Tenth Sunday After Pentecost (Feast of the Holy Maccabees)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost, and the Church moves on from last Sunday’s meditation on the destruction of the Temple to now unveiling herself to all the nations with the new sacrifice offer by Christ, as Dom Prosper Gueranger writes in his book, The Liturgical Year:

The considerateness wherewith the Church had, so far, treated the Synagogue, would henceforward be unmeaning. As the beautiful queen and bride, she is now at full liberty to show herself to all the nations, subdue their wild instincts by the power of the Spirit, unify them in Christ Jesus, and put them by faith into the substantial, though not visible, possession of those eternal realities which had been foreshadowed by the Law of types and figures.


1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish – Sunday August 1st

This Sunday is also 1st Sunday, and there will be a 3pm Low Mass offered by Fr. Noah Carter at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Confessions will be offered at 2:15pm. For more information visit: www.salisburylmc.org

Feast of the Transfiguration

Friday is an important (though overlooked) feast day of Our Lord, the Transfiguration, when Our Lord’s countenance was transfigured on Mt. Tabor with Ss. Peter, James, and John. The diocesan Masses for this day in Charlotte metro will be 7:00am at St. Ann, and 12:30pm at St. Mark.

Upcoming August Feast Days

  • Today August 1: Feast of the Holy Maccabees (see below)
  • Monday August 9: Vigil of St. Lawrence the Martyr (traditionally a day of fasting/partial abstinence before a big feast day)
  • Tuesday August 10: Feast of St. Lawrence the Martyr
  • Saturday August 14: Vigil of the Assumption (traditionally a day of fasting/partial abstinence before the feast day)
  • Sunday August 15: Feast of the Assumption

Novena Prayer to St. Philomena Begins Tomorrow (Monday August 2 – 10: Feast day August 11)

Our community has found much favor and intercession with St. Philomena. Although she was removed (perhaps unjustly) from the calendar in 1960, her feast day remains next week August 11. We invite you to join us in a novena in thanksgiving for her intercession and continued favors (prayer also attached): 

Hail, O illustrious St. Philomena, who shed so courageously your blood for Christ! I bless the Lord for all the graces He has bestowed upon thee during thy life, and especially at thy death. I praise and glorify Him for the honor and power with which He has crowned thee, and I beg thee to obtain for me from God the graces I ask through thy intercession. Amen.

(for PDF of prayer, click here)

FSSP Day of Recollection for Men and Women (Raleigh) – August 21-22

A lay group near Raleigh has invited the Fraternity of St. Peter, a religious order that offers the Latin Mass exclusively, to visit and offer a day of recollection for both men and women. See attached flyer.

  • Saturday August 21: 11am Traditional Latin Mass; 12:30pm lunch; 1:30pm women’s recollection; 2:45pm Confessions; 4pm men’s recollection
  • Sunday August 22: 2pm intro talk on the Traditional Latin Mass; 2:15pm Solemn High Mass; 4pm fellowship dinner
  • Location: St. Catherine of Sienna Parish, Wake Forest, NC (northeast of Raleigh) 520 West Holding Avenue, Wake Forest, North Carolina 27587

It will feature Fr. Zachary Akers, FSSP (whom some may recall visited us at St. Ann parish four years ago this month).

Latin Mass & Traditional (i.e. “True Church”) News

  • Charlotte City Council to consider anti-Catholic non-discrimination ordinance this week: Tomorrow, Monday August 2nd Charlotte City Council will be considering a bill that would declare “gender identity” and “sexual orientation” as protected classes, and anyone or business (or St. Ann parish?) that declines to honor these ideologies could run afoul with the “law”. The CLMC has often lamented, thanks to modernism, the absence of the Catholic faith in the public square. Thankfully Fr. Peter Ascik (pastor of St. Mary’s in Shelby) is trying to reverse that in this ordinance debate. He is calling on Catholics to either attend the August 2nd or 9th meeting from 5-8pm (he will be at it tomorrow) or to express their opposition online to the City Council. To learn more, please visit the Catholic pro-life group, C-PLAN’s website for Fr. Ascik’s message and information: https://www.prolifecharlotte.org/charlottesogi-ordinance/
  • It’s Time to Imitate Our Forefathers: Never Give Up!: Dr. Peter Kwasniewski writes an instructive and inspiring essay (Part I of II) on how younger traditionalists need to learn the history of the Latin Mass movement of the 1960 – 2007, and how the earlier generation of traditionalists fought an uphill battle to get the Latin Mass restored: https://onepeterfive.com/its-time-to-imitate-our-forefathers-never-give-up/

Feast of the Holy Maccabees – August 1st

Speaking of continuing the battle for liturgical restoration, the second commemoration of August 1st is another often overlooked feast day, that of the Holy Maccabees – the only Old Testament saints listed in the universal 1962 calendar (The Traditional Carmelites actually commemorate another Old Testament “saint”, the Prophet Elijah on July 20.) These seven holy Maccabee brothers were martyred defending the rights of God and for His public worship in a pagan culture. Their relics are buried in the same church that houses the chains of St. Peter. For more on the liturgical aspects of this feast day visit: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2018/08/the-feast-of-holy-maccabees.html#.XyOweX57nwc

It’s also a good time to be thankful for the many of the modern day Maccabees in the Church (some, like Michael Davies, have passed on to their eternal reward) who in the dark/confusing liturgical days of the 1970s and 1980s defended, sacrificed and suffered for the Traditional Mass when most in the Church were opposed to it. Yet their perseverance through the years (1971 Agatha Christie indult, 1984 Quattuor Abhinc Annos indult, 1988 Ecclesiae Dei Motu Proprio, and 2007 Summorum Pontificum Motu Proprio), has enabled us to benefit from their sacrifices here in Charlotte each Sunday and on select weekdays, and have prepared us for any uphill battles in this new phase for the Latin Mass’s full restoration. 

The Maccabean saints give us much to reflect on as a religious persecution is shadowing over many faithful today – both inside and outside the Church as we see in the Charlotte City Council’s ordinance above – and yet the actions of the Maccabees only help increase our faith.  Here are some select commentaries on the Maccabees:

Dom Prosper Gueranger writes:

The sacred cause of which they were the champions, their strength of soul under the tortures, their sublime answers to the executioners, were so evidently the type reproduced by the later Martyrs, that the Fathers of the first centuries with one accord claimed for the Christian Church these heroes of the synagogue, who could have gained such courage from no other source than their faith in the Christ to come. For this reason they alone of all the holy persons of the ancient covenant have found a place on the Christian cycle; all the Martyrologies and Calendars of East and West attest the universality of their cultus, while its antiquity is such as to rival that of St. Peter’s chains in that same basilica of Eudoxia where their precious relics lie.


Their faith is also echoed in a sermon given by New York priest, Fr. Peter M. J. Stravinskas, Ph.D, S.T.D. in 2017:

First, we see how important it is to fight against assimilation into a pagan culture. Initially, the Jews of that time were subjected to a “soft” persecution, which offered them rewards for abandoning the traditions of their fathers (for example, circumcision and refusal to eat pork). When that didn’t work, “hard” persecution ensued. Don’t we find the same modus operandi today? How many would-be Catholic politicians have sold their Catholic souls for acceptability in a political party of death, which also promotes a vision of marriage inimical to both the natural law and divine revelation? How many Catholics work in offices and public service in this city yet are completely unknown as Catholics since their lifestyle blends in seamlessly with that of the secular culture (or anti-culture)? In effect, they are content to be crypto-Catholics, even though Our Lord commanded us: “What you hear whispered, proclaim from the housetops” (Mt 10:27).


What Mass are you willing to defend this Sunday? Holy Maccabees, pray for us!

