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/

1st Sunday of Lent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Lent and as custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection on Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/fasting-and-orations-of-first-sunday-of.html

Upcoming Latin Masses

Saturday February 27: St. Ann will offer a Respect Life Latin Mass (Low) Saturday February 27 at 8:00am, followed by a vigil at Planned Parenthood.

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.

New Confraternity of Fatima Forms  

We are pleased to share the formation of the Confraternity of Our Lady of Fatima, a group dedicated to living out the message of Fatima and for praying for the conversion of Russia and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. This has been endorsed by Bishop Athanasius Schneider. For more information please see the following two links: https://knightsofcolumbuslatinmass.blogspot.com/2021/02/announcing-confraternity-of-our-lady-of.html or the Confraternity’s page: https://www.livefatima.io 

How to Become A Member:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Vaccine expert answers critics, exposes horrific nature of abortion-tainted vaccine research: Pamela Acker, whom we co-sponsored at our 2019 Evolution and the Culture of Death conference, has penned another important piece on the growing links of abortion dismemberment and vaccines. She also provides an excellent quote from the Council of Trent:

The infidel, too, begs of God to cure his diseases and to heal his wounds, to deliver him from approaching or impending evils; but he places his principal hope of deliverance in the remedies provided by nature, or prepared by man.  He makes no scruple of using medicine no matter by whom prepared, no matter if accompanied by charms, spells or other diabolical arts, provided he can promise himself some hope of recovery.

Not so the Christian.  When visited by sickness, or other adversity, he flies to God as his supreme refuge and defense…

…Hence the Sacred Scriptures condemn the conduct of those who, confiding in the power of medicine, seek no assistance from God [2 Chron 16:12]. Nay more, those who regulate their lives by the laws of God, abstain from the use of all medicines which are not evidently intended by God to be medicinal; and, were there even a certain hope of recovery by using any other, they abstain from them as so many charms and diabolical artifices. [Emphasis added] – Council of Trent

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/vaccine-expert-answers-critics-exposes-horrific-nature-of-abortion-tainted-vaccine-research

  • Spanish Carlism movement with Eduardo Ordoñez: Steve Cunningham of Sensus Fidelium just released what appears to be an interesting interview with Eduardo Ordoñez on the topic of the Carlist Movement in Spain – these are Spanish Catholics who have and continue to defend the traditional Catholic perspective on government and the Social Kingship of Christ, and the Catholic Spanish monarchy, which they argue is best suited to defend the rights of Christ and His Church. To learn more visit: https://youtu.be/VLWctPR88-g

Memoirs by Venerable Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty

As the world worries about a possible Marxist or communist takeover of society, one book worth reading, if you can find it – especially during Lent – is the memoirs of Venerable Jozsef Cardinal Mindszenty. He was the tough anti-communist primate of Hungary, who was imprisoned first by the Nazis in World War II, and then by the invading communists for speaking out against their godless ideologies and atrocities. Mindszenty spent 8 years in prison where he was beaten and tortured. During the brief 1956 uprising against the Hungary’s communist government he escaped to the U.S. Embassy where he lived in asylum under the care of our government until 1971 when the Vatican during Pope Paul VI, shamefully forced him to leave the country so Rome could strike an agreement with the communist government. Among Cardinal Mindszenty’s many comments about communists, he noted two things which may resonate today:

  • The communists prohibited certain public religious ceremonies, and “in some areas mass meetings and travel were banned on the pretext that there was danger of epidemics.”
  • Cardinal Mindszenty also recommended the Hungarian bishops “not accept government subsidies that were to pay the salaries of the priests, and to trust the Hungarian people would not leave its priests without a pittance”. He told his brother bishops: “We may be poor, but we must remain independent. In an atheistic state a church that is not independent can only play the part of a slave.”

Sadly, the bishops didn’t listen, and under fear, signed an agreement leading to much harm to the Catholic faith in Hungary. We mention this because sadly many dioceses and parishes in our own time decided to accept government subsidies – including the Charlotte Diocese ($8 million) – from the U.S. government to pay staff salaries due to lost tithing money as the churches remained voluntarily closed (n.b. dioceses have received federal funds years prior to COVID).

While there were a lot of unknowns back in March/April, one cannot help to see the danger of parishes blindly accepting subsidies from a government which promotes immoral actions such abortion, sterilization, contraception, divorce, the HHS mandate, lockdowns, abortion-linked vaccines, and other attacks on the Church’s, liberty and Christ’s Kingship (regardless of who is president). It seems Cardinal Mindszenty raises a good point of whether dioceses that accept subsidies from a government might be reduced to “play the part of a slave”, and fail to fully preach on moral issues of our time due to the subsidies.

