Advent and Christmas Mass Schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed Advent greetings! We are now in the penitential season of Advent, and we wanted to share with you the list of upcoming liturgies as it currently stands. All Masses except for the Dec. 9 Pontifical Liturgy are Traditional Latin Masses. We will update this page if new Masses are announced.

 Friday December 8 **Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Holy Day of Obligation**

         10:00 AM Latin Mass – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, NC (100 miles north of Charlotte)

        12:30 PM Low Mass – St. Mark, Huntersville

6:00 PM Solemn High Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia

7:00 PM Solemn High Mass – St. Ann (Eucharistic Adoration/Vigil for Life after Mass until Midnight, Holy Hour of Reparation from 11pm-12midnight)

To sign up for Eucharistic Adoration please visit here:

Saturday December 9

6:00 AM Rorate Candlelight Latin Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte

6:00 AM Rorate Candlelight High Latin Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia (offered by Fr. Buettner)

12:00 noon: Divine Liturgy in the Ukranian Eastern Rite – St. Ann (No longer Pontifical)

 Saturday December 16

6:00 AM Rorate Candlelight High Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia (offered by Fr. Christian)

6:30 AM Rorate Candlelight High Mass – St. Ann

 Sunday December 24 – Vigil of Christmas

12:30pm –Latin Mass – St. Ann (Our regular Sunday Latin Mass)

Monday December 25 – Christmas/Feast of Our Lord’s Nativity

12 midnight – Solemn High Mass – St. Ann

12 midnight – Solemn High Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia

As you can see, we will be attending Mass on both Sunday the 24th and hours later on Monday the 25th (Midnight Latin Mass).

What is a Rorate Mass?: If you’re new to Latin Mass and wondering – what is a Rorate Mass? Simply put, it’s a beautiful and ancient candlelight Latin Mass honoring Our Lady at dawn taken from the first words of the Introit of the Mass which comes from the words of Isaiah 45:8 (Rorate, caeli…). As is custom each year, we provide you a great article on it, written by our own CLMC’s Brian Williams at this website:

Pontifical Divine Liturgy & Advent Youth event

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Last week we sent out a recap of Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s visit and Pontifical Mass at St. Ann’s (

This week we are pleased to share with you that another Pontifical liturgy that will be offered at St. Ann’s on Saturday December 9 at 12 noon.

This will be a special Pontifical Divine Liturgy in the Byzantine Rite (Eastern Rite) offered by His Excellency Bohdan Danylo of the Eparchy of Josaphat (Parma, Ohio). Bishop Danylo is an Eastern Rite bishop over the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church for this region including the St. Basil the Great Ukrainian Rite Community in Charlotte (based at St. Thomas Aquinas parish).

The event is part of a 2-day Advent Youth rally organized and led by our friend and Ukrainian-rite priest, Fr. Joseph Matlak. While we normally promote the Traditional Latin Mass, the event will be part of a 2-day youth event that begins with Traditional Latin Mass at 7pm at St. Ann’s on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception on Friday December 8 and resumes the next day with speakers, chant, confessions and of course the Divine Liturgy offered at 12 noon. The talks will be for youth (ages 8 and up), but all family members are invited as well. Meals will be provided.

Everyone is invited for the liturgies on Friday and Saturday.

To register for the youth rally: If you have children and would like to attend the Advent youth rally please visit:


Schedule for the Liturgies for Dec 8-9:

Friday December 8

7:00 PM Traditional Latin Mass (High) – St. Ann

Saturday December 9

12:00 noon: Pontifical Divine Liturgy – St. Ann


Please see the attached schedule for a full list of Advent youth events.

N.B. – As we approach Advent, we’ll be updating you on full Mass schedules for Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8), Rorate Candlelit Masses, and Christmas Masses. Stay tuned…

Recap: Bishop Schneider visit

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Before we head into the Thanksgiving holiday, we wanted to send our formal (and overdue) thank you to everyone for their support of Bishop Athanasius Schneider’s visit to St. Ann’s last month.