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost (The Fall of Jerusalem)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the Ninth Sunday After Pentecost, and the Church, through its readings commemorates the Temple’s destruction and the fall of Jerusalem under Titus’ Roman legions (~August 4, A.D. 70). Below we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary (last year) on this Sunday’s propers (see Fall of Jerusalem section).

Feast of St. Christopher:

Sunday July 25 is also the traditional feast of St. Christopher, the Christ-Bearer, according to the 1962 calendar, but sadly was removed in the Novus Ordo Mass calendar in 1969.  To learn more visit: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2019/07/the-feast-of-st-christopher.html or


Latin Masses for Sunday: All Latin Masses in the diocese of Charlotte are on normal schedule. Of note, we were delighted to see so many new faces at last week’s Sunday Latin Mass and hope that trend continues. Additionally, please continue to pray for our bishop and priests as they discuss the Motu Proprio (also pray for Pope Francis’ conversion too!).

How Should the Faithful in Charlotte Respond to the Motu Proprio?

Many of our readers have been concerned over the new Motu Proprio provisions and have asked what one can do to help support the Traditional Mass in our diocese.  One may consider these effective means for the faithful to express support for the Traditional Latin Mass:

  1. Attend the Traditional Latin Mass on Sundays: There can be no greater way to support a Latin Mass than by actually being there – especially on Sundays. We recognize that for some a late Sunday morning or early afternoon time is a sacrifice for families, but offering that sacrifice to God shows Him how grateful one is for this beautiful liturgy.
  2. Increase Your Offering: A helpful way to express gratitude to pastors and bishops for their support of the Traditional Latin Mass is to give generously at the Mass (if you are not doing so already) or increase your offering each week.
  3. Pray unceasingly: Praying the Rosary daily (and learning it in Latin) would be an excellent place to start.

The Fall of Jerusalem

This fateful event, prophesized by Our Lord (Luke 19:41-48) and commemorated this Sunday, was one of the more horrific sieges in history.  Dom Prosper Gueranger noted that the Temple of Jerusalem flowed with blood, most of its inhabitants killed, not just by Roman soldiers from without, but by the lawless, unspeakable violence of Jewish Zealots (upon their own people) from within inside the city walls. Further north, the sea of Galilee turned red as bodies piled up along the shoreline after that Jewish revolt was crushed by the Romans. Jewish historian Josephus had reported that years prior to the siege, residents of Jerusalem would see signs in the sky including a flaming meteorite/sword and chariots foretelling the pending doom (Luke 21:11). The Catholics, seeing the signs, were spared the terror as they remembered Christ’s prophecy (Luke 21:21, Matthew 11:21-24), and escaped to safe harbor.

As Dr. Mike Foley notes in his article below: “The destruction of the Temple is a stern reminder of divine chastisement and the need for our repentance and conversion. As St Paul teaches in the day’s Epistle (1 Cor. 10, 6-13), we must never think we stand on our own, lest we fall.”. For a fuller account of the siege please see these articles:

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Holy Face Novena for the Latin Mass (July 28 – August 5): Fr. Lawrence Carney, the Latin Mass priest who walks and evangelizes the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri, is suggesting everyone pray a novena to the Holy Face for the preservation of the Latin Mass. To learn more visit his group’s website at: https://www.martinians.org/novena-to-the-holy-face
  • Why We Love the Mass of Ages: On August 15, the new game-changing documentary on the Latin Mass, The Mass of Ages, will be released and it has the potential to reach many non-Latin Mass Catholics and enable them to discover the richness of tradition. Here is a preview released in light of last week’s news: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dyRZBANc9Do
  • Cardinal Burke’s comments on Traditionis Custodes: In an interview about the new Motu Proprio, Cardinal Burke offered some interesting comments starting around 3:35 – particularly his criticism of the implementation of the Vatican II Mass and the “spirit of the council”.  This is a positive development when Cardinals publically speak about the problems of the Vatican II Mass as the Church can only move forward and have true unity when it begins to seriously address the crisis in the church (the liturgy): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DijFmK7HJhY

Traditionalism vs. Modernism: Traditionis Custodes (Part II)

This week we have seen many cardinals, bishops, and priests come to the defense of the Traditional Latin Mass and provide their own analysis of the Motu Proprio. The amount of coverage is voluminous and other websites are covering it well that repeating it seems unnecessary.  However, there was one article that came out in the last week that was insightful, not only for traditionalists, but particularly for Americans traditionalists.

Writer Hillary White has published an informative piece on why she is joyful about the Motu Proprio which has given her the first signs of hope in a restoration of the Catholic Church – the crumbling of “conservative Catholicism”:

The reason I’m rejoicing is that it is only once this regime of falsehood that has held the Church in its grip for 60 years is totally defeated that anything like the Christian life in this world can resume, and this is the first time in my lifetime that I have seen something concrete happen to that end. There are no more comforting, sweet and soothing lies about the “hermeneutic of continuity” and “reform of the reform” issuing from the papal chair. The end of that nonsense alone should be cause for joy.

She also has a message to American Latin Mass-goers:

The Traditional movement in the US exploded with the issuance of Summorum Pontificum, and I’m pretty sure that wasn’t an accident, and it wasn’t just for your own sakes, but for the whole Body of Christ. You were given what the rest of the Catholic world has rejected so that you could keep and preserve it, but also spread it. And now you’re being asked to suffer for it.

The Purge – by Hillary White: https://hilarywhite.substack.com/p/the-purge

As we have paraphrased often from the late Dr. John Senior, we can’t restore the culture until we restore the liturgy.  For now the Traditional Latin Mass continues in the diocese of Charlotte. Let us consider how we can do more to spread it to even more people in Western North Carolina. Where are you attending Mass today?

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We wanted to thank everyone for supporting last week’s reception for the confirmandi and express our thanks to Msgr. Winslow and Fr. Reid for offering this sacrament in the Traditional Rite. Looking ahead, this Sunday is the 8th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on the propers (readings) for Sunday’s Latin Mass: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/what-the-eighth-sunday-after-pentecost.html  

Additionally, we provide Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection on the liturgy and the propers for Sunday, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium:  https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/the-time-after-pentecost/eighth-sunday-after-pentecost/ – one of the themes of this Sunday is exodus of the early Christians from Jerusalem, as they have been foretold its pending doom (Luke 21:20-22).

Normal Schedule for Traditional Latin Masses in the Diocese of Charlotte:  All Traditional Latin Masses, both Sunday and daily, are on schedule, as normal. According to Fr. Reid, the bishop has granted a dispensation from Pope’s new Moto Proprio for the time being until these things can be sorted out (most dioceses seems to be doing this). St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a Solemn High Mass today, Sunday, at 11:30am.

Juventutem makes history with the 1st Latin Mass at Old St. Joseph’s in 50 years: On Saturday, the 1st public Traditional Latin Mass, since at least 1969, was offered at Old St. Joseph’s in Mt. Holly. The Mass, offered by Fr. Jones, wasn’t organized by the CLMC, but rather by Juventutem, the Latin Mass young adults group. If there are any concerns that the Latin Mass is “going away”, it should be dispelled by this historic event and the many young adults in attendance. As they say “Tradition is for the Young” and the Latin Mass is the future. Our congrats to the Juventutem organizers and St. Ann’s for supporting this event. The group is open to those ages 18-35 (single or married). To learn more visit: www.facebook.com/juventutemCLT

Respect Life Latin Mass next Saturday July 24 at 8:00am: St. Ann will again host its 4th Saturday Latin Mass on July 24. Afterwards there will be prayers at Planned Parenthood, or a Holy Hour of Reparation in the church led by a deacon. This is organized by St. Ann Respect Life.

