Evolution & the Culture of Death seminar – next weekend

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have two items to share today – the first is a scheduling note:

This Thursday’s Latin Mass at St. Michael parish in Gastonia is rescheduled for Friday November 8 at 8:15 am – for this week only. The normal Thursday November 7 Mass will be Novus Ordo.

Evolution & Culture of Death seminar – November 15 & 16

Secondly, next weekend (November 15 & 16) is the important pro-life seminar at St. Mark parish entitled, Evolution & the Culture of Death: Unmasking the Roots of Today’s Abortion Movement. The seminar will examine how the theory of evolution and Darwinism laid the groundwork for (and still influences) Planned Parenthood, and other advocates of abortion, birth control, sterilization, euthanasia and eugenics.  It will also present the Church’s teaching on creation and show how by learning about creation, we can help restore a culture of life.

The presentation will be of interest to all Catholics, but particularly Latin Mass families as it will present the Church’s traditional teaching on creation and the origins of man, as taught by Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition. It will also show how cutting edge science is confirming what both Sacred Scripture and Sacred Tradition have taught. Much of the Traditional Latin Mass, its calendar, traditions, and Douay Rheims Bible translations beautifully present the traditional doctrine of creation from the Ember Days, Rogation Days, to the ancient (Pre-55) Easter Vigil.  The Eastern Rite liturgies and traditions also richly present this doctrine. We hope you can attend.

Friday November 15, 6pm Mass (St. Mark School chapel)

Seminar 7-9pm Kerin Center

(*not sure if the 6pm Mass will be Latin or Novus Ordo – stay tuned)

Saturday November 16, 9am Novus Ordo Mass (Church)

Seminar 10-4pm, Kerin Center

Open to ages 12 and above. Different talks each day.

St. Mark parish is located at 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville, NC

No cost. An RSVP is appreciated but not required (RSVP to Mike FitzGerald at respect.life(at)stmarknc.org.

Snacks will be provided Friday evening; Saturday will feature breakfast items & coffee and a pizza lunch.

The speakers will be Hugh Owen and Pamela Acker with the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation and is co-sponsored by St. Mark Respect Life Ministry and the Carolina Pro-Life Action Network (C-PLAN).  The CLMC will also be supporting the event.

The Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation is a Catholic apostolate founded in 2000 to educate the public, especially Catholics on creation and the origins of man. Its work has been endorsed among many including, Bishop Athanasius Schneider of Kazakhstan (who visited us at St. Ann in 2017), and exorcist/theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger.

To learn more about the event see attached flyer and visit: www.prolifecharlotte.org/kolbe

All Souls Novena November 1-8

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow begins the annual All Souls novena where you can obtain a plenary indulgence for a poor soul in purgatory each day from November 1- 8 by visiting a cemetery, attending Mass, and receiving Holy Communion.

You can also obtain a separate plenary indulgence on All Souls Day November 2nd by offering prayers in a Church (Our Father & Creed).  See details on our website:


FYI – for a listing of the weekend events including All Saints and All Souls schedule please see yesterday’s post:



Juventutem kick-off and weekend schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few updates to share this week, notably the kick-off for Juventutem, the new young adults group centered around the Latin Mass. If you know of any young adults between 18-35, please share this information with them:

Juventutem kick-off this Saturday November 2nd (St. Thomas Aquinas parish): A new group for young adults has formed in Charlotte called Juventutem (Latin for youth). It’s open to ages 18-35 and they seek sanctification through the traditional charisms of the Church, especially through a devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass. Juventutem is an international group and takes its name from the prayer at the beginning of each Latin Mass. The kick-off event is this Saturday November 2nd,10am All Souls Requiem Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish, followed by a talk at 11:30am in Aquinas Hall by Fr. Matthew Bean on The Mass & Holy Souls in Purgatory. Newcomers to Latin Mass welcome!

