Please pray to the Blessed Mother – perhaps this Tuesday and Saturday for her intercession in the Latin Mass’ restoration.

Dedication of the Cathedral of St. Patrick: At Friday’s Latin Mass at St. Mark parish, Fr. Putnam noted that Friday September 4 was the anniversary of the consecration of the Cathedral of St. Patrick.  The anniversary (probably 1972) is a solemnity for the diocese and major day of celebration. As Fr. Alfonso Gamez (also at St. Mark) noted in another sermon Friday, the consecration of a cathedral in a new diocese represents the planting of the gospel in a new mission area, and is a historic occasion in the local mission of the Church.

CLMC’s Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign: The CLMC needs your help – we are co-sponsoring the campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). Even if you don’t need tabs yourself, we encourage you to consider supporting this project as can help people who are unfamiliar with the Douay Rheims bible to switch over to this eminently preferred translation. To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs. For those who donate (any amount), they will receive a complimentary tab (if they’d like). Thank you for any support you might provide.

Other Latin Mass/Tradition news

  • Feast of St. Pius X – September 3: We can’t close the prior week without remarking of the important feast day this past Thursday September 3 of the great Pope St. Pius X, who was one of the strongest defenders of tradition, and an enemy of the modernists. We share with you his excellent Oath Against Modernism which every priest and Catholic professor should sign: https://reginamag.com/the-oath-against-modernism/
  • New FSSP YouTube Channel: The Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a society whose priests offer the Latin Mass exclusively and operate several Latin Mass-only parishes (and who claims 2 St. Ann parishioners as seminarians) has just started up a YouTube channel with some excellent catechesis from their priests. Learn more here:
    https://fssp.com/introducing-te-igitur-the-fssps-new-youtube-channel/ (Hopefully they won’t be censored!)
  • Traditional Carmelite Nuns compose new song: The Carmelite Sisters of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph in Fairfield, PA, who are ministered to by our friends, the Carmelite Hermits, and who follow the Traditional/Carmelite Latin Mass exclusively, recently composed a song based on a famous poem Invictus, by William Ernest Henely. To learn more and get a glimpse into the quiet contemplative life of the Carmelites visit: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/nuns-reimagine-invictus-poem-into-catholic-song-for-our-troubled-times  (Note: As a reminder, with all the chaos in our world and state, we should consider praying more for contemplative religious to come to this diocese as their life efficaciously offers sacrifices and penance in reparation for sins that contribute to our societal unrest).

Traditional Moral Law & COVID lockdowns/policies

Earlier this spring we shared 3 articles about traditional moral teachings of the Church and how they are applied to the COVID lockdowns. We re-post them as a necessary refresher on the topic:

  • Traditional Teaching of Church vs. State: Theologian and exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger comments on the traditional teaching of the Church’s superiority over the state and how the concept of “Separation of Church & State” is incompatible with the Church. It’s an important read with the continued confusion over whether the Church (or a diocese) is required to follow the state guidelines related to worship during COVID-19: http://sensustraditionis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Ascendancy.pdf

You can also listen to a similar sermon here: https://sensusfidelium.us/ascendancy-church-state-issues-by-fr-ripperger/

Indeed, the true friends of the people are neither revolutionaries, nor innovators: they are traditionalists. – Pope St. Pius X, Notre Charge Apostolique (Our Apostolic Mandate), August 25, 1910

13th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Yesterday Saturday August 29 was the feast of the beheading of St. John the Baptist – who had no hesitation to stand up to the head of state and speak God’s moral law in order to save his soul. We provide more on this feast day below.

13th Sunday After Pentecost:  Today Sunday August 30 is the 13th Sunday after Pentecost and Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection on this Sunday’s Collect, which focuses on the theological virtues of faith, hope and charity: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/the-theological-virtues-and-thirteenth.html#.X0sPw9R7nwc

Sunday Latin Masses in the City of  Charlotte

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses. There are still a few inside seats (late Saturday night) for the 11:30am Mass but there are still some slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not state). Seating outside in plaza.

