Traditional Mens Day of Recollection – February 22nd

SAVE THE DATE – Traditional Mens Day of Recollection in Raleigh – February 22nd: For the men, please mark your calendars for Saturday February 22nd  for a special traditional day of recollection for men at St. Joseph parish in Raleigh (2.5 hours north of Charlotte).

 

February 22, 2020 (Feast of the Chair of St. Peter)

9:00 AM Recollection for Men (sons can also attend if Fathers think they will benefit from it)

10:00 AM Confession

11:00 AM – High Mass

Refreshments afterwards

Celebrant: Canon Matthew Talarico, Provincial Superior of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest (ICKSP)

Assisted by Canon Matthew Weaver, Bursar of the ICKSP

Location:

St. Joseph Catholic Church

2817 Poole Road Raleigh, NC

Christmas continues: Feast of the Holy Family this Sunday

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are now into the 2nd part of the Christmas season: Epiphanytide. This important season begins on Epiphany and normally lasts until February 2nd, the Feast of the Purification (Candlemas). This season commemorates the Epiphany, Baptism, and first miracle (Cana) of Our Blessed Lord. You can learn more here: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany1.html

If you are sad that Christmas was discarded by the secular society on December 26, don’t be – Christmas continues at Traditional Latin Mass for a few more weeks – so please join us on Sunday Latin Mass (St. Ann parish -12:30pm) as Christmas continues!

Feast of the Holy Family – Sunday January 12: This Sunday is the Feast of the Holy Family in the traditional calendar and is normally celebrated the Sunday after Epiphany. It’s also a wonderful way to honor the father of the Holy Family, St. Joseph, in the year of St. Joseph. This will be the first St. joseph feast day to celebrate in the Year of St. Joseph. Mass will be at the normal time of Sunday 12:30pm at St. Ann parish. You can learn more about the devotion to the Holy Family here: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterepiphany1a.html

Sunday, 12:30pm Latin Mass (High Mass with Gregorian Chant)

St. Ann Catholic Church

3635 Park Road, Charlotte

 

St. John the Baptist in Tryon, NC – Feast of the Holy Family Masses: In addition to St. Ann’s regular 12:30pm Latin Mass this Sunday, we would be remiss if we did not mention that St. John the Baptist in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will also be celebrating the Feast of the Holy Family Sunday January 12 – in a very special way, with two back-to-back Solemn High Orchestral Latin Masses at 11:00 AM and 12:30 PM. For more information please see their bulletin:

http://www.stjohntryon.com/images/Jan_5-11.pdf

Also note – St. John the Baptist’s regular 8:30 AM Sunday Latin Mass will be a Novus Ordo Mass on January 12 due to the schedule change above.

Lastly, here is the other Latin Mass news/events news mentioned from earlier this week:

https://charlottelatinmass.org/2020/01/09/epiphany-recap/

Epiphany Recap

Thanks to everyone for attending our Epiphany related events over the past two days, and especially want to thank Fr. Reid for making the extra time for these important celebrations.  If you haven’t done so already, please offer a few Hail Mary’s for Father in thanksgiving.  Speaking of Epiphany Holy Water, Sensus Fidelium has provided a recap of Epiphany Holy Water blessings including blessings from other parishes in the U.S.: https://sensusfidelium.us/blessing-of-epiphany-water/

Below are events this week:

 

Friday January 10, 10pm Eastern – Confraternity of St. Peter online talk & meditation: As mentioned last week, Fr. Kenneth Fryar FSSP, chaplain of the Confraternity of St. Peter continues his monthly meditation series on the Holy Mass online starting Friday evening at 10pm Eastern. It will begin with Latin Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Rosary, and a Meditation on the Holy Mass. The Confraternity is the lay apostolate of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a society of Latin Mass priests (learn more: https://www.fssp.org/en/help-us/confraternity-of-saint-peter/). The meditation series is also open to Non-Confraternity members. To watch the event (from Los Angeles), please visit the FSSP’s LiveMass webpage: http://www.livemass.net/

To see Part I of the meditation from last week visit: https://vimeo.com/383432605

Saturday January 11 –Juventutem Rosary vigil: Juventutem, the new young adults group centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will commemorate the tragic Roe vs. Wade abortion anniversary with a Rosary Vigil from 9-10am on Saturday January 11 at the Planned Parenthood (700 S. Torrence, Charlotte). Afterwards they will grab coffee and donuts nearby. Young adults 18-35 are welcome to attend (newcomers welcome).  To join or to learn more info visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT or contact Angela Kessler at JuventutemCLT(at)gmail.com

