No Latin Mass at St. Mark tomorrow

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today July 9 is the ancient feast day of Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More.  St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm votive Mass (High) this evening to commemorate this feast day, commemorating these saints who refused to comprise the Catholic faith even when the government insisted. St. Thomas More’s story was re-popularized in the modern era in the 1960s film A Man for All Seasons.

No Latin Mass at St. Mark for the next 3 weeks:  Tomorrow Friday 10, there will not be a 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Mark parish in Huntersville for the next three weeks. Tomorrow is a priests meeting, and then the next two Fridays (July 17 & 24) will be the diaconate and priestly ordinations for the diocese – both held at St. Mark. The next Latin Mass should be Friday July 31. St. Ann will still offer a 7am Latin Mass tomorrow.

Traditional Confirmation Mass this Sunday at 12:30pm: As noted, His Excellency Bishop Jugis will visit St. Ann this Sunday to administer the sacrament of Confirmation in the traditional rite. We have also learned that additional opportunities for Fr. Reid to offer this sacrament at other Masses/times will be provided this weekend. This means that that seating may still be limited, but hopefully not as crowded as initially thought. You still may want to prepare to sit outside. If people have more tents to bring, that would also be helpful. If we hear any updates, we will let you know by Saturday evening.

Liberty of Military Catholics to attend Mass: Since today we honor Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More who are patrons of defending the Church’s liberty, we wanted to share with you some good news as the U.S. Navy has recently reversed its bizarre decision to prohibit personnel from attending indoor worship services over COVID-19 concerns: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/victory-us-navy-reverses-unlawful-order-banning-troops-from-indoor-mass-religious-services  (While the Latin Mass is still uncommon in the Military Archdiocese, more Catholics serving in the armed forces are slowly discovering it).

Life of Blessed Franz JèagerstèatterSensus Fidelium is also recommending a book of another saintly man, Blessed Franz Jèagerstèatter who was drafted into the German Army in World War II and refused to sign an oath to the Nazis. He was martyred for standing up for his Catholic belief. There is a book and sermon about him here:

https://www.amazon.com/dp/087243141X?ref=ppx_pop_mob_ap_share

Sermon by a traditional priest (in another diocese): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nVEZ1oC5Rv4&feature=youtu.be

5th Sunday After Pentecost & New Sunday Latin Mass in Charlotte

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday July 4 is First Saturday of our Blessed Mother, and also our nation’s Independence Day. Toward the bottom of this e-mail, we provide some links related to the Church and our nation. Immediately below are some other updates for this weekend and beyond: 

Mass for 5th Sunday after Pentecost (July 5): As custom, St. Ann will offer the 12:30pm Latin Mass under the same conditions as prior weeks, with tents, and abled body men outside when possible. Hang in there – we know it’s getting hot and its tough being out there for Mass. As someone observed to me this week, with the intense summer heat, the threat of heat exhaustion may be more imminent than the virus. Hopefully Bishop Jugis & the diocese will alleviate these restrictions soon (the Bishop – not the government sets these restrictions).

No Latin Mass in Salisbury: The 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Salisbury is on hiatus for the time being, as such there will not be a 4pm Latin Mass Sunday July 5.

Traditional Confirmation next Sunday July 12: Just a reminder next Sunday Bishop Jugis will be visiting St. Ann parish for a traditional Confirmation at 12:30pm. Spacing will be tight but we will advise if any changes or accommodations are made.

New Sunday Traditional Latin Mass begins at St. Thomas Aquinas parish: In saving the best for last, we are pleased to share some important news – beginning Sunday July 26, St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Charlotte will be offering a new Sunday Traditional Latin Mass (High) at 11:30AM each Sunday. This is big news and we will have more to say in the days ahead but please pray for the pastor, Fr. Matthew Codd for moving forward with this decision.

Independence Day links: In these last hours of Independence Day 2020, we provide a few links about the Latin Mass, and Catholic tradition:

  • Church’s official prayer for the conversion of nations from the 1957 edition of the Raccolta (Click here). You are welcome to pray it tonight or throughout this weekend (or anytime).

