Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, and we share a commentary on the Collect for Sunday’s Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-overstepping-collect-of-sixteenth.html
Latin Masses This Week
- Monday September 26 – Feast of the North American Martyrs (Ss. Isaac Jogues & Companions) (sadly no Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte this day)
- Wednesday September 28 , 6pm, St. Ann – St. Wenceslaus, Martyr
- Thursday September 29, 7pm, St. Thomas Aquinas – Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel
- Friday September 30, 7am (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark) – St. Jerome, Doctor
First Friday Announcement
Regretfully due to the priests retreat, there will not be a First Friday Latin Mass at either St. Ann or St. Mark on Friday October 7. The nearest diocesan Latin Mass may be Prince of Peace in Taylors, SC at 12 noon.
First Sunday Announcement
There will be a first Sunday Latin Mass offered by Fr. Joseph Wasswa at 4pm Sunday October 2nd at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Prior to Mass will be Confessions. After Mass Father will perform a special traditional betrothal ceremony in the for a newly engaged couple at the St. Joseph’s altar. If you have not seen this, it is a beautiful ceremony. Lastly, as custom, there will be a potluck social in Brincefield Hall afterwards – please bring a dish or dessert to share. To learn more or receive the Salisbury Latin Mass Community’s e-mail updates please visit: www.salisburylmc.org
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?
Special Dr. Kwasniewski Book Sale at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish
Due to the high interest in Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s work, St. Thomas Aquinas retained some of his books from his talk earlier this month and is holding a sale on two of his books.
- Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright – The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass Sale: $15 (regular $19.95)
- Holy Bread of Eternal Life – Restoring Eucharistic Reverence in an Age of Impiety: Sale $12 (regular $17.95)
If you are interested, please see the books on the Latin Mass table in the narthex in the days ahead
Important Pro-Life Seminar at St. Elizabeth in Boone, 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. RSVP by calling Kathy at 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
Lastly, as we shared on Monday, 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. To learn more visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/homestead-weekend-workshop-tickets-398890441047
Latin Mass & Traditional News
- The Final Latin Mass: A moving piece about the last Latin Mass being offered at St. Anthony of Padua, thanks to the “pastoral” restrictions imposed by the Archdiocese of Washington: https://thelampmagazine.com/2022/09/22/the-final-latin-mass/
- The National Summorum Pontificum Walking Pilgrimage: The organizer of last weeks Summorum Pontificum pilgrimage in Arlington (VA) – Washington (DC) provides a recap of the momentous event: https://onepeterfive.com/national-summorum-pontificum-walking-pilgrimage/
- Did Bishop Burbidge Violate Canon 932 in Order to Punish His Flock?: An excellent article published by Corpus Christi Watershed examining the Latin Mass cancellations issued by Arlington Bishop Michael Burbidge and whether it violated Canon Law 932 §1 which essentially requires Mass to be offered in a sacred space. Moreover it raises a significant question of why is it permissible to advertise “Bingo Nights” in the parish bulletin, but not the Mass of Ages, not the Mass offered at the Vatican II Council (and for over 1,600 years)? https://www.ccwatershed.org/2022/09/16/bishop-michael-francis-burbidge-arlington/
CLMC comment: It is important to continue to praying for the bishops. We can only imagine the immense sorrow bishops will have when they realize they mistakenly (or under coercion) canceled or curtailed the Latin Mass for no legitimate reason other than to punish the faithful. Please consider praying for the bishops that they will restore the Latin Mass before the hour grows late.
- A More Realistic Appraisal of the Liturgical Movement and Its Destructive Descent: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski (whom we hosted earlier this month) has a great article on the history of the liturgical movement, which was founded by the great 19th century Benedictine Liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger, to help Catholics understand the Mass better. However, while Gueranger remained faithful to traditional liturgy, after his death the movement began slowly drift away from tradition, to the point that by the 1960s, the liturgical movement was calling for the vernacular liturgies, lay participation, and many of the problematic things we see today across the Church. Dr. Kwasniewski looks at where things went wrong. https://onepeterfive.com/liturgical-movement-destructive-descent
- Homily on the death of Queen Elizabeth II: We are pleased to share an excellent homily by a traditional priest in England, Fr. Armand de Malleray, FSSP, who gives a well balanced homily on Queen Elizabeth II’s passing and reign. He notes that although she was Christian, she also did sign into law through royal assent, many immoral laws related to abortion, euthanasia, and same sex unions. He concludes by reminding the faithful to pray for the repose of her soul, asking God and Our Lady to have mercy on her. https://voiceofthefamily.com/homily-on-the-death-of-queen-elizabeth-ii/
- The Feast of Our Lady of Ransom: Saturday was the feast of Our Lady of Ransom, which commemorates an order founded to rescue Christians held captive by the Muslims. Dr. Mike Foley pens a great article on its history and importance today: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2022/09/the-feast-of-our-lady-of-ransom.html#.Yy5vk0zMKHs
- Kazakhstan Bishop Cautions About Interreligious Meeting the Pope Attended: Bishop Athanasius Schneider (who the CLMC hosted at St. Ann in 2017), reminded the faithful that the Catholic Church is the one true religion to which there are no others. This came as an ecumenical papal conference in Bishop Schneider’s home country gave the impression that the Church believes all religions are equal. As Bishop Schneider stated:
- The auxiliary bishop of Astana, Kazakhstan, who took part in the Pope’s Sept. 13-15 visit to the Central Asian country, said the meeting’s aim, to promote harmony and peace, was “good,” but added “there is also a danger that we the Catholic Church should not appear simply as one of the many religions.”…“We’re not one of the many religions, we’re the only one true religion which God commanded to all people to believe,” Bishop Schneider told EWTN’s Alexey Gotovskiy in Nur-Sultan, the nation’s capital. “There is no other way to salvation.”
