Whit Embertide update

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Blessed Embertide week! The Ember Days are when the Church traditionally devoted 3 days (Wednesday, Friday & Saturday) each season (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) to prayer and fasting (now optional) to give thanks to God for His creation.

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.  As usual Fisheaters.com has a great summary which you can read here: http://www.fisheaters.com/emberdays.html

We also have two important updates to share so please take time to read.

  1. CANCELED – Feast of Corpus Christi Mass Thursday June 15: Regretfully we (and Fr. Reid) have been unable to find a priest to offer Mass on the traditional date for the Feast of Corpus Christi on Thursday June 15 at St Ann and thus need to cancel the Mass advertised in Sunday’s bulletin. Many of the priests will be away or committed to other engagements that evening. Father Reid asks us for a special prayer this week to pray for more diocesan priests to offer the Latin Mass – hopefully we can host this next year. We do have some good news to share though – see below at the next event.


  1. Feast of the Sacred Heart, Friday June 23 – High Mass at Cathedral of St. Patrick, 7pm: Deo Gratias! We are “extraordinarily” delighted to share with you a special High Mass will be offered at our Cathedral of St. Patrick for the Feast of the Sacred Heart at 7pm on Friday June 23.  Father Matlak will offer High Mass which will feature some beautiful chant and pieces including from Palestrina, Giovanni Croce, and Mass for Four Voices (Giovanni Paolo Cina). This will probably go on your “won’t want to miss” list.


Father Reid’s ordination anniversary

Lastly, yesterday June 5th  was special day for us at St. Ann parish and the Latin Mass Community – it was the 13th anniversary of Fr. Reid’s ordination to the priesthood.  On this his anniversary, please consider offering a Rosary for him, in thanksgiving for his priesthood and to help him continue that journey, which by his willingness to offer the Latin Mass (no easy task) has drawn many of us along for that journey.

To view the ordination article, view the Catholic News & Herald, June 11, 2004: https://issuu.com/catholicnewsherald/docs/cnh_issue_06_11_04

Our own Brian Williams also has a blog post about Fr. Reid and the liturgy: https://liturgyguy.com/2017/06/04/the-latin-mass-has-made-me-a-better-priest/

Ascension week update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We are drawing closer to the end of Our Blessed Lord’s time on earth after His Resurrection and as custom St. Ann will host a glorious Solemn High Mass this Ascension Thursday.  Here are the details including other news to share:

Ascension Thursday Mass at St. Ann – May 25 at 7pm: St. Ann parish will host its annual Orchestral Solemn High Mass with the Carolina Catholic Chorale. The Chorale will feature the music of Mozart’s Piccolomini Mass (K. 258). It’s a beautiful Mass – you won’t want to miss.

Ascension Mass at St. Michael parish, 7pm: St. Michael parish in Gastonia will also feature a Latin Mass at 7pm for Ascension Thursday May 25. This Mass will be a High Mass.

Respect Life Low Mass this Saturday 9am: St. Ann’s will offer a Low Mass for its monthly Respect Life Mass this Saturday May 27th at 9am.  Afterwards attendees are invited to join the Respect Life Committee in praying for an end to abortion at the Hebron Road abortion facility (directions provided after Mass). Since several of the Latin Mass attendees are also active in pro-life work, this is a great opportunity to support for the parish’s pro-life efforts.

Monday 8:30am Low Masses suspended for the summer:  As Fr. noted on Sunday, the 8:30am Monday Low Masses at St. Ann will be temporarily suspended for the summer. Many of the priests that assist Fr. with Latin Masses will be unavailable during the summer but Father hopes Monday Latin Mass will resume in the fall.   All other Latin Masses remain as scheduled. Stay tuned for updates. This might be a good time to pray for vocations for more Latin Mass priests (and for our priests who ensure we consistently have Sunday Latin Masses).

Whitsunday Celebration – Pentecost Sunday June 4, St. Ann parish:  Pentecost Sunday, is traditionally known as Whitsunday (pronounced “White” Sunday) as that Sunday is when the newly converted would enter the church wearing the white robes they received at Easter. To celebrate this great feast, the CLMC will be hosting a White themed celebration after the 12:30pm Mass at St. Ann parish.  Everyone is invited to wear something white, and to consider bringing white colored food and drink.

Rogation Days: Lastly, this week in the traditional calendar are the Rogation Days, which are days set aside each year to beg God’s mercy, and to ask for his blessings/protection particularly surrounding the land and farming. These are slightly different than the Ember Days (coming up next week) and some Latin Mass parishes will offer a special Masses on farms.