New website for Salisbury Latin Mass Community: Demonstrating the growing interest of the Latin Mass outside of Charlotte, the Salisbury Latin Mass Community has established their new website where you can learn news, and sign up for their e-mail updates: https://salisburylmc.org/

Job Opening at Regina Caeli Academy: The homeschooling hybrid academy, Regina Caeli Academy (RCA), has some teaching position openings. RCA is a K-12 hybrid school that meets in a classroom setting two days a week (Monday’s and Thursday).  There are around 23 locations in the US with 11 additional locations in the planning phase.  The location in Charlotte is in its second year and is located on the campus of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in South Charlotte. Several CLMC families attend, teach or are involved with RCA, and the CLMC’s own Tracy O’Halloran is the coordinator for the Charlotte center. To learn more visit: https://rcahybrid.org/Locations/Charlotte-North-Carolina

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Cardinal Mueller offers Pontifical Ordination Mass at LaBarroux Abbey: The former head of the Congregation for Doctrine and Faith, Cardinal Gerhard Mueller offered a traditional Pontifical Ordination Mass at the famous LaBarroux Benedictine Abbey in France earlier this month: https://youtu.be/H6KsQRGstBc
  • Christ is the Point of the Church, not the Pope: When one hears or sees a Pope do something quite inimical to Christ’s teaching and causing scandal, a few may be tempted to despair and entertain the possibility that the Pope may be a heretic or that the seat of Peter is somehow “vacant” (Sede Vacante in Latin). ChurchTradition however is quite clear – this belief is erroneous, dangerous and certainly beyond the laity’s competency to judge, much less consider.Such protestant thinking should be avoided and do not abandon Christ’s ship during the stormy time (Mark 4:37-40).  As these traditional priests note below, Christis the point of the Church, not the Pope. Stay the course, and if need be, turn off the “ecclesiastical filth”, if it causes one to lose that interior peace. To learn more about the traditional teaching on this matter, please view Sensus Fidelium’s page “Bad Popes in the Church”, as it can be much worse: https://sensusfidelium.us/bad-popes-in-the-history-of-the-church/
  • MONTAGNA: Tough Questions at Vatican Presser Re: Vaccine Hesitancy: In the below section of this e-mail, we discuss the possibility of the Novus Ordo regime collapse. An excellent example of why this may occur happened a few weeks ago at a Vatican press conference over COVID-19 vaccines, led by the head of the Pontifical Academy for “Life”.  Diane Montagna, a traditional reporter from the Remnant, asked a specific question about whether the Vatican should be more cautious in promoting COVID-19 vaccines due to 1) its connection to abortion and 2) and whether kids should receive the experimental vaccine when the long term effects are unknown.  The Vatican’s response sadly, was not that of a divinely ordered institution with a 2,000 year old rich theological and philosophical heritage, but rather: Don’t question us, listen to the Church and get the vaccine. Tragically, such an intellectually and spiritually empty statement raises questions about how long modernists can still retain control of the Church: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/headline-news-around-the-world/item/5454-diane-montagna-tough-questions-at-vatican-presser-re-vaccine-hesitancy

Traditional Catholicism vs. Modernism: Traditionis Custodes

While many may be anxious over the Pope’s new decree “restricting” the Latin Mass, one should remember that Christ still reigns over His Church, and that Christ loves the Traditional Latin Mass so much that he allowed it to be offered for most of His Church’s history, 1,600 years and counting. One cannot say that for the Novus Ordo, which is 52 years (and may not make it to 60!). Many of the primary Novus Ordo proponents are aging, and an entirely new generation of priests and laity have discovered the Traditional Latin Mass – born years and decades after Vatican II. The action from Rome last week may be seen perhaps as an act of desperation of a dying regime, whose collapse may occur sooner than expected.  

An excellent secular example of regime collapse actually happened 30 years ago this summer.  In August of 1991 the Cold War was practically over, the Berlin Wall was down, Germany reunified, free elections were being held across Eastern Europe, and former Soviet Union satellite states were angling for independence.  However, for a group of hardline Soviet communists, this turn of events was a disaster and must be reversed. In mid-August 1991, these eight hardliners launched a coup to depose the Soviet Leader Mikhail Gorbachev (also a communist), who they blamed for the implosion. The coup lasted but 3 days, and failed, as pro-independence forces rallied against them. However the end result was an further acceleration of the Soviet Union’s demise. Four months later on Christmas Day 1991 the nation dissolved itself and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

Although no analogies are perfect, Traditionis Custodes, appears to represent a similar “dying gasp” of the aged Vatican II generation in the Church. While Traditionis Custodes’ imposition may last longer than a 3 day “Soviet coup”, it should be no surprise, as CLMC readers will note over the many months, that the Novus Ordo Mass, and its ambiguous new “doctrine” may be seeing its final days.  The modernists still can’t believe that after 50+ years of propaganda, tyrannical suppression of tradition, and modernist seminary formation, that there could be any Catholics left alive who would still like the Traditional Mass and its perennial teachings. Such modernists apparently have not attended many Latin Masses.

What to do?

  1. Pray for Pope Francis’ conversion: He is only getting older, and like us someday, will soon have to face judgement (which, due to his state in life is much more difficult than any lay person). Pray for his conversion, pray he consecrates Russia to the Immaculate Heart. Archbishop Viganò had a massive conversion after meditating on his own life, and look how much good he has done since then.
  2. Pray for our priests and Bishop Jugis: Pray they will have the strength and fortitude to defend Our Lord Jesus Christ and HIS Traditional Latin Mass.
  3. Pray the Rosary daily and Make/practice the 1st Saturday Devotions: Following Our Lady of Fatima’s request ought to be obligatory for anyone attending the Traditional Latin Mass.
  4. Continue to Promote the Traditional Latin Mass: The Latin Mass IS the future.  Continue to invite friends and family to attend the Latin Mass, promote it anyway you can.
  5. Don’t worry: Focus on one’s state in life, receive the sacraments frequently, heed little about what is happening in other dioceses, Rome, or at some faraway place. As we learned with COVID, much of the modernist media rhetoric is designed to cause fear and agitation, not interior peace or accurate news reporting.

Lastly, we’d like to close with a timely quote by Pope St. John Paul II, who issued an interesting apology to traditionalists in a 1980 encyclical for those heavy-handed tactics of the Vatican II proponents (credit: Dr. John Rao at the Roman Forum):

“I would like to ask forgiveness-in my own name and in the name of all of you, venerable and dear brothers in the episcopate-for everything which, for whatever reason, through whatever human weakness, impatience or negligence, and also through the at times partial, one-sided and erroneous application of the directives of the Second Vatican Council, may have caused scandal and disturbance concerning the interpretation of the doctrine and the veneration due to this great sacrament. And I pray the Lord Jesus that in the future we may avoid in our manner of dealing with this sacred mystery anything which could weaken or disorient in any way the sense of reverence and love that exists in our faithful people.” – John Paul II, Dominicae Cenae #12, February 24, 1980


The Latin Mass is the future. Where are you attending Mass on Sundays?

Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel & “Traditionis Custodes”

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

As many of you have read the news, Pope Francis issued a document today that attempts to severely restrict the Traditional Latin Mass.  The document has many self-contradictory and impossible bureaucratic elements which calls into question it’s legitimacy.  There are many liturgical scholars who have analyzed this document which you can find online.  Here are a few (here, here, here).

Per Father Reid today, St. Ann’s will continue with the normal 12:30pm Latin Mass schedule this Sunday.  We assume the same is true of the other diocesan Latin Masses, but please verify.  The Diocese is reviewing the document to determine if any changes are needed.

One provision of the document that is of greatest concern to the CLMC is the provision in Article 3, Section 2 which directs bishop to: 

…”designate one or more locations where the faithful adherents of these groups may gather for the eucharistic celebration (not however in the parochial churches and without the erection of new personal parishes)”.