Other Latin Mass & tradition related news:

 

4th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Sunday June 28 is the 4th Sunday after Pentecost. Dr. Michael Foley has a good article on the meaning of the secret prayer for today’s propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/rebel-wills-fourth-sunday-after.html. Here are some additional updates:

Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm: St. Ann will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass today. Tents will be set up outside but if you have an extra tent, please feel free to bring it.

Upcoming Feasts: Monday is the solemnity of Ss. Peter & Paul (No Latin Masses scheduled in Charlotte). Wednesday is the Feast of the Most Precious Blood – St. Ann normally has its 6pm Low Mass.

Revolutionaries & Iconoclasts: Over the past few weeks we’ve seen revolutionary mobs attacking statues of famous Catholics such as Christopher Columbus, St. Junipero Serra, and King Louis XVI of France.  They often claim these saintly men had some evil past and hated certain classes or groups. These revolutionaries are not new to us Catholics as the Church encountered them in the French revolution (which beheaded King Louis XVI) and even earlier when iconoclasts attacked statues in the 8th century.  In pushing back against revolution, it’s important to know the facts about who these revolutionaries attack, and even more important, to understand the nature and methods of the revolutionists.

For the prior generation of Latin Mass attendees of the 1960s and 1970s , they also encountered revolutionaries – but inside their own parishes – who tore down high altars, votive statutes, white washed sacred artwork, suppressed sacred music, and of course came to attack the centerpiece – the Mass of the Ages (Latin Mass).

Sadly, we all know of a few examples of this revolution in a few older churches in our diocese, many which used to have magnificent high altars and sacred art.  Some were removed immediately, others a step-by-step removal that occurred over years. Yet tragedies like this were not localized, but on a global scale as Michael Rose details in his book, Ugly as Sin: https://www.sophiainstitute.com/products/item/ugly-as-sin

The good news is the best way to restore tradition, including art, architecture, etc. is to restore the Mass of the Ages (Traditional Latin Mass), which we continue to see occurring in the diocese.

Bishop Schneider update: Speaking of the 1960s, His Excellency Bishop Schneider released a new appraisal last week on Vatican II and how to charitably engage discussion on correcting some of the ambiguous and misleading statements made in the documents: https://remnantnewspaper.com/web/index.php/articles/item/4949-55-years-later-bishop-athanasius-schneider-s-appraisal-of-vatican-ii

Prayer to Consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart: Bishop Schneider has also created a prayer to implore Our Lady to provide the Pope with the graces necessary to consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart and to bring an end to this chaos, and usher in the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/bp-schneider-composes-prayer-begging-mary-for-consecration-of-russia-so-there-will-be-peace

    O Immaculate Heart of Mary, you are the holy Mother of God and our tender Mother. Look upon the distress in which the Church and the whole of humanity are living because of the spread of materialism and the persecution of the Church. In Fatima, you warned against these errors, as you spoke about the errors of Russia. You are the Mediatrix of all graces. Implore your Divine Son to grant this special grace for the Pope: that he might consecrate Russia to your Immaculate Heart, so that Russia will be converted, a period of peace will be granted to the world, and your Immaculate Heart will triumph, through an authentic renewal of the Church in the splendor of the purity of the Catholic Faith, of the sacredness of Divine worship and of the holiness of the Christian life. O Queen of the Holy Rosary and our sweet Mother, turn your merciful eyes to us and graciously hear this our trusting prayer. Amen.

    + Athanasius Schneider, Auxiliary Bishop of the archdiocese of Saint Mary in Astana

St. John the Baptist & the Social Kingship of Christ

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today June 24 is the solemnity of St. John the Baptist, the greatest of all prophets and precursor to Christ.

The commemoration of this great saint actually began yesterday with the Vigil of St. John the Baptist, which carries its own Mass & customs: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/the-vigil-of-nativity-of-st-john-baptist.html

Feast of St. John the Baptist

Today’s feast day occurs around the summer solstice just as the days begin to grow shorter, symbolizing the words of this saint in St. John 3:30  “He must increase, but I must decrease.”.  6 months later, Our Savior Jesus Christ is born at midnight, at the darkest time of the year, just as the daylight increases after the winter solstice.  According to Fisheaters.com, this feast is one of three birthdays celebrated in the Church calendar (the others are Blessed Mother, September 8, and Our Blessed Lord on December 25) as they were all born without original sin. To learn more about this feast day visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost3.html

In light of last week’s Supreme Court decision which denies the Church the right to employ workers who agree with the faith, it appears providential that this week the Church honors St. John the Baptist – martyred for defending God’s moral law before the state (King Herod).  As Fr. Reid noted in his sermon on Sunday: we may soon be called to defend our faith publically: …as the evil one appears to get a firmer grasp on the world, more and more Christians are going to be called to speak and act prophetically in very public ways. We each have to be ready for that.

