Tomorrow 6pm (Wednesday): Blessed Karl Mass & talk by Father Matlak

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday October 21 is the feast of Blessed Karl of Austria, the last Holy Roman emperor of Austria-Hungry who died less than 100 years ago, and has a large following among Latin Mass faithful.  You may recall we invited Bishop Athanasius Schneider to provide a talk on this soon to be saint back in 2017.

Tomorrow evening Wednesday October 21, we are pleased to announce that Fr. Joseph Matlak (whose mother hails from the island of Madeira where Bl. Karl is buried) will offer the 6pm Low Mass at St. Ann in commemoration of Blessed Karl, and at 7pm provide a brief talk on him in the St. Ann Center. Please join us. Here are the details:

Wednesday October 21 – Blessed Karl of Austria

  • 6:00 PM – Low Mass* by Fr. Matlak at St. Ann Catholic Church
  • 7:00 PM – Talk by Fr. Matlak in Cafeteria followed by Q&A
  • Individualized snacks and refreshments served (prepackaged)
  • There will be plenty of space/room in the cafeteria

Who is Blessed Karl of Austria? Blessed Karl von Habsburg was the last Holy Roman Emperor who reigned just 2 short years from 1916 – 1918. He inherited World War I from his predecessor, tried tireless to end the war through an authentic peace, and was a devout ruler who had a devotion to the Blessed Sacrament. He was married to Servant of God Princess Zita of the House of Bourbon (who died in 1989) and was the father of 8 children. After being deposed from power by the globalist revolutionaries (who hated all things Catholic), he died in exile on the Portuguese island of Madeira in 1922. He was beatified by St. John Paul II in 2004 (whose was named Karol in honor of Bl. Karl) and his feast day is October 21 – the date of his wedding to Zita. It is likely that when Servant of God Zita is beatified (and hopefully canonized) they will be honored with a husband-wife feast day.  When Blessed Karl’s tomb was opened, his body was discovered to be incorrupt.

In a time when we are needing holy and pious leaders in government and in marriage, the Church gives us Blessed Karl, and hopefully soon his wife, Zita.

*Although not technically on the EF calendar yet, since it’s a feria day (non-feast day), a Mass of the Confessor can be offered with his commemoration. Please join us.

Lastly, we have some updates to share for Sunday’s Christ the King Procession – we hope to share them Thursday or Friday.

20th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday October 18th is the 20th Sunday after Pentecost, and as custom we include a reflection of the Sunday propers by Dr. Mike Foley: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/a-worthy-location-postcommunion-prayer.html

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am (High Mass)
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm (High Mass) – 250 person seating capacity which means (for now) most people will be able to find seating. There will be outside seating.

SAVE THE DATE: Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 25, 12:30pm (St. Ann parish)

Next Sunday October 25th is the Feast of Christ the King and once again St. Ann will be offering a Eucharistic Procession after the 12:30pm Mass outside the parish. This is a major feast day for the CLMC as promotes the Social Kingship of Christ, His Church, and His rights in society and government.  We will share more details this coming week but there are plans to make this year an even greater procession than in years past (Pray for fair weather!). St. Thomas Aquinas will also offer a Eucharistic Procession after their 11:30am Sunday Mass.

Next Respect Life Latin Mass Saturday October 24

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am on October 24 (Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel). Details are still being worked out as to whether there will be a vigil at Planned Parenthood or Holy Hour. Stay tuned.

Public Outdoor Rosary in Latin – Saturday October 31, 9am (St. Ann)

St. Ann will offer a public Rosary in Latin at 9am on Saturday October 31 on the front lawn of the parish to conclude the month of Our Lady and the Rosary.  Please join (translation pamphlets will be provided).