In gratitude

There are many people we want and need to thank, though I’m afraid if we thank people individually we’ll accidentally leave people out (mea cupla!). That said, first and foremost, we thank the staff of St. Ann, the priests assisting at Mass and in choir, the scholas (from multiple parishes), and the seminarians for their support and help in this grace filled liturgy.  Additionally, members of the CLMC’s Latin Mass Steering Committee for their critical efforts in organizing, promoting and welcoming the Bishop in various ways.

Lastly, Fr. Reid is due much thanks as he opened up his parish to host this extraordinary event.   Please consider offering a decade of your Rosary for him in thanksgiving.


Audio/video of Bishop Schneider’s visit

We are pleased to provide audio and video of Bishop Schneider’s sermon and his post-Mass remarks. You can view them on our Bishop Schneider webpage:


Photos of the event

We also are grateful to Markus Kuncoro and Philip Budidharma for their photography services in capturing the event. You can look here. (courtesy of Markus Kuncoro/Charlotte Latin Mass Community) (courtesy of Philip Budidharma)


Bishop Schneider’s book on the Eucharist

Lastly, Bishop Schneider authored an important book on the Eucharist called “Dominus Est: It is the Lord”. You can purchase the book at this location:,204,203,200_QL40_&dpSrc=srch

The event was a grace filled and historic event for our diocese. As Fr. Barone noted the following Sunday, we’re going to be unpacking Bishop Schneider’s event and remarks for quite some time. Perhaps we can take some time to reflect again on the Bishop’s remarks as we head into Thanksgiving and later into advent.

Feasts of Christ the King & All Saints/All Souls

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Thank you to everyone who supported and attended Thursday’s Pontifical Mass & talk by His Excellency Bishop Schneider. We’ll hope to send a recap of the event in the days ahead (and with audio and possibly video of his talks) and hope you found the event edifying and inspiring.


Christ the King Feast is tomorrow!

We just wanted to remind you of our Christ the King Eucharistic Procession tomorrow Sunday October 29 – 12:30pm Latin High Mass at 12:30pm at St. Ann, with the procession immediately after Mass. Please bring your images/statues, etc. of your favorite royal saints (venerable, beatified, or canonized). After the procession, we’ll conclude with prayers to consecration of the human race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, which carries a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions.


3 feasts this week

This coming week also marks sort of a triumvirate of feasts as Christ the King honors the Church Militant (the faithful on earth), All Saints November 1, honors Church Triumphant (faithful in heaven), and All Souls November 2, commemorates the Church Penitent (faithful being purified in purgatory). With that, below is the Latin Mass schedule for All Saints/All Souls.


All Saints/All Souls schedule

***All Saints Day, Wednesday November 1st is a Holy Day of Obligation***

 St. Ann parish:

All Saints Day Wednesday November 1: 6pm Solemn High Mass

All Souls Day, Thursday November 2: 7pm Solemn High Mass


St. Michael parish in Gastonia:

All Saints Day, Wednesday November 1: 6:30am Low Mass, 6pm Solemn High Mass

All Souls Day, Thursday November 2: 6:00am (Low), 6:30am (Low), 7:00am (Low), 7:30am (Low), 8:00am (Low), 6pm Solemn High Mass


Novena to All Souls in Purgatory

FYI – from November 1-8, you can earn 1 plenary indulgence each day for a poor soul in purgatory if you visit a cemetery and offer prayers for the deceased (this also requires you to attend Mass, receive Holy Communion and the other usual conditions).

 Vivo Cristo Rey!

