Eastertide Update (No 7pm Mass Thursday)

Christus Resurréxit! Resurréxit Vere! Blessed Pascaltide greetings as we enter into the joyous octave of Easter.  The great Benedictine liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger OSB, aptly sums up the joy of Easter Sunday by retelling each of the apperances Christ made on that first Easter, concluding with his 5th apparition on the road to Emmaus that evening:

At length, Jesus makes himself known to our two incredulous disciples. They have placed him at the head of the table; it is for him to break the bread. He takes it into his divine hands, as he did at the Last Supper; and no sooner has he divided the bread and given them their portion, than their eyes are opened, and they recognize their guest as Jesus, the risen Jesus. They would throw themselves at his feet—but he has disappeared, leaving them mute with surprise, and yet transported with exceeding joy. It is the fifth apparition. It is described by St Luke, and forms the Gospel of tomorrow’s Mass (Easter Monday).

The two disciples cannot wait; though so late in the evening, they must hurry back to Jerusalem, and tell the Apostles that their Master is living, that they have seen him, and talked with him. They therefore leave Emmaus, where they thought to pass the night, and are soon back in the city from which they had tremblingly fled. They are soon with the Apostles; but they find them already aware of the glad tidings, and fervent in their faith of the Resurrection. Before they have time to open their lips, the Apostles exclaim: ‘The Lord hath truly risen, and hath appeared unto Simon!’[41] The two disciples then relate what has just happened to themselves.

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/easter/easter-sunday/

As custom, we also share Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary for Easter Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/04/the-collect-for-easter-sunday.html

SCHEDULING NOTE: There will not be a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish Easter Thursday April 8.

A note of thanks: We wanted to thank everyone who took the time to attend one or all of the Triduum liturgies, and to those helped support our annual Easter Vigil potluck.  We also wanted to thank Therese Rowe, St. Ann music director for leading the music and chant for the Triduum. It’s no easy work.

With gratitude to our priests: And of course, we also want to thank all the priests who assisted in bringing this liturgical week to fruition (Frs. Reid, Kauth, and Jones), the deacons, and seminarians especially Jose Torres. Especially to Fr. Reid and St. Ann parish for providing spiritual care for the Latin Mass faithful by offering the Pre-1955 Liturgy as the sole parish Triduum. This was certainly a beautiful gift by Fr. Reid and the parish.  

The challenges of two Masses in one parish: We also want to draw your attention to Fr. Reid’s message in this past Sunday’s bulletin – if you haven’t read it, we encourage you to do so. Fr. Reid notes it’s often difficult to meet the needs of two liturgical communities under one parish. Indeed it is true, and that the spiritual needs of the Latin Mass faithful are certainly distinct and unique as our spiritual lives flow forth from the Mass of Ages, which has it own rituals, calendar, theology customs, etc.

It gives us continued admiration for Fr. Reid who has tried to meet the needs of both communities in one parish, even as the CLMC continues to pray and advocate for more (and full) sacramental and parochial life in the Traditional Rite. Since 2013, Fr. Reid has sacrificed to ensure a Sunday Latin Mass each Sunday. There’s more that could be said on this topic, but please consider offering a decade of your Rosary for Father Reid and Father Jones especially this week.  

IMPORTANT: LATIN MASS RETURNS TO SACRED HEART SUNDAY MAY 2 (NEW TIME): In this joyous season of Easter, we are delighted to share the good news of the long-awaited return of the Latin Mass to Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury, after an 13 month hiatus. Beginning Sunday May 2nd, the 1st Sunday monthly Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish resumes; however it will be at a new permanent time slot of 3pm (instead of 4:30pm). This change will allow visiting priests to return to their home parish for any liturgies (e.g. Vespers or Mass)

Monks of Norcia Easter Newsletter: Some of you may have heard of the Monks of Norcia (Italy), a traditional Benedictine abbey, which offers the Traditional Mass exclusively (and produces some highly praised beer). They have posted their Easter newsletter which you can download at this website:

Easter Triduum Schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Spy Wednesday – the day Our Lord was tragically betrayed by Judas Iscariot. For more on the customs of Holy Wednesday visit:

Holy Week Schedule:

The below Holy Week schedule is for St. Ann parish unless otherwise noted.     

  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass at St. Ann); 7pm (Low Mass at Holy Cross in Kernersville)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55); followed by prayers at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55) and Veneration of the Cross
  • Holy Saturday April 3 (1st Saturday): 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55). Reception to follow Mass.
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for this Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses around the diocese will be offered at its normal Sunday time. 

Triduum update: St. Ann parish will not require signups for the Triduum but will have signups for Easter Sunday Latin Mass (please check parish website). Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive. As a reminder there is no Holy Communion offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion”.

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

St. John the Baptist in Tryon Latin Easter Triduum Schedule (Pre-1955)

  • Holy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by Prayers at the Altar of Repose until midnight)
  • Good Friday April 2: 10am – 2pm (Confessions); 12 noon Stations of the Cross: 3pm Good Friday Liturgy (Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: Easter Vigil, 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 8:30am High Mass (normal schedule)
  • Address: 180 Laurel Avenue, Tryon, NC; Parish website: http://www.stjohntryon.com/

Easter Vigil Potluck Reception: The CLMC will be organizing our annual Easter Potluck Reception after the Easter Vigil Liturgy (around midnight) in the St. Ann plaza. Please join us to welcome the new converts into the Church and to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord. More details forthcoming. If you can bring something, please reply to this e-mail or contact us at info@charlottelatinmass.org.  

Traditional Requiem Mass for Officer Eric Talley: As some of you may have been following the tragic death of Boulder, Colorado police officer, Eric Talley, a Catholic father of 7, who attended the Traditional Latin Mass near Denver. His funeral was yesterday and he received a Traditional Latin Requiem Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado: https://youtu.be/mzG7etJtlOI (Mass begins around 40 minute mark). Mass was offered by priests of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), from Officer Talley’s parish and the video includes commentary by another FSSP priest. Please consider praying for the repose of his soul and for the consolation of his family.

Palm Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the second Sunday of Passiontide, Palm Sunday. Dr. Mike Foley offers a helpful reflection on today’s Collect, which marks the beginning of the holiest week of the liturgical year: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-collect-of-palm-sunday.html We also share some commentary on the day:

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*). The Mass times are for St. Ann unless otherwise noted.     

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm Mass (*NOTE: The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55); St. Thomas also has Palm Sunday Latin Mass at 11:30am
  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55); followed by prayers at the Altar of Repose until Midnight
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55)
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses around the diocese will be offered at its normal Sunday time. 

Triduum update: According to St. Ann parish there will not be signups required for the Triduum; however they will have signups for Easter Sunday. Please check St. Ann parish website. Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil, and presumably Easter Sunday (regardless of signups). As a reminder there is no Holy Communion offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion” (see our Pre-55 page below)

Holy Cross parish to offer Latin Mass on Spy Wednesday (March 31): For our readers near the Triad, Holy Cross parish in Kernersville will offer a 7pm Traditional Latin Mass for SpyWednesday (616 South Cherry Street, Kernersville, NC; https://www.holycrossnc.com/)

St. John the Baptist in Tryon Pre-1955 Easter Triduum Schedule

  • Holy Thursday April 1: 6:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper (followed by Prayers at the Altar of Repose until midnight)
  • Good Friday April 2: 10am – 2pm (Confessions); 12 noon Stations of the Cross: 3pm Good Friday Liturgy (Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: Easter Vigil, 8pm
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 8:30am High Mass (normal schedule)
  • Address: 180 Laurel Avenue, Tryon, NC; Parish website: http://www.stjohntryon.com/

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

Divine Mercy Novena begins Good Friday – Easter Saturday (April 2 – 10): Good Friday begins the Divine Mercy novena which concludes on Divine Mercy Sunday April 11. St. Ann’s features a statue of the Divine Mercy of Our Lord in front of the parish, honoring the late seminarian & parishioner Michael Kitson who passed away on Divine Mercy Sunday a few years ago.  As we have asked in prior years, for those who observe this devotion please consider praying for these intentions as part of your novena: For the suffering Christians in the Middle East; an end of abortion in our country; the reestablishment of the weekly Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury; and for the regularization (resolution of the status) of the Society of St. Pius X.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

Feast of the Annunciation Update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of the Annunciation! Yesterday March 24, was the traditional feast of St. Gabriel the Archangel, which is appropriately placed to herald today’s solemn feast of the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, spoken by St. Gabriel to the Blessed Mother. To learn more about these twin feast days we include links to Dom Prosper Gueranger’s The Liturgical Year:

March 24 – St. Gabriel the Archangel: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/march/march-24-st-gabriel-the-archangel/

March 25 – the Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/march/march-25-the-annunciation-of-the-ever-blessed-virgin/

(as noted prior Lenten penances are relaxed on today’s solemnity feast day)

Feast of the Annunciation Latin Masses Today: St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm High Mass this evening for this feast day (as well as 7pm Latin Mass at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro). A 12pm Low Mass will be offered at Prince of Peace parish, in Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte).

St. Ann Respect Life Latin Mass – this Saturday March 27 8am: This Saturday St. Ann will again host its 4th Saturday Latin Mass for the end of abortion. Low Mass will be at 8am, followed prayers at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility (700 South Torrence, Charlotte), or a Holy Hour of Reparation led by a deacon in the Church.

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*)

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm Mass (*NOTE: The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55)
  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass, 1962)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55)
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55)
  • Easter Sunday April 4:
    • 11:30am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish: Mass will be accompanied by a string ensemble. The Ordinary of the Mass will be Mass in F by Albrechtsberger (Missa Visitationis Beatae Mariae Virginis). No signups required for Mass.
    • 12:30pm High Mass St. Ann parish
    • All other normal Sunday Latin Masses will be offered at its normal Sunday time.

Triduum update: According to St. Ann parish there will not be signups required for the Triduum; however they will have signups for Easter Sunday. Please check St. Ann parish website. Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil, and presumably Easter Sunday (regardless of signups). As a reminder there is no Holy Communion is offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion” (see our Pre-55 page below)

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

Easter Vigil Potluck Reception: The CLMC will be organizing our annual Easter Potluck Reception after the Easter Vigil Liturgy (around midnight) in the St. Ann plaza. Please join us to welcome the new converts into the Church and to rejoice in the Resurrection of Our Lord. More details forthcoming.

The Unlikely Prophet Jonah as a Model for Us in Lent: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has write up about Lent and Monday’s Lesson/Epistle from Mass, which is from the book of Jonah: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-unlikely-prophet-jonah-as-model-for.html

Passion Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday marks the beginning of the 2 week period within Lent called Passiontide, where the faithful focus more specifically on Our Blessed Lord’s Passion. As Dr. Mike Foley notes, sacred images are veiled, and the Judica Me, and the Glori Patri, are omitted from the Mass henceforth until Easter, as noted in his weekly reflection on Sunday’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-secret-for-passion-sunday.html 

Additionally, Fisheaters.com notes these words (Judica Me and Glori Patri) are omitted to symbolize Christ veiling His glory from the Jews, as He begins the final days leading up to His Passion and death: https://www.fisheaters.com/customslent8.html  

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*)

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm (*NOTE: The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55)
  • Spy Wednesday March 31: 6pm (Low Mass, 1962)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper (Pre-55)
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ (Pre-55)
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil (Pre-55)
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 12:30pm High Mass (1962) (All other Sunday Latin Mass parishes in the diocese will be offering their normal Latin Mass as well)

Triduum update: According to St. Ann parish there will not be signups required for the Triduum. Additional seating should be outside in the plaza. All those desiring to receive Holy Communion will be able to receive on Holy Thursday or Easter Vigil. As a reminder there is no Holy Communion is offered on Good Friday – the Veneration of the Cross is the “People’s Communion” (see our Pre-55 page below)

What is the Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum?: As noted previously, the Latin Triduum offered by St. Ann will again use the liturgy in use prior to 1955, which has some beautiful and rich symbolism and traditions. You can learn more about these visit our Pre-55 webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/pre-1955-holy-week/

Solemn Feast of the Annunciation – Thursday March 25

The solemn feast of the Annunciation commemorates St. Gabriel’s announcement of the Incarnation to the Blessed Mother. This is also a solemnity in the universal Church and as such, Lenten penances are relaxed for this day. Below are the Mass times:

  • 7pm – St. Thomas Aquinas parish (High)
  • 7pm – Our Lady of Grace parish, Greensboro (not sure if Low or High)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • SAVE THE DATE –  Friday June 11, 7pm: Annual Traditional Latin Mass for the feast of the Sacred Heart at the Cathedral of St. Patrick. The Cathedral will offer a High (possibly Solemn High) for the feast of the Sacred Heart. More details forthcoming.  
  • Two Attitudes toward Ordinary Form Rubrics: Kantian Duty and Aristotelian Epikeia: In the going discussion over conservative Catholicism vs. traditional Catholicism (i.e the latter is the theology and philosophy that flows from the Traditional Latin Mass), Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has long but helpful piece on the difference between the two “theological” outlooks in the Church: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2018/01/two-attitudes-toward-ordinary-form.html

Laetare Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is Laetare Sunday, the 4th Sunday of Lent where the Church gives us a glimmer of hope of the coming Easter, to help strengthen us for the last 3 weeks – hence the lighter rose colored vestments replace the violet. Dr. Mike Foley explains more in this week’s reflection on the Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-consoling-collect-of-laetare-sunday.html

Day Light Savings Notice:  Reminder that today Sunday March 14 is daylight savings time and clocks are moved ahead 1 hour.

Feast of St. Joseph – Friday March 19

This Friday is the great Solemnity of St. Joseph, the great spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Masses for this splendid feast day are:

  • 7am (St. Ann) – Low Mass,
  • 12:30pm (St. Mark) –  High Mass (Stations at 12 noon). 

On occasion of the solemnity, Lenten penances are relaxed – so you can also eat meat on Friday. To learn about the feast day visit these links:

Holy Week Update

St. Ann will host the 2021 Traditional Easter Triduum (Pre-1955*)

  • Palm Sunday – March 28: 12:30pm (*The Palm Sunday Mass will be the 1962 Mass, not Pre-55)
  • Holy Thursday April 1:  7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper
  • Good Friday April 2: 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross; 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions; 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
  • Holy Saturday April 3: 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil
  • Easter Sunday April 4: 12:30pm High Mass

Traditional vs. Modernism: The Vaccine Part III:  

Several CLMC readers have expressed disappointment over the bishops’ recent promotion of the USCCB/Vatican’s guidance on vaccines. As we have discussed before (here, here, and here), Church hierarchy, sadly, have long been influenced modernism and its blind trust in science over God. However, there is hope: the Traditional Doctrine of Creation. This traditional teaching, once long forgotten, is now gaining momentum, and represents the antidote not only for the vaccine issue, but how the Church approaches science, and most of errors of modernism, which heavily influence healthcare and science. The CLMC was proud to co-sponsor a conference on this beautiful doctrine in 2019 entitled Evolution & The Culture of Death. The Church’s problems will continue to worsen until this doctrine is rediscovered (4 Kings 22:8).  If you haven’t watched it yet, we highly encourage you: https://sensusfidelium.us/evolution-the-culture-of-death-unmasking-the-roots-of-todays-abortion-movement/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Cardinal Burke Comments on Vatican Restrictions at St. Peter’s Basilica: His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke has an excellent statement regarding the Vatican’s new “decree”. What is most instructive is Cardinal Buke notes the degree was unsigned, missing a protocol number and came from the Vatican Secretariat of State which lacks jurisdiction over liturgical disciplines. Essentially the decree is invalid and has no authority. The Cardinal is equally concerned about the content of the unsigned letter:
    https://www.cardinalburke.com/presentations/statement-on-the-offering-of-the-holy-mass-in-the-papal-basilica-of-saint-peter  

    CLMC note: These actions, if accurate, should be of no surprise to traditionalists, as often the “deep church” or “deep state” will issue rhetorical “orders” with no legal standing, that sadly, people, including some priests, blindly follow out of a misunderstood concept of obedience. We even saw this in 1969 when the Traditional Latin Mass was allegedly “suppressed” by bishops and pastors.  Yet some 38 years later, Pope Benedict XVI clarified and noted this was untrue:

    “What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful.”Letter to bishops accompanying Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI, July 2007

    “It is therefore permitted to celebrate the Sacrifice of the Mass following the typical edition of the Roman Missal, which was promulgated by Blessed John XXIII in 1962 and never abrogated, as an extraordinary form of the Church’s Liturgy.” – Summorum Pontificum, Pope Benedict XVI, July 2007

Lastly, as noted by the last article, this past Friday was the feast of St. Gregory the Great, the CLMC’s patron saint. We thank everyone who joined in our annual Rosary novena for full sacramental life in the Extraordinary Form. God willing, that will happen someday.

Easter Triduum 2021

As noted in Sunday’s St. Ann bulletin, we are pleased to share that St. Ann will again host the traditional Pre-1955 Easter Latin Triduum and in a generous act to the Latin Mass faithful, it will be offered in the main church as the only Triduum for the parish.

In future years, St. Ann and St. Thomas Aquinas parish will alternate hosting the Triduum each year (St. Ann offers it 2021; St. Thomas will host it 2022).

For those new to Latin Mass, the Pre-1955 Easter Triduum is the full ancient traditional Latin liturgy for Holy Week replete with its richness, traditions and symbolism. Although this is not the first Pre-1955 Triduum for the CLMC, this will be our first inside an actual church.

As more details are announced we will share them with you. Please offer a few prayers of thanksgiving to Fr. Reid and the parish staff for once again offering this beautiful gift for the faithful, but especially for God’s glory.

Holy Week dates are as follows:

Palm Sunday – March 28

  • 12:30pm

Holy Thursday April 1

  • 7pm – Mass of the Lord’s Supper

Good Friday April 2

  • 12:00 Noon – Stations of the Cross
  • 12:00 – 2:00 PM – Confessions
  • 3:00 PM – Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ

Holy Saturday April 3

  • 8:00 PM – Easter Vigil

Easter Sunday April 4

  • 12:30pm High Mass

3rd Sunday of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 3rd Sunday of Lent, and as custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a commentary on the Collect for the Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-taciturn-collect-for-third-sunday.html

Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas – today at 11:30am

St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be celebrating its patronal feast day at the 11:30am Sunday Latin Mass (in the Traditional calendar St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day is March 7). Please join the parish for a sublime liturgical celebration. After Mass, the parish is having an outdoor reception after the Latin Mass.

To learn more about the Angelic Doctor please see Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry in his book, The Liturgical Year: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/march/march-7-st-thomas-of-aquinas-doctor-of-the-church/

Upcoming Feasts/Masses

  • Friday March 12, feast of St. Gregory the Great: 7am (St. Ann); 12:30pm (St. Mark) – both Low Masses
  • Wednesday March 17, feast of St. Patrick: 6pm (St. Ann) – Low Mass
  • Friday March 19, Solemnity/feast of St. Joseph: 7am (St. Ann) (Low), 12:30pm (St. Mark) High Mass. On occasion of this great solemnity, Lenten penances are relaxed – one can also eat meat on this Friday.
  • Saturday March 27, 4th Saturday Respect Latin Mass, 8am (followed by vigil at Planned Parenthood)

Easter Triduum 2021: To be announced shortly.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Pray for the canonization of Ignatius Cardinal Kung – March 12: During the Cold War, there were two high ranking prelates imprisoned by communists around the world for practicing their Catholic faith. In the west, it was Cardinal Jozsef Mindszenty of Hungary (later escaped to the U.S. Embassy in Budapest, and then was later exiled to Austria until his death in 1975). In the east, it was Cardinal Ignatius Kung, the archbishop of Shanghai who stood strong for papal authority, and for it spent the better part of 30 years in prison (1955-1985).In 1979, Pope John Paul II secretly named him a cardinal “in pectore” (e.g. close to the heart). After his release, Cardinal Kung was eventually immigrated to the U.S., where he lived in Connecticut until his death in March 12, 2000. We know from the Cardinal Kung Foundation that Cardinal Kung frequently offered the Traditional Mass during his last years in the U.S. On this day let us remember to pray for his canonization. To learn more about Cardinal Kung, and to support the underground Church in China with your Lenten almsgiving (including having Masses offered in China), please visit: http://www.cardinalkungfoundation.org/
  • The Patriarch Joseph in The Liturgy: This past Friday, the Epistle reading at Mass on Friday was about the ancient patriarch Joseph, who was sold into slavery into Egypt. How appropriate the reading falls in March which is the month of the new Joseph, the spouse of the Blessed Mother. The New Liturgical Movement picks up this topic on the similarities between Joseph the Patriarch and St. Joseph here: newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/03/the-patriarch-joseph-in-liturgy-of-lent.html
  • Traditional Books by TAN: The local Catholic publisher, TAN Books has a great selection of traditional books. As we enter into the month of St. Joseph and the full month of Lent, we pass along a few of these selections:

All the above books either reference approved visions, or sourced from Sacred Tradition, and can help to “fill in the blanks” on the life of Christ that scripture may omit or be silent on.

Annual Rosary Novena to St. Gregory Begins Today

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Wednesday March 3rd begins our annual novena to St. Gregory the Great, the patron saint of the CLMC (his feast day is March 12).  To learn more about this great saint (whose name bears the Gregorian Chant he codified) please read Dom Prosper Gueranger’s write up on St. Gregory the Great:
https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/march/march-12-st-gregory-the-great-pope-doctor-of-the-church/

Rosary Novena to St. Gregory Wednesday March 3 – Thursday March 11 (the day prior to the feast of St. Gregory)

The Rosary novena, which is attached, consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory for our intentions.   As we prayed in prior years, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:

  • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
  • Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
  • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte

We are indeed grateful for the Latin Masses offered in the diocese by the priests under our pious bishop,  though we offer this novena as we still have a long path before the Latin Mass faithful have their daily spiritual needs fulfilled in both the sacramental and parochial life under the Extraordinary Form – particularly at one parish location (currently the faithful have to travel to various parishes for Latin Mass on different days). God willing, that will happen someday.