The great website Fisheaters.com has a great summary for those who have an interest on the topic of the Church and the land.  It’s our hope to emphasize these days more in the future: http://www.fisheaters.com/customseastertide3.html.  Click here to review a Rogation Mass from the FSSP parish in Omaha, NE:

Ascension Mass at St. Ann

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Just a brief reminder that as reported in the St. Ann bulletin, On Ascension Thursday (May 25th) at 7:00 p.m., there will be a Solemn High “Orchestral”  Latin Mass for Ascension Thursday at St. Ann parish.  Musica sacra: Piccolomini Mass (K. 258) – Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart performed by the Carolina Catholic Chorale.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we approach the 100th anniversary of the first apparition of Our Lady to the children at Fatima (this Saturday May 13), we wanted to share information about Latin Masses, and a few noteworthy Fatima related events.

The 2 Latin Masses for the feast day (Saturday May 13) in Charlotte proper are 8am Low Mass at Holy Trinity Middle School and 10am High Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas (there’s also an 8:15am Low Mass at St. Michael).  Please note, this quick list is not exhaustive as many parishes in our diocese are following Bishop Jugis’ lead in promoting a devotion to this important apparition.

Saturday May 13

  • 7am – Holy Hour of Reparation Ann parish (followed by Novus Ordo Mass at 8am).
  • 8am Low MassHoly Trinity Middle School, Charlotte (3100 Park Road – just up the block from St. Ann). Joseph Matlak, Holy Trinity MS chaplain will offer a Traditional Latin Mass at the middle school chapel at 8am. The chapel is located in the Mercy building, which is the larger building with the cross and emblem on it.  Go in thru the front doors and the chapel will be straight ahead. Park anywhere on the campus.
  • 8:15am Low Mass – St. Michael in Gastonia
  • 10am High Mass – St. Thomas Aquinas parish
  • 10:30am – Fatima Rosary, Cathedral of St. Patrick (followed by Novus Ordo Mass at 11 with His Excellency Bishop Peter Jugis)
  • 7pm – Fatima event, St. Mark parish, Huntersville. Veneration of Our Lady of Fatima Statue at 7pm in parish hall (Plenary Indulgence attached), followed by the showing of Miracle of Our Lady of Fatima movie.
  • 7:30pm – Fatima procession, St. Thomas Aquinas parish, Charlotte

Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us!

First Friday and Saturday update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We pray you are having a blessed Eastertide in this Marian month of May.  We have a few updates to share with you:

St. Mark Latin Mass on Fridays:  After a trial run during Lent, St. Mark parish is now offering a weekly Latin Mass at 12:30pm each Friday.  The next one will be tomorrow May 5th and a great way to make your first Friday devotion.  St. Mark is located at 14740 Stumptown Road, Huntersville.

First Friday Mass at St. Ann: Speaking of First Friday devotions, St. Ann’s as custom, will offer its regular Friday Latin Mass at 7am.

First Saturday- St. Dominic Salvo Latin Mass: St. Ann will offer a special Latin Mass this Saturday May 6th at 12 noon to honor St. Dominic Salvo, the patron saint of altar boys. This is the annual Mass for the St. Ann altar boys and will also suffice for your First Saturday devotions.

Feast of Our Lady of Fatima (Saturday May 13): Many of us Latin Mass devotees also have a devotion to Our Lady of Fatima and thus we share with you two events at St. Ann and St. Thomas parishes.

St. Ann: Saturday May 13 at 7am – the parish will offer a Holy Hour of Reparation (followed by 8am Novus Ordo Mass).

St. Thomas Aquinas: Saturday May 13 at 7:30pm – the parish will host a Fatima procession preceded by a brief talk. They will offer this each 13th day of the month from May – October. You can learn more here: https://www.stacharlotte.com/174

Lastly, we still have blessed St. Peter Martyr palms available (to guard against natural disasters) if you would like a packet. Please drop by the Latin Mass table on Sunday at St. Ann.

Update for Late April and Early May

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Greetings to you all and may the joy of the risen Christ bring peace to your homes throughout Paschaltide.  For those of you who missed seeing Father Timothy Reid interviewed on the EWTN show, The Journey Home, the show was recorded and uploaded on YouTube:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=owI8xENPIYE.

There are several noteworthy updates for the coming weeks:

  1. Wednesday Latin Mass Cancelled for Tomorrow (St. Ann):  Notice that there will be no Latin Mass at St. Ann tomorrow due to Ordinary Form Confirmation Mass that will be held later that evening.
  1. Notable events for this coming Sunday, April 30th (St. Ann):

– First Communion Reception:  In honor of the First Communicants who will have received First Holy Communion, there will be a cake and coffee reception in the courtyard after Mass.