Next Juventutem event – Saturday November 7

Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt(at)gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • LIVING THE AMERICAN NIGHTMARE: Go Trump or Go Lockdown: Michael Matt, editor of the Catholic newspaper The Remnant, has put out an excellent video on the stakes of this election – especially for the Church. As we noted in our Early Voting e-mail on Thursday, the revolutionaries in public office have already taken a swipe at the Church, and by extension the Traditional Latin Mass (while allowing abortion facilities to operate freely). Having seen how effeminate and naturalistic the Church acted during COVID, these authorities may likely do so again unless they are stopped at the polls – including in North Carolina.
  • Early Vote: Just a reminder to early vote to help support Pro-Life candidates! Please visit vote-catholic.com to download a Pro-Life voter guide.
  • St. Margaret Mary Alacoque and the Consecration of France to the Sacred Heart: Yesterday, Saturday October 17 was the feast day of St. Margaret Mary Alacoque – the mystic saint who received private revelations from Our Blessed Lord about the importance of the devotion to His Sacred Heart and His request that the King of France consecrate his country to the Sacred Heart. Sadly, King Louis XIV ignored that request, as did his successors, and 100 years later, the French monarchy ended in a bloody revolution which has inspired countless other revolutions since that time – including one attempting to unfold in our country today. Our Lady of Fatima also lamented King Louis XIV refusal when in 1931 she appeared to Sr. Lucia and again asked for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart (which has still not been done according to Our Lady’s Request). This article has a brief summary and ties it into our age with the message of Fatima: http://www.traditionalcatholicpriest.com/2014/06/28/most-sacred-heart-of-jesus-pierced-broken-for-love-of-man/

Early Voting begins today – Pro-Life message

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Blessed feast of St. Teresa of Avila, the great Carmelite mystic. At the bottom of this e-mail, please find additional information on this important Carmelite saint.

Fr. Reid’s Pro-Life message as Early Voting Begins Today (October 15)

With Fr. Jones preaching at last Sunday’s Latin Mass, we missed an equally important homily Father Reid gave at the other St. Ann Masses on Sunday. As you will see it contains an important Pro-Life message for us Catholic voters.  Please read Father’s homily in its entirety (link to PDF below) but we also wanted to highlight a few excerpts from Father’s homily:

  • There is no greater evil in our society today than the willful killing of the unborn, who are the most innocent and vulnerable members of our society.
  • But as this is also an election year, we must vote for Pro-Life candidates.
  • There are Catholics who think there are other issues just as important as abortion when it comes to voting, yet it’s hard to think of abortion as just one issue among many when considering its consequences. What other issue results in the death of well over 800,000 innocent American children each year? Not immigration, not health care, not the death penalty.
  • I bring this up not to tell you who to vote for, but because it’s my sacred duty to help you form your conscience. So you must understand that voting for a pro-abortion candidate, when there is a pro-life candidate on the same ballot, makes you an accomplice in the moral evil of abortion.
  • Lastly, and most importantly, to battle the evil of abortion we must pray. I especially encourage you to pray the Rosary to end abortion. There is nothing more effective than prayer, and more than ever we need to pray for life, for our country, and for an end to all the evils we’ve embraced as a nation.

The fully homily is attached as a PDF, or at this link: https://www.stanncharlotte.org/october-11th-2020/

NC Pro-Life Voter Guides for Catholics 

With early voting starting, lay Catholics & North Carolina Right to Life have published non-partisan candidate comparison guides which focus on the abortion stances of the candidates. There are localized guides for various areas in Charlotte (and a few outside). There are guides for various neighborhoods and regions in our area at this website: http://vote-catholic.com/ 

CLMC Reminder: During COVID, North Carolina said abortion facilities were essential, but Catholic Churches and Latin Masses “non-essential”

As we head to the polls, let us inform our consciences that during COVID, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper and the party he leads, declared that abortion facilities were an essential service while “religious gatherings” – including the Traditional Latin Mass – were not. While we Catholics were forced to stay home, be deprived of the Traditional Mass and see God denied the glory He is due, the abortion facilities in our state were busy committing unspeakable horrors on the unborn and mothers – thanks to wisdom of our “public servants”.

We’ve covered the Church’s liberty many times in prior weeks, but it’s also time act on these traditional Church teachings – including the Social Kingship of Christ – at the voting booth as well. Let us restore the rights of Our Savior Jesus Christ to the public square and to our state government. Blessed Karl of Austria, pray for us!

Carmelite Feast Day: Today is also the Feast of St. Teresa of Avila, which is one of the statues in St. Ann parish. Incidentally, there is a 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas tonight for her feast day. As custom, we include Dom Prosper Gueranger’s meditation on this great saint here: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/october/october-15-st-teresa-of-avila-virgin/

Support the Carmelite Hermits in Pennsylvania:

Lastly, since today is a Carmelite feast day, we wanted to share an opportunity to support our friends, the Hermits of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, a traditional Carmelite community.  Some of you may recall meeting the Hermits when they visited in 2017.  They are a group of traditional Carmelite hermits based in Fairfield, PA who offer the Traditional Carmelite (Latin) Mass exclusively.  Please offer a prayer for the Hermits on their feast day. Additionally, they subsist solely on donations and are always grateful for any financial support: https://www.eremitaednmc.org/

St. Teresa of Avila, pray for us!