Latin Mass cancellations: With Fr. Reid being away, and a substitute priest is unavailable, the following Latin Masses are canceled this coming week:

  • Wednesday September 2nd: 6pm Latin Mass canceled (no Mass that evening)
  • Friday September 4th: 7am Mass canceled (As an alternate: St. Mark will offer 1st Friday Low Mass at 12:30pm)
  • FYI – Sunday Vespers Sunday August 30 are now cancelled (last minute cancellation).

Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign:

The CLMC needs your help – we are now co-sponsoring the campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). Even if you don’t need tabs yourself, we encourage you to consider supporting this project as can help people who are unfamiliar with the Douay Rheims bible to switch over to this eminently preferred translation. To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs. For those who donate (any amount), they will receive a complimentary tab. Thank you for any support you might provide.

Beheading of St. John the Baptist

With yesterday’s feast day, King Herod’s sister in law Herodias, and daughter Salome did not appreciate (to put it mildly) St. John’s speaking of the truth about adultery and instead requested St. John be beheaded at a party honoring Herod. Dom Prosper Gueranger shares the fate of these three individuals – Herod and Herodias were eventually exiled to modern day France, while Salome herself met a similar fate of St. John when danced on a frozen river, fell into the water, and the sharp ice beheaded her (ouch!). Back to St. John, his beheading apparently took place closer to the Pasch in late March or April, but the Church choose August 29 as his feast day to celebrate when his head was found in what is now modern day Syria. Here are a few articles with history and reflections:

Latin Mass News & Tradition

Fr. Reid named co Education Vicar: Please offer your congrats and prayers to Father Reid as he has been named Education Co-Vicar for the diocese. This is a major appointment as he essentially will oversee the entire Catholic school system in the diocese: http://catholicnewsherald.com/news/90-news/local/6154-second-education-vicar-named-for-growing-diocese

Fr. James Jackson FSSP on Beauty and Art: Article outlines the basic Catholic principles on what makes art and the liturgy beautiful: https://fssp.com/on-beauty-qa-with-fr-james-jackson-fssp/

Fr. Dwight Longenecker on the collapse of the Catholic faith after COVID:  Fr. Longenecker is a pious priest in the Charleston Diocese whom occasionally spars with Latin Mass/traditionalists on various topics over the years (the last paragraph hints that). Despite occasional disagreements, Father has penned an excellent essay in Crisis Magazine discussing the collapse of the Catholic faith after COVID: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/why-bother-going-to-mass

Father Longenecker acknowledges something we’ve been uncomfortably observing for 3 months – many Catholics are simply not returning to Mass. We can hope that they do when this “crisis” is over but new habits can be hard to break. The hysterical fear over a virus (in which overall 99% patients survive) is compounded by strange (superstitious?) naturalistic protocols implemented by dioceses across the country (not by the state!).  Thankfully the Latin Mass parishes here have not been as severe, but we’re also aware of parishes around the country which have no restrictions, no protocols, and no outbreak – just normalcy in attending Mass.

One wonders how many future converts and potential lapsed Catholics who found God during the lockdown are scared away by all the red tape and hyper fear that many parishes have erected (limited seating, health warnings, no singing, kneelers taped up, temperature checks, mandatory facemasks, rubber gloves for priests, social isolation, no Holy Water, outdoor Masses, etc.).

We may not have the answers but we can ask: What would the saints and martyrs have done? Saints John the Baptist and Damien of Molokai, pray for us!