With this provision, the pope seems to be kicking the Latin Mass faithful worldwide out of any and all diocesan parishes… two days before a Sunday with no recourse.  The cruelty of this pope’s action is unprecedented.  The only charitable explanation is that the authors and editors of this document have no clue about the implications of their words.  Keep in mind, this same regime issued a liturgical directive earlier this year which permitted the “Kyrie to remain in Latin”, missing the fact that the Kyrie is a greek text.  We must not assume that they know what they are talking about.

Father Reid also requested for our whole community to pray.  As Father Zuhlsdorf wrote: “On this Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel – where Elijah slew the priests of Baal – entrust all of this to Mary, Queen of Priests.”

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 7th Sunday after Pentecost and we provide commentary from Dr. Mike Foley on Sunday’s propers and collect (taken from last year’s 7th Sunday): https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/07/fruit-free-will-and-providence-seventh.html#.XxPG3xJ7nwc 

Additionally we provide Dom Prosper Gueranger’s commentary for this Sunday’s commentary, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/the-time-after-pentecost/seventh-sunday-after-pentecost/

Traditional Confirmations Today at St. Ann’s 12:30pm Latin Mass:  Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the diocese will be administering the traditional sacrament of Confirmation at the beginning of Sunday’s Latin Mass. Additionally, there will be a special potluck reception in the plaza hosted by the CLMC with food, deserts, and also a cake kindly provided by the St. Ann hospitality committee. If you are bringing items, we hope to have tables set up by 12 noon.

Job Opening at Regina Caeli Academy: The homeschooling hybrid academy, Regina Caeli Academy (RCA), has some teaching position openings. RCA is a K-12 hybrid school that meets in a classroom setting two days a week (Monday’s and Thursday).  There are around 23 locations in the US with 11 additional locations in the planning phase.  The location in Charlotte is in its second year and is located on the campus of St. Vincent De Paul Catholic Church in South Charlotte. Several CLMC families attend, teach or are involved with RCA, and the CLMC’s own Tracy O’Halloran is the coordinator for the Charlotte center. To learn more visit: https://rcahybrid.org/Locations/Charlotte-North-Carolina

Juventutem Event – Saturday July 17, 10am: The young adult group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be sponsoring a unique and special Latin Mass & pilgrimage for young adults to Old St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mt. Holly (NC 273 & Sandy Ford Road, Mt. Holly). The church, built by Irish miners in the 1840s, is one of the oldest standing churches in North Carolina. Traditional Latin Mass will be at 10am followed by a special tour of the church. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Veterum Sapientia – “Augmester” online course to learn Greek & Latin: Fr. Barone’s Latin institute, Veterum Sapientia, is offering online courses next month for priests, religious, or laity, who would like to learn Latin and Greek.

Laudetur Jesus Christus! Enrollment is now open for VSI’s Summer Intensive Quarter (or “Augmester”), which will run between Monday, August 2nd and Friday, September 3rd. This quarter is a particularly good opportunity for anyone (priest, seminarian, religious, or layman) to learn Latin or Greek. We have five classes meeting twice a week (short format) or four times a week (long format). The frequency of these courses is well suited to learning the fundamentals of spoken Latin or Greek in a short period of time.

All VSI online courses are taught using Google Classrooms and Zoom. After purchasing a course, you will be sent the necessary invitation links. If the student’s name and email address are different from those of the purchaser, the student’s information must be included in the order notes so that we can add them to the course. Certificates of completion are available for all VSI courses upon request.

For more info visit their website: https://veterumsapientia.org/  or contact them at info@veterumsapientia.org  

New institute created for clergy, laity to learn Latin, Greek: https://catholicnewsherald.com/90-news/local/6503-new-institute-created-for-clergy-laity-to-learn-latin-greek

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • A White Martyrdom Turned Red – Part 1 (St. Maria Goretti): Many may fondly remember venerating St. Maria Goretti’s relic at St. Thomas Aquinas a few years ago. The Fraternity of St. Peter has an inspiring article (part 1 this week) of this saint, who was canonized under Pope Pius XII, and whose local feast day was this past July 6. The article also includes a rare photo of the young saint. https://fssp.com/a-white-martyrdom-turned-red-part-1/
  • Examination of Conscience: St. Thomas Aquinas parish has published an helpful (and sobering) examination of conscience based on the Church’s criteria used to beatify or canonize saints. It certainly shows much progress one still needs to make:
  • Categories of Prayer: What a Daily Prayer Schedule Should Look Like: A helpful sermon by a Latin Mass priest on how to organize one’s prayer life: https://youtu.be/kyEoL_CjVG0
  • Book Recommendation – The Traditional Mass History, Form, and Theology of the Classical Roman Rite by Michael Fiedrowicz: In his landmark talk (see below) on the future of the Traditional Latin Mass, Dr. Peter Kwasniewski recommends this excellent and extensive book by Michael Fiedrowicz explaining the Traditional Latin Mass and the theology behind it: https://www.angelicopress.org/the-traditional-mass-fiedrowicz

Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: July 7, 2007 – July 7, 2021

This past Wednesday, the Church marked the 14th anniversary of Pope Benedict XVI’s landmark directive, Summorum Pontificum, which provided greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. Prior to 2007, a bishop’s permission (known as an “indult”) was needed for any Latin Mass to be offered in a diocese. This was problematic in most dioceses and Summorum Pontificum tried to correct this (among many other matters). We have certainly seen the fruits of Summorum Pontificum in the Diocese of Charlotte, yet we have also seen its limitations as we note below.

  • Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: Its Legacy: by Gregory DiPippo writes about the benefits of Summorum Pontificum:
  • Summorum Pontificum at Fourteen: Its Tragic Flaws – by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski has a profound piece on the limitations of Summorum Pontificum and where to go from here.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s lecture at the Roman Forum: Beyond Summorum Pontificum: Retrieving the Tridentine Heritage: Dr. Kwasniewski provided an expanded talk at last month’s Roman Forum on his above article in Crisis Magazine. Among Dr. Kwasniewski’s remarks, we paraphrase/summarize a few below:

  • Does the Church have authority to suppress or outlaw a traditional rite (e.g. the Traditional Latin Mass)? Pope Benedict XVI clearly denies the Church has such authority Mass in Summorum Pontificum.
  • If the TLM was never abrogated and can never be abrogated, than a priest never needs permission to say it, and will never need permission to say it.  
  • Dr. Kwasniewski dispels the concept of “two forms” of the Roman Rite. If the TLM was never abrogated (e.g. never outlawed in 1969), then the Novus Ordo is something entirely novel, and not a revision of the prior Roman Missal (e.g. Traditional Latin Mass).  
  • He also asks a very probing question – while acknowledging the validity of the Novus Ordo Rite, he asks, did Paul VI actually have the legal authority (licitity) to substitute and promulgate an entirely new Rite/Mass?

(FYI – The Roman Forum is the annual summer gathering of leaders in the Traditional Latin Mass movement. We hope to feature other talks from the event in the weeks ahead).

Limitations of Summorum Pontificum

CLMC readers have certainly seen the benefits of Summorum Pontificum in Western NC, from the Sunday Latin Masses, Midnight Masses (Christmas), Pre-1955 Triduums, and other feast days so generously offered by our priests in their limited time and duties. Yet many of our CLMC readers have also experienced the limitations of Summorum Pontificum first hand as they strive to grow in holiness in the Traditional Rite. Several have shared how they have to drive across town (or across state lines) bouncing from parish to parish to attend a Sunday Latin Mass in one parish, a daily Latin Mass in another, a feast day or holy day in yet another, all the while, most if not all Novus Ordo parishioners can have their sacramental needs met under one roof.  Certainly a Sunday Latin Mass is a beautiful gift and a beachhead, but it should also be just the beginning towards full and daily sacramental life, including the traditions, customs, doctrine, and culture under one roof, in one community – something Summorum Pontificum was not focused on addressing, except perhaps in passing.

We hope more candid talks and scholarly research by scholars such as Dr. Kwasniewski, Michael Fiedrowicz, and others will help priests and bishops fully realize the beauty and gift that the Traditional Rite offers in its full flower, and how much more than a Sunday Latin Mass is needed for the faithful and the culture at large.  As we have often paraphrased the late Dr. John Senior from his 1983 book, the Restoration of Christian Culture, we can’t restore the culture until we restore the liturgy.

We traditionalists are hopeful for such a restoration and it’s actually quite simple: It’s the full restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass and its accompanying rites in every parish, for every Mass, in the Roman Church – including in the Diocese of Charlotte.  The Traditional Latin Mass IS the future.

Where are you attending Mass today?

6th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost, and the Church reminds the faithful of two sacraments, Baptism and the Eucharist. Dr. Mike Foley explains further in his weekly column: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/07/the-palpably-agricultural-and-mildly.html

Latin Masses this week: No major feast days this week.  St. Ann will offer a 6pm Low Mass on Wednesday July 7, and St. Thomas will offer a 7pm High Mass Thursday, July 8, the feast of St. Isabel of Portugal, the great 12th century Queen. Friday St. Ann offers a 7am Low Mass, and St. Mark offers a 12:30pm Low Mass. Friday is a feria (no feast day), although in some calendars there is an optional feast for Ss. John Fisher and/or St. Thomas More (their feast day in the traditional calendar).   

Next Sunday July 11 12:30pm – Traditional Confirmations & Potluck: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the Diocese, will come to St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations.  The CLMC will be organizing a special summer potluck for the occasion. We are inviting families to bring a potluck meal (e.g. sandwiches, salads, etc.) or desert to share – we’ll have tables (and hopefully tents) out in the plaza.  If you can bring something, please reply to this e-mail or contact Mike via info@charlottelatinmass.org

Summorum Pontificum anniversary: Wednesday July 7 is the 14th anniversary of Summorum Pontificum, the 2007 Pope Benedict XVI initiative which provided greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass.  In your prayers, you may consider praying in thanksgiving for this (albeit imperfect) document, and for the future growth of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Church. You can find links to this and other Vatican documents on the Traditional Latin Mass here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/resources/tlm-documents/

Juventutem Event – Saturday July 17: The young adult group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be sponsoring a unique and special Latin Mass & pilgrimage for young adults to Old St. Joseph Catholic Church in Mt. Holly (NC 273 & Sandy Ford Road, Mt. Holly). The church, built by Irish miners in the 1840s, is one of the oldest standing churches in North Carolina. Latin Mass will be at 10am followed by a special tour of the church. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or find them on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Photo Recap of the Cathedral’s Traditional Latin Mass: The CLMC is pleased to provide photos of the annual Traditional Latin Mass at the Cathedral this past Tuesday for the feast of Ss. Peter & Paul (courtesy of the CLMC’s Markus Kuncoro): https://flic.kr/s/aHsmW6YwS8

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Dr. John Rao – Roman Forum remarks “Troubles of a Golden Age”: This past week was the Roman Forum, the annual gathering of Traditional Latin Mass leaders (held in NY due to travel restrictions to Rome). St. John University Professor John Rao, one of the longtime traditionalists of our age, gives a helpful talk reviewing the history of the modernist movement from the 1850s – 1950s and dispelling the myth that there was a traditional Catholic “golden age” in the 1950s: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/fetzen-fliegen/item/5449-dr-john-rao-the-troubles-of-a-golden-age

Mirari Vos and the Fourth of July: On Liberalism and Religious Indifferentism

The above article by Dr. Mike Foley highlights some differences between the traditional teachings and customs of the Church versus the modernist approach on how to reconcile our nation’s founding principles. Some conservative Catholics and modernists will try to baptize/Catholicize our nation’s founding saying it is in line with Catholic teachings and tradition. But as Pope Leo XIII, in his 1895 encyclical to U.S. Bishops, Longinqua (Section 6), wrote:

For the Church amongst you, unopposed by the Constitution and government of your nation, fettered by no hostile legislation, protected against violence by the common laws and the impartiality of the tribunals, is free to live and act without hindrance. Yet, though all this is true, it would be very erroneous to draw the conclusion that in America is to be sought the type of the most desirable status of the Church, or that it would be universally lawful or expedient for State and Church to be, as in America, dissevered and divorced.

Four years later, Pope Leo wrote again to the U.S. Catholic hierarchy, warning them about some protestant tendencies in the Catholic Church in America, often called the heresy of Americanism (a topic for another time). https://www.papalencyclicals.net/leo13/l13teste.htm

Sadly, Pope Leo’s message was forgotten in today’s U.S. Catholic Church, as each year around this time, Church leaders promote a religious liberty week that often seems to include non-Catholic sects or heretical religions (Protestantism, Islam, etc.) as sharing in this public right of the Church. This has received the attention of Bishop Athanasius Schneider who noted how this problem originated in the problematic texts contained in Vatican II’s document on religious liberty:

Several expressions in the texts of the Second Vatican Council cannot be so easily reconciled with the Church’s constant doctrinal tradition. Examples include certain expressions of the Council on the topic of religious freedom (understood as a natural right, and therefore positively willed by God, to practice and spread a false religion, which may also include idolatry or even worse);

That “constant doctrinal tradition”, Bishop Schneider refers to can be found in several documents throughout the ages, most especially in Bl. Pope Pius IX’s 1864 Syllabus of Errors, which declared the following modernist propositions of today’s “pan-religious freedom” as false:  

77. In the present day it is no longer expedient that the Catholic religion should be held as the only religion of the State, to the exclusion of all other forms of worship. — Allocution “Nemo vestrum,” July 26, 1855.

79. Moreover, it is false that the civil liberty of every form of worship, and the full power, given to all, of overtly and publicly manifesting any opinions whatsoever and thoughts, conduce more easily to corrupt the morals and minds of the people, and to propagate the pest of indifferentism. — Allocution “Nunquam fore,” Dec. 15, 1856.

But most forcefully speaking out on these errors of “freedom for all religions” was Pope Gregory XVI, who, writing after the French Revolution and various other masonic revolutions, tackled the issue of religious indifferentism in his 1832 encyclical Mirari Vos:

13. Now We consider another abundant source of the evils with which the Church is afflicted at present: indifferentism. This perverse opinion is spread on all sides by the fraud of the wicked who claim that it is possible to obtain the eternal salvation of the soul by the profession of any kind of religion, as long as morality is maintained.

14. This shameful font of indifferentism gives rise to that absurd and erroneous proposition which claims that liberty of conscience must be maintained for everyone. It spreads ruin in sacred and civil affairs, though some repeat over and over again with the greatest impudence that some advantage accrues to religion from it. “But the death of the soul is worse than freedom of error,” as Augustine was wont to say.[21]

15. Here We must include that harmful and never sufficiently denounced freedom to publish any writings whatever and disseminate them to the people, which some dare to demand and promote with so great a clamor.

16. The Church has always taken action to destroy the plague of bad books. This was true even in apostolic times for we read that the apostles themselves burned a large number of books.[23]

20. Nor can We predict happier times for religion and government from the plans of those who desire vehemently to separate the Church from the state, and to break the mutual concord between temporal authority and the priesthood. It is certain that that concord which always was favorable and beneficial for the sacred and the civil order is feared by the shameless lovers of liberty.

As we celebrate the independence of a nation that has given the Catholic Church and her members, as Pope Leo XIII wrote, the freedom to “live and act without hindrance”, we may consider praying that Catholics in this country, take to heart the rest of Pope Leo XIII’s 1895 message before it’s too late, which calls for the evangelization and conversion of all American protestants to restore the “mutual concord between temporal authority and the priesthood.”:

“[W]ith mildness and charity draw them to us, using every means of persuasion to induce them to examine closely every part of the Catholic doctrine, and to free themselves from preconceived notions.