– Blessed Palms for the Feast of St. Peter Martyr:  April 29th is the Feast of St. Peter Martyr (or St. Peter of Verona), a 13th century Dominican Friar.  In the Extraordinary Form, there is an ancient custom to honor St. Peter by having palm leaves blessed in his honor. Tradition holds that when these blessed palm leaves are made into crosses and buried in the four corners of one’s property, they are to guard against natural disasters.  Fr. Reid has generously agreed to bless St. Peter palms for our Community and we will be handing out these “blessed palm kits” on Sunday May 1st before and after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann’s. Please stop by the Latin Mass table to pick them up while quantities last.  For more information on St. Peter of Verona: http://opcentral.org/blog/saint-peter-of-verona/

– Latin Mass Young Adult Group:  The Latin Mass Young Adult Group will meet after the 12:30pm Latin Mass at St. Ann’s and enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant.  Those in their 20s/30s (married or single) are welcome to attend (note: you don’t have to attend the Latin Mass to be welcome). For more info please contact us.

  1. May 6th First Saturday Mass Cancelled (St. Thomas Aquinas):  Please note that there will be no First Saturday Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas on May 6th as they will instead have Ordinary Form First Communions that day.
  1. May 13th Missa Cantata for Our Lady of Fatima (St. Thomas Aquinas):  On May 13th St. Thomas Aquinas will offer a special Missa Cantata at 10:00am for the 100th Anniversary of Apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima.

Holy Week update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  As we have previously announced, the Diocese of Charlotte is offering a full Traditional Latin Triduum this year for the first time in the history of the Diocese.  While officially this is being offered by St. Ann’s Catholic Church, the liturgies will be held in the Chapel of Charlotte Catholic High School (CCHS) located at: 7702 Pineville-Matthews Road.

We know there are other Mass options to choose from, but please do all that you can (within prudence) to attend these liturgies.  Attendance really does matter at the Latin Mass.  Unlike the Novus Ordo, the growth of the Latin Mass will continue only with strong attendance.  The chapel will hold about 330 people and those who come will be able the see an newly transformed sanctuary which includes a new communion rail.

Attached here is an updated list of times for both the Triduum at CCHS and Easter Sunday Mass at St. Ann:






12:45 P.M. – 2 P.M.: CONFESSIONS.




N.B.: Upon arrival gather outside of the chapel for the Rite of Blessing of the New Fire and Pascal Candle.  



We have received some great questions for which I will try my best at answering:

Q1. What is a Triduum?  A:  The word Triduum is Latin for, “the three” in reference to the three liturgical celebrations of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday.  These three days are the final three days of Holy Week and Passiontide.  Liturgically these are the days of deepest morning of the year, when the Church follows our Lord from the Upper Room of His Last Supper; to His Crucifixion on Calvary; to His Holy Sepulcher, meditating on His sacred passion and death.  The Triduum is really one continuous liturgy that culminates with the Solemn Mass of the Vigil of Easter on Saturday night.  As you may have noticed, throughout Passiontide, the Gloria has been omitted, the bells have been silenced, and the statues and crosses have been veiled as a symbol of our morning.  All of this sorrow comes to an end when on the Easter Vigil, the priest intones the Gloria followed by a flurry of bells and polyphony symbolizing the rolling back of the stone to reveal the empty tomb of the risen Christ. 


Q2. Should we bring our children?  A: Parents are free to use their judgement based on age and development level of each child.  That said, these liturgies are so rich in terms of catechism and theology.  If you think your children are up for a challenge, I encourage you to bring them.  For parents of smaller babies, there will be a side narthex area with access to bathrooms that will be available as a “cry room”.  History has proven that there is no better way to catechize children in the Catholic Faith that to expose them to Traditional Latin Mass.


Q3. What will the weather be for the liturgical events held outdoors?  A: On Holy Saturday, the liturgy begins outside, and continues for about 30 minutes until we process in.  The current weather forecast is about 70 degrees with clear skies.  It looks like it will be great weather.


Q4. Will there be collections?  A: Yes.  On Good Friday, as usual in every parish around the world, there will be the annual collection for the Holy Land.  There will also be collections at the Easter Vigil (Holy Saturday) and again on Easter Sunday.  For those registered at St. Ann’s, in addition to the Holy Land envelope, you should also have envelopes for: 

  1. Easter Offering, 
  2. Seminary Offering, 
  3. Easter Flowers, 
  4. The standard weekly Sunday offering.  

N.B. Make all checks out as normal to St. Ann Catholic Church.

Q5. Where can we park?  A: There are a few parking spots near the chapel in the back.  Once those fill up, there is a large parking garage next to the football field.  See the below map.

Q6. Will there be a reception?  A: There will be a light reception after both the Easter Vigil Mass and the Easter Sunday Mass.  We will be serving Coffee and Hot Cocoa and some festive Easter treats after both Masses.

Q7.  Does attending the Easter Vigil satisfy ones’ obligation to attend Mass on Sunday?  Yes… technically either the Easter Vigil Mass or the Easter Sunday Mass satisfy our obligation to attend Mass… however, the traditional custom was to attend both.  The two Masses are distinct liturgies that  build upon one another.  If you only go to one … you will be missing out.

We hope to see you all there.  Please let me know if you have any more questions.