For Columbus is ours – October 12, 1492

Laudetur Iesus Christus and Happy Columbus Day! Today, Monday October 12 is the 528th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ discovery of the New World.

Over 125 years ago, Pope Leo XIII decreed that a votive Mass of the Holy Trinity be offered today in thanksgiving for Columbus’ discovery and bringing the Catholic faith to this hemisphere.  Commending Columbus, Pope Leo XIII wrote in his 1892 encyclical:

For Columbus is ours; since if a little consideration be given to the particular reason of his design in exploring the mare tenebrosum, and also the manner in which he endeavoured to execute the design, it is indubitable that the Catholic faith was the strongest motive for the inception and prosecution of the design; so that for this reason also the whole human race owes not a little to the Church.  – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

We decree, therefore, that on October 12, or on the following Sunday, if the Ordinary should prefer it, in all the Cathedral churches and convent chapels throughout Spain, Italy, and the two Americas, after the office of the day there shall be celebrated a Solemn Mass of the Most Holy Trinity…  Quarto Abeunte Saeculo, 1892

http://w2.vatican.va/content/leo-xiii/en/encyclicals/documents/hf_l-xiii_enc_16071892_quarto-abeunte-saeculo.html

In recent times, Columbus and his legacy has been unnecessarily criticized through lies and falsehoods.  But as Servant of God, Fr. John Hardon, SJ observed in his book “Christopher Columbus: The Catholic Discovery of America”, Columbus had a deep faith for Christ and expressed it in many of his writings. Fr. Hardon provides several examples from Columbus’ log:

As is our custom, Vespers were said in the late afternoon, and a special thanksgiving was offered to God for giving us renewed hope through the many signs of land He has provided.  I now believe that the light I saw earlier was a sign from God and that it was truly the first positive indication of land.  – October 11, 1492.

I want the natives to develop a friendly attitude towards us because I know they are a people who can be made free and converted to our Holy Catholic Faith, more by love than by force. – October 12, 1492.

For Fr. Hardon, it was clear that the zealous missionary faith of both Columbus (a Third Order Franciscan) and Servant of God Queen Isabella the Catholic (declared in 1974), led them to pursue this mission.  This hunger for souls for Christ may have also been one of the reasons, another Servant of God, Fr. Michael J. McGivney, choose the name Columbus for his new fraternal order, the Knights of Columbus.

For us in Charlotte, we should be thankful for Columbus because less than 50 years after his discovery, a subsequent Spanish expedition led by Hernando De Soto introduced the Catholic faith to the Carolinas in 1540 as he passed near Charlotte with his priests.  As such, we close with Pope Leo XIII:

And, above all, it is fitting that we should confess and celebrate in an especial manner the will and designs of the Eternal Wisdom, under whose guidance the discoverer of the New World placed himself with a devotion so touching. – Quarto Abeunte Saeculo

As some in the Church today struggle with how to minister to indigenous peoples of today, let the story of Columbus, the Franciscans who followed him, and the North American Jesuit martyrs serve as an example to us all on how to reclaim the Holy Faith that was introduced to these lands five centuries ago and with zeal share it with those who are separated from it or who lack it entirely.

(FYI – this is adaptation of a post written a few years ago: https://liturgyguy.com/2018/10/12/the-missionary-zeal-of-christopher-columbus/)

19th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 19th Sunday after Pentecost and also the ancient feast of the Maternity of Mary, Mother of God (Mater Dei). As custom, here is Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on Sunday Collect prayer: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/10/the-liberating-collect-for-nineteenth.html 

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am (High Mass) no major restrictions or signups
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm (High Mass) – 250 person seating capacity which means (for now) most people will be able to find seating. There will be outside seating available.

Next Respect Life Latin Mass Saturday October 24

St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass at 8am on October 24 (Feast of St. Raphael the Archangel). Details are still being worked out as to whether there will be a vigil at Planned Parenthood or Holy Hour. Stay tuned.