If the spectacle of Christian virtues exerted the powerful influence over the heathens blinded, as they were, by inveterate superstition, which the records of history attest, shall we think it powerless to eradicate error in the case of those who have been initiated into the Christian religion?”

Today there can be no more powerful influence on American protestants, now fatigued by centuries of error, heresy and now cultural decay, than the Traditional Latin Mass, and the Catholic traditions, customs, and culture that accompany it. Inviting Protestants to it, when properly disposed, would be the truest act of charity and patriotism. Where are you attending Mass this Fourth of July?   

5th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 5th Sunday after Pentecost and as Dr. Mike Foley (whose column has resumed) notes in his commentary on the Sunday propers (prayers at Mass), the Collect hints towards the upcoming feasts of Ss. Peter & Paul which the Church celebrates this Tuesday (see more below):

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul –Tuesday June 29, 7pm Cathedral Latin Mass: As noted above, this Tuesday is a major feast day, the feasts of Ss. Peter & Paul. The Cathedral of St. Patrick will offer its annual Solemn High Latin Mass at 7pm on this Tuesday June 29. The address is 1621 E. Dilworth Road, Charlotte. It will be with the Cathedral Choir and feature Missa Brevis in E minor by Carl Heinrich Biber. 

Dom Prosper Gueranger has an excellent reflection on this feast day and the Church’s first pontiff and notes that St. Peter’s protagonist, Simon the Magician (Acts 8:9-24) reappears in Rome in 67 AD as sorcerer to the Emperor Nero, and sets himself up as a “rival to the Vicar of Christ”.  The sorcerer using diabolical means, promises to fly in front of the emperor. Yet the effort failed due to St. Peter whose prayers thwarted such diabolical arts, causing the magician to plummet to his death, leaving the Emperor embarrassingly covered in the magician’s blood (and presumably quite enraged), compelling St. Peter to flee Rome where he met Our Lord:

Feast of St. Paul – June 30: Not to be omitted is the feast of other great apostle of June 29, martyred at the same time, St. Paul, who receives more focus on his own feast day the next day. St. Ann will offer its 6pm Low Mass this Wednesday evening: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/june/june-30-the-commemoration-of-saint-paul-apostle/

The Vigil of SS. Peter & Paul – Monday June 28: As we noted last week, like Christmas, Assumption, Ascension and St. John the Baptist, this week’s solemn feast day is also preceded by its own vigil, the day prior, on Monday June 28. In the traditional calendar, vigil days are days of penance and prayer to prepare for the great feast day. This is not to be confused with the Novus Ordo “anticipatory Mass” the evening prior.  Hence, traditionally, the vigil of Ss. Peter & Paul was a day of fasting and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal). Though optional today, readers may consider practicing this day of penance for Pope Francis, who certainly could use a prayer or two these days. Here is Gueranger’s reflection for this vigil day:


The Octave of Ss. Peter & Paul: As a side note, in the pre-1955 Latin Mass calendar, there used to be an octave for this grand feast day which would conclude July 6.  Typically the Church would not schedule certain feast days during the Octaves, and this is likely why the feast of St. Isabel of Portugal (died July 4) was moved to July 8, and St. Thomas More (died July 6), is celebrated on July 9. Sadly this octave has been removed after the 1955 liturgical “reforms”, the precursor to Vatican II. 

Feast of the Precious Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ – Thursday July 1, 7pm High Mass: This is a feast day that is unique to the Traditional Latin Mass, as it does not appear on the Novus Ordo calendar as a standalone feast day. St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a 7pm High Mass this Thursday. Also, July is dedicated to the Precious Blood. You can pray the litany to the Precious Blood here: https://www.fisheaters.com/litanypreciousblood.html

SAVE THE DATE: Traditional Confirmations – Sunday July 11, 12:30pm: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the Diocese, will come to St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations.  CLMC hopes to organize a reception afterward Mass. More details next week.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Omission of 1 Corinthians 11, 27-29 from the Ordinary Form Lectionary: What We Know, and a Hypothesis: Often times, proponents of the Novus Ordo Mass will extoll the benefits of having the entire scripture read at Mass through a 3 year cycle (e.g. more scripture) in comparison to the Traditional Latin Mass’s more limited use of scripture.  However, what is often overlooked is that not all of scripture is contained in the Novus Ordo Mass cycle.  Notably omitted (or moved from Sundays to lesser attended daily Masses) are scripture passages that contain “difficult” moral teachings such as condemnations against immoral sexual acts or receiving the Eucharist unworthily (1 Cor. 11:27-29).

    New Liturgical Movement has a great article explaining the background: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/06/the-omission-of-1-corinthians-11-27-29.html

    CLMC note: One can only wonder if the difficult time U.S. bishops are having* with developing a policy to restrict pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion stem from the omission of such critical passages decades prior. Manmade-tinkering with God’s Liturgy can have dire consequences.

    *Incidentally this difficulty does not exist in the dioceses of Charlotte, Charleston and Atlanta, as they do have a policy, since 2004, to prohibit pro-abortion Catholic politicians from receiving Holy Communion. https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/08/worthy_to_receive_the_lamb.pdf
  • Fraternity of St. Peter Apostolate in Nigeria Makes Hand Made Scapulars: The Fraternity of St. Peter is an order of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively, and oversee a number of parishes both in the U.S. and abroad. Their missionary apostolate in Nigeria has published a video of how they are making scapulars to help provide parishioners with a means to provide for their families: https://www.missiontradition.us/fssp-nigeria-making-hand-made-scapulars
  • The “original” St. Mark parish in Huntersville: Speaking of great architects and buildings, one of the lost gems that never was, was the original design for St. Mark parish in Huntersville, about 12-15 years ago. Legendary traditional architect Duncan Stroik proposed a breathtaking parish design that would have rivaled St. Ann’s of today and many other North Carolina parishes of the last 100 years. Sadly, due to a variety of reasons, this design was not pursued. What could have been: http://www.bryanmorales.com/st-marks.html

Viganò Interviewed on the Vatican II ‘Great Reset’

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò has penned another prescient commentary on the Traditional Latin Mass, its future, and the complete incompatibility between the Traditional Mass and the Novus Ordo Mass. This is something to consider when placing a Traditional Latin Mass side by side a Novus Ordo Mass in the same parish. At some point, there is not enough room for both theological outlooks to exist at the same parish, in the long run. As Fr. Reid ‘s Easter bulletin seems to confirm, unless something changes, we may be seeing those early signs in Charlotte.

