St. Patrick Day update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!

Happy St. Patrick’s Day.  We have some updates to pass along regarding Mass cancellations and other resources to help us get through this difficult time.  Before getting into any of that, if you are materially secure, please reach out to your friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners who may be more vulnerable than you.

  1.      The Power of Sacramentals in Times of Pestilence:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n_UcJf2qJq0
  2.       Subjects For Daily Meditation:

Remember, Christian soul, that thou hast this day, and every day of thy life:  God to glorify, Jesus to imitate, The Angels and Saints to invoke, A soul to save, A body to mortify, Sins to expiate, Virtues to acquire, Hell to avoid, Heaven to gain, Eternity to prepare for, Time to profit by, Neighbors to edify, The world to despise, Devils to combat, Passions to subdue, Death perhaps to suffer, And Judgment to undergo.

  1.       Mass Update (Email from Father Reid, Pastor of St. Ann’s in Charlotte):

As the CDC is now recommending that public gatherings exceed no more than 10 people, all public Masses at St. Ann’s are suspended for the time being. Mass will still continue to be offered privately for the spiritual welfare of us all.  It saddens me terribly to take this measure, but we must do so out of concern and protection for the larger community.

St. Ann’s is committed to providing for the spiritual and pastoral needs of the faithful. Therefore, please contact the office if you are need of confession or the Sacrament of the Sick: 704-523-4641, ext. 221.

More information will be forthcoming. But for now, all parish meetings and events are cancelled until further notice. The church remains open for prayer, provided that no more than 10 people are present in the church at any given time.

In union with our suffering Lord,
Fr. Reid

  1.       Easter Triduum Update: As you recall from previous years at St. Ann’s Father Reid has arranged to have a Traditional Easter Triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Vigil) at the Charlotte Catholic High School chapel.  We are sad to report that the Mass cancellation order mentioned above also applies to the Easter Triduum Masses that were being planned.  Father Reid will be offering a private Easter Triduum at St. Ann’s but without laity present.

    5.       Additional Confession Updates:  In addition to confession at St. Ann’s, another great place for confession is St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church a few miles south of St. Ann on Park Road.  St. Vincent DePaul Catholic Church will be offering Confession each weekday from 6pm to 7pm (Mon-Friday).  As with all news, this is subject to change.  Consult parish websites for updated information.

    6.       Spiritual Communion:  As stated previously, there is a great amount of concern among all of us over the limitations being placed on Masses in the Diocese of Charlotte.  For those who are not able to attend Mass physically, you are still able to do so spiritually, and it is not without merit.  As a great Lenten retreat, I highly recommend you reading, Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis DeSales.  Here is a great excerpt regarding Spiritual Communion:

 

Excerpt from Introduction to the Devout Life by Saint Francis DeSales

Part II; Chapter XIV: Of the Holy Mass, and how we ought to take part in it:

If any imperative hindrance prevents your presence at this sovereign sacrifice of Christ’s most true Presence, at least be sure to take part in it spiritually. If you cannot go to Church, choose some morning hour in which to unite your intention to that of the whole Christian world, and make the same interior acts of devotion wherever you are that you would make if you were really present at the Celebration of the Holy Eucharist in Church.
In order to join in this rightly, whether actually or mentally, you must give heed to several things:

(1) In the beginning, and before the priest goes up to the Altar, make your preparation with his—placing yourself in God’s Presence, confessing your unworthiness, and asking forgiveness.
(2) Until the Gospel, dwell simply and generally upon the Coming and the Life of our Lord in this world.
(3) From the Gospel to the end of the Creed, dwell upon our Dear Lord’s teaching, and renew your resolution to live and die in the faith of the Holy Catholic Church.
(4) From thence, fix your heart on the mysteries of the Word, and unite yourself to the Death and Passion of our Redeemer, now actually and essentially set forth in this holy Sacrifice, which, together with the priest and all the congregation, you offer to God the Father, to His Glory and your own salvation.
(5) Up to the moment of communicating, offer all the longings and desires of your heart, above all desiring most earnestly to be united for ever to our Savior by His Eternal Love.
(6) From the time of Communion to the end, thank His Gracious Majesty for His Incarnation, His Life, Death, Passion, and the Love which He sets forth in this holy Sacrifice, entreating through it His favor for yourself, your relations and friends, and the whole Church; and humbling yourself sincerely, devoutly receive 101 the blessing which our Dear Lord gives you through the channel of His minister. If, however, you wish to follow your daily course of meditation on special mysteries during the Sacrifice, it is not necessary that you should interrupt yourself by making these several acts but it will suffice that at the beginning you dispose your intention to worship and to offer the holy Sacrifice in your meditation and prayer; since every meditation includes all the above named acts either explicitly or implicitly.