SAVE THE DATE – Feast of Christ the King – Sunday October 25

The feast of Christ the King is an important feast day especially how it relates to Christ, His Church, and His rights in society and government. It’s traditionally custom to have a Eucharistic Procession after Mass. Here are the two Masses scheduled in Charlotte:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas parish: 11:30am High Mass, with Eucharistic Procession
  • St. Ann parish: 12:30pm High Mass, with Eucharistic Procession

We’ll update you on any additional Masses and commemorations we hear about.

Next Juventutem event – Saturday November 7

Juventutem, the young adults group (18-35) centered around the Traditional Latin Mass will be hosting a special Mass & event beginning with 10:30am Low Mass on Saturday November 7 (1st Saturday) at St. Mark parish. Afterwards, Fr. John Putnam, pastor of St. Mark will offer a talk on Canon Law and Marriage Validity. For more information please contact Angela Kessler at juventutemclt@gmail.com or visit: www.facebook.com/JuventutemCLT

NC Pro-Life Voter Guides

With early voting starting, lay Catholics & North Carolina Right to Life have published non-partisan candidate comparison guides which focus on the abortion stances of the candidates. There are localized guides for various areas in Charlotte (and a few outside). To download the guides visit: http://vote-catholic.com/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Catholics Voting for Barabbas: An excellent election-season sermon by a Traditional Latin Mass priest in another diocese:
  • The French Revolution & The American Catholic Today: Fr. David Nix, a traditional priest/hermit in the Denver Archdiocese compares the beginnings of the bloody, anti-Catholic French Revolution with the current unrest we are seeing in our country today: https://padreperegrino.org/2020/09/revo1/
  • Digital Holy Communion: Fr Armand de Malleray, FSSP examines the history behind today’s Holy Communion on the fingers (as opposed to Communion on the palm in the ancient Church) which is widespread in the Church today, and concludes it has no historic basis. Taking Holy Communion by fingers was invented by the heretic, John Calvin:
    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2020/09/digital-communion-modern-invention.html
  • Sacred Music article: The Catholic News Herald had an interesting write up by a music professor from Western Carolina University which touches upon the importance of Baroque music and its important connection to the Catholic faith and the Rosary: https://catholicnewsherald.com/95-news/entertainment/6308-meditating-on-the-rosary-through-music

    The article generally raises a broader topic for Catholics – the importance of music that is well ordered for the soul. Sadly today we are saturated with “beat music” otherwise known as pop music – even in parishes! –  which is inherently disordered and awakens the passions or emotions. Authentically virtuous music (inside Mass or out in the world) achieves the opposite, and calms the passions to allow the soul to better contemplate God. Fr. Basil Nortz, ORC has an excellent CD on the topic: http://store-opusangelorum-org.3dcartstores.com/Music-and-Morality_p_59.html
  • Brooklyn Bishop sues New York Governor: In response to the new COVID restrictions in New York, the Bishop of Brooklyn has decided to assert the traditional teaching of the Church’s superiority over the state, and sue the Governor. Not surprisingly a New York court rejected the suit 2 days later and the Bishop is looking at other options. Despite the setback, this is a positive beginning step towards asserting the Social Kingship of Christ: https://thetablet.org/after-judge_ruling-bishop_says-diocese-looking-options/

    We still lament, that many dioceses – including Charlotte – missed an opportunity to assert the Social Kingship of Christ even with just a lawsuit. In fact we North Carolinian Catholics enjoy the Mass today thanks to 200 heretical pastors (i.e. Protestants) who had courage and fortitude to sue the Governor and win. May God reward their actions with the graces to convert to the true Church of Christ: https://www.wral.com/coronavirus/federal-judge-allows-nc-churches-to-meet-inside/19101332/

Mass schedule this week

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have a few updates this week as the Mass schedule is changed due to the annual priests retreat:

Mass schedule this week

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: No Thursday 7pm Latin Mass this week
  • St. Ann: Normal schedule this week – Low Mass 6pm Wednesday, and 7am Friday
  • St. Mark: No Friday 12:30pm Latin Mass this week

Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7, 1571

Tomorrow, Wednesday October 7 is one of the most important Marian Feast Days in history (next to Annunciation, Assumption, etc.) – Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary. St. Ann will offer a 6pm Low Mass.