This is important to the Latin Mass and the traditions it promotes, as it could be possible that a government tries again to “cancel” a Latin Mass and related activities on the pretext of an “epidemic”, or some other excuse. Can a diocese stand up and reclaim the Church’s traditional stance against communism and socialism or will subsidies cause them to hesitate? Let us consider taking advantage of the Year of St. Joseph, and pray to him, the patron saint against socialism and communism for strength and fortitude for Church’s priests and bishops.

New 4 Volume Set of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s Visions

Lastly, if you are a voracious reader and are looking for a last minute Lenten (or yearly) book series to begin, you may want to take a look at TAN Book’s recent publishing of all 4 volumes of Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s visions about the life of Christ, and other periods of the bible: https://tanbooks.com/catholic-tradition/church-history/the-life-of-jesus-christ-and-biblical-revelations-from-the-visions-of-blessed-anne-catherine-emmerich-hardbound-complete-set-of-4/

Quinquagesima Sunday & Ash Wednesday (Corrected)

(updated to correct a typo for the Ash Wednesday Masses)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is Quinquagesima Sunday or roughly 50 days before Easter, and the last Sunday before Lent begins. It also begins the 3-day period known as “Shrovetide” which was traditionally a time for people to make their confessions before the holy season of Lent starts. As custom, Dr. Mike Foley provides more background on this mini-liturgical season and the reflection on Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/the-shrovish-collect-of-quinquagesima.html

Ash Wednesday Latin Masses

We are pleased to share there will be 4 diocesan Latin Masses for Ash Wednesday. Although there is only a morning Latin Mass in Charlotte, there are later Masses outside of the area.

  • St. Ann parish, Charlotte: 7:00am Low (corrected – there is only a morning Latin Mass)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 12:15pm Low (signups now required – please visit the parish website: https://olgchurch.org/)
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, 6:00pm, Low
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, 6:30pm, Low

Sprinkling of Ashes: Modernist Innovation or Traditional Custom?

There’s been a some debate over the Holy See’s new recommendation for the Novus Ordo Mass that due to “COVID”, ashes be “sprinkled” on people’s heads instead of the custom of the priest making a sign of the cross with ashes over one’s forehead. However, St. Ann parish has also chosen to “sprinkle” ashes on the head this year at the Latin Mass. CLMC admits that we hadn’t heard much about this, and Father kindly contacted a Traditional Latin Mass priest in Rome to confirm. Father learned that in Europe, this sprinkling is actually been the norm or custom – the forehead option has been an American custom as best we can tell.

Further, the priest in Rome noted that according to Fr. Adrian Fortescue’s book The Ceremonies of the Roman Rite Described (published 1918 but updated for the 1962 books): “the rubrics do not define exactly the place where the ashes are put (…). Lay people receive them on the top of the head or on the forehead.”.

Another reader related to us that the sprinkling of ashes on the head was traditionally reserved for men, and the forehead was for women (who were always wearing chapel veils over their heads).  Dr. Mike Foley has also commented that “sprinkling” was an ancient custom in Europe. Furthermore, Fr. John Zuhlsdorf (Father Z.) added some commentary on this blog:

https://wdtprs.com/2021/02/ask-father-covid-1984-and-ash-wednesday-2021-sprinkling-ashes-instead-of-tracing-a-cross/

Ultimately, this appears to be optional for Latin Mass pastors and distribution will differ parish by parish.  We’re open to learning more on this matter. Perhaps in the future a liturgical historian will give more history on the topic.

REMINDER: Lenten Spiritual Enrollment (9 days left!)

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

Please make an offering of alms along with this enrollment.  Your generous financial sacrifice will bear all the more fruit for your intentions. Enrollment needs to be completed by this Tuesday February 16.

1st Saturday Blessing of Religious Objects at St. Thomas Aquinas

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).

Preparations and Guidelines for Lent

  • Preparing For a Holy Lent – by Fr. Kauth: As Lent begins this Wednesday, Fr. Kauth, rector of St. Joseph’s Seminary, has a Lenten reflection to prepare the faithful for Lent: https://stjcs.org/preparing-for-a-holy-lent/

