Pro-Life Voter Guide

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow is election day, and His Excellency Bishop Jugis has issued a statement noting that abortion is “on the ballot” for tomorrow’s election and is calling for the offering of prayers today and tomorrow. He is also calling for preaching by priests on the sanctity of human life and proper formation of Catholic consciences. See attached letter for details.

Many in our community may still be looking for resources on how to vote pro-life. We include two resources below:

  • All Other Down Ballot Offices (county, local) – see Vote Catholic.com and find the local Charlotte-area county endorsements at the bottom of this website: https://www.vote-catholic.com/

Please view the down ballot office races linked above – there are some Catholic candidates running for local office as well.

Election Novena Prayer to the Holy Face of Jesus

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Your adorable Face, to ask of You the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech You, above all, to give us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what You require of us by Your Holy Commandments and Your Divine inspirations. O Good Jesus, Who has said: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” give us, O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient. Grant us, by the pure effect of Thy Charity and for Thy eternal glory, the graces we need and which we look for from Thine infinite mercy, particularly   (here mention the favor desired).    Amen. Be merciful to us, O God, and reject not our prayers when, amid our afflictions, we call upon Your Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Your Adorable Face.   Amen.  We thank You, O Lord, for all Thy benefits, and we entreat You to engrave in our hearts feeling of love and gratitude, putting upon our lips songs of thanksgiving to Your eternal praise.   Amen. – By Venerable Leo Dupont, the “Holy Man of Tours”

Intention: For the U.S. to return to God, defeat and conversion of communists, and for pro-life candidates to be elected who will end abortion. 

Election Related Holy Face Prayer Vigils

Taking Bishop Jugis’ call to pray for the election, we are pleased to share the following Holy Face devotions which are being offered at the following parishes today and tomorrow. These are powerful devotions and we encourage those to attend if time permits.

  • Holy Face Devotions (new updates)
  • St. Mark – Monday November 7 at 6pm (Special time for Election eve)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • **St. Michael the Archangel (NEW), Gastonia ** – Tuesday November 8, at 6:30pm, Holy Family Room

In conclusion we share with Michael Matt of The Remnant, the traditional Latin Mass newspaper with its election day message: https://remnant-tv.com/video/735/democrat-promises-baby-killing-satanism-deadly-vaccines

Twenty-Second Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost and we share a commentary on Sunday’s Collect, which continues the theme of preparing for the second judgement, as the Church traditionally focuses on toward the end of the liturgical year: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/10/thinking-out-loud-collect-of-twenty.html#.YXTNb98pCHs

Sunday November 6 Scheduling Notes

  • Don’t Forget to Change Your Clocks This Morning: This morning Sunday November 6 is when the clocks are set back 1 hour to return to Eastern Standard Time. Please adjust your clocks accordingly.
  • No Salisbury Latin Mass Today – Rescheduled for November 13, 4pm: The 1st Salisbury Latin Mass will not be offered today, but instead on November 13.
  • 1st Sunday Potluck at St. Thomas Aquinas: There will be a potluck after the 11:30am Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas.

Annual All Souls Cemetery Visit – TODAY Sunday November 6, 3pm

As part of the All Souls novena, the St. Ann Homeschool Ministry and CLMC are co-sponsoring the annual visit to Belmont Abbey Cemetery on Sunday November 6 at 3pm. Fr. Reid will lead prayers at the cemetery after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. “Soul Cakes” and other treats will be available, but one is welcome to bring other treats to share afterwards.

Note: The All Souls “novena” continues thru Tuesday November 8. Please learn how you can obtain a plenary indulgence for the Poor Souls: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/events/all-souls-novena/

Latin Masses This Week

  • Wednesday November 9, St. Ann, 6pm – Dedication of the Archbasilica of the Most Holy Savior (St. John Lateran Basilica)
  • Thursday November 10, St. Thomas Aquinas, 7pm – St. Andrew Avellino (Mass Intention: Repose of Tom Savoy)
  • Friday November 11, St. Mark 12:30pm – Martinmas (feast of St. Martin, Bishop of Tours) (There will not be a 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann this day)

No 7am Friday Latin Mass at St. Ann: As noted above, there will not be a 7am Latin Mass at St. Ann this Friday November 11. There will be one at St. Mark at 12:30pm.

Community News

  • Pro-Life Voter Guide & DOWN BALLOT RACES: Election Day is Tuesday and many Latin Mass attendees may be interested in learning that North Carolina Right to Life has issued its 2022 pro-life candidate endorsements for federal and state races. They have a helpful localized website that lists endorsement based on one’s address/district: https://ncrtlpac.com/vote/  DOWNBALLOT RACES: Additionally, many down ballot races for county and municipal elections are not included in state-wide pro-life endorsements. However if one is looking for guidance on the pro-life candidates for county and municipal races, we recommend this website organized by some local Catholics here in the Charlotte area: https://www.vote-catholic.com/


  • Holy Face Devotions (new updates)
  • St. Mark – Monday November 7 at 6pm (Special time for Election eve)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • **St. Michael the Archangel (NEW), Gastonia ** – Tuesday November 8, at 6:30pm, Holy Family Room (This may be a one time event. If it becomes weekly we will update the schedule)
  • Holy Spirit (Denver) – Tuesdays 10-11am after the Novus Ordo Mass (NEW: BEGINS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

Holy Face Novena for the Elections Concludes Monday November 7

Tomorrow we complete the novena being organized by the Holy Face group at St. Mark parish praying for the elections. As a reminder this traditional devotion is a powerful work of reparation against communism, which is no doubt very active in our country these days. The novena concludes tomorrow, the day before Election Day, Monday November 7. The St. Mark Holy Face Group will also be holding its weekly devotion at a special time of 6pm Monday November 7 in the main church. All are welcome to join. The novena prayer is below and attached. Please join in and praying for the last day or two:

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Your adorable Face, to ask of You the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech You, above all, to give us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what You require of us by Your Holy Commandments and Your Divine inspirations. O Good Jesus, Who has said: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” give us, O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient. Grant us, by the pure effect of Thy Charity and for Thy eternal glory, the graces we need and which we look for from Thine infinite mercy, particularly   (here mention the favor desired).    Amen. Be merciful to us, O God, and reject not our prayers when, amid our afflictions, we call upon Your Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Your Adorable Face.   Amen.  We thank You, O Lord, for all Thy benefits, and we entreat You to engrave in our hearts feeling of love and gratitude, putting upon our lips songs of thanksgiving to Your eternal praise.   Amen. – By Venerable Leo Dupont, the “Holy Man of Tours”

Intention: For the U.S. to return to God, defeat and conversion of communists, and for pro-life candidates to be elected who will end abortion. 

Martinmas (feast of St. Martin) Friday November 11

This Friday the Church honors the great bishop, St. Martin of Tours and his feast day became the thanksgiving and harvest celebration throughout Catholic Europe in centuries past. Families would attend Mass, and spent the day in celebration, and feasting on cooked goose. It has been noted that the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, instituted by protestants, was to some degree based on this ancient Catholic feast day (more on that in a few weeks).To learn more about this feast day and a mini-Lent that accompanied it, we share these excellent articles posted on OnePeterFive and Fisheaters:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Cuius regio, ejus religio: Fr. John Rickert, FSSP, posts a quick but helpful article on the Fraternity of St. Peter’s newsletter explaining the traditional teaching about the Church’s role in public affairs versus secularism: https://fssp.com/cuius-regio-ejus-religio/
  • Bringing the Traditional Faith to Mexico: As many of our readers know, the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), is a congregation of priests that offer the Traditional Latin Mass exclusively and staff parishes, missions, and chapels throughout Europe and North America. It also has missions, including in Mexico where it operates two chapels, one in Mexico City, the other in Guadalajara. We share an interview with the chaplain of the Guadalajara apostolate detailing the growth of the Latin Mass in Mexico: https://www.missiontradition.us/bringing-the-traditional-catholic-faith-to-mexico/
  • Cardinal Zuppi Celebrates Traditional Solemn Vespers in Rome’s Pantheon: An Italian Cardinal who is the new head of the Italian Bishops Conference, and known for his friendliness to left leaning laity groups, participated in traditional vespers at the Pantheon in Rome. Wait – what? Yes, this may seem unusual, but its true. Cardinal Matteo Zuppi went to the Roman Pantheon (Basilica of St. Mary and the Martyrs) to participate in the solemn vespers of 1962, as part of a 3-day Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage to support the Latin Mass (organized by the Institute of the Good Shepherd). The article notes the Cardinal, while more of a progressive, actually likes the ancient liturgy. https://www.ncregister.com/blog/cardinal-zuppi-vespers-in-pantheon

    CLMC note: We can attest, that some of the allies of the Traditional Mass aren’t always conservatives, but sometimes “big tent” or apolitical centrist or even left-leaning clergy. These clergy aren’t focused on “reform of the reform” or the “conservatizing of the Novus Ordo Mass” as some conservative clergy are. These centrist or left-leaning clergy (despite some differences with traditionalists) do not feel threatened by the Traditional Latin Mass, or even a full time Latin Mass chapel. In some instances they’ve established a Latin Mass chapel or parish in their diocese and maintain good relations with traditionalists. On the other hand, sometimes, it is some (though not all) conservative clergy, who often seek to use the Latin Mass – or elements of it – as merely a “tool” to repair the Novus Ordo Masses in their parishes, who may feel threatened by the Latin Mass, or even a Latin Mass only parish – leaving Latin Mass faithful deprived of full sacramental life. The fact that some liberals (albeit few) do like the Latin Mass and its related liturgies, does show the universal appeal of the Traditional Rite.

Cardinal Burke Speaks On Latin Mass Restrictions: “The situation is totally confusing and divisive”

In remarks that many Latin Mass faithful have been long waiting for, His Eminence, Cardinal Raymond Burke, a devotee of the Traditional Latin Mass, made important statements at a Latin Mass Society of the UK event last month. His remarks are not just consoling for traditionalists, but also instructive – especially for bishops. Cardinal Burke is the former head of the Roman Rota, the Vatican’s “Supreme Court”, and is one of the top canonists in the Church today. These remarks, though his opinions, should carry weight with those who take ecclesiastical matters seriously. We provide a few excerpts (emphasis ours):

Cardinal Burke stressed that as a “motu proprio,” Traditionis Custodes lacks sufficient force because it has authority only to the degree that it is founded on just grounds. He added that the grounds for the decree, and the letter Pope Francis wrote to bishops which accompanied it, “are not true and just” when taken together, and he gave his reasons.