12th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Yesterday Saturday August 22nd was the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – the traditional Octave day of the Assumption. The Mass propers for yesterday’s feast day are often used for First Saturday Masses.  Since the Church still awaits the Pope’s formal consecration of Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary as Our Lady of Fatima requested, we include a prayer (at the bottom) for the consecration written by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. To learn more about this feast day and the Octave of the Assumption (which was sadly suppressed in recent decades), please visit Dom Prosper Gueranger’s the liturgical year: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-22-the-octave-of-the-assumption/

As custom, for Sunday’s collect (12th Sunday After Pentecost), we also provide a reflection by Dr. Mike Foley:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/heavenly-liturgy-and-earthly-compassion.html#.X0Hi1357nwc

Sunday Latin Masses in the City of  Charlotte

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses. There are still a few inside seats (late Saturday night) for the 11:30am Mass but there are still some slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not state). Seating outside in plaza.

Prayers and help for Joshua Hren and family:

If you’ve been attending Sunday Latin Masses at St. Ann, you may have seen or even met Dr. Joshua Hren, his wife Brittney, and their family, who are regular attendees. Sadly, Joshua, (who teaches at Belmont Abbey), has been suffering from some challenging health issues over the years. There are some treatments that may be of benefit to him, but it can be costly. As such, the Hren’s friends have started a Go-Fund me page to assist the family with these expenses. We’re pleased to share the page to learn about Joshua’s story and ways we can help: https://www.gofundme.com/f/ry3vsr-lyme?sharetype=teams&member=5345266&utm_medium=email&utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_na+share-

Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign:

CLMC member & St. Ann parishioner Mary Richardson is organizing a campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). A donation of $15 will get you one set ($30 two). To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs (if you tried in prior days and received an error – the problem should be fixed). Also if want to make a general donation instead, that will be of great help too.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • New U.S. Traditional Latin Mass survey: There is a new Latin Mass organization in the U.S., called the Christus Vincit Foundation – inspired by Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s book of the same name. The Foundation, with Bishop Schneider’s blessing, is focused on the restoration Traditional Latin Mass and tradition through financially backed projects (restoring old churches, re-opening monasteries, etc.). They are also conducting a survey of the Latin Mass faithful and clergy to begin charting a course. The CLMC has already filled it out but perhaps you’d like to as well: https://www.christusvincitfoundation.org/tlm-survey

(Reminder: We were also promoting a pilgrimage with Fr. Matlak to Bl. Karl’s burial shrine on Madeira Island and also Bavaria Germany in Summer 2022 – contact us if interested).

  • Prayer to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart: As noted above, Bishop Schneider has also created a prayer to implore Our Lady to provide the Pope with the graces necessary to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and to bring an end to this chaos, and usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bp-schneider-composes-prayer-begging-mary-for-consecration-of-russia-so-there-will-be-peace

Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.

+ Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

Inspiring/sobering quote by St. Jane Frances de Chantel:

In the traditional calendar, this past Friday August 21, was St. Jane Frances de Chantel’s feast day. According to Dom Prosper Gueranger, there was a beautiful story about her sanctity at age five and one of the strongest quotes against heretics.

Jane Frances Frémiot de Chantal was born at Dijon in Burgundy, of noble parents, and from her childhood gave clear signs of her future great sanctity. It was said that when only five years of age she put to silence a Calvinist nobleman by substantial arguments, far beyond her age, and when he offered her a little present she immediately threw it into the fire, saying: ‘This is how heretics will burn in hell, because they do not believe Christ when He speaks.’

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-21-st-jane-frances-fremiot-de-chantal-widow/

Diocesan Policy on Holy Communion for Catholic Pro-Abortion politicians:

Lastly, on the topic of those who refuse to believe in Christ when He speaks, we inform our readers that Catholic pro-abortion public officials are forbidden from receiving Holy Communion in the Dioceses of Charlotte, Charleston, and the Archdiocese of Atlanta. This policy was instituted in 2004 and remains in force (also applies to non-public officials too!).  Presidential candidate Joe Biden (pray for him!) learned this first hand in January when he was denied Holy Communion in a parish in Florence, South Carolina. We attach the letter outlining this policy – feel free to keep it handy as we approach election season.

https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/worthy_to_receive_the_lamb.pdf

11th Sunday after Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Blessed feast of Our Lady’s Assumption.  While tomorrow is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost, it also (when on a Sunday) is another Marian related day – the feast of Our Lady’s Father, St. Joachim. Both he and St. Ann have separate feast days in the Extraordinary Form calendar.