Prayer of St. Bonaventure: 

Dearest Lord Jesus, pierce the inmost depths of my being with the sweet and wholesome pang of Thy love, with true and tranquil and most holy apostolic charity, so that from sheer melting love and desire of Thee my soul may ever faint with longing, yearning for Thee and for Thy dwelling-place, asking only to be released from the flesh and to be with Thee.

Grant that my soul my hunger for Thee, Who art the Bread of Angels, the food of holy souls, our daily, supernatural bread, all sweetness and delight to the taste. Let my heart ever hunger for Thee and feed upon Thee, Whom the Angels yearn to look upon, and let the depths of my being be filled with Thy sweet savor; let me ever thirst for Thee, Who art the source of life, source of wisdom and knowledge, source of eternal light, flood-tide of pleasure, God’s own treasure-house. Let me ever desire Thee; seek Thee and find Thee; have Thee for my goal and my achievement; think and speak of Thee only, doing all that I do for the honor and glory of Thy Name, humbly and prudently, with love and delight, with ready goodwill, and with perseverance to the end.

Be Thou ever, Thou only, my hope and all my trust, my treasure and pleasure, my joy and delight, my rest, peace, and quiet, my sweet and delicious fragrance, my food and support, my refuge and help, my wisdom, my heritage of wealth, my very own. Let my heart and soul be set on Thee, firmly and immovably rooted in Thee henceforth and forever. Amen.

Eucharistic Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us!

  1. Traditional Mass Propers:  For those wanting to print out Mass Propers, here is a link:
    https://tridentine-mass.blogspot.com

 

Sunday Latin Mass update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have some important changes for Latin Mass Sunday March 15. Please read carefully as this effects everyone.

Due to Governor Cooper’s order about the coronavirus, Bishop Jugis has basically limited Masses to just 100 people (while canceling others). At St. Ann parish the normal Sunday Latin Mass at 12:30pm will continue with the following changes:

Dispensation to attend Mass is waived:

Bishop Jugis has issued a dispensation to all Catholics in the Diocese of Charlotte from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass.  However you are still required to keep the day holy. Learn more here: https://charlottediocese.org/coronavirus-update/  (FYI – Bishop Jugis will issue offer a special Sunday Mass with a message you can watch here after 10:30am Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/user/DioceseOfCharlotte)

Alternate Latin Masses:

As of late Saturday night, the Diocese of Charleston still has a normal Sunday Mass schedule and Prince of Peace Parish in Taylors, SC has their normal 12 noon Latin Mass: https://www.princeofpeacetaylors.net/  (this could change so check the website or Diocese of Charleston)

Online Latin Masses:

National Day of Prayer: President Trump has decreed today March 15 a national day of prayer. We encourage everyone to pray a Rosary or some other devotion for our nation.

Prayer in time of Epidemics: The FSSP is sharing its prayer in time of epidemics that all FSSP priests worldwide are praying Sunday. They invite you to join in (click here: Prayer-In-Time-of-Epidemic). Please also pray for the victims of the virus, and for healthcare workers treating them.

Pray for our priests!: This is a difficult time for our priests. Please pray for all of them and our Bishop.

Lastly, this is a very fluid situation and we will do our best to update you on changes.

¡Viva Cristo Rey!

Holy Communion & the Corona Virus

The CLMC is pleased to provide some information related to the recent decisions and debate about the Sacraments during the coronavirus outbreak. Please read and be informed.

Right of the faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue

Sadly during the anxiety over the virus outbreak, some clergy around the world are implementing policies to deny the right of the faithful to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. Be advised, the faithful have a right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. Please read, be informed, and defend your rights:

..sacred ministers may not deny the sacraments to those who seek them in a reasonable manner, are rightly disposed, and are not prohibited by law from receiving them… each of the faithful always has the right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue… – Redemptionis Sacramentum (See sections 91 & 92), Congregation of Divine Worship, March 25, 2004.

http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/congregations/ccdds/documents/rc_con_ccdds_doc_20040423_redemptionis-sacramentum_en.html#Chapter%20IV

Please see the attached letter by the Congregation of Divine Worship on July 24, 2009 to a petitioner reconfirming the laity’s right to receive Holy Communion on the tongue.

See attached letter here: https://charlottelatinmass.files.wordpress.com/2020/03/cdw-july-24-2009-letter.pdf

Mass options

Mass for Deliverance from Death in time of Pestilence

As some of you may know, the 1962 Missal (Traditional Latin Mass) has a special votive Mass against the spread of pestilence. During Lent, this does require a decree from the Bishop to authorize its use.