Sign up to receive The Liturgical Year excerpts daily: Lastly, a reader shared with us that the FSSP Latin Mass parish in Atlanta has started a wonderful service where it e-mails out excerpts from Dom Prosper Gueranger’s masterpiece, The Liturgical Year. If you’re unfamiliar, this 15 volume set was written by the great French Benedictine liturgist in the 1800s and has a beautiful reflection for each feast day in the Traditional Latin Mass calendar including history, customs, as well as hymns and prayers.  It’s a great way to learn about the traditions and history of our faith and the Latin Mass. To sign up visit this website and select The Liturgical Year: https://fsspatl.com/email-subscription

 

On  a related note, Sensus Fidelium has the Liturgical Year transcribed and viewable by month/day: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/

Epiphany Latin Mass tonight at 6pm

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Happy Feast of the Epiphany – a feast so special it’s one of the feast that has its own liturgical season, like Christmas, Easter, and Pentecost. To learn more please read about it by reading The Liturgical Year, by Dom Prosper Gueranger, courtesy of Sensus Fidelium:

https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/january/january-6-the-epiphany-of-our-lord/

Epiphany Latin Mass tonight Monday January 6: Just a reminder tonight at 6pm St. Ann parish (3635 Park Road, Charlotte) will offer a special High Mass for this great feast day.  You will also be able to pick up Epiphany Home blessing kits (chalk, salt).  There is Epiphany Holy Water now available if you want to bring an empty bottle (while quantities last).

After Mass we will celebrate with some Rosca de Reyes, a kings cake, a widely popular Epiphany custom in Hispanic countries.

Kings Feast – from the Liturgical Year (see link above):

There was another custom, which originated in the Ages of Faith, and which is still observed in many countries. In honour of the Three Kings, who came from the East to adore the Babe of Bethlehem, each family chose one of its members to be King. The choice was thus made. The family kept a feast, which was an allusion to the third of the Epiphany-Mysteries – the Feast of Cana in Galilee – a Cake was served up, and he who took the piece which had a certain secret mark, was proclaimed the King of the day. Two portions of the cake were reserved for the poor, in whom honour was thus paid to the Infant Jesus and his Blessed Mother; for, on this Day of the triumph of Him, who, though King, was humble and poor, it was fitting that the poor should have a share in the general joy. The happiness of home was here, as in so many other instances, blended with the sacredness of Religion. This custom of King’s Feast brought relations and friends together, and encouraged feelings of kindness and charity. Human weakness would sometimes, perhaps, show itself during these hours of holiday-making; but the idea and sentiment and spirit of the whole feast was profoundly Catholic, and that was sufficient guarantee to innocence.

King’s Feast is still a Christmas joy in thousands of families; and happy those where it is kept in the Christian spirit which first originated it!

Epiphany Blessing and Celebrations

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  This Sunday and Monday will feature some important blessings and celebrations surrounding the great feast of Epiphany. As custom, Fisheaters.com has some great background, and traditions on Epiphany: https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas8.html  and https://www.fisheaters.com/customschristmas9.html

 

Epiphany Blessings & Celebrations: We will be having a double-header of celebrations for Sunday & Monday.  Please read below:

Sunday January 5 – Holy Name of Jesus (Vigil of Epiphany): This Sunday we will celebrate the Holy Name of Jesus. It also is the Vigil of Epiphany, and as custom on this day, there will be a special blessing of Epiphany Holy Water, salt, and chalk after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann parish (see note below about Epiphany kits).

Of particularly note is the Epiphany Holy Water blessing – if you haven’t seen this before, it will be something to watch as it includes exorcism prayers and the Litany of the Saints which can take up to 45 minutes to complete.  Because of this, Epiphany Holy Water is more spiritually efficacious (powerful) than ordinary Holy Water. We encourage you to bring your filled bottles of water, and salt containers to be blessed – if you would like to take some home. The Holy Water font at St. Ann will also be filled with this Holy Water while quantities last.

Monday January 6 – Feast of the Epiphany: St. Ann will offer a special 6pm High Mass for Epiphany. After Epiphany Mass, the CLMC will continue its annual tradition to pass out Epiphany Home Blessing kits featuring Holy Salt, Holy Chalk, along with some instructions. They will be available in the St. Ann narthex while supplies last. Please offer a few Hail Marys for Fr. Reid for taking the time for these important devotions.