Mass for Feast of St. John the Baptist

St. Ann will offer its normal Wednesday 6pm Low Mass tonight for this feast day. Reminder: There is no longer a Wednesday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas parish.

Respect Life Latin Mass returns this Saturday

This Saturday June 27, St. Ann will resume its 4th Saturday 8am Latin Mass followed by a Rosary at Planned Parenthood (or a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church – lead by a deacon).

Bishop Schneider’s latest interview with Sensus Fidelium:  We are pleased to share that Bishop Schneider’s recent interview on the Social Kingship of Christ with our friend Steve Cunningham, over at Sensus Fidelium. His Excellency also shares his warm greetings and blessings to all the people he met in Charlotte back at St. Ann in 2017. Here is the interview: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWay9Il7imA&feature=youtu.be

Religious Freedom vs. Social Kingship of Christ

Speaking of defending God’s law in public, this week the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) commemorates “religious freedom week”. Sadly one has to admit, based on recent major court decisions & lockdowns, this campaign has largely failed and the Church continues to lose ground on her rights.

Besides the possible influence of modernism in this campaign (a topic for another day), a key reason for this failure could be the total absence of the traditional teaching of the Social Kingship of Christ. As you may recall, this teaching is where Christ, His doctrine and His Church have priority rights in society and government. The Feast of Christ the King was established to emphasize this doctrine (see Pius XI’s encyclical Quas Primas in 1925). This is why we, the CLMC, promote a magnificent celebration of this feast day each October. Only when this teaching – and the liturgy that fully promotes it – is fully embraced by dioceses and parishes can the tide be turned on these court losses.

To learn more on the Social Kingship of Christ visit:

Lastly, we close with Pope Gregory XVI’s beautiful 1832 encyclical Mirari Vos which helps explain why error has no public rights in society:

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. Surely, in so clear a matter, you will drive this deadly error far from the people committed to your care… 

…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. When all restraints are removed by which men are kept on the narrow path of truth, their nature, which is already inclined to evil, propels them to ruin.

3rd Sunday after Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow is the 3rd Sunday after Pentecost, and depending on the Mass/parish, the External Solemnity of the Sacred Heart may be commemorated. Although the feast was Friday, we did want to share a beautiful reflection posted by the Fraternity of St. Peter about this feast day: https://fssp.com/st-lutgardis-and-the-three-mystical-favors/

Additionally, the abbot of Clear Creek Abbey in Oklahoma, +Dom Philip Anderson, also shared an excellent reflection on the feast day in these turbulent times – we attach his reflection as a PDF (click here).

Sunday Latin Mass

Sunday Latin Mass: St. Ann will be offering the 12:30pm Sunday Latin Mass tomorrow. Tents will again be set up. If you have your own tent(s), we invite you to bring it to share as we have been short a few for the late comers. Also, abled-body men are kindly asked to let the women, children, elderly, etc. have seats inside before taking. We should also note other parishes appear to have resumed their normal Sunday schedules with the spacing protocols. Please check these other parish websites for the latest info.

Pray for our priests: This week has seen heightened attacks on the Church, first from the stolen tabernacle from St. Elizabeth’s, second, the Supreme Court’s Bostock decision which attacks the liberty of the Church to hire employees who agree with the Church teaching; and lastly the communist/masonic riots that are attacking Catholic statutes of Christopher Columbus, St. Junipero Serra (and more to come probably). What you may not know is that a few of our priests in our diocese were also viciously attacked by the local media reports over the last few weeks. We won’t devote space to the specific cases, but suffice to say, that these are likely spiritual attacks and more of these are probably planned. In your charity, would you consider including our diocese’s priests in your Mass intentions and Rosaries this week?