To learn more about the traditions of St. Joachim we link to Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry for tomorrow: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/august/august-16-st-joachim-confessor-father-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

As custom, for Sunday’s collect, we also provide a reflection by Dr. Mike Foley: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/god-has-piety-collect-for-eleventh.html#.XziT-357nwc

Sunday Latin Masses in the City of  Charlotte

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses. The inside seats are filled for the 11:30am Mass but there are still some slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May…Seating outside in plaza.

Respect Life Latin Mass –  Saturday August 22, 8:00am

St. Ann will offer its monthly 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass, this coming Saturday August 22nd at 8:00am. Afterwards Father will lead the group to pray at Planned Parenthood (or you can stay with Deacon in the church who will lead a Holy Hour of Reparation). It is also the feast day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary – a day that we can pray that the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will happen soon – once the Holy Father consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart.

Douay Rheims bible tabs fundraising campaign:

As many Latin Mass attendees know, the Douay Rheims Catholic bible is the most accurate English bible translation that safely translates from Latin to English. For centuries, the Douay Rheims was the English translation of the scripture readings at Mass in Roman Missal (which sadly was replaced in the 1950s). For newcomers the Douay Rheims bible can be a little challenging because of the ancient naming of many its books differs from modern bibles. To make it easier to read, CLMC member & St. Ann parishioner Mary Richardson is organizing a campaign to raise the necessary funds to help manufacture high quality Douay Rheims bible tabs (Old & New Testaments). A donation of $15 will get you one set ($30 two). To learn more visit this website here: https://wonderwe.com/drbibletabs

Latin Mass & Traditional News

Holy Belt of the Virgin Mary: Since today is the feast of the Assumption we share an article on one of the few known relics of the Blessed Mother – her holy belt: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/the-holy-belt-of-virgin-mary-relic-of.html#.XziT5n57nwc

Review of Foundations Restored DVD series on Creation: Last November you may recall that the CLMC co-sponsored the Evolution & Culture of Death conference with the local pro-life group C-PLAN and the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation. Among the many things we learned was that the errors of Darwinism have infected society and the Church. Much of the problems of today lie actually at the feet of this error – which has no basis in theology or natural science. Thankfully, the Kolbe Center has put out a ground breaking DVD series (17 parts!) called Foundations Restored exposing the myth and presenting the traditional teaching of special creation (note: if you are questioning certain “narratives” in our news today – you will find this series very beneficial).

To give you an understanding of the impact of Foundations Restored, Rorate Caeli has a review of the DVD series which we encourage you to read: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/08/foundations-restored-dvd-series-from.html

Why the Gospel faces liturgical north at the Latin Mass: If you’ve ever wondered why the altar servers move the Missal to the left side of the altar (liturgical north) during Latin Mass, this article will be helpful. In short it’s to symbolize the preaching of the pagan gentiles of the north (Europe). To learn more read this excellent article: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/08/guest-article-ancient-cosmological.html?utm_source=dlvr.it&utm_medium=twitter#.XzRqN357nwc

Archbishop Vigano’s Response to Fr. Thomas Weinandy, O.F.M. on the fruits of Vatican II: Next Saturday (August 22nd) is the 2 year anniversary of Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano’s breaking silence on the corruption in the Church. Lately, he’s been examining the documents of Vatican II, along with the problems that followed the Council and offering some critical analysis. This week he debates noted conservative theologian Fr. Thomas Weinandy on the matter:

https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5015-on-resisting-vatican-ii-to-its-face-archbishop-vigano-s-response-to-fr-thomas-weinandy-o-f-m