This day commemorates when Our Lady on October 7, 1571, intervened in the historic naval battle near Lepanto, Italy when millions across Europe were praying the Rosary together, for a Catholic victory over the Ottoman Turks (i.e. Mohammedans) who were poised to conquer Europe. When all seemed dark, when all seemed lost, the laity, with the laity praying the Rosary, Our Lady intervened at a decisive moment, giving Catholics, led by Don Juan of Austria, victory over the great foe of Christendom – marking a turning point in history of Islam’s long decline. There are many great essays or articles on this battle, but we close with a brief reflection from Pope Benedict XV, a little over a century ago, and a longer encyclical by Pope Leo XIII

Our Lady of the Rosary, pray for us!

18th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 18th Sunday after Pentecost – although some parishes will mark the External Solemnity of the Holy Rosary (which is Wednesday October 7).  Dr. Mike Foley has a commentary on this weekend’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/eighteenth-sunday-after-pentecost.html

Sunday Latin Masses in Charlotte

Since the local Church has opted to follow the state (a departure from sacred tradition), and the state has moved into “Phase 3 re-opening”, the parishes are finally opening up their seating capacity.  Holy Water is also returning. See details below:

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – This will be the last weekend for signup Masses at St. Thomas Aquinas. For today, there are still seats available and there are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – St. Ann has expanded to 250 people inside the Church. There will still be some outside seating at St. Ann if necessary. Also immediately after today’s Latin Mass from 2-3pm will be the annual Life Chain to end abortion in front of the parish along Park Road. Please join if possible.

Mass changes this week

This week is usually the annual priests retreat for our diocese. If there are any Mass changes or cancellations, we will share an update.  

All Saints/Souls Novena at Sunday November 1 – Belmont Abbey Cemetery

All Saints day November 1 begins the 8-day novena for the poor souls in purgatory and Fr. Reid has graciously agreed to the annual prayers at the Belmont Abbey Cemetery after Sunday 12:30pm Mass on Sunday November 1. The novena consists of visiting a cemetery each day, praying for the dead. A plenary indulgence is offered each day under the usual conditions. More details to follow.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Crisis Magazine – Was Vatican II a Mistake? Crisis, a conservative Catholic periodical has an interesting podcast on the debate on whether Vatican II is a mistake. It’s quite interesting that Crisis (not a traditional magazine) is now having these discussions and admitting Reform of the Reform has pretty much failed and the Latin Mass may be the path forward:
    https://www.crisismagazine.com/2020/was-vatican-ii-a-mistake-2
  • Cardinal analyzes why Netherlands lost Catholic faith in few short decades: Cardinal Eijk of The Netherlands has some interesting comments about how the faith collapsed in his country. One of which is that Catholicism basically became a check-box, cultural type Catholicism (a phenomenon which sadly still exists in many conservative parts of the U.S. Church today):
    https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/great-apostasy-cardinal-analyzes-why-netherlands-lost-catholic-faith-in-few-short-decades

    Even more interestingly is His Eminence’s optimistic comments that there will someday be a rapprochement with the Society of St. Pius X (SSPX).  As you know we promote a novena each spring that includes a resolution of the SSPX status. The Cardinal’s comments is welcome news – especially since the SSPX operates a seminary in an adjacent diocese. Perhaps we can hope for the day when this diocese is flooded with traditional priests (religious and diocesan) and many Latin Mass-only parishes/chapels open up (1 per city would be a good start!).
  • Bell-Curve Catholicism: A few weeks ago we touched upon the differences between traditional vs. conservative (or naturalistic) formation and teaching. This week we share an insightful article by Fr. David Nix, a traditional priest in the Archdiocese of Denver, on the differences between traditional and conservative Catholics. While conservative Catholics share some common ground with us traditionalists, there is also a world of difference and Fr. Nix helps provide more clarity into the matter: https://padreperegrino.org/2020/10/curve/
  • Traditional parish life with the Institute of Christ the King: When we discuss traditional parish life, this video is a great snapshot into the life of a Latin Mass only parish, which is centered completely and wholly around the Traditional Latin Mass, and its traditions and customs. The Institute is another religious order of priests that offer the Latin Mass exclusively and has a parish in Milwaukee:
    https://www.institute-christ-king.org/milwaukee-home

17th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today Saturday September 26 is not only Ember Saturday but also the feast of the North American Martyrs – 6 Jesuits who gave their lives to evangelizing to the natives in Canada parts of New York – more on them below.