He first, he said, is that it’s “simply not truethat the reformed liturgy is the only valid form of the Roman Rite. He pointed out that, as Pope St. Paul VI, Pope St. John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI acknowledged, the Usus Antiquior was “never suppressed” and, in fact, has continued to be celebrated since the time of the promulgation of the Missal of Pope St. Paul VI.

Cardinal Burke said it is “contrary to reason and to sound liturgical theology to assert that a form of the Roman Rite celebrated uninterruptedly for some 15 centuries is no longer a valid form of the Roman Rite.”

But Cardinal Burke highlighted another “fundamental procedural flaw in the promulgation of Traditionis Custodes,” which is that most of those affected by it were not consulted before its promulgation — something, he said, that goes against the Regulae Iuris [Rules of Law].

As for the Responsa ad Dubia, Cardinal Burke said they have only the force of the law to which they refer, but the Responsa go beyond Traditionis Custodes and, even, presume to change universal Church law — for example, regarding the law regarding bination (celebrating Mass twice on the same day).

A further problem for the Vatican, he said, is that the Dicastery for Divine Worship is taking to itself competencies that belong to the diocesan bishop and fall under his jurisdiction.

CLMC comment: There is much to unpackage in His Eminence’s remarks – especially on the claim that the Novus Ordo is the “unique expression of the Roman Rite”. This phrase was actually the reason used by the diocese to cancel the Latin Easter Triduum and Confirmations. However, Cardinal Burke has lucidly explained why this claim is actually a departure from Catholic liturgical theology. If any of our readers have influence with specific senior clergy within our diocese, sharing Cardinal Burke’s remarks may be of great benefit for these clergy – and their souls.  Please consider praying for Cardinal Burke and for the bishops, and all Latin Mass priests, who are in a difficult position.

For the CLMC, we continue to invite our readers to pray for our Synod request for a full Latin Mass chapel, staffed by the FSSP, which offers a wonderful resolution to this dilemma. We thank everyone from the CLMC, our friends with the Salisbury LMC and others who participated in the novena to the Poor Souls last week, and we hope to share more prayer efforts in the time ahead.

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

First Friday Update (No Salisbury Latin Mass)

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This weekend is first Friday-Saturday and we have a few updates to share.

With many in our community participating in the first Friday devotions to the Sacred Heart, and the first Saturday devotion to the Immaculate Heart (as requested by Our Lady of Fatima), we list the following Latin Masses:

  • First Friday Latin Masses November 4: 7am (St. Ann) & 12:30pm (St. Mark)
  • First Saturday Latin Mass November 5: 10am (St. Thomas Aquinas), followed by a traditional blessing of religious objects

IMPORTANT SCHEDULE CHANGE: Salisbury 1st Sunday Latin Mass Rescheduled to Sunday November 13

Due to priest availability, the 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury is canceled for this weekend only. It has been rescheduled for the following weekend Sunday November 13 at 4pm. Fr. Joseph Wasswa will offer the Mass.

Annual All Souls Cemetery Visit – Sunday November 6, 3pm

As part of the All Souls novena (Nov. 1- 8), the St. Ann Homeschool Ministry and CLMC are co-sponsoring the annual visit to Belmont Abbey Cemetery this Sunday November 6 at 3pm. Fr. Reid will lead prayers at the cemetery after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. “Soul Cakes” and other treats will be available, but one is welcome to bring other treats to share afterwards. Please consider attending the 12:30pm Latin Mass, and then departing afterwards to the cemetery. We will have no coffee or donuts at St. Ann, but as noted there will be treats at the cemetery. The cemetery is located on the campus of Belmont Abbey College: https://belmontabbeycollege.edu/campus-map/

Requiem Latin Mass for Tom Savoy – Thursday November 10 at 7pm

As November is All Souls month, St. Thomas Aquinas will be offering a special Requiem Mass for the repose of Tom’s soul on Thursday November 10 at 7pm. All are welcome to attend.

Lastly, as a reminder, one can still participate in the All Souls novena to help earn a plenary indulgence: https://charlottelatinmass.org/about/events/all-souls-novena/

All Saints & All Souls Schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow November 1 is the feast of All Saints, and it is a holy day of obligation. We share the schedule of Latin Masses, as well as the All Souls “novena” whereby people can obtain plenary indulgences for the poor souls in purgatory over the next eight days.

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation) (Charlotte parishes in bold)

November 2 – Feast of All Souls

Note: On All Souls Day, a priest can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

Annual All Souls Novena – November 1- 8

The Church grants a plenary indulgence applicable to the poor souls in purgatory each day from November 1-8 for those who receive Holy Communion, visit a cemetery and offer prayers for the dead. See our webpage for more details and the conditions to obtain the indulgence:

Plenary Indulgence for All Souls Day November 2

There is also a separate plenary indulgence which can be obtained for the poor souls on November 2, for those who piously visit a church or oratory and recite the “Our Father” and the “Creed” there.

CLMC Novena to Poor Souls for a Dedicated Latin Mass Chapel & FSSP

Lastly, we thank everyone who have joined us in praying the CLMC’s novena to the poor souls in purgatory for a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter. The novena concludes tomorrow November 1, however to add extra prayers to the matter, we also invite everyone to try and attend Mass on All Souls day (as well as visit a cemetery) to petition the poor souls on our request to the Bishop.