Additionally, there are prayers that a Bishop can authorize against a pandemic in the Traditional Latin Mass:

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/03/adding-prayers-ef-against-pandemic.html

Holy Communion on the tongue is the most hygienic way to receive Holy Communion

Holy Communion on the tongue is the most hygienic way to receive Holy Communion as Bishop Athanasius Schneider noted:

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/02/op-ed-bishop-schneider-rite-of-holy.html

Traditional Latin Mass & Holy Communion

This is re-stating the obvious but the rubrics of the Traditional Latin Mass only permit reception of Holy Communion on the tongue. If you aren’t attending the Latin Mass regularly and are concerned over the “banning” of Communion on the tongue at other Masses/places, we encourage you to make the jump and attend the Latin Mass regularly – especially on Sundays. Let this ancient Mass be your anchor during these uneasy times.

How to maintain oneself in a state of grace during a crisis

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/03/a-catholic-survival-guide-for-covid-19.html

Can a Bishop Require Communion in the Hand to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus? (And would this apply to the TLM?

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/02/can-bishop-require-communion-in-hand-to.html#.XlxPCPR7nwd

The Saints & Plagues

Below are some links to what some of the Saints have done during times of pandemics:

St. Gregory: He led a procession to combat a deadly plague which affected much of the ancient world in the 6th century: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/02/de-mattei-gregory-and-coronavirus-of.html?m=1

He also instituted the major Rogation Day on April 25: https://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide3.html

St. Charles Borromeo: Led Milan in ending a plague – https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/03/de-mattei-how-st-charles-borromeo.html

Sensus Fidelium also has some great writes up on the patron saints of plagues:

Patron Saints of Plagues & Sacramentals to Protect Yourself From a Plague

 

Feast of St. Gregory the Great

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Thursday March 12, is the feast day of St. Gregory the Great, the patron saint for the Charlotte Latin Mass Community. To learn more about this great saint (whose name bears the Gregorian Chant he codified) please read Dom Prosper Gueranger’s write up on St. Gregory the Great:

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/march/march-12-st-gregory-the-great-pope-doctor-of-the-church/

On a topic closer to our concerns, as we posted a few weeks ago, St. Gregory also led a procession to combat a deadly plague which affected much of the ancient world in the 6th century:

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/02/de-mattei-gregory-and-coronavirus-of.html?m=1

He also started a tradition in offering 30 Days of consecutive Masses for a deceased, and tradition holds that this soul will be released from purgatory after the set of Gregorian Masses is complete.

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

 

2nd week of Lent update

Mass cancellations: There will not be a 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann this Wednesday March 11. Please check the bulletin for schedule changes.

The Hidden Rebellion movie premiere – Wednesday March 11, 7:30pm at Belmont Abbey College (Student Commons building): Sensus Fidelium, run by our friend Steve Cunningham is hosting a viewing of the Hidden Rebellion, a movie about the Vendee martyrs in France in 1793 who rose up to defend the Catholic faith against the French Revolutionary government. This is a Catholic film produced by Catholic filmmaker Daniel Rabourdin who will be present at the premiere to answer questions about the film and about the Vendee rebellion. For local questions contact Steve Cunningham at: steve@sensusfidelium.us  Please see below image for movie details or visit the film website at: https://www.hiddenrebellion.com/

Upcoming Masses:

Solemnity of St. Joseph – Thursday March 19: St. Joseph’s Seminary is sponsoring a Solemn High Latin Mass at 12:00 PM. The Feast of St. Joseph is a 1st class/Solemnity in the Church, and as such Lenten practices are lifted for this day.

Other related news:

Webinar – “What are the traditional Catholic Rules on Dating and Courtship” – Tuesday March 10, 7pm Eastern: Our friends down at UnaVoce Georgia (the Latin Mass group in Georgia) are hosting a webinar conference call with a theologian on the topics of dating and courtship, which is something of interest to many Latin Mass and homeschool families.  To join in on the free conference-call dial: (605) 313-5111 and enter access code of 725-230. You can listen in and ask questions. If you’d like to join in on the conference call by internet:

click here: https://www.freeconferencecall.com/apps  and enter the access code of “unavoce” to join the conference. For more information visit: http://unavoceofga.blogspot.com/2020/02/traditional-catholic-rules-on-dating.html

Carolina Family Coalition kick-off – Thursday March 19, 7pm: Catholic Pro-life leaders in Charlotte are launching a new group to defend the family against the secular culture and promote the traditional teachings on life, family and culture. Please join us for our kick-off event on the Feast of St. Joseph 7pm at the Cathedral’s Family Life Center with food, remarks by clergy and laity, and a silent auction fundraiser. To register or learn more visit: www.cfckickoff.eventbrite.com

Prayers for the repose of Bishop Jugis’ mother: Sadly, Bishop Jugis’ mother, Margaret Jugis passed away last week. As you may recall his father passed away in December. Please pray for the repose of Mrs. Jugis’ soul. To see obituary visit here: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/charlotte-nc/margaret-jugis-9075719

The Church & illness outbreaks: Below are a few links on how the Church responds during a time of widespread illness. You may find the story of St. Charles Borromeo inspiring.