Tomorrow Sunday September 27 is the 17th Sunday after Pentecost and Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection on the Collect for this weekend which ties into love of God and love of neighbor: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/unity-versus-devil-collect-for.html

Welcome to Fr. Brad Jones

We wanted to welcome Fr. Brad Jones, the new part time parochial vicar at St. Ann. We aren’t aware if he offers the Latin Mass, but he did distribute Holy Communion at this past Wednesday’s Low Mass at St. Ann. Please keep him in your prayers as he slowly returns to ministry after some health issues.

Sunday Latin Masses

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses however they have just expanded their capacity – so there are plenty of seats now available. There are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

Feast of the North American Martyrs – September 26

In the traditional calendar, today the Church in the U.S. & Canada honors the 6 Jesuits who gave their lives for the holy faith in the 1640s. Most notable of them is St. Isaac Jogues who had some of the flesh chewed off his fingers by some of his captors yet still persisted onward to convert souls (and presumably offer Mass).  This saint also escaped from one of the tribes and ended up traveling south to the Dutch colonial city of New Amsterdam, later sold to the British and renamed the city of New York. So New York City was blessed to have its first connection to a saint in the 1640s – many years before its first diocese was set up. Today, north of New York City, a shrine to these great saints was built in the 1930s in Auriesville, New York called the Shrine of the North American Martyrs: https://www.ourladyofmartyrsshrine.org/

There are may be a local connection to our diocese with the North American Jesuits and martyrs. One of the companions of the martyrs, Fr. Gabriel Druilettes, though not a martyr himself, was also known as the apostle of Maine, and ended up traveling to Augusta, Maine, where he befriended a customs house chief named John Winslow. Mr. Winslow was English (and protestant), but was very friendly to Fr. Druilettes and his convert companions. It’s likely that Mr. Winslow was an ancestor of our current Chancellor and Vicar General, Fr. Patrick Winslow, who describes his family heritage in this article: http://catholicnewsherald.com/189-news/faith/faith-nov/588-thanksgiving-a-family-affair-st-thomas-aquinas-pastor-descends-from-pilgrim-fathers

A great book on the Catholic history of the U.S. that told the above story is Our Land and Our Lady, published in 1943 by Daniel Sargent. This book is rare, but if you find a copy, it’s very inspiring and gives us a glimpse of what a truly Catholic America could have looked like (and still should): https://www.amazon.com/Our-land-Lady-Daniel-Sargent/dp/B00087JM4U

Latin Mass News and tradition

  • The Omission of Difficult Psalms: As a follow up to last week’s e-mail about the Divine Office/Breviary, a reader shared with us an article which discusses why the traditional breviary is preferred to modern ones as it contains many more Psalms – especially those that are more “difficult” or morally challenging. Sadly these Psalms were removed after 1962:
    https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2016/11/the-omission-of-difficult-psalms-and.html
  • Online Traditional Breviary: Also the Traditional Breviary is available online to use on your phone or tablet at this very easy to use website. If you’re looking to start praying the traditional Breviary this might be a good starting point: https://divinumofficium.com/
  • The League of St. Martin: A year ago, you may recall Fr. Buettner giving a sermon at St. Ann on Fr. Lawrence Carney, a Latin Mass priest who walks the streets of St. Joseph, Missouri and evangelizes the Catholic faith. Fr. Carney is now starting up an apostolate called The League of St. Martin to help spread the Latin Mass, and the Holy Face devotion https://www.martinians.org/

Autumn Ember Days

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Just a reminder, beginning today, Wednesday is the autumn Ember Days, a 3 day penitential period in the traditional calendar (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) during the change of seasons that is a period of prayer, partial abstinence and fasting (now voluntary) to thank God for His creation and to pray for holiness in the upcoming season.  The autumn ember week usually falls after the feast of the Holy Cross (Sept. 14), and before the feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29), and is often called Michaelmas Embertide.

The great liturgist Dom Prosper Gueranger has a beautiful reflection on the importance of keeping these days and how autumn frost helps to prepare us for the resurrection of Easter:

Autumn is harvesting the fruits, which divine mercy, appeased by the satisfactions made by sinful man, has vouchsafed to bring forth from the bosom of the earth, notwithstanding the curse that still hangs over her. The precious seed of wheat, on which man’s life mainly depends, was confided to the soil in the season of the yearly frosts, and with the first fine days, peeped above the ground; at the approach of glorious Easter, it carpeted our fields with its velvet of green, making them ready to share in the universal joy of Jesus’ resurrection; then, turning into a lovely image of what our souls ought to have been in the season of Pentecost, its stem grew up under the action of the hot sun; the golden ear promised a hundred-fold to its master; the harvest made the reapers glad; and now that September has come, it calls on man to fix his heart on that good God, who gave him all this store.

You can learn more about the Ember Days and its customs at Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/ember-days-of-september/ or more at Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost8.html

Ember Day Latin Masses in Charlotte

Ember Wednesday September 23: St. Ann, 6pm Low Mass

Ember Friday September 25: St. Ann, 7am Low Mass; St. Mark 12:30pm Low Mass

Ember Saturday September 26: St. Ann, 8am Low Mass

Respect Life Latin Mass 8am Saturday

As noted above, this Saturday September 26, St. Ann will offer its 4th Saturday 8am Low Mass (Latin) for an end to abortion. After Mass, Father, will led people in prayer at Planned Parenthood abortion facility (700 S. Torrence Road, Charlotte). Those who are unable to go to Planned Parenthood, Deacon Sanctis will led a Holy Hour of Reparation in the Church.

New traditional Catholic college forms in Maryland

A new traditional college, centered around the Traditional Latin Mass and traditional teachings of the Church has formed in Hagerstown, Maryland. According to its website, it has received the endorsement of Bishop Athanasius Schneider. Tomorrow, Thursday September 24 at 3pm, the President Ed Schaefer will hold a Zoom seminar to introduce himself and the college. We also hear Dr. Schaefer will be visiting Charlotte later this fall for any interested families. We will pass along any information.  The website with the Zoom information is here: https://www.the-collegium.org/news The college website is here: https://www.the-collegium.org

16th Sunday After Pentecost

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday September 20 is the 16th Sunday after Pentecost, and below is Dr. Mike Foley’s reflection on this Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/09/the-overstepping-collect-of-sixteenth.html#.X2a8_tR7nwc

Ember Week: This week is the autumn Ember Days, a 3 day penitential period in the traditional calendar (Wednesday, Friday and Saturday) during the change of seasons that is a period of prayer, partial abstinence and fasting (now voluntary) to thank God for His creation and to pray for holiness in the upcoming season. You can learn more about the Ember Days and its customs at Sensus Fidelium: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/september/ember-days-of-september/ or more at Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/customstimeafterpentecost8.html

Sunday Latin Masses

11:30am – St. Thomas Aquinas parish – The parish requires signups to attend Sunday Masses however they have just expanded their capacity from 50 families to 60 families  to 70 families – so there are plenty of seats now available. There are also slots outside. All attendees will have the opportunity to receive Holy Communion. Please sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c0445a4af29a6f94-thefeast

12:30pm – St. Ann parish – usual constraints for Mass since May (per diocese – not governor). Seating outside in plaza.

New Latin Masses in Western NC (3 hours west of Charlotte)

Fr. Barone is offering a Low Masses at each of his two mountain parishes: 9am Low Mass on Tuesday (St. Jude in Sapphire, NC) and 9am Wednesday (Our Lady of the Mountains, Highland, NC). Please check the schedule or the parish website/office in case there are last minute cancellations.

Spiritual concerns continue over live stream Sunday Masses (and a solution)

We wanted to re-share two articles about the growing concerns over the harmful spiritual effects of live streaming Sunday Masses:

Can the Divine Office be a solution?: While a sick or shut-in parishioner cannot participate or receive actual graces from Masses live streamed, there is a liturgy that they can actually participate in at home – it’s called the Divine Office.  Otherwise called the breviary, it is a series of set prayers, collects, and psalms, prayed at different times to sanctify the day and it’s not just for priests or religious – the laity can pray them too. The 1962 breviary follows the Traditional Latin Mass, liturgical calendar, and most importantly, is part of the official public prayer of the Church (perhaps the most powerful prayers next to the Mass) – which means the laity can unite themselves to the Church at home.  There’s a lot more that can be said, but if you know someone who legitimately cannot attend Mass, the breviary IS a more spiritually efficacious way to participate in the spiritual life of the Church. There are both traditional and Novus Ordo breviaries.