Other Latin Mass news

Columbus noster est! by Roberto De Mattei: Good article on Columbus & his cause for canonization: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/06/de-mattei-columbus-noster-est.html

Is TV Mass the same as the Real Thing? Lastly, we conclude with an excellent article on the growing dangers of live streaming of Masses. The author, Fr. Robert Paisley, is the rector of Mater Ecclesiae Latin Mass chapel in Berlin, NJ. It’s a diocesan parish that exclusively offers the Traditional Latin Mass. When the lockdown hit, many parishes and groups (us included) promoted these to allow faithful to maintain connection to the liturgical schedule and the sermons. Certainly it exposed new people to the Latin Mass, and allowed one to “see” traditional liturgies offered in other parishes throughout the world. Yet as Fr. Paisley points out, there is also a danger in thinking these online Masses are an acceptable substitute for attending in person, particularly when Masses are publicly available again.

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/is-tv-mass-same-as-real-thing.html#.Xu7G_KZ7nwc

2nd Sunday after Pentecost update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Sunday June 14 is the 2nd Sunday after Pentecost (or the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi).  We wanted to thank Fr. Matlak who kindly offered Thursday’s Corpus Christi Low Mass on short notice. Please keep him in your prayers this weekend as a thanksgiving for his kindness in offering Thursday’s Mass.

Speaking of Corpus Christi, there are some rich musical traditions associated with this feast day. The New Liturgical Movement blog has a wonderful post about the hymns associated with the ancient Divine Office (Matins, Lauds, etc.) for Corpus Christi: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/hymns-for-medieval-office-of-corpus.html Additionally, St. Ann parish has compiled a selection of traditional chants associated with this feast day: https://www.stanncharlotte.org/playlists/

Schedule updates

Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann: Today, Sunday June 14, St. Ann will offer the Sunday 12:30pm Latin Mass as normal, except for the attendance limitations (arrive early). For abled body gentleman, please consider allowing the women, children, and elderly, etc. to have first priority for seating.  St. Ann will have tents again, but if you have your own tent, you may consider bringing it in case we need some extra shade.

Important change at St. Thomas Aquinas – this week: Beginning this week, the Wednesday 7pm Latin Mass has been permanently transferred to Thursdays at 7pm. The first of these new Thursday Masses is this Thursday June 18. There is no longer a Wednesday 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas.

St. Mark Latin Mass resumes this Friday June 19: St. Mark will be resuming its regular 12:30pm Friday Latin Mass this Friday with a special sung Latin Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday June 19: St. Ann will offer two Latin Masses for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.  First, the normal 7am Friday Latin Mass.  Secondly, the parish will offer a special Holy Hour of Reparation at 5pm for the sins against human sexuality/purity followed at 7pm by a Solemn High Latin Mass with the Carolina Catholic Chorale.

As noted above, St. Mark will also offer a 12:30pm sung Latin Mass for the Feast of the Sacred Heart.

The Feast of the Sacred Heart is a 1st class/Solemnity in the Church and as such the normal Friday penances are waived (i.e. you can have meat today).

Summer course in theology (July 27 – 31, Madison, Wisconsin)

If you’re looking to travel cross country for an excellent public Catholic event, this week long course on Aquinas & theology looks promising. It will also feature a Traditional Latin Mass during the program. It’s hosted by the Albertus Magnus Center for Scholastic Studies in Madison, Wisconsin and runs from July 27-31. To learn more click here:

https://www.albertusmagnuscss.org/summer-programs/2020-madison/

Other Latin Mass & related news

Amidst the civil strife occurring in our country, the last article above is quite profound. The Traditional Latin Mass has a track record of uniting cultures, classes, nations, races & ethnicity together through the Latin liturgy. As Peter Kwasniewski notes: The old Latin liturgy united nations, clans, tribes, races. Everyone had (more or less) the same kind of liturgy. It was in a high style, said in a language no longer anyone’s vernacular; it was celebrated “just so,” in a way that was distinctively its own, because it came from so many centuries and influences.