The bishop also had a helpful reminder for all bishops:
- We are not employees of the Pope, the bishops. We are brothers,” he said, according to Reuters. “When in good conscience I feel that something is not correct or ambiguous I have to say it to him, with respect, fraternally.” Bishops who disagree with the Pope have to be forthright, he continued, and should not be caught in “adulations and incense” or “behave like an employee to a boss,” Reuters reported.
CLMC Comment: We wholeheartedly agree and hope all bishops will too.
Late September Feasts
Feast of the North American Martyrs – September 26
In the traditional calendar, Monday the Church in the U.S. & Canada honors the 6 Jesuits who gave their lives for the holy faith in the 1640s. Most notable of them is St. Isaac Jogues who had some of the flesh chewed off his fingers by some of his captors yet still persisted onward to convert souls (and presumably offer Mass). This saint also escaped from one of the tribes and ended up traveling south to the Dutch colonial city of New Amsterdam, later sold to the British who renamed it New York (after the Duke of York, the future King James II who became last Catholic monarch of England, 1685-1688). New York City was thus blessed to have its first connection to a saint in the 1640s – many years before its first diocese was set up. Today, north of New York City, a shrine to these great saints was built in the 1930s in Auriesville, New York called the Shrine of the North American Martyrs: https://www.ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org/
There may also be a local connection to our diocese with the North American Jesuits and martyrs. One of the companions of the martyrs, Fr. Gabriel Druilettes, though not a martyr himself, was also known as the apostle of Maine, and ended up traveling to Augusta, Maine, where he befriended a customs house chief named John Winslow. Mr. Winslow was English (and protestant), but was very friendly to Fr. Druilettes and his convert companions. It’s likely that Mr. Winslow was an ancestor of our current Chancellor and Vicar General, Fr. Patrick Winslow, who describes his family heritage in this article: http://catholicnewsherald.com/189-news/faith/faith-nov/588-thanksgiving-a-family-affair-st-thomas-aquinas-pastor-descends-from-pilgrim-fathers
A great book on the Catholic history of the U.S. that told this story is Our Land and Our Lady, published in 1943 by Daniel Sargent. This book is rare, but if you find a copy, it’s very inspiring and gives us a glimpse of what a truly Catholic America could have looked like (and still should): https://www.amazon.com/Our-land-Lady-Daniel-Sargent/dp/B00087JM4U
Dedication of St. Michael the Archangel – September 29
This Thursday September 29, St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a 7pm Latin Mass for the dedication of St. Michael the Archangel. In the Traditional Rite, each archangel (and the Holy Guardian Angels) receives his own feast day. St. Michael’s feast day is this Thursday September 29, the Guardian Angel’s feast day is October 2, St. Raphael is October 24, and St. Gabriel is March 24 (vigil of the Annunciation). The St. Andrew Missal notes that the feast of St. Michael, also known as Michaelmas, was established in 530 AD to dedicate a church in the Roman circus to St. Michael’s honor.
- Customs of Michaelmas: Fisheasters.com has an excellent history of St. Michael the Archangel, as well as some traditions for this feast day: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost10.html
- Relics of St. Michael: There are actually relics of St. Michael available for veneration. One may ask – how can there be a relic of an angel? Tradition holds that St. Michael visited a cave in Italy during the 5th century, and sanctified the cave. Thus, the rocks of the cave, have been considered relics. To learn more visit: http://atxcatholic.com/index.php/2017/09/angels-dragons-iii-st-michael-relic-stone/#.XYrxzn97nwc
What Mass are you attending Sunday?