Lastly, looking ahead to the elections, we reshare the Holy Face novena (began yesterday) which all are welcome to join in praying for the next week.

Feast of Christ the King

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the solemn feast of Christ the King, an important day for the Church and the CLMC, that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations and societies on earth today.  There is also a tradition to organize a Eucharistic Procession to process the King of Kings through the streets, and both parishes in Charlotte will do so today. The feast occurs on the last Sunday in October in the Traditional Rite and is fitting to fall near All Saints, as today’s feast day also symbolizes the Church Militant, while All Saints and All Souls focus on the Church Triumphant in Heaven, and the Church Suffering in Purgatory, respectively. As custom, we share a commentary on the prayers for Sunday’s Latin Mass: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-orations-of-feast-of-christ-king.html

Novena to the Poor Souls for a Dedicated Latin Mass Chapel & FSSP (10/24 – 11/1)

We thank those who are participating in our novena (which concludes Tuesday) to the Poor Souls in purgatory praying that Bishop Jugis will establish a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP). If you have not joined in but would like to, you can find the novena on our webpage or see the second attachment: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2022/10/24/begins-today-poor-souls-novena-for-latin-mass-chapel-and-fssp-begins-october-24-november-1/

Latin Masses This Week

  • Sunday October 30, 11:30am (St. Thomas Aquinas) & 12:30pm (St. Ann). Eucharistic Processions to follow. St. Ann will process down to Holy Trinity Middle School and back. It will conclude in the church with a special consecration prayer that carries an indulgence.
  • All Saints & All Souls – See schedule below
  • Thursday November 3, 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas, Feria (Mass for the Dead)
  • Friday November 4, 7am (St. Ann) & 12:30pm (St. Mark), First Friday & St. Charles Borromeo
  • Saturday November 5, 10am St. Thomas Aquinas, First Saturday & Feria (Mass for the Dead)

Plenary Indulgence TODAY Sunday October 30: There is a plenary indulgence attached this day to whom recites the Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Please see this article from 2012 to learn more: https://fssp.com/act-of-consecration-of-the-human-race-to-the-sacred-heart-of-jesus/ St. Ann will pray this at the end of the procession.

All Saints & All Souls Masses (Updated – Charlotte Masses in bold)

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

November 2 – Feast of All Souls

Note: On All Souls Day, a priest can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

Annual All Souls Novena – November 1- 8

The Church grants a plenary indulgence applicable to the poor souls in purgatory each day from November 1-8 for those who receive Holy Communion, visit a cemetery and offer prayers for the dead. See our webpage for more details and the conditions to obtain the indulgence:

Holy Face Novena for the Elections Begins TODAY Sunday October 30 – Monday November 7

Although we are finishing one novena (for a Latin Mass chapel), there is another important novena being organized by the Holy Face group at St. Mark parish starting today October 30 that is worthy for consideration – a prayer for the elections. As a reminder this traditional devotion is a powerful work of reparation against communism, which is no doubt very active in our country these days. The novena begins today Sunday October 30 (Feast of Christ the King) and ends the day before Election Day, Monday November 7. The prayer is below:

O Lord Jesus Christ, in presenting ourselves before Your adorable Face, to ask of You the graces of which we stand most in need, we beseech You, above all, to give us that interior disposition of never refusing at any time to do what You require of us by Your Holy Commandments and Your Divine inspirations. O Good Jesus, Who has said: “Ask and you shall receive, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be opened to you,” give us, O Lord, that faith which obtains all, or supply in us what may be deficient. Grant us, by the pure effect of Thy Charity and for Thy eternal glory, the graces we need and which we look for from Thine infinite mercy, particularly   (here mention the favor desired).    Amen. Be merciful to us, O God, and reject not our prayers when, amid our afflictions, we call upon Your Holy Name and seek with love and confidence Your Adorable Face.   Amen.  We thank You, O Lord, for all Thy benefits, and we entreat You to engrave in our hearts feeling of love and gratitude, putting upon our lips songs of thanksgiving to Your eternal praise.   Amen. – By Venerable Leo Dupont, the “Holy Man of Tours”

Intention: For the U.S. to return to God, defeat and conversion of communists, and for pro-life candidates to be elected who will end abortion. 

Community News

  • Holy Face Devotions
  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Holy Spirit (Denver) – Tuesdays 10-11am after the Novus Ordo Mass (NEW: BEGINS TUESDAY NOVEMBER 15)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?
  • Fr. Chad Ripperger Event – Saturday March 11, 2023: Renowned exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger is coming to St. Thomas Aquinas this coming March. The parish has announced that all seating for the event is full and the parish will not be able to accommodate additional attendees.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • All Hallows Eve (Halloween) in the Traditional, Pre-1955 Liturgical Books:  Tomorrow Monday October 31 is the ancient vigil of All Saints, otherwise called All Hallows Eve. Before the 1955 “liturgical reforms”, many feast days had special penitential vigil days the day prior (a few are still retained like Christmas Eve, or the Vigil of the Assumption). Perhaps next to the vigil of Pentecost, one of the more solemn of these vigils was All Hallows Eve. Learn how in this excellent article which re-share each year around this time: https://www.liturgicalartsjournal.com/2019/09/all-hallows-eve-halloween-in.html
  • “It Rains in the Classroom”: How Mission Tradition Is Persevering to Teach Children in Colombia: The Fraternity of St. Peter, a society of priests who offer the Latin Mass exclusively and administer parishes throughout the U.S and other continents, but it also runs a few missions including one in Columbia. We share a recent article/interview about their efforts to spread tradition and the Latin Mass in the poorest areas of this South American country: https://www.missiontradition.us/it-rains-in-the-classroom/
  • Praying for the Dead and the Requiem Mass: As our community, and the diocese mourn the passing of Tom Savoy, we share a timely article by Fr. William Rock, FSSP, on the importance of praying for the deceased. We share two excerpts from this article about hope and the importance of continually praying for the dead: https://fssp.com/praying-for-the-dead-and-the-requiem-mass/