The Traditional Latin Mass (1962) breviary can be expensive and complex for beginners (maybe a future class on this someday), but as an alternative, the Little Office of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a very simple, short and traditional breviary for beginners to pray.  There are both traditional and modern (Novus Ordo) editions of the Little Office, so please look for one issued in 1962 or prior. Baronius Press offers a traditional Little Office here: https://www.baroniuspress.com/book.php?wid=56&bid=47#tab=tab-1

Exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger unveils new YouTube Channel

Renowned exorcist and theologian, Fr. Chad Ripperger (who heads an order of traditional exorcists), has just started up a YouTube page to help reintroduce traditional Catholic thought into the Church. Please see his page and welcome message: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCnw-H0jHcrp7XbQ2abPaS4w His introductory message mentions something very critical for us that we will explore in the below topic:

One of the tragedies of modern Catholic thought is that it lacks the depth given by previous generations of the same issues. The heresy of modernism has begun affecting the members of the Church, by making them content with a superficial approach to and an explanation of their religion. One of the ways to combat this problem in the Church is to promote studies that draw the students into the depth and richness which Catholic thought can provide. However none of that is possible without  a deep sense  our indebtedness to tradition, as well as a strong developed sense of the value of those traditions.

Traditional vs. Modern (or “conservative”) Seminary Formation

The above quote by Fr. Ripperger highlights a major problem that is often overlooked in today’s Church crisis – the absence or near absence of traditional seminary formation.  Traditional formation is exclusively centered around the Traditional Latin Mass, it’s theology, philosophy, doctrine, traditions, and spirituality as it was handed down by our forefathers in the Church (Popes, Saints, etc.). Liturgy is imminently linked to these other disciplines.  Sadly, many wonderful pious and holy diocesan (and religious) priests – even those diocesan priests who offer the Latin Mass – are deprived of this exclusively traditional formation and are placed at a disadvantage in their priesthood. The problem is further compounded by receiving a watered down, often naturalistic formation (lacking full supernatural perspective) of the Catholic faith and priesthood. This is ultimately passed on to us, the laity. This does not mean a traditionally formed priest is personally holier than a priest who was formed in a modern or conservative seminary per se, but simply means traditional formation gives a priest a much deeper formation that better assists him to live out his priesthood in the way the Christ and His Church intended (and consequently deal with the challenges he encounters).

This helps us understand why in the Church today – even among “conservative” priests and bishops – we see a failure to fully grasp and confront the culture of death or even be able to resume normal parish operations over a human fear of a rarely fatal virus. What we are seeing tragically, is the full scale meltdown of the post-conciliar Church – which affects the diocese of Charlotte – a Church that is spiritually paralyzed because the post-conciliar formation is filled with fear of confronting society; trust of science over God; unnecessary self-imposed rules and legalisms; all combined with some orthodoxy.

Priests and seminarians deserve better and there is hope. Some priests and seminarians have taken it upon themselves to supplement their formation by studying tradition on their own time. However, as we watch the modernist Church bleed away parishioners (who won’t be returning to Mass after COVID), we, must pray, and encourage all priests (and seminarians) to fully embrace tradition and the supernatural outlook it contains into all aspects of their priesthood – it’s the only way out of this crisis and to save souls.

As Fr. Armand De Malleray, FSSP noted in a recent interview, many diocesan priests who have not received full traditional formation, are grateful when they learn of it:

I give retreats to priests every year, most of them diocesan. They are fond of discovering the riches of the traditional philosophy, theology and spirituality. Of course most priests would know some of this teaching, but because of our traditional formation, we FSSP priests are in a good position to explain the beautiful connection between liturgy, philosophy, theology and spirituality. It’s a priestly package. It makes sense to priests who come across it. Even though it’s a bit daunting at first, seen from without, it rings very true and gives hope to priests who struggle in their ministry and in their priestly identity.

X-Ray of the Priest: Interview with Fr. Armand de Malleray: https://fssp.com/x-ray-of-the-priest-interview-with-fr-armand-de-malleray/

(N.B. – there are other traditional seminaries besides the Fraternity of St. Peter/FSSP)

This is why we Latin Mass attendees should never be complacent with Traditional Latin Masses mixed into Novus Ordo parishes. That’s the starting point – not the end game.  Only when we have priests and parishes fully embracing tradition (i.e. only offering Latin Masses and teaching the full traditional faith) will a local diocese be able to start the pushback against the secular culture. To paraphrase, the late Dr. John Senior, “we can’t restore the culture until we restore the liturgy”. Let us continue to pray for this intention – our priests deserve it.

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