Celebrations: After Sunday & Monday Latin Masses, the CLMC is organizing a celebration for Epiphany. We hope to feature some Rosca de Reyes cake, a traditional Hispanic pastry for Epiphany. Please consider bringing your own pastries or snacks to share – especially on Monday. We hope to have tables set up prior to Mass for this.

Speaking of Epiphany, the Catholic News Herald just published a Spanish article on Epiphany celebrations and featured photos from the CLMC’s prior Epiphany celebrations which highlighted this great Hispanic Epiphany tradition: http://catholicnewsherald.com/176-news/espanol-header/5286-la-rosca-de-reyes

 

Other Latin Mass news:

Tonight Friday January 3, 10pm Eastern – Confraternity of St. Peter online talk & meditation: Many of you may be familiar with the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), a Latin Mass order of priests that operate Latin Mass parishes world-wide. The FSSP also has a lay apostolate called the Confraternity of St. Peter (anyone is welcome to join), which several of our readers have joined.

The Confraternity chaplain, Fr. Kenneth Fryar FSSP will be offering a new monthly meditation series on the Holy Mass online starting tonight at 10pm Eastern. It will begin with Latin Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, a Rosary, and a Meditation on the Holy Mass. It’s also open to Non-Confraternity members. To watch the event (from Los Angeles), please visit the FSSP’s LiveMass webpage: http://www.livemass.net/

Sunday January 5th – 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish: Just a reminder the monthly 1st Sunday Latin Mass (Low) at Sacred Heart will be offered at 4pm (Celebrant: Fr. Robert Ferguson FSSP). There will also be a reception in Bricefield Hall afterwards – please bring snacks and  hors d’oeuvres to share. For more info contact Mark Hartley at info@salisburylmc.org

Saturday January 11 – next Juventutem event: Juventutem, the new young adults group centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will commemorate the tragic Roe vs. Wade abortion anniversary with a Rosary Vigil from 9-10am on Saturday January 11 at the Planned Parenthood (700 S. Torrence, Charlotte). Afterwards they will grab coffee and donuts nearby. Young adults 18-35 are welcome to attend. For more info visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Year of St. Joseph: As Fr. Reid noted in Wednesday’s homily, Bishop Jugis has declared 2020 to be the year of St. Joseph, which is the 150th anniversary of Pope Pius IX’s 1870 encyclical on St. Joseph, entitled Quemadmodum Deus. You can learn more at their website: http://yearofstjoseph.org/   We also wanted to share Sensus Fidelium’s special St. Joseph webpage which lists some great traditional resources, talks, devotions on St. Joseph: https://sensusfidelium.us/charlotte-diocese-proclaims-year-of-st-joseph-for-2020/

Feast of the Circumcision tomorrow

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Feast of St. Sylvester, which is celebrated on the 7th Day within the Octave of Christmas. Just a reminder tomorrow is the Feast of the Circumcision and a Holy Day of Obligation.

Feast of the Circumcision Latin Masses in Charlotte (Wednesday January 1):

9:00 AM – St. Ann parish

7:00 PM – St. Thomas Aquinas parish

Non-Charlotte Latin Mass times for tonight: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Plenary Indulgence for December 31 & January 1:

There is a plenary indulgence under the usual conditions offered on the last day and first day of the year when one takes part in the recitation of the Te Deum hymn (December 31) and the Veni Creator (January 1) in a church or oratory. The former is recited in thanksgiving for the blessings the past year, and the latter is to ask for divine assistance for the coming new year. Learn more here: https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2012/12/plenary-indulgence-reminders-te-deum-on.html (prayers here)

Sunday & Monday Masses: Vigil of Epiphany and Feast of the Epiphany

Sunday January 5 12:30pm – High Mass, St. Ann parish, followed blessing by Fr. Reid of Epiphany holy water, chalk, and salt (you are welcome to bring any filled containers of water or salt you would like to have blessed. We hope to provide the chalk and Epiphany blessing kits). This blessing is only available in the Traditional Rite (Extraordinary Form).

Sunday January 5, 4pm – Low Mass, Sacred Heart parish (offered by Fr. Ferguson FSSP)

Monday, January 6, 6pm –High Mass, St. Ann parish (offered by Fr. Reid)

Good reading for the Octave of Christmas: Since tomorrow is the Octave (8th Day) of Christmas, we wanted to share with you two excellent articles about Christmas in the Traditional Latin Mass.