[The] uncertainty concerning the final state of the souls of the Church’s children who have died is, in a sense, a blessing for those who survive the departed.  This is because our Faith teaches us that one can always pray for good outcomes of past events whose conclusions are hidden from mortal eyes.  As God is outside of time, past, present and future have no real meaning for Him.  As strange as it might seem, God can act in the past due to things which happen in the future.  Therefore, prayers offered on behalf of the dead not only effect their state in Purgatory but can also have an influence at a moment of death that occurred in the past of those praying.

While treating of the ceremonies of All Souls’ Day, Dom Guéranger explains this as follows: “to God, Who sees all times at one glance, this day’s supplication was present at the moment of the dread passage, and obtained assistance for the straitened souls.” It should always be remembered that death does not end relationships, but only changes them.

History of the Feast of Christ the King

The feast day was established by Pope Pius XI in his 1925 encyclical Quas Primas, which was written to address the growing revolutions against the Church – particularly in Mexico, and is the celebration of an important Catholic doctrine which emphasizes Christ’s kingship over each nation, and how each nation (and city) must explicitly acknowledge Christ’s kingship and His teachings.  Bishop Athanasius Schneider visited us five years ago and gave a talk on this doctrine. Below are some additional links of the feast day:

We conclude with some excepts from Pope Pius XI’s 1925 encyclical Quas Primas:

“With God and Jesus Christ,” we said, “excluded from political life, with authority derived not from God but from man, the very basis of that authority has been taken away, because the chief reason of the distinction between ruler and subject has been eliminated. The result is that human society is tottering to its fall, because it has no longer a secure and solid foundation.”

When once men recognize, both in private and in public life, that Christ is King, society will at last receive the great blessings of real liberty, well-ordered discipline, peace and harmony.

Sunday is the Feast of Christ the King in the Traditional Rite. With society “tottering to its fall”, is it not time for society to recognize Christ the King? What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Respect Life Latin Mass Tomorrow Saturday October 29 8am

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of Ss. Simon & Jude! Tomorrow Saturday October 29 at 8am will be the monthly Respect Life Latin Mass at St. Ann parish. It will be followed by prayers at the Planned Parenthood abortion facility or a Holy Hour of Reparation for those unable to travel down.

Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 30

There will be a Eucharistic Procession after most of the Sunday Latin Masses in the diocese. St. Ann parish will feature a procession to Holy Trinity Middle School and back and conclude with prayers to the Sacred Heart of Jesus to obtain a plenary indulgence for the day.

Note: For this year we will not be carrying royal saints banners, flags, and images for the St. Ann procession. 

Novena to the Poor Souls for a Dedicated Latin Mass Chapel & FSSP (10/24 – 11/1)

We thank those who are participating in our novena to the Poor Souls in purgatory praying that Bishop Jugis will establish a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by priests from the Fraternity of St. Peter. If you have not joined in but would like to, you can find the novena on our webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2022/10/24/begins-today-poor-souls-novena-for-latin-mass-chapel-and-fssp-begins-october-24-november-1/

Annual All Souls Novena – November 1- 8

The Church grants a plenary indulgence applicable to the poor souls in purgatory each day from November 1-8 for those who receive Holy Communion, visit a cemetery and offer prayers for the dead. See our webpage for more details and the conditions to obtain the indulgence:

All Saints & All Souls Masses (Updated)

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation)

November 2 – Feast of All Souls

Note: On All Souls Day, a priest can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

Annual All Souls Cemetery Visit – Sunday November 6, 3pm

The St. Ann Homeschool Ministry and CLMC are co-sponsoring the annual visit to Belmont Abbey Cemetery on Sunday November 6 at 3pm as part of the All Souls novena (see above). Fr. Reid will lead prayers at the Cemetery after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. “Soul Cakes” and other treats will be available, but one is welcome to bring other treats to share afterwards.

RIP Tom Savoy

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

Dear Friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community,

It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing this morning of our dear friend Thomas F. (Tom) Savoy.  We beg you in charity to pray for the happy repose of his soul.

Tom was an outstanding Church musician. He had been the Director of Sacred Music at St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Charlotte, NC, and was responsible in particular for promoting traditional Catholic music at the parish. He was recently appointed Director of Music (Magister Capellae) of St. Joseph Minor Seminary in Mount Holly, NC.

The news of Tom’s passing immediately brought to mind this line from the Epistle from yesterday’s Mass,  (Eph 5: 19-20)“… be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs singing and making melody in your hearts to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God the Father.”

Please also pray for consolation for his wife, Deborah, and their family and friends.

Post Script: Tom also founded the Carolina Catholic Chorale which provided sacred music at many Traditional Latin Masses in the area.

BEGINS TODAY: Poor Souls Novena for Latin Mass Chapel and FSSP Begins (October 24 – November 1)

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed feast of St. Raphael the Archangel! Today Monday October 24, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community and Salisbury Latin Mass Community (without a weekly Sunday Latin Mass since 2015) are teaming up to pray a novena for a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by the FSSP as families from both communities would benefit much from such a chapel. This stems from our October 4 announcement and Synod request to Bishop Jugis.

We invite all Latin Mass families to join us in this important novena.

The novena will be to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, and begin today Monday October 24 (feast of St. Raphael), and end on November 1, All Saints Day (the day prior to All Souls). We also invite everyone to try and attend Mass on All Souls Day

The novena is attached and also provided below. Please invite your family and friends to join in as well – children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

God Bless,

Charlotte and Salisbury Latin Mass Communities

www.charlottelatinmass.org

www.salisburylmc.org           

Novena Prayer to Jesus Christ for the Holy Souls – by St. Alphonsus Liguori (Oct. 24 – Nov. 1)

Instructions: Pray once daily from October 24 – November 1 (day before All Souls Day)

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

     (Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention the below intention)

Novena Intention: For Bishop Jugis to establish a dedicated Latin Mass chapel in or near Charlotte and invite the Fraternity of St. Peter priests to staff it.)

Blessed Souls, we have prayed for thee; we entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for us miserable sinners, who are in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. 

Let us pray: 

O God, the author of mercy, the lover of the salvation of mankind; we address thy clemency, in behalf of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, who are departed this life, that by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever virgin, and of all the saints, thou wouldst receive them into the enjoyment of eternal happiness; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/prayer-to-jesus-christ-for-the-holy-souls-286

Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost and as custom we share a commentary on the prayers for today’s Latin Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/a-worthy-location-postcommunion-prayer.html#.YWJckxwpCHs

Special Coffee Note: The Sunday Coffee after today’s 12:30pm St. Ann Latin Mass will be moved to the north side of the parish grounds as a special diocesan Mass for wedding anniversaries will be occurring at 2:30pm, and crowds for this Mass may be congregating as we exit and socialize. Thanks for everyone’s understanding.

IMPORANT – Poor Souls Novena for Latin Mass Chapel and FSSP (Starts Tomorrow October 24 – November 1): Starting tomorrow, Monday October 24, the Charlotte and Salisbury Latin Mass Communities are teaming up to pray a novena to the poor souls in purgatory asking them to intercede for our request that Bishop Jugis establish a Latin Mass chapel and invite the FSSP, as part of our Synod request. Such a request could benefit both communities – especially in more Masses (like All Saints Day), restoration of the Triduum and Confirmations.

Prayer is a critical aspect to our request in having the Latin Mass faithful’s needs met by the diocese. Please join us in praying this novena, which can be found in yesterday’s announcement: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2022/10/22/poor-souls-novena-for-latin-mass-chapel-and-fssp-october-24-november-1/

To see our request and letter to Bishop Jugis, please visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/latin-mass-chapel/  

Latin Masses This Week

  • Wednesday October 26 – 6pm, St. Ann parish, Feria (non-feast day).
  • Thursday October 27 – 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas, Feria
  • Friday October 28 – 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark), feast of Ss. Simon & Jude
  • Saturday October 29 – 8am, St. Ann Respect Life Latin Mass, Feria (rescheduled from last Saturday)

Upcoming Latin Mass Feasts

Sunday October 30 – Feast of Christ the King

  • 11:30am (St. Thomas), 12:30pm (St. Ann), both Masses will feature a Eucharistic Procession afterwards. St. Ann will be processing to Holy Trinity Middle School again with police escort. Afterwards a prayer to Christ The King (at St. Ann) will be prayed to gain the plenary indulgence offered that day.

Tuesday November 1 – All Saints Day (Holy Day of Obligation) Updated Schedule

November 2 – Feast of All SoulsUpdated Schedule

Note: On All Souls Day, a priest can offer up to 3 Masses per day, hence the extra Latin Masses being offered.

Community News

  • Prayers for Ryan & Sarah Grant: Many of you may remember meeting CLMC friend, Ryan Grant of Mediatrix Press, a traditional Catholic book publisher, when he spoke to the CLMC in 2018 on King Henry the VIII and the English reformation. Sadly, his wife Sarah, pregnant with their child, was found to have several tumors and had an emergency C-section in order to remove tumors and save the baby. The baby was delivered safely (Deo gratias) but now Sarah faces a long battle with esophageal cancer. As you may recall the couple lost a their 18 month old daughter back in 2019. Friends have set up a GoFundMe: https://www.givesendgo.com/G9CPN  and you can also follow Ryan on his Twitter page at: https://twitter.com/chesterbelloc3
  • Meal Assistance for Latin Mass FamiliesA few families within our community recently welcomed new babies into their families and could use some meal assistance during the recovery and transition.
  • Pro-Life Voter Guide: Early voting is underway and many Latin Mass attendees may be interested in learning that North Carolina Right to Life has issued its 2022 endorsements for federal and state races. They have a helpful localized website that lists endorsement based on one’s address/district: https://ncrtlpac.com/vote/

  • Important Pro-Life Seminar at St. Elizabeth in Boone, This Weekend Friday October 28 & Saturday October 29: St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country in Boone will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation for a special pro-life seminar entitled, The Traditional Doctrine of Creation: The Only Firm Foundation for Building a Culture of Life. The event will answer some important questions: What is the traditional Catholic doctrine of Creation? How should Catholics evaluate the molecules-to-man evolutionary hypothesis? How do the answers to these questions relate to the anti-culture of death and the current crisis of faith and morals? Hugh Owen and biologist Pamela Acker from the Kolbe Center will be leading the seminar. It begins 7pm Friday October 28 and continues 9am – 4pm Saturday October 29, and includes lunch. There is no cost but an RSVP is requested if you wish to have lunch. RSVP by calling St. Elizabeth’s at 828-264-8338. Please see attached flyer for more details. St. Elizabeth is located at 259 Pilgrims Way, Boone, NC.  For those in the area, this will be an excellent event and the CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center’s 2019 conference at St. Mark parish in 2019.

  • Catholic Homesteading Conference – November 4-5: There is a Catholic homesteading conference in early November near Tryon, and will feature a Latin Mass Friday afternoon. The event is being hosted by a few people including Jason Craig, one of the Latin Mass leaders in Tryon and includes training on various homesteading trades and topics. There will not be a Latin Mass offered on Saturday November 5 at the event; however attendees could head over to St. John the Baptist in Tryon to attend its 8:30am 1st Saturday Latin Mass. To learn more visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homestead-weekend-workshop-tickets-398890441047
  • Fr. Chad Ripperger to visit St. Thomas Aquinas Parish – March 11, 2023: Renowned traditional exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger will be making his first public visit to Charlotte next March at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.  Fr. Ripperger offers the Latin Mass exclusively and now runs an order of exorcists called Society of the Most Sorrowful Mother. Due to the interest, St. Thomas Aquinas is asking for RSVP now and seats are going fast. Please note the conference is geared towards adults (Per parish – not appropriate for children). To register and learn more visit: https://www.osvhub.com/st-thomas-aquinas-rc-church/forms/frripperger
  • Holy Face Devotions
  • St. Mark – Mondays 2-2:45pm
  • St. Thomas Aquinas – Tuesdays 6am in the main church
  • St. Ann – Tuesdays 7:30am in the chapel after the Novus Ordo Mass (uses the booklet/chaplet which takes 15-20 minutes)
  • Don’t see your parish? Why not organize one?

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The FSSP Celebrates Its 34th Anniversary: This past week, the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), one of the religious societies of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively, celebrated its 34th anniversary. Established by Pope St. John Paul II in October 1988, we share a brief article to better familiarize our readers with this congregation and its origins:  https://fssp.com/fssps-34th-anniversary/
  • “God Is at Work”: How Mission Tradition Is Bringing the Light of Christ to Nigeria: The FSSP not only staff chapels or parishes (when invited by a Bishop to do so), but also operates a few missions abroad. This inspiring article details the life of an FSSP Latin Mass priest in operating their mission in Nigeria and the dangers it poses and opportunities it offers for God’s Glory:  https://www.missiontradition.us/god-is-at-work-at-fssp-nigeria/
  • New Tactics for Rebuilding Christendom: OnePeterFive had an interesting article on the importance of acting local to help rebuild Christendom. It offers some practical examples of where traditional Catholics can evangelize, as well as some areas for opportunity to evangelize the Latin Mass further, specifically in our neighborhoods: https://onepeterfive.com/new-tactics-rebuilding-christendom
  • The FSSP All Souls Novena: The FSSP is now enrolling deceased in their annual All Souls Novena. A Novena of Latin Masses will be offered from November 2 – 10. To enroll visit: https://fssp.com/all-souls/ (please also consider making a donation to support the FSSP and the work they do in spreading the Latin Mass)
  • “Cursed Cultus or Worthy Worship: The Choice that Faces Us” — Dr. Kwasniewski’s Presentation in Arlington, VA: This past week, Bishop Athanasius Schneider (who visited the CLMC) was in Virginia for a booklaunch of his new book, The Catholic Mass, by Sophia Institute Press.  As part of the event, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski gave a talk on the importance of liturgical tradition and the need to safeguard it – specifically the Traditional Latin Mass. To watch the presentation visit: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2022/10/cursed-cultus-or-worthy-worship-choice.html
  • Abp. Viganò: The Vatican must withdraw its support of the ‘disastrous’ COVID shots: In probably, one of the most important articles of the month, His Excellency Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò wrote a letter to Cardinal Luis Ladaria Ferrer, head of the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith (CDF), the Vatican agency charged with enforcing Catholic teaching. His purpose? To ask CDF to withdraw its December 2020 support of the COVID-19 vaccines, due to clear lack of safety that the Vatican claimed of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines. This came evidence mounts against the so called vaccines, rising amounts of adverse reactions and deaths that happened to occur in a short period after receiving the vaccine. His Excellency points out that the Vatican statement does not reflect the current scientific data and nor has CDF issued a correction. He then issues a sobering warning to the Vatican, and by extension, bishops, dioceses, and pastors who promoted the abortion-linked and now unsafe vaccine:

“The imposition of the experimental serum took place through a coordinated employment of methods that was unprecedented in recent history, using mass manipulation techniques that are well known to psychology experts. In this operation of media terrorism and the violation of the natural rights of individuals, accompanied by intolerable blackmail and discrimination, the Catholic hierarchy chose to take sides with the system, making itself the promoter of “vaccines,” even reaching the point of recommending them as a “moral duty.” The media skillfully used the spiritual authority of the Roman Pontiff and his media influence to confirm the mainstream narrative, and this was an essential element in the success of the entire vaccination campaign, convincing many of the faithful to undergo inoculation because of the trust they have placed in the Pope and his global role.

The vaccination obligations imposed on employees of the Holy See, following the lines of protocols imposed in other nations, have confirmed the Vatican’s absolute alignment with extremely careless and reckless positions that are completely void of any scientific validity. This has exposed the Vatican City State to possible liability on the part of its officials, with a further burden on its treasury; and the possibility should not be excluded that the faithful may bring collective lawsuits against their own pastors, who have been converted into salesmen of dangerous medicines.”

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/abp-vigano-the-vatican-must-withdraw-its-support-of-the-disastrous-covid-shots

CLMC comment: One can only imagine the scandal and confusion of what may await dioceses and clergy who blindly followed Rome by hastily promoting the now dangerous experimental vaccines and now could soon be found liable for embracing medical treatment that may have harmed a portion of their flock. This does not include the confusion and anger that may arise from laity who, trusting the Church, took the vaccine, even though the long term effects of the vaccines are still unknown. It shows the dangers of departing from the Church’s traditional moral and theological teachings and framework – that are linked to the Traditional Latin Mass – and instead having the Church follow the pop culture on such matters, as the CLMC have referenced in the past. With the CDC now essentially mandating these vaccines for children, will the Church regain her footing and speak out?

Joy Against Trials: The Blessed Karl Symposium

Friday was the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria, and although it is not on the 1962 calendar yet and it essentially remains a local feast in Austria, the cultus around Blessed Karl continues to grow, especially in Latin Mass communities in the United States. In Charlotte we were blessed that Fr. Carlson at St. Mark parish offered a votive Mass in honor of Blessed Karl this past Friday and hope to continue our seven-year tradition of promoting Blessed Karl next year (if you’d like to help organize it, send us an e-mail). 

Meanwhile in Dallas, Texas, a Latin Mass attendee was inspired to organize a Blessed Karl event each October and this year it grew into quite a large presentation, which included Bishop Athanasius Schneider, historian and author Charles Coulombe, one of Blessed Karl’s granddaughters, Princess Maria-Anna von Habsburg Galitzine, and several other speakers.  The event was a smashing success with over 700 people in attendance. It is no doubt that Blessed Karl’s following will continue to grow.

We share a recap of the Dallas event from Eric Sammons with OnePeterFive: https://onepeterfive.com/joy-trials-blessed-karl-symposium/

As we approach All Saints and reflect on some of those kingly saints who honored Christ and His kingship, we thought it worthy to reshare some of these links about Blessed Karl. 

What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Poor Souls Novena for Latin Mass Chapel and FSSP (October 24 – November 1)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As a follow up to the CLMC’s October 4 announcement requesting Bishop Jugis establish dedicated Latin Mass chapel in or near the Charlotte area, staffed by the priests of the Fraternity of St. Peter, we are pleased to share that starting this Monday the Charlotte Latin Mass Community and Salisbury Latin Mass Community (without a weekly Sunday Latin Mass since 2015) are teaming up to pray a novena for a dedicated Latin Mass chapel staffed by the FSSP as families from both communities would benefit much from such a chapel.

We invite all Latin Mass families to join us in this important novena.

The novena will be to the Poor Souls in Purgatory, and begin on Monday October 24 (feast of St. Raphael), and end on November 1, All Saints Day (the day prior to All Souls). We also invite everyone to try and attend Mass on All Souls Day.

The novena is attached and also provided below. Please invite your family and friends to join in as well – children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

God Bless,

Charlotte and Salisbury Latin Mass Communities

www.charlottelatinmass.org

www.salisburylmc.org           

Novena Prayer to Jesus Christ for the Holy Souls – by St. Alphonsus Liguori (Oct. 24 – Nov. 1)

Instructions: Pray once daily from October 24 – November 1 (day before All Souls Day) (Download PDF here)

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel scourging, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most painful crowning with thorns, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in carrying Thy cross to Calvary, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer during Thy most cruel Crucifixion, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the pains which Thou didst suffer in Thy most bitter agony on the Cross, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

O most sweet Jesus, through the immense pain which Thou didst suffer in breathing forth Thy Blessed Soul, have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord.

     (Recommend yourself to the Souls in Purgatory and mention the below intention)

Novena Intention: For Bishop Jugis to establish a dedicated Latin Mass chapel in or near Charlotte and invite the Fraternity of St. Peter priests to staff it.)

Blessed Souls, we have prayed for thee; we entreat thee, who are so dear to God, and who are secure of never losing Him, to pray for us miserable sinners, who are in danger of being damned, and of losing God forever. 

Let us pray: 

O God, the author of mercy, the lover of the salvation of mankind; we address thy clemency, in behalf of our brethren, relations, and benefactors, who are departed this life, that by the intercession of blessed Mary, ever virgin, and of all the saints, thou wouldst receive them into the enjoyment of eternal happiness; through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Source: https://www.ewtn.com/catholicism/devotions/prayer-to-jesus-christ-for-the-holy-souls-286