Additionally, Abp. Viganò notes that the movement to “reverentize” the Novus Ordo Mass is a dead letter and should be abandoned in favor of the Traditional Latin Mass. His Excellency does a great service to the Church by opening up this needed conversation on Vatican II, and makes many important points (too many to list) of which we share a few excerpts:

  • Once we understand that the liturgy is the expression of a specific doctrinal approach — which, with the Novus Ordo, also became ideological — and that the liturgists who conceived it were imbued with this approach, we must analyze the conciliar corpus liturgicum to find confirmation of its revolutionary nature (emphasis added).
  • Anyone who thinks that the Editio typica in Latin (Ed. note: e.g. Novus Ordo Mass in Latin) corresponds to the rite that should have been celebrated after the Council sins in naivety as well as in ignorance: nothing in that liturgical book was really intended for daily use by priests, beginning with the pitiful graphic layout, which was clearly neglected precisely because of the awareness that practically no one would ever celebrate the Novus Ordo in Latin (emphasis added).
  • Lastly, I would like to point out that this awareness of the doctrinal incompatibility of the ancient rite with the ideology of Vatican II is claimed by self-styled theologians and progressive intellectuals, for whom the “Extraordinary Form” of the rite can be tolerated as long as the entire theological framework that it implies is not adopted. This is why the liturgy of the Summorum Pontificum communities is tolerated, provided that in preaching and catechesis one is careful not to criticize Vatican II or the new Mass (emphasis added).
  • …[W]hat is the point of celebrating the Novus Ordo towards the East, changing the Offertory and distributing Communion on the tongue, when the Tridentine Mass has always provided for this?
  • This “liturgical revival” (Ed. note: efforts to make more reverent the Novus Ordo Mass) starts from the same erroneous presuppositions that animated the conciliar reform: modifying the liturgy at will, now distorting the venerable ancient rite to modernize it, now dressing up the reformed rite to make it look like what it is not and does not want to be. In the first case, we would be forcing a queen to wear clogs and dress in rags, in the second we would have the commoner wearing a royal tiara over ruffled hair or sitting on a throne in a straw hat (emphasis added).
  • I believe that behind these attempts, which seem to be motivated by pious intentions, lies a fact that none of these prelates dare confess: the failure of the Council and even more so of its liturgy. Returning to the ancient rite and definitively archiving the squalor of the Novus Ordo would require great humility, because those who would like to save it from shipwreck today were yesterday among the most enthusiastic supporters of the liturgical reform, and of Vatican II with it (emphasis added).
  • The next Pope will have to restore all the liturgical books previous to the conciliar reform and banish from Catholic churches its unseemly parody, in whose realization notorious modernists and heretics collaborated (emphasis added).


Feast of St. John the Baptist

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Thursday June 24 is the Nativity of St. John the Baptist, the greatest of prophets (Matthew 11:11).  This great feast falls around the summer solstice as the daylight begins its slow decrease until Christmas, symbolizing the gospel of St. John (3:30), as Fisheaters.com notes:

This Feast, then, follows the Feast of the Annunciation by 3 months and precedes the birth of Christ by six months. It is providential that the Feast of “the Forerunner,” the greatest of all Prophets, should fall at Midsummer, around the Summer Solstice 1 when the days become shorter, because of his words in John 3:30, “He must increase, but I must decrease.” It is the longest day of the year, and from here on out, the days grow shorter and shorter. Conversely, Our Lord, the “Radiant Dawn,” was born at the Winter Solstice, when the days were becoming longer!


The Vigil of St. John the Baptist – Wednesday June 23: Like Christmas, Assumption, Ascension, this solemn feast day also is preceded by its own vigil, the day prior, on Wednesday June 23. In the traditional calendar, vigil days are days of penance and prayer to prepare for the great feast day. This is not to be confused with the Novus Ordo “anticipatory Mass” the evening prior.  Hence, traditionally, the vigil of St. John the Baptist was a day of fasting, and partial abstinence (meat at only 1 meal). Though optional today, readers may consider practicing this day of penance for the conversion of sinners and for those priests and bishops who are perhaps too timid in preaching the faith.

Charlotte Latin Masses for St. John’s Eve & St. John’s Day:

  • Wednesday June 23 – Vigil of St. John: 6pm Low Mass, St. Ann parish
  • Thursday June 24 – Feast of the Nativity of St. John: 7pm High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas

The Octave of St. John the Baptist: As a side note, in the pre-1955 Latin Mass calendar, there used to be an octave for this grand feast day which would conclude July 1 (feast of the Most Precious Blood). The day following that octave day, July 2, is the feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Visitation (to St. Elizabeth), which in scripture is of course linked the birth of St. John the Baptist. Sadly the removal of this octave has severed the connection with Our Lady’s Visitation day, leaving some to wonder why the feast day is July 2nd.

Traditions of St. John the Baptist: Church tradition has noted that St. John the Baptist was freed of original sin in the womb when the Blessed Mother greeted St. Elizabeth. Additionally, during the massacre of the Holy Innocents, tradition holds that St. Elizabeth and Zachary (who lived outside of Jerusalem) hid St. John behind a rock, where he escaped Herod’s soldiers.

4th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. With Dr. Mike Foley’s weekly column on hiatus, we will now provide Dom Prosper Gueranger’s reflection on Sunday’s propers courtesy of Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/the-time-after-pentecost/fourth-sunday-after-pentecost/

Blessing of Lilies: We would be remiss if we didn’t thank Fr. Reid for kindly blessing the lilies of St. Anthony after last Sunday’s Mass. The Traditional Rite is replete with many blessings of sacramentals that we hope to continue unpackage as the calendar and our priests time permits. These sacramental blessings are a small but important way to help sanctify the world around us.

Priestly Ordinations yesterday: Please pray for newly ordained priests Frs Joseph Wasswa, and Juan Miguel Sanchez, as they will be ordained to the priesthood for the Diocese of Charlotte this Saturday June 19.  Fr. Wasswa will now serve as parochial vicar at Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro, the Sunday Latin Mass parish in the Triad.

4th Sunday Respect Life Latin Mass – Saturday June 26 at 8am: St. Ann will offer its regular 4th Sunday Latin Mass on Saturday June 26 at 8:00am followed by prayers at the local abortion facility.

Traditional Men’s Recollection with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest – Saturday June 26 (Raleigh)

The Institute of Christ the King will lead a traditional men’s recollection and Latin Mass this coming Saturday June 26 in Raleigh. The Institute is a priestly religious order that exclusively offers the Traditional Latin Mass and operate parishes in the US and around the world. The recollection is for men, but the Mass is open to the public.

Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT,  Offered by Canon Matthew Weaver of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest,

9:00 am: Men’s Recollection, 10:00 am: Rosary, 10:30 am: High Mass, Confessions available

Location: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 2809 Poole Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul –Tuesday June 29: The Cathedral will offer its annual Solemn High Latin Mass at 7pm on Tuesday June 29. It will be with the Cathedral Choir and feature Missa Brevis in E minor by Carl Heinrich Biber.

SAVE THE DATE: Traditional Confirmations – Sunday July 11, 12:30pm: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the Diocese, will come to St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations. CLMC hopes to organize a reception afterward Mass.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Feast of St. Ephraim the Syrian: This past Friday in the traditional calendar, the Church celebrated the feast of an early Church doctor, St. Ephraim the Syrian. Residing in the 4th century Christian community of Edessa (the today’s Turkish-Syrian border) this deacon founded many monasteries, was known for his knowledge of scripture, and was a student of St. Jacob of Nisibis, a bishop and attendee at the council of Nicaea. Most interestingly is that St. Ephraim wrote about St. Jacob’s fascinating ascent of Mt. Ararat, the mountain where Noe’s ark supposedly lay and where this saintly bishop found some of its relics.  For those adventurous readers, the account of the location of Noah’s ark by the Kolbe Center is well worth the time: https://www.kolbecenter.org/the-nisibis-report/

    To learn more about this great saint, click here: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/june/june-18-ephraem-the-syrian-deacon-confessor-and-doctor-of-the-church/
  • Iniquis Afflictisque- On the Persecution of the Church in Mexico: In the Church’s treasury of tradition, there are many great encyclicals that are worth reading and inspire the faith. Often times many of the encyclicals prior to Vatican II were actually written in a succinct and accessible way so that laity could read them without being bogged down in complex theological statements or terms. In prior e-mails, we’ve shared other encyclicals by Pope Pius XI (1922-1939), but this one in particularly is worthy. Iniquis Afflictisque was written in November 1926 during the masonic and communist revolution in Mexico and discussed the Church in Mexico’s response to the government persecution that outlawed Catholicism, and sent many priests and religious to death, and many into exile.