The monks who bought their own Scottish island: On lighter things, the traditional monks, Transalpine Redemptorists, have a nice write up in the BBC today which you will enjoy: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-scotland-north-east-orkney-shetland-51725946

Annual Novena and Lenten update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed Ember Week in Lent!  Today Tuesday March 3rd begins our annual novena to St. Gregory the Great, the patron saint of the CLMC.  The novena consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory.   As we prayed in prior years, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:

  • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
  • Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
  • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte

Would you consider joining us to pray for our spiritual needs? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

Other news:

Juventutem Charlotte event – Glorifying God: Sacred Art and Architecture, tomorrow 7pm at St. Ann: Juventutem Charlotte will be hosting a Sacred Art tour of at St. Ann’s Catholic Church, led by Fr. Reid this Wednesday March 4.  6pm Low Mass followed at 7pm by an exclusive talk and tour of St. Ann parish led by Fr. Reid. The tour will begin at 7pm in the church. This tour will illuminate the important role beauty, art and architecture play in creating sacred spaces of worship. Juventutem is open to young adults age 18-35. To learn more please contact Angela Kessler at: JuventutemCLT@gmail.com or www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

The Passion of Christ & The Latin Mass pamphlets: We apologize we were out of these pamphlets on Sunday, and hope to have some more printed for Sunday.

Lenten Ember days: As noted above, this Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday are the spring Lenten Ember Days where we pray each for holiness in the upcoming season.  Please see the article from the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP) about these important quarterly period of prayer and voluntary penance:

https://fssp.com/lenten-ember-days-this-week/

FSSP Spanish immersion program: Sensus Fidelium interview Fr. Daniel Heenan FSSP, on the FSSP’s Spanish’s Immersion program in Mexico – for priests and seminarians: https://youtu.be/XjmRyRk_7p4

Suggested reading:

Good follow up reads on defending Communion on the tongue during a pandemic:

  • Can a Bishop Require Communion in the Hand to Prevent the Spread of the Coronavirus? (And Would This Apply to the TLM?)

http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/02/can-bishop-require-communion-in-hand-to.html#.XlxPCPR7nwd

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

Annual Novena to St. Gregory March 3 – March 11

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  As custom each March, you are invited to join us in a special Rosary novena to the CLMC’s patron, St. Gregory the Great (feast day is March 12).  He is a wonderful patron to our apostolate as he was a 6th century Benedictine abbot who is most noted for his reform of the Roman Liturgy (i.e. the Latin Mass and the chant, which bears his name).

The novena begins this Tuesday March 3rd and concludes Wednesday March 11 – the vigil of St. Gregory (his feast day is the next day).  Tomorrow, Sunday, we we’ll be passing out St. Gregory holy cards with the novena on our information table at St. Ann while supplies last. If we run out of copies, please print off the attached copy.

The novena consists of praying 1 Rosary daily for 9 days (March 3 – March 11), and at the end of each daily Rosary, offering this attached prayer to St. Gregory.   As we prayed in prior years, we again ask you to also consider including the following intentions:

  • Full sacramental/parish life in the Extraordinary Form for Charlotte (includes daily Masses & confessions, Confirmation, Triduum, Divine office, traditional catechesis, devotions, etc.)
  • Sanctity of our Latin Mass Priests and Bishop Jugis
  • That Our Lord may send more Latin Mass priests and traditional vocations to Charlotte

As Fr. Reid observed in the bulletin a few weeks ago, the Diocese is quite short staffed on priests (especially Latin Mass priests), so your participation is greatly appreciated.

Would you consider joining us to pray for our spiritual needs? Children are especially encouraged to join as the prayers of children are most efficacious to God (Matthew 18:3-4).

St. Gregory the Great, pray for us!

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To download novena click here:

Pray a Rosary each day beginning March 3 and ending March 11 (Feast is March 12) and conclude it with the following prayer:

St. Gregory, you are known for your zeal for the Catholic faith, love of liturgy, and compassion and mercy toward those in need. Please help and guide us so that we may share in these virtues and thereby bring Jesus into the hearts of our families and all we encounter. We especially ask for blessings on our parish family, our priests and our deacons. I also ask that you graciously intercede for me before God so
that I might be granted the special assistance and graces that I seek:

(full sacramental and parochial life in the Extraordinary Form for the Charlotte faithful and that Our
Lord will send more Latin Mass priests to our diocese).

Help me to live as a faithful child of God and to attain the eternal happiness of heaven.


St. Gregory the Great pray for us. Amen.