That’s an important distinction and something that Dr. John Senior took even further in his book the Restoration of Christian Culture. He wrote that the Mass is the center of culture:

Whatever we do in the political and social order, the indispensable foundation is prayer, the heart of which is the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the perfect prayer of  Christ  Himself,  Priest  and  Victim,  recreating  in  an  unbloody  manner  the bloody,  selfsame  Sacrifice  of  Calvary.  What  is  Christian  Culture?  It  is essentially the Mass. That is not my or anyone’s opinion or theory or wish but the central fact of two thousand years of history. Christendom, what secularists call Western Civilization, is the Mass and the paraphernalia which protect and facilitate it. All architecture, art, political and social forms, economics, the way people live and feel and think, music, literature–all these things when they are right, are ways of fostering and protecting the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.

Essentially, we can’t restore/heal the culture until we restore the liturgy. That is why the Charlotte Latin Mass Community continues to advocate for the full restoration of the Traditional Latin Mass in the Catholic Church, as a means to restoring Catholic culture to society.

Feast of Corpus Christi

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We are pleased to report that there will be a Traditional Latin Mass for the Feast of Corpus Christi this Thursday June 11 at 7pm, St. Ann parish. Please offer a few prayers for Frs. Reid and Matlak for arranging this on short notice. The final details are still being worked out but here is what we have now:

Feast of Corpus Christi

Thursday June 11, 7pm Low Mass

St. Ann Catholic Church

Celebrant: Fr. Joseph Matlak

Trinity Sunday update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed Whit Ember Saturday! Tomorrow is the octave of Pentecost, or Trinity Sunday. Fisheaters.com has a good write up and reflection for the day: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide9.html

On an obscure note, this is the one Sunday of the year where the Red Latin-English booklets has the correct propers for Sunday Mass as they are for Trinity Sunday.  That’s why all other days of the year, one needs a paper print out of the propers to use with this booklet.

Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann: St. Ann will have its 12:30pm Latin Mass tomorrow, with the same protocols in place as prior weekends. Due to the heat, if any of you have a spare 8’x8’ tent to share, we may invite you to set it up for other people. We had about 4 tents last week, and may need a 2-3 others (nothing bigger than 8×8’). The parish may also have some bottled water.  Hopefully this setup will not continue as we go into the summer heat.

Upcoming St. Ann Masses:

Thursday June 11, Feast of Corpus Christi,  – St. Ann parish- Solemn High Mass, (TBD) – we’ll let you know once confirmed.

Friday June 19, Feast of the Sacred Heart – 5pm Holy Hour of Reparation for the sins against human sexuality, 7pm Traditional Latin Mass (organized by St. Ann Respect Life)

St. Thomas Aquinas parish update (PLEASE READ):

IMPORTANT NEWS: Beginning the week of June 14, St. Thomas Aquinas parish is permanently moving its normal Wednesday 7pm Latin Mass to Thursday at 7pm.  This will be a permanent change.

  • The last Wednesday Latin Mass at St. Thomas will be this Wednesday June 10, 7pm.
  • The first Thursday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas will be June 18, 7pm.

We don’t know all the factors but heard that it will give the faithful a Thursday evening Mass (so desperately needed!) and to occur on a night without a competing Latin Mass (i.e. St. Ann).  It will be a High Mass. Incidentally, if you aren’t attending the High Masses at St. Thomas, you are missing some beautiful chant and polyphony.

Other Latin Mass news:

Is it appropriate to fast during Pentecost Octave: Dr. Mike Foley answers a good question about the traditions and custom of the season: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/06/dubium-is-it-appropriate-to-fast-during.html#.XtwMx6Z7nwc

The Strawberry & the Sacred Heart: The FSSP has a nice write up on the connection between the liturgical season and the natural seasons:

https://fssp.com/the-sacred-heart-and-the-strawberry-of-nature/

Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò’s new letter to president Trump on the chaos:  https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/archbishop-viganos-powerful-letter-to-president-trump-eternal-struggle-between-good-and-evil-playing-out-right-now

(N.B. The Archbishop’s letter should not surprise longtime Latin Mass attendees, as many of the modernists in the Church , influenced by freemasonry tried to suppress the Traditional Latin Mass in the 1960s and 1970s.)

Latin Mass growing among Millennials and Generation Z: https://fssp.com/latin-mass-among-millennials-study/

Whit Embertide update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Greetings on this 3rd day in the Octave of Pentecost and during the Whit Embertide week.  As you may recall, the Ember Days are when the Church traditionally devoted 3 days (Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) each season to prayer and fasting & partial abstinence (now optional) to give thanks to God for His creation and growth in holiness the upcoming season.