Latin Mass & Traditional News 

  • Sophia Press Announces Benedictus, a New Monthly Guide to the Traditional Latin Mass: We are pleased to share that a new publication, Benedictus, is being published for the Traditional Latin Mass, which includes daily readings for the Mass. It’s not a missal but a monthly guide that features the readings for Latin Mass, as well as meditations, reflections for the Traditional Latin Mass. It has been endorsed by many notable traditional priests including , Archbishop Viganò, Bishop Schneider and others. The publication comes out in July but they are taking subscriptions now. To learn more visit: https://praybenedictus.com/ and also read Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s article: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/sophia-press-announces-benedictus-new.html
  • Traditional vs. Modern Theology with Fr. Ripperger: Over the last few weeks we’ve highlighted the difference between traditional theology that undergirds the Latin Mass and its doctrine and progressive/modernist theology that developed around and after Vatican II. We are now excited to share with you a excellent talk with exorcist and theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger and Catholic publisher Ryan Grant (who visited us in 2018) on the differences between these approaches, the distinctions and why the traditional approach is the most sound: https://youtu.be/T4hIgDR29bg
  • The Problem With Women Lectors: Speaking of traditional vs. modern theology, there can be no better area to highlight the differences in theology than the Vatican’s decision to permit women lectors in the Novus Ordo. A Traditional Latin Mass priest examines the matter and clearly explains the problems, and how letting women into the sanctuary in the first place was against Sacred Tradition (and a bad idea with cultural ramifications): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ws50olZj4ls
  • Book recommendation – “The Month of St. Joseph”, by Father M de Langalerie: Mater Dei Latin Mass parish in Dallas, Texas is recommending a book written by Archbishop Pierre-Henri Gérault de Langalerie of Auch France in 1874, entitled The Month of Joseph. It includes 30 day of prayers to pray during March. To preview and purchase it visit: https://www.staugustineacademypress.com/month-of-st-joseph/

Carmelite Hermits Special Lenten Offer

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As you may recall, the traditional Carmelite Hermits of Fairfield, Pennsylvania, have a beautiful Lenten spiritual offer we again want to share with you.

The Hermits are offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering:

  • 40 Masses
  • 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and;
  • 40 days of fasting and penance

All done for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.

If you have anyone in need of conversion, healing, or strength, you may consider enrolling them This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

Please make an offering of alms along with this enrollment.  Your generous financial sacrifice will bear all the more fruit for your intentions (The Hermits completely subsist on donations).

The deadline to enroll is Tuesday February 16.

Sexuagesima Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is Sexagesima Sunday, where we now are within roughly 60 days of Easter, and 10 days from the beginning of Lent.  As this is the second Sunday of the pre-Lent season of Septuagesima, we share two articles, one Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on Sunday’s Collect, and secondly, his essay on the forgotten season of Septuagesima. We note in the first article, he also provides a brief explanation of the station churches in Rome that one may read about in the traditional liturgical books. We also include a 3rd link to Dom Gueranger.

Ash Wednesday Latin Masses

We are pleased to share there will be 4 Latin Masses thus far in our diocese on Ash Wednesday. Although there is only a morning Mass in Charlotte, there are later Masses outside of the area.

  • St. Ann parish, Charlotte: 7:00pm Low
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro, 12:15pm Low (Check parish website for any signup requirements, if any)
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, 6:00pm, Low
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, 6:30pm, Low

REMINDER: Lenten Spiritual Enrollment (9 days left!)

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

Modernism vs. Traditional Catholicism: The COVID-19 Vaccine (Part II)

Last September, we shared a post about the traditional Church understanding of obedience to authority vs. modernism’s hyper-obedience (absolute obedience). Sadly, this has manifested itself in a tragic way over the COVID-19 vaccine, with many Church leaders (and laity) robotically following “inadequate” Vatican moral guidance related to abortion linked vaccines. We began to address this a few weeks ago by sharing Fr. Chad Ripperger’s (traditional theologian and exorcist) views on the immorality of abortion linked vaccines, as well as Bishop Athanasius Schneider:
https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/01/17/2nd-sunday-after-epiphany/

The chorus continues to grow. Today, we are pleased to share that Archbishop Viganò has courageously addressed this matter of obedience and the Church’s scandalous endorsement of abortion-linked vaccines, more than anyone else thus far. He makes some excellent points – especially on priests who blindly follow orders (especially wrong ones) simply because they came from “authority”. He explains how clergy authority has limits and the Vatican’s statement on abortion-linked vaccines (particularly the COVID-19 one) is based on poor (i.e. modern) philosophy. We encourage you to read the entire article (and read again). Here are some excerpts:
https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/5259-open-letter-to-confused-priests-vigano-on-obedience-resistance-francis-and-vaccines

Scripture urges us to be obedient, moderating our obedience with patience and a spirit of penance, but it does not exhort us absolutely to obey orders that are intrinsically evil simply because the one who issues the orders to us holds authority.

I agree with you about the assessments of the objective immorality of the so-called vaccine against Covid-19, due to the use of material derived from aborted fetuses. I likewise agree with the absolute inadequacy – scientific, as well as philosophical and doctrinal – of the document promulgated by the CDF [Congregation of Doctrine and Faith], whose Prefect merely supinely executes more-than-questionable orders imparted from on high: the obedience of these reprobates is emblematic, in these situations, because it knows how to casually ignore the authority of God and the Church in the name of a courtly subservience to the authoritarianism of the immediate superior.

But the CDF scrupulously avoids expressing itself even on the morality of experimentation on humans, admitted by the vaccine manufacturers themselves, who reserve the right to provide data on this mass experimentation only a few years from now, when it will be possible to understand whether the drug is effective and at the price of what permanent side-effects.

The answer comes to us from Catholic doctrine, which places very clear limits on the authority of Prelates and on the supreme authority of the Pope. In this case it seems evident to me that it is not the competence of the Holy See to express assessments which, due to the way in which they are presented and analyzed and also due to the obvious omissions they contain, cannot fall even minimally within the scope of matters that may be legitimately determined by the Magisterium.

The problem, on closer inspection, is logical and philosophical, even before it is theological or moral, because the terms of the quaestio are incomplete and erroneous, and the response too is erroneous and incomplete.(emphasis added)

For traditional Catholics, this type of poor modern theology and hyper-obedience is nothing new as Church leaders told us in the 1960s that there was a “crisis” and that the Traditional Latin Mass was “outlawed” along with the traditional customs, piety, spirituality, theology – to be replaced by a “new normal” of a new Mass and theology. We now know that was not true, but many Catholics suffered because many clergy followed this out of blind obedience – something that still plagues the Church today. Let us consider praying that more orthodox priests and bishops rediscover the beautiful richness of the Church’s traditional theology, philosophy, and critical thinking that accompanied the Mass of Ages.

Traditional Teaching on Tithing

Counsels on Tithing – by Fr. Chad Ripperger: As we noted in prior weeks, for those of us St. Ann parish, we are blessed to have the Latin Mass and some of the related customs and traditions (like Tuesday’s Candlemas & candle blessing). However, we are also aware that not all CLMC readers are St. Ann parishioners and that some parishes are still unnecessarily limiting their sacramental functions due to “COVID”. In short if your parish is embracing strange beliefs, actions (or medical treatments or liturgical innovations) that harm the faith – you can always tithe to traditional religious orders instead of your parish.  For those of you who attend such parishes, we share with you an excellent talk by theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger on the Church’s traditional teaching on tithing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZueaGsLUbk4

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Golden Legend on Candlemas & St. Blaise: The Fraternity of St. Peter had a nice reflection on Candlemas and St. Blaise’s feast day this week, taken from the Golden Legend, a fascinating 13th century book by Blessed Jacobus de Varagine of readings on the saints: https://fssp.com/the-golden-legend-on-candlemas-and-st-blaise/
  • Archbishop Viganò on evaluating Vatican II: The Archbishop addresses claims of those who accuse traditionalists of being disobedient to the Church if they defend the Church’s traditions and ask questions about Vatican II: https://catholicfamilynews.com/blog/2021/02/04/4925/ (thanks to a reader who shared this)
  • Burying the Alleluja 2021: There is a custom (which we have yet to organize locally) to bury the Allelujia the day prior to Septuagesima. It is a “literal” custom to bury a cloth or paper with the words Alleluja written on it that reflects the liturgy’s suppression of the “Alleluja” during Septuagesima and Lent. Here are some photos from a few parishes last week: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/02/burying-alleluja-2021.html

Lastly, with Lent coming, attach a Lenten worksheet from the Missionaries of St. John the Baptist, a traditional order of priests in Kentucky who offer the Latin Mass exclusively.  Also the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) has published guides for the liturgy during Septuagesima and Lent that you can view it here: https://fssp.com/extraordinary-guides/

Septuagesima Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Sunday January 31 begins the pre-lent season of Septuagesima (Latin for seventieth day prior to Easter) and begins to prepare the faithful for Lent, which begins February 17. As custom, Dr. Foley has a reflection on Sunday’s collect and a brief explanation of the season: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/01/the-exilic-collect-of-septuagesima.html

Additionally, Dom Prosper Gueranger has a wonderful and extensive write up on Septuagesima (courtesy of Sensus Fidelium):
https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/season-of-septuagesima/

Candlemas/Feast of the Purification – Tuesday February 2nd

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

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

We also wanted to share a special article from 2017 about the link between candles & sacrifice: https://liturgyguy.com/2017/01/31/on-candles-and-sacrifice/

St. Ann Candlemas –February 2nd at 6pm

For Candlemas, St. Ann will kindly offer a special candlelight Latin Mass on Tuesday February 2nd at 6:00pm. We believe it will be a High Mass and include a special procession of candles, and a blessing of candles at the beginning of the liturgy. Like the Easter Vigil, the parish will distribute candles to be used at Mass. If you loved the Rorate Mass, you will find Candlemas equally beautiful. Here are the details for the candle blessing:

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

Additional Candlemas announcement: Holy Cross parish in Kernersville (near Greensboro) will also be offering Candlemas TLM at 7pm.

Feast of St. Blaise this Wednesday & Special Mass Intention

Wednesday February 3rd is the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr. After healing a young boy from choking on a fish bone, St. Blaise asked the boy’s mother to light a candle in the church each year. Thus the feast day is linked to Candlemas, as traditionally, the candles blessed on Candlemas the day prior would be used for the blessing of throats the next day on St. Blaise day. As custom, St. Ann will offer a Low Mass this Wednesday at 6pm.  To learn more visit Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany4.html

Special Mass Intention for February 3rd: The CLMC is sponsoring Wednesday’s Latin Mass intention, which is for the conversion of the 200 or so North Carolina protestant pastors who, despite their erroneous protestant religious beliefs, loved Jesus Christ so much that they sued Governor Roy Cooper last spring and restored the right of churches to re-open for worship  – including the only true worship in our land, the Catholic Mass (something most dioceses, including ours failed to do). These courageous men would make fine and fervent Catholics if converted and so we offer Mass for their conversion. Despite the turbulent times we live in, grace still pours out from heaven. Please consider praying that these pastors will receive the grace to convert en masse and strengthen the Catholic Church. Ss. Blaise and Frances de Sales (who helped convert ~60,000 protestants in Switzerland), pray for the conversion of these protestants!

Ash Wednesday – February 17

Lent begins on Wednesday February 17. St. Ann will offer a 7am Low Mass for Ash Wednesday. If we hear of any other parishes offering Ash Wednesday Latin Masses, we will let you know.

REMINDER: Lenten Spiritual Enrollment Opportunity

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • RIP – Fr. Calvin Goodwin, FSSP: Fr. Calvin Goodwin, a traditional priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) passed away after an illness earlier this month. He was originally a Jesuit priest, who, due to his love of tradition and the Latin Mass, incardinated into the FSSP so that he could offer the Latin Mass exclusively. If you wondered what a true, faithful, and traditional Jesuit priest is like (since they are rare these days), you can listen to some of his talks online to get a glimpse. Please offer prayers for his repose:
    https://fssp.com/lectures-of-fr-calvin-goodwin-fssp-1948-2021/
  • Catholic Culture and Agriculture Talk Interview with Jason Craig: As some of you may know, Jason Craig is a dairy farmer in the western part of our state and attends the Latin Mass regularly (he co-founded Fraternus). He also runs Joseph’s Farm. He recently gave an interview on the intriguing topic of Catholic Agrarianism (or farming). In ages past, the Catholic life, liturgy, and calendar were intertwined with agriculture and the land. Some of the customs and feast days of the Traditional Latin Mass revolved around temporal seasons (Ember Days, Rogation Days, feast of St. Martin). We mention that by way of an introduction to the interview Jason gave on Catholicism and Agrarianism. Enjoy his interview here:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qfKefIe15AA
  • Seven Sorrows of St. Joseph Sundays Novena begins today Sunday January 31: There is an ancient custom in the Church to honor St. Joseph by offering some prayers after Sunday Mass to him for seven consecutive Sundays. A reader noted that such a novena can begin today Sunday January 31 and end Sunday March 14, the Sunday prior to his feast day of March 19. To learn more visit here: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/saint-joseph-seven-sundays Our Diocese also has the prayers listed here: https://yearofstjoseph.org/devotions/  (it’s also on page 28 of the St. Joseph prayer book promoted by the Diocese of Charlotte – you can find them at various parishes or purchase one here)
  • Holy Ghost & Holy Families – Canon Matthew Talarico, ICKSP: Last weekend, Canon Talarico, provincial superior for the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP), visited Raleigh and gave a wonderful talk on the Holy Ghost and Holy Family, addressing both the important spiritual role Catholic fathers and mothers have in raising holy children. As some of you know, the Institute is a religious order of priests offering the Latin Mass exclusively. Founded in 1993 and they operate several Latin Mass only parishes in the U.S. and abroad. To listen to the talk please visit Sensus Fidelium’s YouTube page at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Wl2mb4ebU0
  • Canonization of King Louis XVI – Benefactor of America and Martyr: Lastly, we link to a wonderful article written by a Dominican priest in the 1930s about the King Louis XVI, who, was beheaded this month in 1793. We often remember him as a poor victim of the heinous and anti-Christ French Revolution (one of the most diabolical events/periods in history). However, as this Dominican notes, we Americans should think of him in a deeper light. It was with the King’s aid and financing, that the French army and navy, was able to help America defeat the British at Yorktown in 1781 and win our country’s independence. That act of generosity essentially bankrupted France, and led to the chain of events that began the French Revolution and ultimately cost King Louis, and his devout Catholic wife, Marie Antoinette, their heads. As we face turmoil and an evil “revolutionary” spirit in our country today, we may want to call upon God to allow for the canonization of this pious martyr so he can aid our country again at this critical hour:
    https://www.dominicanajournal.org/wp-content/files/old-journal-archive/vol15/no2/dominicanav15n2kinglouisxvibenefactoramericam.pdf

Latin Mass this Saturday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We thank everyone for attending the end of Christmas celebration this past weekend – especially the Cantate Domino Latin Girls Choir. Here are a few updates:

Latin Mass this Saturday:

This Saturday January 30, St. Michael the Archangel parish has announced there will be Low Mass at 8:30am.

Candlemas – Feast of the Purification – Tuesday February 2

St. Ann will offer a special 6pm High Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary on Tuesday February 2nd. This will include a procession, and also a blessing of candles. You may wish to begin to purchase candles 51% beeswax or greater to be blessed. This day also marks the conclusion of our 54-Day Rosary novena for Thomas Lauer and the Mass intention will be offered in thanksgiving for his healing. Also, we understand Holy Cross parish in Kernersville (near Greensboro) will be offering 7pm Candlemas TLM.

Lenten Spiritual Enrollment

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

 

3rd Sunday After Epiphany

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Yesterday was the ancient feast of the espousal of the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph. Although this feast was removed from the calendar in 1961, the feast day was celebrated in different countries for centuries. Dr. Mike Foley has a great write up not just on the origins of the feast day, but on the historical and theological understanding of the betrothal of the Blessed Mother & St. Joseph: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/01/the-feast-of-espousals-of-mary-and.html

End of Christmas Celebration – Sunday January 24

Today Sunday January 24th is the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany and it is also the last Sunday of the extended Christmas-Epiphany season*. Dr. Mike Foley also have a commentary for this Sunday: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/01/the-secret-for-third-sunday-after.html

*Normally Epiphanytide would last until the Feast of the Purification, February 2nd, but due to the early date of Easter, the pre-lent season of Septuagesima begins next Sunday.

Candlemas – Feast of the Purification – Tuesday February 2

St. Ann will offer a special 6pm High Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This will include a procession, and also a blessing of candles. You may wish to begin to purchase candles 51% beeswax or greater to be blessed. This day also marks the conclusion of our 54-Day Rosary novena for Thomas Lauer and the Mass intention will be offered in thanksgiving for his difficult and long recovery.

Also, we understand Holy Cross parish in Kernersville (near Greensboro) will be offering 7pm Candlemas.

Lenten Spiritual Enrollment

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

Latin Mass and Traditional News

  • Monks of Norcia – Restored Church & Monastic Profession: The traditional Monks of Norcia (whose prior superior visited St. Ann and the Eucharistic Congress), are Benedictines who offer the Traditional Mass exclusively and produce some excellent beer. After surviving an earthquake in Norcia a few years ago, the monks have resettled in the nearby mountains and just restored a 16th century Church as their chapel. They recently posted an article on the restoration, and an interesting piece on a Monk’s profession ritual (click here to read the article). To donate/give alms visit: https://en.nursia.org/donations.html
  • A hill worth dying on’: Expert explains how aborted baby cells taint COVID vaccines: As you may recall, we co-sponsored Pamela Acker at our Evolution & the Culture of Death conference in 2019 and she recently published a book, Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective; Ms. Acker, who attends the Latin Mass regularly, recently gave an interview on abortion-linked vaccines and the horrific atrocities that are committed in developing the aborted fetal cells used for vaccine development and production. There is much debate and confusion from the modernists in the Church on this topic. Ms. Acker’s interview is lengthy but helpful in understanding the traditional teachings and how they apply to vaccines:
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/a-hill-worth-dying-on-expert-explains-how-aborted-baby-cells-taint-covid-vaccines

Continue to Pray for Our Nation & Practice Fatima Devotions

While we are understandably disappointed and quite concerned about the spread of socialism and Marxism as a result of the U.S. elections results, we also know that this battle over good and evil is a spiritual battle more than a political one. What happens in “politics” is more dependent on what happens spiritually. This is good news for us Catholics as we can continue to affect our nation with our prayers. As many have noted, the message of Our Lady of Fatima was unique in that addressed both spiritual and the geopolitical matters (showing their connection) as she warned the errors of Russia (communism) would spread throughout the world due to sin. If we’re looking for a way out of today’s political and cultural situation, while civic action has its role, the best guidance is from Our Lady of Fatima her who asked the faithful to practice the 1st Saturday devotions in reparation for the blasphemies against her Immaculate Heart:

  • Pray the Rosary
  • Receive Holy Communion
  • 15 minutes of meditation on the Rosary mysteries; and
  • Confession before/after 8 days

Our Lady requests this should be done for 5 consecutive months: https://www.mdrevelation.org/rosary-crusade-for-peace/how-to-practice-the-five-first-saturdays-devotion/

While Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider have both rightly stated that the consecration of Russia Our Lady asked for has not happened yet and should be done by the Pope, the laity can best assist this effort by practicing the 1st Saturday devotions. At some point, the Pope will consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and then the errors of Russia (Marxism, communism, socialism) will be defeated, and the triumph of the Immaculate Heart will happen and a true period of peace will reign. Let us pray and have hope this will occur soon.

Respect Life Latin Mass this Saturday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed Feast of St. Agnes, the 13 year old virgin and martyr. Fisheaters.com has a beautiful write up on her life and martyrdom: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany2.html

Respect Life Latin Mass 8am – Saturday January 23

Friday January 22 is the 48th anniversary of Roe vs. Wade, as such, the U.S. Bishops have declared Friday to be a day of prayer and penance for the unborn. The next day, Saturday, January 23 at 8am, St. Ann will host its monthly Low Mass for an end to abortion. Father will lead a group to pray at Planned Parenthood, while a deacon leads a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church.

End of Christmas Celebration – Sunday January 24

Please join us on Sunday January 24 for the annual “End of Christmas” celebration, with the Cantate Domino Latin Girls Choir and some deserts. This will occur after the 12:30pm St. Ann Sunday Latin Mass.

Lenten Spiritual Enrollment

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

Continue to Pray for Our Nation

Additionally, let us continue to pray the Rosary daily for our country. Many people are worried about this country becoming Marxist. However, it should be noted that after World War II, Austria was occupied by the Soviet Union, and the bishops and faithful (amounting to perhaps only 10% of the population), prayed the Rosary daily for reparation as requested by Our Lady of Fatima. A few years later, in 1955, the Soviet Union announced it would be withdrawing peacefully from Austria. It was the only European nation during the Cold War where Soviet Troops withdrew. It shows the power of the Rosary even when only 10% of the people are praying it. How much more can happen in our country if more people pray the Rosary and practice the 1st Saturday devotions?

2nd Sunday After Epiphany

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 2nd Sunday after Epiphany, and the liturgy commemorates the 3rd manifestation or mystery of Epiphany, Christ manifesting His divinity at the wedding at Cana. Dr. Mike Foley provides his weekly commentary on the prayers this Sunday. http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/01/the-orations-of-second-sunday-after.html

Of particular note is a translation is today’s Collect, which as Dr. Foley notes, continues the Christmas prayer of peace, which we may want to pray considering all that is occurring in our country now:

Almighty and everlasting God, who dost moderate things in heaven as well as on earth, mercifully hear the supplications of Thy people, and grant us Thy peace in our times. Through our Lord.

Upcoming Latin Mass events

Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday January 23The St. Ann parish 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass will resume this month. 8:00 AM Low Mass, followed by prayers at Planned Parenthood abortion facility (or Holy Hour of Reparation).

End of Christmas celebration – Sunday January 24Please join us on Sunday January 24 for the annual “End of Christmas” celebration, with the Cantate Domino Latin Girls Choir and some deserts. This will occur after the 12:30pm St. Ann Sunday Latin Mass.

Septuagesima (Pre-Lent) Season begins – Sunday January 31: With Easter occurring early this year, the three week pre-Lent season of Septuagesima will actually begin before the close of the Christmas season, on Sunday January 31. We will begin to see violet vestments and the absence of the Alleluia, as a subtle reminder to begin preparing for Lent (which begins Ash Wednesday February 17)

Candlemas – Feast of the Purification – Tuesday February 2: St. Ann will offer a special 6pm High Mass for the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. This will include a procession, and also a blessing of candles. You may wish to begin to purchase candles 51% beeswax or greater. This will also mark the end of the Christmas season.

Lenten Spiritual Enrollment

The traditional Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Fairfield, PA are again offering a special Lenten spiritual enrollment which you can begin to participate in today. The Hermits will be offering 40 Masses, 40 days of praying the Divine Office (and other daily prayers), and 40 days of fasting and penance all for the intention of your family or other enrolled loved ones.  This is an amazing spiritual gift. Here is the link to the enrollment form: http://www.ednmc.org/