    Sadly today, Catholicism in Mexico is barely a shadow of what it once was, and we can see the devastating impact free masonry and communism had on this once great Catholic nation and people. Thankfully, the Traditional Latin Mass is making a slow but steady comeback in Mexico and has great potential to restore the faith there. Since this week, the Church in the U.S. Catholic Church celebrates “religious freedom” week (and quite meagerly), we thought it appropriate to share how the Church once defended herself against persecution:


3rd Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Sunday is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost (external solemnity of the Sacred Heart in some parishes). This week we are without Dr. Foley’s commentary on Sunday’s collect, but we will share Dom Prosper Gueranger’s entry from his book, The Liturgical Year:

Blessing of Lilies this Sunday after 12:30pm Mass at St. Ann: Sunday is the feast of St. Anthony (suppressed due to the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost), and there is a custom to bless lilies on his feast day. Immediately after Mass Father will bless lilies on the table in the narthex and we will have a few to hand out while quantities last. All are welcome to bring their own lilies to be blessed as well – please bring them to the blessing table in the narthex prior to 12:30pm Mass.  These lilies, like palms, become sacramentals and should be treated with care. To learn more visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecoststa.html

Support Tradition: Help the Carmelite Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel

If you are looking for some hope and good news today in the Church today, and looking for a way practical to support the growth of tradition and the Traditional Latin Mass, we can do no better than to share with you the Carmelite Hermits of Pennsylvania. Some of you may recall meeting them when they visited us several times in 2017. They are now established in the diocese of Harrisburg, PA and fully practice the ancient Carmelite charism, spirituality and liturgy (they have a Carmelite version of the Traditional Latin Mass, known as the Carmelite Rite).  They also provide spiritual support and Mass to the nearby traditional Carmelite nuns. Additionally, they have been praying for us, Charlotte Latin Mass Community families, in their daily prayers.

The Hermits, however, have a great problem.  They now have 12 hermits, and would like to accept more, but they have outgrown their existing house and property and are seeking to acquire new land and building.  Yet the Carmelites totally subsist on alms – meaning they survive solely on generous donations from the laity.

If you feel called to support the Latin Mass or a traditional cause, please consider praying for and or supporting the Carmelite Hermits: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/donate/

Traditional Men’s Recollection with the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest – Saturday June 26 (Raleigh)

The Institute of Christ the King will lead a traditional men’s recollection and Latin Mass on Saturday June 26 in Raleigh. The Institute is a priestly religious order that exclusively offers the Traditional Latin Mass and operate parishes in the US and around the world. The recollection is for men, but the Mass is open to the public.

  • Saturday, June 26, 2021 at 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM EDT,  Offered by Canon Matthew Weaver of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest
  • 9:00 am: Men’s Recollection, 10:00 am: Rosary, 10:30 am: High Mass, Confessions available
  • Location: Saint Joseph Catholic Church, 2809 Poole Rd, Raleigh, NC 27610

Feast of SS. Peter and Paul –Tuesday June 29: The Cathedral will offer its annual Solemn High Latin Mass at 7pm on June 29. It will be with the Cathedral Choir and feature Missa Brevis in E minor by Carl Heinrich Biber.

SAVE THE DATE: Traditional Confirmations – Sunday July 11, 12:30pm: Msgr. Winslow, the Vicar General for the diocese, will visit St. Ann parish to administer the traditional sacrament of Confirmations. CLMC hopes to organize a reception afterward the Mass.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Modesty Announcement at St. Ann:  Last month, Fr. Reid issue gentle reminder about the importance of dressing modesty at St. Ann parish in (see bulletin here).  With summer here we also note that a new sign denoting the parish’s modesty reminder is posted in the narthex which we encourage all to read Fr. Reid’s message:

    As our weather begins to warm up, please be attentive to dressing modestly for Mass. Attending Mass is the most important thing we do each week, and the way we dress should reflect this. When we come to Mass, we are coming to visit our Lord, and thus we should be dressed appropriately. Thus, as your pastor I respectfully ask you to refrain from wearing shorts, t-shirts, short skirts, low-cut or revealing clothing at Mass. Moreover, clothing that is revealing or very tightly fitting can be a distraction to your fellow parishioners. So out of respect to our Lord, and in charity to your fellow parishioners, please be modest when selecting your clothes for Mass. I appreciate your attention to this important matter.

The Great Reset from Start to Finish – Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò

For those newer CLMC readers, Abp. Viganò is the former Papal Nuncio to the U.S., who has been outspoken on the corruption inside the Church, and the culture revolution outside.  The other week, Archbishop Viganò penned a provoking piece on revolutions.  In fact, this could be Archbishop Viganò’s magnum opus to date, as he provides an extensive review of the revolutions against Christ and His Church including the Protestant, French, Industrial, Communist, and today’s “Great Reset” revolutions.  In this piece, he lays out the nature of these revolutions, and how Catholics can resist them, restore Christ the King to our society. Among his points are:

  • All Great Resets are built on a lie – all were built on a pretext that did not correspond to the true reason for revolution (e.g. to dethrone Christ)
  • A “Great Reset” also occurred in the Church in the 1960s. Vatican II was built on a pretext for giving the laity better understanding of the liturgy and ecumenism, but the real justification was to weaken the faith:

[The Church] too, with Vatican II, saw a greater understanding of the liturgy by the people given as a pretext for destroying the apostolic Mass, cancelling the sacred language and profaning the rites. And the longing for unity with heretics and schismatics was the pretext by which conciliar ecumenism was inaugurated, which laid the ideological foundations for the present apostasy. The democratization of the Church, in the name of an alleged greater participation of the laity, has served only as a pretext for progressively undermining papal power and parliamentarizing the power of the bishops, who are today reduced to mere executors of the decisions of the Bishops’ Conferences [emphasis added].

Up until sixty years ago [the Church] proclaimed the Kingship of Christ not only over His subjects, over societies and nations, but principally over herself, recognizing Our Lord as the Head of the Mystical Body and the Pope as His Vicar on earth. Vatican II shifted the Kingship of Christ in an eschatological key, and the Church thus found herself a victim of that same democratic deception into which civil societies had fallen almost two centuries earlier.

  • Modern “democracy” has proven to be a deception to merely oust Christ the King from society
  • Moderates and conservatives Catholics unfortunately fight symptoms instead of fighting the causes of these errors
  • Men of goodwill must fight and defend Christ the King – particularly in their states of life and employments:

Do you want to lose the supreme good that has been prepared for you, only for the sake of a quiet life and not to stand out from the crowd, out of cowardice and human respect, trading eternity for an apparent and ephemeral good? I exhort you to be witnesses of Christ, courageous champions of truth and goodness: on the benches of parliament, in hospital wards, from the chairs of schools and universities, from the altar and the pulpit, at work, in the office, in the shop, in the family, in your daily commitments and, yes, even in pains and trials. Be worthy heirs of the saints who have preceded you, remembering that you will have to answer for your silence, your complicity, and your cooperation with evil. If you can escape the condemnation of men, you will not be able to escape the judgment of God; just as you will be rewarded for the good you have done and witnessed to [emphasis added].

This rebellious and apostate generation can be fought with everyone’s contribution: from the doctor who finally denounces the harmful treatments imposed by criminal protocols, to the policeman who refuses to apply illegitimate rules; from the parliamentarian who votes against unfair laws, to the magistrate who opens a file for crimes against humanity; from the professor who teaches students to think for themselves, to the journalist who reveals the deceptions and conflicts of interest of the powerful; from the father who defends his children against vaccination, to the son who protects his elderly parent without abandoning him in a nursing home; from the citizen who claims the right to natural freedoms, to the artisan and restaurateur who do not accept the oppression of those who prevent them from opening their business; from the grandfather who warns his grandchildren about the dangers of the dictatorship, to the youth who does not allow himself to be seduced by fashions and influencers.

The best and first way to fight for restoring Christ the King is to attend the Traditional Latin Mass on Sundays. Where are you attending Mass today?