The traditional Latin Mass calendar has many feasts and customs devoted to the land, agriculture and creation which are worth exploring sometime. The summertime Ember Days which we commemorate this week falls during the week of Pentecost.  If you do consider fasting & partial abstinence for the Ember Days, please consider offering it up for our priests, Bishops, and those who will be ordained in our diocese later this summer. As usual Fisheaters.com has a great summary which you can read here: http://www.fisheaters.com/emberdays.html

Ember Week Masses in Charlotte (note Friday cancellations)

Wednesday June 3: 6pm Low Mass St. Ann parish; 7pm High Mass, St. Thomas Aquinas parish (with chant and polyphony)

1st Friday June 5: Sadly, there are no Latin Masses scheduled for 1st Friday. St. Ann and St. Mark have cancelled their Friday Latin Masses for this week

1st Saturday June 6: St. Thomas Aquinas, 10am High Mass (with chant and polyphony)

No Latin Mass at Sacred Heart or St. Michael parishes

As noted last week, there will be no 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart for June. The Latin Mass at St. Michael is also on hiatus for the time being.

New Sunday Latin Mass in Diocese

We are pleased to share that St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country parish in Boone, NC has just announced it is adding an 11:00AM Sunday High Mass effective immediately. It also has added a Thursday morning Mass in addition to Tuesday, Friday & First Saturday.  St. Elizabeth has quickly overtaken St. Ann in offering the most Latin Masses each week in the diocese.  If you’re thinking of vacationing in the mountains (or moving there permanently after all the craziness this year) please stop by their new webpage at: https://www.saintecc.org/

Other news

The Separation of Church & state is incompatible with the Catholic faith: Exorcist & Theologian Fr. Chad Ripperger (who offers the Latin Mass exclusively) has republished his article on why the legal principle of separation of Church and state is unjust and is condemned by the Church. This is especially helpful to know when governments continue to try and exert authority over the Catholic Church during COVID-19 regulations. We encourage you to learn the unchanging teaching of the Church:

http://sensustraditionis.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Ascendancy.pdf

Errors in Vatican II must be corrected: Bishop Athanasius Schneider has penned a great piece on how Vatican II’s document on religious freedom, Dignitatis Humanae, contains erroneous statements that should be corrected as these statements currently promote false teachings and theories that divert from the traditional teachings such as “God wills the diversity of religions”. He also addresses how other ecumenical councils (besides Vatican II) have contained errors that the Church had to later correct:

https://www.lifesitenews.com/opinion/bishop-schneider-how-church-could-correct-erroneous-view-that-god-wills-diversity-of-religions

Modernism & COVID-19 are part of the same brand: Archbishop Viganò has published an interesting letter to cloistered nuns in which he compares the reasoning used to support the COVID-19 lockdown protocols to that of the modernist prelates who tried suppress the Traditional Latin Mass after Vatican II and insisted this was “the new normal”. He encourages the faithful to be informed and reject these false narratives as the Latin Mass proponents did in the 1970s and 1980s.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/abp-vigano-recognizing-problems-of-vatican-ii-essential-to-fighting-todays-crises

“If we have not understood the causal relationship between Vatican II and its logical and necessary consequences over the course of the last sixty years, it will not be possible to steer the rudder of the Church back to the direction given it by her Divine Helmsman, the course that it maintained for two thousand years. For decades they catechized us with the hateful phrase “there is no going back” with regard to the Liturgy, the Faith, moral teaching, penance, asceticism.

Today we hear the same expressions slavishly repeated in the civil sphere, through which the attempt is made to indoctrinate the masses that “nothing will be as it was before.” Modernism and Covid-19 are part of the same brand, and for anyone who has their gaze towards the transcendent it is not difficult to understand that the greatest fear  of those who want us to believe that the race towards the abyss is both unavoidable and unstoppable is that we will not believe them, ignore them, and unmask their conspiracy.”  – Abp. Viganò

Let us be thankful for the faithful Catholics who in the 1970s and 1980s – including some here in Charlotte – refused to believe the narrative that the Traditional Latin Mass was dead and instead fought for its restoration, and have handed it down to our generation. This is a story worth publishing sometime.