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

Latin Mass and Traditional News

  • The Demographics of the Traditional Latin Mass: Great article by Dr. Joseph Shaw, chair of the Latin Mass Society of the U.K. on how the young now make up a substantial portion of the Traditional Latin Mass attendance: https://www.hprweb.com/2021/01/the-demographics-of-the-extraordinary-form/#respond
  • Roberto de Mattei – True and False Conspiracies: Traditional Catholic historian Roberto de Mattei has an interesting article on the conspiracy theories swirling around the French Revolution period, and also occurring with this week’s political turmoil: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/01/de-mattei-true-and-false-conspiracies.html
  • Pope Francis decrees on women as acolytes and lectors: If one were still “on the fence” about the “fruits” of Vatican II, this new decision should be helpful in guiding one to the traditional Catholic perspective and Latin Mass. Prior to Vatican II, the roles of acolytes and lectors were reserved for men in minor orders (those in the early part of seminary) – and this is still the case for seminaries exclusively devoted to the liturgical books of 1962 (Traditional Latin Mass). Unfortunately, for the Novus Ordo liturgy, layman can be installed in these positions, and now the Holy Father is permitting women to serve as these functions for the Novus Ordo. If you aren’t attending the Latin Mass – especially on Sundays, now might be a good time to abandon the Novus Ordo:
    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/01/earthquake-francis-decrees-women-can.html

Modernism vs. Traditional Catholicism: The COVID-19 Vaccine

As we’ve noted in the past, the promotion of the Traditional Latin Mass is not limited to just liturgy, but also includes the traditions, customs, culture, spirituality, philosophy, and theology that accompanied the Mass of Ages, which differs vastly from the Novus Ordo Mass and Post-Vatican II mindset. Here we examine a contemporary topic of the COVID vaccine that highlights the differences:

Fr. Chad Ripperger on the Morality of Vaccines: Last week we highlighted the problem of many in the Church who blindly believe in naturalism or science, over the supernatural and perennial Catholic faith. This is now particularly evident over the COVID-19 vaccine, in which some in the Church are saying it’s “morally permissible” to receive a vaccine linked to abortion (derived or tested). Fr. Ripperger explains how this is not the case. In short, in his theological opinion, the only condition to use an aborted linked vaccine would be in a dire situation where 10-25% of the population were succumbing to a disease. That “grave situation” does not exist with COVID-19 (99% recovery rate), and as such “remote cooperation” with abortion cannot be justified. Fr. Ripperger provides a breath of fresh tradition to counter the modernist theologians and Catholic laity who continue to “accommodate the world” as they do with many other issues.  We invite you to spend time to watch this important interview with Fr. Ripperger:

https://sensusfidelium.us/resistance-podcast-143-answers-on-vaccination-concerns-w-fr-ripperger/

The Ends Cannot Justify the Means: We also re-share Bishop Schneider’s letter (with Bishop Strickland) who emphasize the traditional perspective that Catholics should have nothing to do with abortion or aborted linked vaccines: https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/covid-vaccines-the-ends-cannot-justify-the-means

Archbishop Viganò’s Considerations on the promotion of the vaccine by the Holy See: Archbishop Viganò’s comments on the Vatican’s embrace of the COVID vaccine: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5233-archbishop-vigano-s-considerations-on-the-promotion-of-the-vaccine-by-the-holy-see

A Warning About “Conservative Catholics”: Seeing the diverging viewpoints view on the COVID-19 vaccine, it should be clear that there is a battle between the traditional (perennial) and modernist perspective related to abortion linked vaccines (and many other issues). However, last fall Archbishop Vigano noted that the centrist, “conservative Catholics” were also “carrying water” for the modernist Revolutionaries “because, while rejecting their excesses, it shares the same principles.” Vigano goes on to note: “[I]n the ecclesial sphere, the deep church uses the moderate “conservatives” to give an appearance of offering freedom to the faithful.”  Many of these conservatives are well meaning and good-hearted people – as such, we should consider praying and encouraging all “conservative Catholics” to abandon the revolution and embrace the traditional Catholic Faith.

Traditional Teaching on Tithing

Counsels on Tithing – by Fr. Chad Ripperger: As we noted last week, for those of us St. Ann parish, we are blessed to have the Latin Mass and some of the related customs and traditions (like Wednesday’s Epiphany water blessing). However, we are also aware that not all CLMC readers are St. Ann parishioners and that some parishes are still unnecessarily limiting their sacramental functions due to “COVID”. In short if your parish is embracing strange beliefs, actions (or medical treatments) that harm the faith – you can always give to traditional religious orders instead of your parish.  For those of you who attend such parishes, we share with you an excellent talk by theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger on the Church’s traditional teaching on tithing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZueaGsLUbk4

Prayers for Our Country: Lastly, please continue to pray for our nation and the election process as things still remain unsettled. Continue to pray the Rosary, and these recommended prayers:

o   Prayer of Deliverance (recommended by exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger): https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/deliverance-prayers-for-election.pdf

o   Prayer for the USA (recommended by Archbishop Viganò): https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/11/viganos-prayer-for-usa-pdf.pdf