In the interim, would you consider joining us to pray for our spiritual needs? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

Novena:

At the end of each Rosary, add this prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need. Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter. We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons.

I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek (full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese).  Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.

St. Gregory the Great pray for us. Amen

PDF link: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2018/02/rosary-novena-prayer-to-st-gregory.pdf

2nd Sunday of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Lent, and as custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides commentary on Sunday’s Collect prayer for Mass:
http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/the-transformative-collect-of-second.html

Upcoming Latin Masses & Blessing of Religious Objects

Saturday March 6 – Blessing of Religious Objects: Each 1st Saturday, after the 10am Latin Mass, priests at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Charlotte will be available to bless any religious objects – including objects that may require a unique blessing, such with as holy salt. We presume these blessings will be the traditional rituals (e.g. Latin).  Please also see our article on the validity of traditional blessings below in our news section.

Sunday March 7 – Feast of St. Thomas Aquinas: St. Thomas Aquinas parish will be celebrating its patronal feast day at the 11:30am Sunday Latin Mass (in the Traditional calendar St. Thomas Aquinas’ feast day is March 7). Please join the parish for a sublime liturgical celebration. After Mass, the parish is having an outdoor reception after the Latin Mass. If you are attending and can bring some food, they would appreciate it by signing up here: www.stacharlotte.com/feastday   Disclaimer: The signup is for FOOD only, there will not be a sign up for attending Mass or the reception.

Sunday July 11, 12:30pm, Traditional Confirmations at St. Ann: This summer the parish will be hosting the annual traditional Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday July 11 during the 12:30pm Latin Mass. Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the diocese will administer in lieu of the bishop (who is administering the Novus Ordo Confirmations at St. Ann in May). If you have children confirmation age, please contact the parish for details.

New Sunday Latin Mass Begins in Columbia, South Carolina tomorrow Sunday February 28 at 1pm

We are pleased to share that our friends in Columbia (many whom travel to St. Ann on Sundays), have at long last have a regular Sunday Latin Mass. It will be a 1pm Low Mass at Our Lady of the Lake parish in Chapin, South Carolina (195 Amicks Ferry Road Chapin SC 29036).  The parish is doing signup Masses, so you will have to reserve a spot:  (www.signupgenius.com/go/30e0d4facaa2ea4fb6-mass). To learn more or to contact the Columbia Traditional Latin Mass Society, visit: https://www.ctlms.org/

Annual CLMC Novena to St. Gregory (Begins Wednesday March – Ends Thursday March 11)

Wednesday March 3rd begins our annual novena to St. Gregory the Great, the patron saint of the CLMC.  The novena (click here to view), consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory for our spiritual needs to be provided for (although progress has been made, much still remains to be fulfilled).   As we prayed in prior years, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:

  • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
  • Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
  • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • LifeSiteNews’ Conference on COVID & Vaccines: Bishop Schneider made the above remarks at an informative online conference about COVID and vaccines, which sadly, there is still much confusion in the Church about the correct teachings on this matter. To learn more visit: https://www.lifesitenews.com/unmasking-vaccines/
  • The New City of God – Clear Creek Abbey: Abbot Philip Anderson, who oversees Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, a traditional Benedictine Monastery on the edge of the Ozarks, penned a beautiful letter this month (click here to view), outlining a simple road map to rebuild Christendom. Simply put, its small localism, surrounded by a beautiful and growing Abbey.  As John Senior (the college professor who converted Abt. Anderson and many other monks), wrote in his book, The Restoration of Christian Culture, that the restoration of Christian Culture needs to be done around a monastery. We would add, especially one that offers the Mass of Ages exclusively. For all the good news coming out of the Charlotte Diocese, one thing that is lacking are monasteries and cloistered religious orders, those praying and fasting daily in reparation for sins – perhaps one can offer their Lenten sacrifices and prayers for this to change. They are the key to restoring Catholic culture.

Prayer Requests

  • Giovanni Braschi (+): Pray for the repose of the soul of Msgr. Giovanni Braschi (+), who served as custodian of the Shrine of St. Philomena in Mugnano/Avellino, Italy for many years. Since the CLMC has developed a devotion to this saint, whose relics are housed in this shrine, let us offer prayers for this priest who helped to promote devotion to her. To learn more about the Shrine visit: http://philomena.us/