Don’t Stop celebrating: After Christmas Day, Christmas continues by Dr. Peter Kwasniewski: https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/dont-stop-celebrating-after-christmas-day-christmas-continues-2

Just How Different are the Old and New Liturgical Calendars at Christmas and New Years? by CLMC’s own Brian Williams and Dr. Peter Kwasniewski:  https://liturgyguy.com/2019/12/30/just-how-different-are-the-old-and-new-liturgical-calendars-at-christmas-and-new-years/

The first article examines how the Traditional Latin Mass calendar keeps the celebration of Christmas going all the way to February 2nd. Sadly, many of these Christmas celebrations were made optional, suppressed, or de-emphasized after Vatican II. The 2nd article provides a comparison of the two calendars to give you a better idea of the changes and how the Traditional Latin Mass maintains these beautiful traditions.

If you’re saddened about how the secular world has taken over Christmas, and want to see this beautiful season restored, you can do no better than to attend the Traditional Latin Mass regularly (especially on Sundays) and keep these beautiful feasts and traditions alive. If you’re not attending the Latin Mass regularly, why not make it your New Year’s resolution? The above schedule gives you many opportunities to do so!

Christmas Mass schedule

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Below is the final Christmastide schedule as its been announced at the various parishes. Of particular note is the Midnight Mass at St. Ann, and the Christmas Day Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury. Any updates will be posted at https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

After St. Ann Midnight Mass we will have cookies & coffee to celebrate the nativity. The Christmas Day Mass at Sacred Heart parish will feature a schola comprised of seminarians from St. Joseph College Seminary (Mass offered by Fr. Robert Ferguson FSSP).

Dec. 23/24 – Fasting and abstinence note: Traditionally, Christmas Eve was a day of fasting and abstinence, however that has been eliminated by the current code of canon law. However, for those who want to maintain this practice as a pious devotion, we share that in 1959, St. John XXIII allowed the Christmas Eve fast/abstinence to be transferred to December 23. Hence if you’d like to follow this old practice, you are welcome to practice it on December 23 instead of the 24th. To learn more visit:

https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2011/12/anticipation-of-christmas-fast-to.html

Christmastide Schedule

All other normal Latin Masses not mentioned below are presumed to be scheduled. Please check bulletins to confirm.

Feast of the Nativity December 25:

  • St. Ann parish, Midnight (Solemn High Mass) (Music begins at 11:30pm December 24) **AFTER MASS WE WILL HAVE COOKIES & COFFEE**
  • St. John the Baptist parish, Tryon, NC Midnight, (High) (Tryon is 2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC, Midnight (Solemn High) (Boone is 2 hours north west of Charlotte)
  • Our Lady of Grace parish, Greensboro, NC 11:00 AM (High) (Greensboro is 1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • Sacred Heart parish, Salisbury, 12:30pm (High Mass with Chant provided by St. Joseph Seminarians)
  • Note: The normal evening Wednesday Latin Masses in Charlotte are canceled for December 25.

Feast of St. Stephen Thursday December 26 (2nd day within the Octave of Christmas):

  • CANCELLED: St. Michael parish, Gastonia, 8:15am Mass (no 8:15am Latin Mass due to Father being away)
  • St. John the Baptist parish, Tryon, 11:00am Latin Mass (not sure if High or Low), Tyron is 2 hours west of Charlotte

Feast of St. John the Evangelist Friday December 27 (3rd day within the Octave of Christmas):

  • CANCELLED: St. Ann 7am Mass (no 7am Latin Mass due to Father being away)
  • St. Mark parish, Huntersville, 12:30pm Latin Mass (Low), after Mass there will be a traditional blessing of wine/alcohol to celebrate the patron of wine (bring your unopened bottles to be blessed!)

Feast of St. Sylvester Tuesday December 31 (7th day in the Octave of Christmas):

  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, 11:30 PM – ending after Midnight (Low?), Tryon is 2 hours west of Charlotte

Feast of the Circumcision (Octave of the Nativity) Wednesday January 1:

  • Our Lady of Grace parish, Greensboro, NC 12 midnight (Low), Greensboro is 1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann parish, 9am (Low Mass) (no 6pm Latin Mass)
  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish, 7pm (High Mass)

Holy Name of Jesus (Vigil of Epiphany), Sunday January 5:

  • Normal Sunday schedule for all parishes (see below). However, St. Ann will host a blessing of Epiphany Water, chalk and salt after the 12:30pm Latin Mass.

Feast of the Epiphany Monday January 6:

  • St. Ann parish, 6pm (High Mass)