Vigil of Pentecost update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday May 30th is the ancient Vigil of Pentecost. Before 1955, this day had its own special liturgy to prepare the Church for the great feast of Pentecost. The “vigil” in the traditional rite is not to be confused with a Saturday evening “anticipatory Mass for Sunday” that occur at most Novus Ordo parishes.

Vigil of Pentecost – Saturday May 30

As you may know, many major feasts in the traditional calendar had vigils the day prior which had its own distinct Masses. These vigils were normally days of partial abstinence (meat only at 1 meal) or fasting (now voluntary)- this included the Vigil of Ascension, Assumption, Nativity, and even the Vigil of St. Lawrence the Martyr. The Vigil of Pentecost was perhaps one of those most important vigils. Although optional we may consider fasting and or partially abstaining from meat today for our priests and bishops.

The Mass of the Vigil of Pentecost, is remarkably similar to the Easter Vigil, in a sense. According to the Facebook page Restore the ’54, the Mass begins in silence with the deacon and subdeacon wearing folded chasubles, penitential vestments, no altar candles are lit, and 6 prophecies from the Old Testament (half of the twelve from the Easter Vigil) are read. Following the prophecies is the baptismal rites (if there are those being baptized) with the Pascal candle, followed by the chanting of the litany of the saints and proceeding with the rest of the Mass.  After Mass, like Holy Saturday, Vespers are sung with all 5 psalms.

Sadly, this sublime liturgy was removed after Archbishop Annibale Bugnini’s “reforms” of 1955, but there are a few parishes that are beginning to offer it again. Mater Ecclesiae Latin Mass chapel in Berlin, NJ is one such parish. They will stream it at 5pm today May 30th: https://www.facebook.com/MaterEcclesiaeChurch/  Perhaps in future years we will be able to have one at St. Ann parish.

To learn more you can view the Restore the ’54 Facebook page (no account needed): https://www.facebook.com/restorethe54/ (scroll and read the Vigil of Pentecost posts parts I, II & III)

A few gentlemen needed on Sunday

With space limits inside St. Ann church, the CLMC and St. Ann parish want to ensure women and the elderly, etc. are able to have a seat inside the Church (even if they arrive late). We are asking the healthy men of the parish to be willing to give up their seats for women, children, and those seniors within our community. You might be asked by an usher to help in this regard.  On a separate matter, we will also need a few men to help take down the tents out in the plaza after Mass (see next announcement).

Pentecost Sunday (Whitsunday) – Sunday May 31

Sunday is the great feast of Pentecost and St. Ann will offer its normal 12:30pm Latin Mass (social distancing limits), as well as Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro (sign-up Mass only) at 1pm and St. John the Baptist in Tryon at 8:30am. Be sure to check parish websites for latest schedule. For St. Ann, once the church reaches capacity, the overflow will be invited to stay in the narthex, cry rooms, or out in the plaza. All who want to receive Communion will be able to.  Tents will also be set up in the plaza to shade you from the sun (or rain). Also the speakers in the St. Ann plaza have been repaired so one can hear the Mass better outside.

To learn about the traditions of the feast of Pentecost, please visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide7.html (Note there is a plenary indulgence on Sunday to all who pray the Veni Creator – ‘Come Holy Spirit’ under the usual conditions). This will be prayed during the Sunday Latin Mass.

Mass cancellations next week

St. Ann: St. Ann will not have its normal 7am Latin Mass on Friday June 5. Sadly, with St. Mark Friday Latin Mass also canceled for June 5, this leaves the Latin Mass faithful in Charlotte without a 1st Friday Mass to attend. If we hear of any changes, we will let you know. Please offer a prayer perhaps another option will develop.

Sacred Heart in Salisbury: Sacred Heart will not have its 1st Sunday 4pm Latin Mass on June 7. We will keep you posted when this resumes.

FSSP Ordinations – Monday June 1

The Fraternity of St. Peter (a Latin Mass society of priests) will live stream its ordinations of its priests AND deacons on Monday June 1st from 11am – 4pm Eastern. It will be a double header ordination (perhaps two Masses). To learn more visit and how to watch visit: https://fssp.com/fssp-priestly-and-diaconal-ordinations-2020/