Reminder: Bishop Schneider & Christ the King this week

Special Pontifical Latin Mass & Commemoration of Blessed Karl of Austria

Celebrant: His Excellency Bishop Athanasius Schneider, ORC

Thursday October 26, 2017, 7pm

St. Ann Catholic Church (3635 Park Road, Charlotte)

Sermon: The Kingship of Christ

Reception after Mass with brief remarks on Blessed Karl of Austria




2nd Annual Feast of Christ the King Celebration & Eucharistic Procession

Sunday October 29, 2017, 12:30pm High Mass (offered by Fr. Reid or Barone)

Eucharistic Procession around the parish grounds immediately after Mass (weather permitting).

St. Ann Catholic Church

After Procession: Prayer of Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus (Plenary Indulgence granted under usual conditions)

What to bring: Please bring images, statues, flags, etc. of your favorite royal saints (Venerable, beatified, or canonized) to march in the procession

List of Royal saints:

Feast of Christ the King Eucharistic Procession – Sunday October 29

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Although its several weeks away, we are pleased to announce Father has agreed to host the 2nd annual Feast of Christ the King Eucharistic Procession on Sunday October 29th after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann.  Weather permitting we will process outside around the parish after Latin Mass.

The importance of the Feast

As you may recall, in the traditional calendar, the feast of Christ the King falls on the last Sunday in October, and Eucharistic processions were common on this feast day shortly after its inception in 1925.  The feast 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 (See Quas Primas encyclical). We’re inviting Bishop Athanasius Schneider to speak on this topic a few days prior (Oct 26) to help prepare us for this important feast day.


Invite your favorite royal saints to join us!

We will continue last year’s theme of invoking the aid of saintly king, queens, rulers and statesman who through their office and virtues recognized Christ’s Kingship over their land and peoples. We invite you to bring visual reminders of these saints as we beg them to intercede for our country. Toward that end, we again encourage everyone to bring:

  • Images/icons of their favorite royal saints (see list below)
  • Statues
  • Flags (coat of arms of the saint, or their royal/kingdom flag)
  • Banners

Saints like St. Louis IX, St. Isabel of Portugal, St. Fernando of Spain, Blessed Karl of Austria, St. Vladimir of Russia/Ukraine, St. Thomas More, etc.. (Canonized, beatified, or Servant of God). The Mexican Cristeros and Vendee martyrs are also included as they proclaimed Christ’s Kingship to their martyrdom.

Catholic national/regional flags are also encouraged (like the Sacred Heart flag of Quebec, Kingdom of Jerusalem, or the Cristeros flag). Below is a list of royal saints for your benefit.

Finding flags & banners

This year we’re particularly interested in having people bring more flags and banners. You can search online to find them. This ebay seller in France ( seems to have a good selection but there are other places.

Alternatively, it might be easier to have certain rare flags printed locally using computer images of the coat of arms.

¡Vivo Cristo Rey!

Embertide Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today marks the beginning of the Autumn Ember Days (Michaelmas Embertide). This is the quarterly time of year when (now optional) the faithful fasted and prayed around the change of the seasons for greater holiness, and thanksgiving for God’s creation. The Church set aside 3 days (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) each season for this penitential practice and though optional, the Ember Days are still commemorated in the Traditional Latin Rite calendar of 1962. It’s a good way to grow in holiness for the upcoming season.

You can learn more about the Ember Days at

We  also have 2 announcements to share:

  1. Young Adult lunch this Sunday September 24 after 12:30 PM Latin Mass (St. Ann). After Mass, some of the young adults who attend the 12:30pm Mass will head out to eat at a nearby restaurant. Meet at the Latin Mass Info table in the narthex. All young adults in their 20s & 30s are welcome (don’t have attend Latin Mass to join).


  1. Latin Mass workshop, Taylors, South Carolina: Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (~ 90 minutes south of Charlotte), offers the Latin Mass daily, and starting this Sunday will begin offering a 5 week series on the Latin Mass. It’s first event will this Sunday September 24th featuring none other than Fr. Jason Barone, on the familiar topic (to us) of “Why Latin”. You can learn more about it here: