Ash Wednesday and Lent

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday February 26, is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent. As custom, Fisheaters.com has a great summary on the traditions of Lent, its origins, practices: https://www.fisheaters.com/customslent1.html

Ash Wednesday schedule: Below are the diocesan Ash Wednesday Traditional Latin Masses in the region.

  • St. Ann: 7am (Low). Unfortunately, there will not be a 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann, nor a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.
  • St. John the Baptist in Tryon: 8:30 am (Low).
  • Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC: 12 noon (Low)
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone, NC: 6pm (Low)

Stations of the Cross: Each Friday St. Ann offers a 7pm Stations of the Cross, preceded by a Holy Hour of Reparation at 6pm.

Next Juventutem Charlotte Young Adults event Wednesday March 4 at 7pm: Juventutem Charlotte will be hosting a Sacred Art tour of at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, led by Fr. Reid. They will attend the normal 6pm Low Mass followed by an exclusive talk and tour of St. Ann parish led by Fr. Timothy Reid. The tour will begin at 7pm in the church. This tour will illuminate the important role beauty, art and architecture play in creating sacred spaces of worship. Juventutem is open to young adults age 18-35. To learn more please contact Angela Kessler at: JuventutemCLT@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT.

Feast of St. Joseph Thursday March 19: St. Joseph’s seminary will offer a Solemn High Mass at 12 noon on the feast of St. Joseph, Thursday March 19 at St. Ann parish.

Talks from Saturday’s Men’s reflection in Raleigh: Thanks to Steve Cunningham and Sensus Fidelium, we have recordings of the wonderful (and well attended) men’s reflection and Mass offered by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Raleigh last weekend. The sermon was offered by Canon Matthew Weaver, the Men’s reflection was offered by Superior General of North America, Canon Matthew Talarico:

Feast of the Chair of St. Peter

Laudetur Jesus Christus!  We have a few updates to share with over the next week.

Saturday February 22nd, is the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter, and for those who are part of the Confraternity of St. Peter (the lay apostolate which prayers for priests & seminarians of the Fraternity of St. Peter/FSSP), you can privately renew your membership this day, and can also receive a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions on this day. For more information on the Confraternity, please visit: www.fssp.com/confraternity-of-saint-peter/

Below are the Latin Masses for this day:

Respect Life Latin Mass this Saturday February 22nd (Feast of the Chair of St. Peter): St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass (Latin) at 8:00am, followed a Rosary Vigil at Planned Parenthood (700 S. Torrence Road, Charlotte). You can also stay in the church and pray a Holy Hour of Reparation after Mass.

Traditional Men’s Reflection in Raleigh, Saturday February 22nd: All men are invited to a pre-Lenten Men’s Recollection hosted at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Raleigh (2817 Poole Road, Raleigh, NC) on Saturday February 22nd from 9am to 12:30pm. The Recollection will be led by Canons Matthew Talarico and Matthew Weaver from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (a religious order which offers the Latin Mass exclusively). The event is free and will take place in the church, include confessions, and concluding with a Traditional Latin Mass at 11am. Traditional Latin Mass is open to all, followed by reception.  For more information please contact Jeremy Kryn at jkryn@nc.rr.com. To learn more about the Institute visit:
https://www.institute-christ-king.org/institute/who-we-are

 

Other Latin Mass news

40 Masses/40 Days of Penance for family and friends: The Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who offer the traditional Carmelite Rite Mass in Pennsylvania, are offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift you don’t want to pass up. Here is the link to the enrollment form: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/lenten-enrollment/   Please make an offering of alms along with this enrollment.  Your generous financial sacrifice will bear all the more fruit for your intentions. Please complete before Ash Wednesday.

Ash Wednesday (February 26) Latin Mass schedule: Lent begins next Wednesday February 26. The only Latin Mass currently scheduled in Charlotte is 7am (Low) at St. Ann parish. Unfortunately, there will not be a 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann, nor a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.

Outside Charlotte, St. John the Baptist in Tryon will offer a Latin Mass (Low) at 8:30 AM.  Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC will offer a 12 noon Latin Mass (low).  St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone will offer a 6pm Latin Mass (Low).

Lenten Enrollment: 40 days of Traditional Masses, Prayer and Penance

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  As the Church has now entered into the season of Septuagesima, it is time for us to begin our preparations for Lent.  We are all called during this time to increase our prayer, penances, and alms giving.

One way to accomplish this is to enroll your families with the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, who will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift.

Here is the link to the enrollment form:

https://www.eremitaednmc.org/lenten-enrollment/

Please make an offering of alms along with this enrollment.  Your generous financial sacrifice will bear all the more fruit for your intentions.

Many of you may recall meeting Father Thomas Mary of Jesus.  His order of traditional Carmelite hermits resides in the Diocese of Harrisburg Pennsylvania, however, they have visited with our Charlotte community in the past.  They are a wonderful group.

May God reward you for these and all of your prayers.

Marking a bitter-sweet pair of anniversaries

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

Seven years ago yesterday during Sunday Mass at St. Ann’s on February 10, 2013, we joyfully heard Father Reid announce that with the urging of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome down through Bishop Jugis he would be begin offering a Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann’s.

As you can imagine, our joy soon turned to sadness when one day later (seven years ago today) we learned that Pope Benedict XVI had renounced his petrine ministry and throne:

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5_271es-StQ&fbclid=IwAR31mBVPFVp5mDPMxF-glKQ9MMfnbzHhX9NeHxoszXIJL53y-5PGZSkwRps].

Maybe we should mark the day in prayers of thanksgiving and also some voluntary act of reparation for healing of this wound on the Bride of Christ, our Holy Mother the Church, and petition for the full restoration of the Sacred Deposit of Tradition.

Candlemas this Sunday February 2nd

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Sunday February 2nd is a special feast day in the Church, the Feast of the Purification (or Presentation), otherwise known as Candlemas. It represents the day when 40 days after Christmas, the Blessed Mother, subjecting herself the purification law, presented herself in the Temple. It also is where she presented the Infant Jesus, and Light of the world, to Holy Simeon. Hence on this day the Church traditionally blesses candles and the Mass is often called Candlemas. This day also marks the official close of the extended Christmas/Epiphany season.

To learn more about the traditions customs, and recipes for this feast day (including its influence on Groundhog Day), visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany3.html

Special Candlelight Latin Mass & Candle Blessing this Sunday February 2nd: To celebrate Candlemas, St. Ann will offer a special candlelight Mass for this Sunday’s 12:30pm Latin Mass. It will be a High Mass and will include a special procession of candles, and also include a blessing of candles during Mass. Like Easter Vigil, the parish will distribute candles to be used at Mass (during procession, Gospel, and canon).

Candlelight Traditional Latin Mass, Procession & Blessing
Sunday February 2nd 12:30pm
End of Christmas celebration to follow Mass)
St. Ann Catholic Church
3635 Park Road, Charlotte

If you have any candles you would like to have blessed, please arrive 15 minutes early and place them on the table close to the altar rails.

Blessing of Candles: If you would like to have your candles blessed, please bring them to the table near the sanctuary a few minutes before Mass begins. Father will bless them during the Mass Please arrive 10-15 minutes early to place your candles on the table. Candles should be white, unbleached, or natural; unscented and 51% beeswax. Boxes need to be opened when on the table. Please mark your candles (or their box/wrapping) with your name so they can be claimed after Mass.

End of Christmas celebration after Mass: Outside in the plaza, we will host our annual close of Christmas celebration. As custom, the Cantate Domino Latin Choir will sing the ancient Wassailing song, a English Christmas carol and we will serve some desert, snacks, etc. We also invite CLMC friends to bring their own pastry, desert, or something else to share (your choice!).

Other Latin Mass News:

Candlemas & Procession in Greensboro: Our Lady of Grace parish in Greensboro will also host a Candlemas procession & High Mass for their regular 1pm Latin Mass.

Candlemas in Salisbury: There will be a 1st Sunday Traditional Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, on Sunday February 2nd at 4pm (Low). Celebrant: Fr. Robert Ferguson FSSP. At this time no procession of candles will occur but Father will bless candles after Mass. Bring candles to the narthex before Mass and place them on the table.

Next Juventutem event – Wednesday February 5: Attention young adults (18-35) – Juventutem Charlotte, the young adult group centered around the Traditional Latin Mass, will host its next event at St. Ann parish on Wednesday February 5. Please join them for 6pm Low Mass, and afterwards in the Allen Center café, Fr. Joseph Matlak will present a talk on Divine Liturgy: A Study of The Eastern Rite. A pizza dinner will be provided. An RSVP is appreciated but not required. Contact Angela Kessler at: JuventutemCLT(at)gmail.com or visit www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT    

Traditional Mens Day of Recollection in Raleigh – February 22nd: Reminder – there will be a traditional men’s day of recollection at St. Joseph parish in Raleigh (2.5 hours northeast of Charlotte). Recollection begins at 9:00AM followed by 10:00AM Confessions, and 11AM High Mass. Refreshments after. The Celebrant is Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP). Assisted by Canon Matthew Weaver, Bursar of the ICKSP.  Location:  St. Joseph Catholic Church, 2817 Poole Road Raleigh, NC

Latest Latin Mass reflection online: The latest reflection on Holy Mass (The Vessel) by Fr. Kenneth Fryar FSSP has been posted online: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6696060

Latin Masses at DC March for Life

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  As a reminder Friday’s 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann is canceled due to Fr. Reid (and other priests) attending the March for Life. St. Mark still has its 12:30pm Friday Latin Mass scheduled. Also the 4th Saturday Respect Life Mass at St. Ann (usually in Latin) is also canceled.

Speaking of the March for Life, for those who are heading up to the DC March for Life, Rorate Caeli blog (a blog we can recommend) has a listing of some of the Traditional Latin Masses in Washington DC on Friday: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/01/tlms-before-and-after-march-for-life-in.html#more

Other Latin Mass news:

Fr. Kenneth Fryar, FSSP has posted his 3rd reflection on the Holy Mass, entitled “Modesty”: The postures at Mass, including the ones we follow in the pew, express the virtue of modesty that we should have in the presence of God and this Holy Sacrifice.  View all 3 past reflections at: https://vimeo.com/showcase/6696060 The next reflection (#4) on the Latin Mass will be tomorrow Friday January 24 at 10pm Eastern. To view live the reflection live visit: http://www.livemass.net/

Candlemas – Feast of the Purification, Sunday February 2nd, 12:30pm (St. Ann): Please mark your calendars for a special celebration of Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification, which is known as a day of purification, renewal, and hope. The tradition was for Catholics to bring all their candles for the year in to be blessed on this feast day and as custom Fr. Reid has kindly agreed to bless your candles after Mass. A celebration will occur after Mass.  More details next week.

Candlemas in Greensboro: Our Lady of Grace parish in Greensboro will also offer Candlemas and procession on Sunday February 2nd, with a 1pm High Mass.

Christmas Continues…Wedding Feast at Cana

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Christmas/Epiphany season continues in the Traditional Latin Mass this Sunday, with the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany and the wedding feast at Cana.

As Dom Prosper Gueranger noted in his book, The Liturgical Year, Epiphany season commemorates the 3 manifestations of Christ: His appearance to the Magi (January 6); His manifestation to the public at His baptism (January 13); and lastly on the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, His manifestation at the wedding feast at Cana, which marks the beginning of his public ministry (Sunday’s Gospel reading). Fisheaters.com mentions it as well: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany1.html

The three great theophanies or divine manifestations honored in this season—namely, the visit of the Magi, the baptism in the Jordan, and the wedding of Cana—are given their full individual due, without haste, without unseemly compression or alternation. Indeed, there is a leisurely feel to this Epiphany season, a sense of time suspended. It is as if Holy Mother Church, like a mother watching her children grow up too fast, cannot quite resign herself to parting from the young Christ.

With marriage under attack in today’s culture, attending this Sunday’s Traditional Latin Mass, St. Ann parish/12:30pm is a great way to pray for the sanctity of marriage, and its restoration in our society. Please join us.

 

Below is some other Latin Mass news and events:

Traditional Moral Theology webinar – Tuesday January 21, 7pm EST: Our Latin Mass friends at UnaVoce Georgia are organizing a webinar/conference call next Tuesday to help provide some traditional catechesis on moral theology. The webinar will be given by a Benedictine Monk, Father John Paul Hesler, OSB (from St. Vincent Archabbey in Latrobe, PA) and is intended to provide the faithful some sound basics on moral theology (something we’ve been lacking over the last 40-50 years). It’s open to anyone to join.  To call in free and participate in this live conference, call (605) 313-5111 and enter access code of 725-230. For more info please visit: http://unavoceofga.blogspot.com/2020/01/georgia-catholics-conference-call.html

January 22nd – national day of prayer & penance: The U.S. Bishops declared January 22nd, the anniversary of legalized abortion in the U.S. as a day of prayer & penance to end abortion. The Bishops encourage the faithful to choose either prayer, fasting, or alms giving (the individual chooses). Since many Latin Mass devotees are also involved in pro-life efforts, we wanted to share this information.

Mass cancellation next Friday January 24: The 7am Friday Latin Mass at St. Ann is canceled on January 24 due to Father traveling to DC for the March for Life.

Epiphany Celebration recap: The Catholic News Herald published a recap of many of the Epiphany celebrations around the area including the St. Ann/CLMC celebrations: http://catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/5336-celebrating-epiphany

Candlemas – Feast of the Purification, Sunday February 2nd, 12:30pm (St. Ann): Please mark your calendars for a special celebration of Candlemas, also known as the Feast of the Purification, which is known as a day of purification, renewal, and hope. The tradition was for Catholics to bring all their candles for the year in to be blessed on this feast day and Fr. Reid has kindly agreed to bless your candles after Mass. There still might be time to order 100% unbleached beeswax candles at this company which Chris recommends: Lux Candle Company

To learn more about this feast day visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany3.html