We also wanted to share with you the weekend schedule including All Saints & All Souls Day:

All Saints Schedule – Friday November 1: This is a Holy Day of Obligation

  • St. Ann parish: 7am (low)
  • St. Mark parish: No Latin Mass today
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon: 8:30am & 6pm (both Latin)
  • St. Elizabeth, Boone, NC: 7:15pm

All Souls schedule – Saturday November 2

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 10am High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12 noon Solemn High Mass
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC: 8:30am
  • St. Elizabeth in Boone, NC: 9:00am & 9:45am (Low Masses back to back)

If you are new to the Traditional Latin Mass, All Souls Day is one of those special Latin Masses (like this past weekend’s Christ the King Feast) that you won’t want to miss. St. Ann will also feature a special Solemn High Requiem Mass which is a beautiful Mass, replete with black vestments and unbleached candles, and of course the hauntingly beautiful Dies Irae sequence.

Sunday November 3

St. Ann: 12:30pm – High Mass & 3pm prayers for the dead at Belmont Abbey Cemetery: Followed by 3pm prayers for the dead at Belmont Abbey Cemetery (led by Fr. Reid). Co-sponsored by CLMC and St. Ann Homeschool Ministry. Learn more If you join us, we encourage you to bring “soul cakes” (doughnuts, sweet treats), coffee, or hot chocolate. Thank you!

Sacred Heart parish, Salisbury, NC 4pm Latin Mass: After 4pm Latin Mass, Fr. Robert Ferguson FSSP will present a talk on “The Sacerdotal Vestments for the Mass; history and significance” during the social shortly after Mass in Brincefield Hall.  Please bring your favorite hors d’oeuvres or snack will be most welcome for sharing with others.  All are welcome. Fr. Ferguson is the Dean of Men for Theologians and professor of Moral Theology and Pastoral Theology at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska.

Respect Life Mass Saturday & Feast of Christ the King Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have two announcements this week.

Respect Life Mass Saturday 8:00am: This Saturday October 26th is the 4th Saturday St. Ann Respect Life Latin Mass at 8:00am.  Afterwards Father Reid will lead a Rosary at Planned Parenthood (700 S. Torrence Street, Charlotte). If one cannot travel to Planned Parenthood, one is invited to make a Holy Hour to End abortion in the

Feast of Christ the King Sunday: This Sunday October 27 is the Feast of Christ the King. It’s an important feast day that celebrates not only Christ’s Kingship in heaven, but also His reign over all the nations on earth today.  As custom, St. Ann & the CLMC will host a Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Latin Mass on Sunday. Please bring any images, statues, flags, of royal saints who through their virtue and office honored Christ the King and bring them along for the procession. See list of royal saints (attached) or at this link for more information: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/10/feast-of-christ-the-king-october-27-2019/

As we prepare for the Feast of Christ the King, you may find these links/readings helpful:

Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas: http://w2.vatican.va/content/pius-xi/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_p-xi_enc_11121925_quas-primas.html

Fr. Jason Christian’s 2016 talk on the Kingship of Christ: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/latin-mass-classes/christtheking/

Blessed Karl of Austria: He was the last Holy Roman Emperor and was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2004*. You may find this interview with Bl. Karl’s grandson interesting: http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/prayers-and-royalty-never-die-the-habsburg-dynasty The official website is here: http://www.emperorcharles.org/

* Speaking of St. John Paul II – whose relic will be at St. Ann today – the late pontiff was named after Blessed Karl (Karol Wojtyla) as the late Pontiff’s father served in Bl. Karl’s army.

While there is much to be worried about in today’s world, there is also a lot to be hopeful and joyful about and one of them is this Sunday’s feast day. Invite a friend, or several friends. Please join us for this hopeful and triumphant feast day and invoke the saints of royalty to intercede for us.

Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

Mid October update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have just a few reminders coming up this coming week:

Blessed Karl of Austria shrine to be installed in South Carolina – Sunday October 20: Prince of Peace parish in Taylors, SC (2 hours southwest of Charlotte) will be installing a votive shrine to Bl. Karl on Sunday October 20 at the Novus Ordo Mass (10am). Conveniently, the parish offers a Traditional Latin Mass at 12 noon that you can also attend if you choose.  On Monday October 21 (Bl. Karl’s feast day in the Church), Prince of Peace parish will offer a 12 noon Traditional Latin Mass. One can venerate a 1st class relic of Bl. Karl after Mass any of these Masses. We share this as many CLMC readers have a devotion to Blessed Karl. Learn more about Bl. Karl here: http://www.emperorcharles.org/

Feast of Christ the King & 4th annual Eucharistic Procession – Sunday October 27, 12:30pm St. Ann: Just a reminder about the Feast of Christ the King coming up the last Sunday in October. It’s an important feast day that celebrates the Kingship of Christ and the traditional doctrine that accompanies his reign (The Social Kingship of Christ). We will have a Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Latin Mass. Please bring any images, statues, flags, of royal saints who through their virtue and office honored Christ the King. See list of royal saints for more information: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2019/10/10/feast-of-christ-the-king-october-27-2019/

All Saints & All Souls Day schedule:

All Saints Friday November 1st (Holy Day of Obligation/1st Friday) 7AM Low Mass St. Ann  (the 12:30pm St. Mark Latin Mass is cancelled for this day). No other Latin Masses have been announced in Charlotte.

All Souls Day Saturday November 2nd (1st Saturday) 10AM High Mass St. Thomas Aquinas,  12 noon Solemn High Mass, St. Ann

Annual All Souls prayers at Belmont Abbey Cemetery – Sunday November 3rd, 3pm: The month of November is dedicated to All Holy Souls. Please join us on Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Belmont Abbey Cemetery where we will pray for the dead. Fr. Timothy Reid will be leading us in our prayers, and prayer sheets to follow along will be provided.  If you join us, we encourage you to bring “soul cakes” (doughnuts, sweet treats), coffee, or hot chocolate. Thank you! (We organizers will bring trash bags, baby wipes, paper napkins, water bottles, and a folding table.) https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F044FA5AE23A20-praying2  Sponsored by the St. Ann Homeschoolers and CLMC.

Weekend reading:

Bishop Schneider’s new book Christus Vincit: Christ’s Triumph over the Darkness of the Age. It’s really a tour-de-force. As many of us have personally encountered, His Excellency helps to clear up the confusion in our age. To learn more please read Rorate’s review https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2019/10/christus-vincit-bishop-schneiders.html or watch the Remnant’s video on it (click here):

Novena to Christ the King

In preparation for the Feast of Christ the King on Sunday October 27, please join us in a novena to Christ the King. It begins today October 18 and concludes Saturday October 26. Please start the novena even if you learn about this novena after October 18. 
Novena to Christ the King
Say one Our Father, one Hail Mary, and one Glory Be before praying the following prayer:
O Lord our God, Thou alone art the Most Holy King and Ruler of all nations.
We pray to Thee, Lord, in the great expectation of receiving from Thee, O Divine King, mercy, peace, justice and all good things. Protect, O Lord our King, our families and the land of our birth.
Guard us we pray, Most Faithful One. Protect us from our enemies and from Thy just judgment. Forgive us, O Sovereign King, our sins against Thee.
Jesus, Thou art a King of Mercy. We have deserved Thy just judgment. Have mercy on us, Lord, and forgive us. We trust in Thy Great Mercy.
O most awe-inspiring King, We bow before Thee and pray: may Thy reign, Thy Kingdom, be recognized on earth. Amen.

Introducing Juventutem…New Latin Mass young adults apostolate

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We wanted to share with you some exciting news for young adults in Charlotte.

A new group for young adults has formed in Charlotte called Juventutem (Latin for youth). It’s open to ages 18-35 and they seek sanctification through the traditional charisms of the Church, especially through a devotion to the Traditional Latin Mass. Juventutem is an international group and takes its name from the prayer at the beginning of each Latin Mass:

Introíbo ad altáre Dei. / Ad Deum, qui lætíficat iuventútem meam. (“I will go in to the altar of God. / To God, who giveth joy to my youth”)

The mission of Juventutem is to strengthen the faith among young adults through fellowship, spiritual growth and faithful catechesis. Founded by Angela Kessler and other CLMC young adults, its chaplain is Fr. Matthew Bean (St. Thomas Aquinas parish). All young adults welcome – especially those new or unfamiliar to the Latin Mass.

Juventutem’s kickoff event will be Saturday, November 2 – All Souls Day.  A special Requiem High Mass will be held in the Extraordinary Form at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 10 am (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte), followed by a talk on The Mass & Holy Souls in Purgatory given by Father Matthew Bean at 11:30 am in Aquinas Hall. Please share this news with any young adults that may be interested.

For questions or to join Juventutem’s e-mail list, please contact Angela Kessler at JuventutemCLT(at)gmail.com   They are also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT/