Third Sunday of Advent (Gaudete Sunday)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday the Church celebrates the 3rd Sunday in Advent, otherwise known as Gaudete Sunday, taken from the first words of the Introit (rejoice). The priest wears Rose colored vestments to indicate hope during this penitential time that Christ in His Incarnation is coming. Dr. Mike Foley has a commentary on Sunday’s Collect: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/12/the-accommodating-collect-of-third.html

Fisheaters.com – Gaudete Sunday: https://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent13.html

Rorate Mass note: The CLMC expresses our thanks the priests in the diocese for offering the Rorate Masses these past few weekends. One more Rorate Mass will be offered in the mountains next Saturday December 18 at 6:30am at St. Margaret Mary parish in Swannanoa. Please consider offering prayers for our priests this Sunday and Emberweek.

Advent Embertide this week

This Wednesday, Friday and Saturday are the seasonal ember days – when the traditional Church sets aside 3 days each season for prayer, fasting and partial abstinence (the later now voluntary) to thank God for his gifts of creation and to use them in moderation. It’s a good time to also pray for sanctity for the upcoming season. Fisheaters has more commentary here: https://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent11.html  

Ember Week Masses:

  • Wednesday December 15: St. Ann, 6pm (Low)
  • Friday December 17: St. Ann 7am (Low) & St. Mark, 12:30pm (Low)
  • Saturday December 18: None scheduled at diocesan parishes in/near Charlotte, sadly

St. Ann Annual Blessing of Religious Objects – Sunday December 19

After the 12:30pm St. Ann parish Latin Mass on Sunday December 19, Father will bless religious objects in the Traditional Rite. These items can be, statues, holy water, salt, oil, medals, Rosaries. A table will be placed in the narthex – please place items on table prior to the 12:30pm Mass. Table should be up by 12 noon – 12:15pm. Immediately after Mass, Father will begin blessing – so no new objects can be placed on the table after that point.

Christmas Schedule- Saturday December 25

  • St. Ann, Charlotte – Midnight Latin Mass
  • St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte – Midnight Latin Mass
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC – Midnight Latin Mass (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – Midnight Latin Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone, NC – Midnight Latin Mass (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 11am High (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)

(Attending Mass on Christmas does not fulfill Sunday’s obligation on Dec. 26)

Defending Conscience Rights Against Vaccine Mandates – Monday December 20 at 7pm (St. Thomas Aquinas)

This Christmas many Catholic employees and families are threatened with the loss of employment, income, and livelihood due to employer vaccine mandates which go against their conscience and pro-life beliefs.  To support Catholic workers and families and their conscience rights, the Carolina Family Coalition (CFC) is organizing a special Defend Your Conscience Rights event on Monday December 20 at 7pm at St. Thomas Aquinas parish – Aquinas Hall (1400 Suther Road, Charlotte). The event will feature talks by an attorney, impacted workers, and a reflection by a priest on how to suffer for Christ and His teachings.  The event is free. CFC is an organization founded in 2018 by Catholic pro-life leaders in Charlotte to defend the family against the secular culture. 

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Sunday is also feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the patroness of all the Americas, when Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego and her apparition quickly led to the end of barbaric human sacrifices, and the conversion of 9 million people of Mexico. It gives the faithful great hope that pagan civilizations such as ours can also be converted, and in short time, with Our Lady’s aid. To learn more about this great feast day please visit Fisheaters.com:

Cardinal Burke Offers First Public Mass Since COVID

After many prayers, many faithful are rejoicing to see the day when His Eminence Raymond Cardinal Burke ascended the steps of the of the sanctuary to offer his first Pontifical (Latin) Mass after his brush with death from COVID. That moment occurred yesterday December 11 and fittingly at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in La Crosse Wisconsin, which he helped build when he was bishop there. The Mass offered appears to be a Rorate or votive Mass of Our Lady (without the candles). Also noteworthy is that when he convalesced for 3 months at the oratory of St. Mary’s in Wausau, which is a Traditional Latin Mass only parish run by the priests of the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest, a Latin Mass order of priests. In his sermon His Eminence notes Our Lady of Guadalupe watched over him in the hospital. We will note that he was also watched over in his rehabilitation by the traditional priests of the Institute. You can watch the Mass accompanied by some helpful commentary at this following link. https://guadalupeshrine.org/event/cardinal-burkes-pontifical-high-mass-december-2021

The sermon begins around the 53:00 minute mark: https://youtu.be/2Fu4-WQXX8w?t=3178

One may consider offering prayers and Mass intentions on the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, in thanksgiving for her intercession in the Cardinal’s recovery.

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Mexican Cardinal restores rights of Traditional Latin Mass community: On this Gaudete Sunday, we can also rejoice in another possible intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe as we share the good news that the Cardinal of Guadalajara Mexico has decided to restore the Traditional Latin Mass parish in his city which is operated by the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP – a society of Latin Mass priests). The Cardinal had previously suppressed the parish a few weeks ago and how changed course after the laity expressed their voices. The traditional faithful in Guadalajara want to share this news so that other Latin Mass faithful can have confidence to approach their bishop and have their Masses and parishes restored:  https://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2021/12/mexican-cardinal-restores-rights-of.html
  • The Consolation of the Latin Mass in a Foreign Land: Shortly after his visit with us in Charlotte, Dr. Kwansiewski traveled to Poland, and offered his reflections on the unity of attending a Latin Mass in a foreign country where one doesn’t understand the native language (e.g. Polish), but is unified through the Traditional Latin Mass which Poles and their American guest attend and understand simultaneously: https://onepeterfive.com/the-consolation-of-the-latin-mass-in-a-foreign-land/

Bishop Know Thy Dignity

Voice of the Family, an English Catholic pro-family organization posted an insightful piece by an anonymous priest on how powerful the office of bishop is and how much they can change the culture in their own diocese. This priest addresses his remarks not to modernist bishops, but rather to those more faithful or conservative bishops who may be trying to be faithful, but whose efforts seem to be stymied or have not yet achieved that desired spiritual conversion of the laity and culture. He suggests two remedies which we summarize and excerpt:

  1. Bishops should take the lead in teaching the faith and not wait for Rome – they subject to, but are not vicars of the Pope or a bishops’ conference. They need to put on the mind of Christ.
  2. For bishops to truly appreciate the authority of their office, they need to begin offering the Traditional Latin Mass regularly.

Bishops are subject to the bishop of Rome, of course. Yet they are not his vicars. That is to say, although a pope may, where necessary, appoint or even depose a bishop, as well as legislate for the universal Church, their task is not to copy his preferences or to adopt his policies in contingent matters. A bishop must put on not the mind of the pope but the mind of Christ.

I suggest that there are two special causes of the diminishment of bishops which they, but only they, can overcome. I am not thinking here of modernist bishops, but of men who have the Catholic faith in their hearts and who have a love for Jesus Christ and His people, but who are not yet teaching and governing as they might. I suspect that such bishops often feel trapped by the present ecclesial state of things, but it is not so. The door is locked and bolted, but they have the key.

What are these two causes of which I speak? The first is the habit of always looking to Rome to give the lead, in other words, of thinking of oneself, albeit unconsciously, as a vicar of the pope.

Yet I believe there is a second reason why our orthodox bishops do not wield their apostolic power as effectively as they might. They are not saying the Mass of ages, except occasionally, but the Mass of the 1960’s. It is not sufficient to say “the Mass is the Mass”, or “Christ is present whatever the rite”.

But the Mass as a sacrifice is not only the act of Christ, but also the act of the Church. As the act of the Church, this sacrifice will be more or less pleasing to God in function of the holiness of the rite, and in this way, it will bring down more or less grace and mercy upon each local church. Can it really be pleasing to God if His bishops use a rite that has been partly Protestantized, in comparison to the immemorial Mass? By contrast, if our bishops resolve to honour Him by offering Mass in the most perfect manner that they can, graces that He is now withholding from their dioceses will be unlocked, and places that are now like deserts will begin to flower anew.

Can one imagine the abundance of graces that would pour down upon a diocese if a bishop regularly offered the Traditional Latin Mass daily? Please consider praying for our bishop to offer the Mass of Ages regularly.

Today is Gaudete Sunday – a time of hope amidst the violet penitential season of Advent and temporal darkness. If the Traditional Latin Mass – the Mass of Ages – is that hope and that key for a bishop to invite more graces down upon a diocese to restore the faith and culture, what Mass are you attending on Sunday?

Rorate Masses Tomorrow Saturday December 11

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Just a reminder we have several Rorate Masses in the region tomorrow morning including at St. Ann and St. Mark parishes tomorrow. Here is the schedule:

Rorate Masses Tomorrow Saturday December 11

A Rorate Mass is a beautiful candlelight Latin Mass at dawn on a Saturday in Advent to herald the Light of the World and honor Our Lady. These Masses will either be High or Solemn High Masses.

  • Saturday December 11 – St. Mark, Huntersville – 6:00am (Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 6:00am (High) (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:30am (High or Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Prince of Peace, Taylors SC – 6:30am (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Elizabeth, Boone – 6:30am (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

Fr. Reid also had a helpful description from today’s St. Ann parish Friday Five e-mail:

Our Rorate Mass will be tomorrow, December 11th at 6:30 a.m. This votive Mass in honor of the Blessed Virgin Mary takes its name from the first words of the Introit: “Rorate coeli, désuper et nubes pluant justum,” which is translated: “Drop down dew, ye heavens, from above, and let the clouds rain down the Just.” What is special about this Mass is that it is celebrated early in the morning using only candlelight, a reminder that the world was in darkness before the coming of the True Light of the World, Jesus Christ. As the Mass is offered, and the dawn begins to break, the Church – through the prayers of this Mass – expresses her deep longing for the coming of the Messiah in the darkness of our fallen world. It is thus a Mass that is so wonderfully suited to the Advent theme of hopeful expectation of the coming of the Christ Child.

For the complete list of Advent and Christmastide Masses please see our webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Lastly, Dr. Mike Foley has posted a helpful article on this past Wednesday’s feast of the Immaculate Conception:

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – December 8

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Tomorrow Wednesday December 8th is one of the most important Marian feast days in the Church, and of course our nation’s patronal feast day, the Immaculate Conception. It is a holy day of obligation and below are the Latin Masses listed. The main one will be St. Ann with a Solemn High  Mass.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Wednesday December 8

Wednesday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, the patronal feast day for the United States since 1846. If the U.S. were a Catholic country (which we pray it will be someday), December 8 would be essentially our primary national holiday (not July 4).  Our national shrine in Washington is named after this title of Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception and sits at the highest elevation in U.S. capital city. For more on this splendid feast day visit: https://www.fisheaters.com/customsadvent5.html  

  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 12:15 pm Low Mass (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 12 noon Low Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:00 pm, Solemn High Mass
  • St. Elizabeth of the Hill Country, Boone – 6:00pm (Low or High) (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon – 6:30pm, High Mass (1.5 hours west of Charlotte)

Rorate Masses this Saturday

Looking ahead, this weekend will see several Rorate Masses.

A Rorate Mass is a beautiful candlelight Latin Mass at dawn on a Saturday in Advent to herald the Light of the World and honor Our Lady. These Masses will either be High or Solemn High Masses.

    Saturday December 11 – St. Mark, Huntersville – 6:00am (Solemn High)

    Saturday December 11 – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 6:00am (High) (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)

    Saturday December 11 – St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:30am

    Saturday December 11 – Prince of Peace, Taylors SC – 6:30am (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

    Saturday December 11 – St. Elizabeth, Boone – 6:30am (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

For the complete list of Advent and Christmastide Masses please see our webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Second Sunday of Advent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Sunday is the 2nd Sunday of Advent, and as custom we include Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary on Sunday’s collect: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/12/the-heartfelt-collect-for-second-sunday.html#.YaxSaLpOmHs

Here are some of the upcoming Masses:

1st Sunday Mass in Salisbury (special time of 4pm)

The 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will be at a special time of 4pm on Sunday December 5.  Fr. Putnam will be offering the Mass.  A social after Mass will be held in Brincefield Hall (to the right as you exit the church).  Feel free to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share.  Due to confessions being heard after Mass one is welcome to ‘drop in’ as time allows. For questions please contact the Salisbury Latin Mass Community http://salisburylmc.org/

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Wednesday December 8

  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 12 noon Low Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 12 noon Low Mass (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:00 pm, Solemn High Mass
  • St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC – 6:30pm – High Mass (1.5 hours west of Charlotte)

Rorate Masses Saturday December 11

  • Saturday December 11 – St. Mark, Huntersville – 6:00am (Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 6:00am (High) (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:30am (High or Solemn High)
  • Saturday December 11 – Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 6:30am (High) (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)

Advent/Christmas Schedule

The Advent/Christmastide Latin Mass schedule can be found here: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

St. Ann Annual Blessing of Religious Objects – Sunday December 19

After the 12:30pm St. Ann parish Latin Mass on Sunday December 19, Father will bless religious objects in the Traditional Rite. More details coming in the week ahead.

Prayers for the repose of the soul of Andrea Horn (nee Milis): As a follow up to last Sunday’s e-mail, we sadly pass along that Andrea Horn, a former member of our community and the Daughters of the Virgin Mother passed away soon after Fr. Kauth administered last rites. Please pray for the repose of her soul: https://www.verkuilenfh.com/obituary/Andrea-Horn

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Fr. Ripperger: Satan’s Time is Running Short: To end the news segment on a hopeful note, traditional priest and exorcist Fr. Chad Ripperger recently explained how during an exorcism, the devil admitted God is about to take his power away. Fr. Ripperger believes this is why the demons are in a panic, causing havoc in the civil and ecclesial spheres. He also offers some hopeful thoughts, and what could happen to the Church when this happens: https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/exorcist-says-satans-time-is-running-short

Advent Reflections by Dom Prosper Gueranger, OSB

Lastly, we close with a few Advent reflections by the great Benedictine liturgist, Dom Prosper Gueranger in his book, The Liturgical Year, from this past week to better place ourselves in the context of Advent and preparing for Christ’s coming at Christmas. We especially draw your attention to the December 3rd reflection which eerily parallels our times:

  • December 1: Four thousand years of expectation preceded that coming, and they are expressed by the four weeks of Advent, which we must spend before we come to the glorious festivity of our Lord’s Nativity. Let us reflect upon the holy impatience of the saints of the old Testament, and how they handed down, from age to age, the grand hope, which was to be but hope to them, since they were not to see it realized.
  • December 2 (Feast of St. Bibiana): We will today consider the state of nature at this season of the year. The earth is stripped of her wonted verdure, the flowers are gone, the fruits are fallen, the leaves are torn from the trees and scattered by the wind, and every living thing stiffens with the cold. It seems as though the hand of death had touched creation. We see the sun rise after the long night of his absence; and scarcely have we felt his warmth at noon, than he sets again, and leaves us in the chilly darkness. Each day he shortens his visit. Is the world to become sunless, and are men to live out the rest of life in gloom? The old pagans, who witnessed this struggle between light and darkness, and feared the sun was going to leave them, dedicated the twenty-fifth day of December, the winter solstice, to the worship of the sun. After this day their hopes revived on seeing the glorious luminary again mounting up in the sky, and gradually regaining his triumphant position.

    We Christians can have no such feelings as these; our light is the true faith, which tells us that there is a Sun to be sought for which never sets, and is never eclipsed. Having Him, we care little for the absence of any other brightness; nay, all other light, without Him, can only lead us astray.
  • December 3 (Feast of St. Francis Xavier): Let us consider the wretched condition of the human race, at the time of Christ’s coming into the world. The diminution of truths is emphatically expressed by the little light which the earth enjoys at this season of the year. The ancient traditions are gradually becoming extinct; the Creator is not acknowledged, even in the very work of His hands; everything has been made God, except the God who made all things. This frightful pantheism produces the vilest immorality, both in society at large, and in individuals. There are no rights acknowledged, save that of might. Lust, avarice, and theft, are honoured by men in the gods of their altars. There is no such thing as family, for divorce and infanticide are legalized; mankind is degraded by a general system of slavery; nations are being exterminated by endless wars. The human race is in the last extreme of misery; and unless the hand that created it reform it, it must needs sink a prey to crime and bloodshed.

    There are indeed some few just men still left upon the earth, and they struggle against the torrent of universal degradation; but they cannot save the world; the world despises them, and God will not accept their merits as a palliation of the hideous leprosy which covers the earth. All flesh has corrupted its way, and is more guilty than even in the days of the deluge: and yet, a second destruction of the universe would but manifest anew the justice of God; it is time that a deluge of His divine mercy should flood the universe, and that He who made man, should come down and heal him. Come then, O eternal Son of God! give life again to this dead body; heal all its wounds; purify it; let grace superabound, where sin before abounded; and having converted the world to Thy holy law, Thou wilt have proved to all ages that Thou, who camest, wast in very truth the Word of the Father; for as none but a God could create the world, so none but the same omnipotent God could save it from satan and sin, and restore it to justice and holiness.

December is the darkest time of the year and yet the time when the Light of the World comes at Christmas. In December 2021, the Church finds herself in one of the darkest times of her history, yet the Latin Mass remains, and is also the future – a sign of hope of the restoration that is to come with the triumph of the Immaculate Heart. 

What Mass are you attending on Sunday?

Rorate Mass Tomorrow Saturday December 4, 6am

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Tomorrow is first Saturday, and its also a Saturday in Advent, which is traditionally when Rorate Masses, a special candlelight Mass at dawn is held to honor Our Lady and the coming of Christ, the Light of the World at Christmas. Here is a list of the Rorate Masses this weekend.

Rorate Masses Saturday December 4

  • Saturday December 4 – St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte – 6:00am* (note: the regular 10am Latin Mass is canceled for this day only)
  • Saturday December 4 – St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC – 6:00am (2 hours west of Charlotte)

*Blessing of Religious Objects: Immediately after the St. Thomas Aquinas parish Rorate Mass, around 7:30am, Fr. Codd will bless any religious objects in the Traditional Rite.

What is a Rorate Mass exactly? Here is a helpful article written by the CLMC’s own Brian Williams, explaining its background: https://onepeterfive.com/rorate-caeli-mass-advent-tradition-honoring-lady/

Rorate/Advent/Christmas Schedule

For the full list of next week’s Rorate Masses, and the rest of the December Latin Mass Advent/Christmas schedule, please visit: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

1st Sunday Mass in Salisbury (special time of 4pm)

The 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart parish in Salisbury will be at a special time of 4pm on Sunday December 5.  Fr. Putnam will be offering the Mass.  A social after Mass will be held in Brincefield Hall (to the right as you exit the church).  Feel free to bring a favorite dish or dessert to share.  Due to confessions being heard after Mass one is welcome to ‘drop in’ as time allows. For questions please contact Mark Hartley with the Salisbury Latin Mass Community, info@salisburylmc.org or visit: http://salisburylmc.org/

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Wednesday December 8

  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 12 noon Low Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • Our Lady of Grace, Greensboro – 12 noon Low Mass (1.5 hours north of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:00 pm, Solemn High Mass

St. Ann Annual Blessing of Religious Objects – Sunday December 19

After the 12:30pm St. Ann parish Latin Mass on Sunday December 19, Father will bless religious objects in the Traditional Rite.

TOMORROW – Saturday December 4 (8am – 3pm): Kolbe Center & Pamela Acker Presentation at St. John the Baptist, Tryon

Lastly, St. John the Baptist parish in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, which advocates for the traditional doctrine of creation, presents a Catholic perspective on origins, and examines the problems with the theory of evolution, and why it is incompatible with the teachings of the Church and early Church fathers.  Evolutionism in its current form of modernism has had a terrible effect on the faith, and particularly the liturgy. Hugh Owen and Pamela Acker will be giving presentations. Additionally, as a bonus, Ms. Acker will also be giving a talk on her book Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective and vaccines.  The day begins with an optional 6:00am Rorate Latin Mass, followed by a breakfast, and presentations from 8am – 3pm. There is no cost, but a freewill offering may be taken. To learn more see the link. (The CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center in 2019)

1st Sunday of Advent

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today is the 1st Sunday of Advent, the roughly 4-week penitential period which prepares us for the birth of Our Lord and Savior at Christmas.  As custom, we provide Dr. Mike Foley’s commentary for this Sunday’s prayers and propers: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/the-tempestuous-collect-for-first.html

Latin Mass Cancellation This Wednesday December 1: This Wednesday December 1, there will not be a 6pm Latin Mass at St. Ann.

Advent and Christmas Schedule

To see the Advent and Christmas Mass schedule as currently announced, please visit our webpage: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Rorate Masses in December

As noted in the Advent schedule, many parishes are organizing Rorate Masses, a special Saturday Traditional Latin Mass at dawn by candlelight symbolizing the coming of the Light of the World at the darkest time of the year, all while honoring Our Lady. Here is a listing of Rorate Masses across the diocese. We believe these will all be High or Solemn High Masses.

  • Saturday December 4 – St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte – 6:00am*
  • Saturday December 4 – St. John the Baptist, Tryon, NC – 6:00am (2 hours west of Charlotte)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Mark, Huntersville – 6:00am (Solemn High) (time change – this is now scheduled at 6:00am)
  • Saturday December 11 – St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:30am
  • Saturday December 18 – St. Margaret Mary, Swannanoa – 6:30am (2 hours northwest of Charlotte)

* In lieu of the 6am Rorate Mass on December 4, the normal 10am 1st Saturday Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas is canceled for December 4. Blessing of religious objects will occur at 7:30am.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception – Wednesday December 8 (Holy Day of Obligation)

  • Prince of Peace, Taylors, SC – 12 noon Low Mass (2 hours southwest of Charlotte)
  • St. Ann, Charlotte – 6:00 pm, Solemn High Mass

Annual Blessing of Religious Objects in the Traditional Rite – Sunday December 19

  • St. Ann, Charlotte after the 12:30pm High Mass

December 1 – day of prayer for the end of abortion: The diocese is asking all the faithful to keep December 1 as a special day of prayer as the Supreme Court hears arguments in the Dobbs v. Jackson pro-life case, which **could** overturn Roe vs. Wade. To learn more visit: https://catholicnewsherald.com/88-news/fp/7729-join-the-white-rose-witness-for-life-on-dec-1

December 4 (8am – 3pm): Kolbe Center & Pamela Acker Presentation at St. John the Baptist, Tryon

St. John the Baptist parish in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, which advocates for the traditional doctrine of creation, presents a Catholic perspective on origins, and examines the problems with the theory of evolution, and why it is incompatible with the teachings of the Church and early Church fathers.  Evolutionism in its current form of modernism has had a terrible effect on the faith, and particularly the liturgy. Hugh Owen and Pamela Acker will be giving presentations. Additionally, as a bonus, Ms. Acker will also be giving a talk on her book Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective and vaccines.  The day begins with an optional 6:00am Rorate Latin Mass (correct time), followed by a breakfast, and presentations from 8am – 3pm. There is no cost, but a freewill offering may be taken. To learn more see this link. (The CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center in 2019)

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • In Honor of St. Cecilia: Memorable Quotes from an Interview with Conductor Marcel Pérès: To commemorate the feast of St. Cecilia last Monday (patron of music), Dr. Kwasniewski has reposted an article with the very talented conductor Marcel Pérès, who over the past few decades has produced some of the finest very early Gregorian Chant compositions and can sound even different from the beautiful chant we hear in our parishes today. If you can find some of his chant albums they are quite unique, ancient, and beautiful. Here is Dr. Kwasniewski’s post: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/11/in-honor-of-st-cecilia-memorable-quotes.html#.YaMQ7rpOmHt
  • The Latin Mass as Intangible Cultural Heritage: Writing in OnePeterFive, Dr. Kwasniewski has a crafty and unconventional idea on how to protect the Latin Mass – utilize the secular authorities. In short, he argues Traditionalists may need to look for outside help to protect the Traditional Latin Mass and its customs and culture. He rightly (and sadly) notes that many historical Catholic churches and sites have only been protected from wayward clergy through interventions of the civil authorities (e.g. protecting “historic” buildings or cultural sites). Perhaps this is something to consider, or perhaps not. Yet nonetheless the idea is thought provoking and something even we in Charlotte need to consider for this possibility: https://onepeterfive.com/the-latin-mass-as-intangible-cultural-heritage/
  • Meet the young Catholics restoring wayside crucifixes across France: Speaking of defending and restoring Tradition, we share an article about young French who are restoring the roadside crucifixes that frequently dot the European countryside (France and Ireland).  This article also should give Catholics in the Carolinas something to ponder: If protestants in our area will often plant three crosses along various hilltops, should we Catholics not also erect roadside crucifixes to help evangelize Western NC? https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/249709/meet-the-young-catholics-restoring-wayside-crucifixes-across-france#noredirect

Traditionalism vs. Modernism: The Carmelites Nuns Stand and Fight

We provide an uplifting and invigorating update on the situation of the Traditional Carmelite Nuns in Pennsylvania who are being coerced by Rome to change their 500-year charism. They have made the faithful and courageous decision to reject the Vatican’s 2018 Cor Orans document which essentially centralizes control over religious orders, and imposes all sorts of modernist restrictions that are designed to suppress the traditions of their charism, established by St. Theresa of Avila. Catherine Bauer, the lay director of marketing and development for the nuns explained what they are doing:

“Every monastery has its own idea about how to respond to Cor Orans.  We know of 60 monasteries who are very much against it, but the Fairfield Carmelites are the only ones willing to take a stand.  I think the others believe that if they lay low, things will blow over.  Since the Fairfield nuns received the apostolic visitation, however, it is their head on the chopping block.  Our nuns have chosen to stand up and fight, even if they will be doing so alone.

The Fairfield nuns do not want to be in this position in which they are being forced to choose between their charism and the heart of the Church.  They love the Magisterium, they love the Church and its history.  They have no intention of being schismatic, nor do they want to disobey rules.  They are Carmelites, and they are Catholic.  But this is their Church, too, and they shouldn’t be forced to choose between 500 years of Carmelite history and being in the heart of the Church.

We need the Carmelite nuns.  We need their prayers.  We must not diminish the role of contemplative orders in the Church.  Prayer will save our Church, and it will save our world.  We must protect these nuns at whatever the cost.

CLMC note: Like the faithful Carmelites of Compiègne, the Carmelites of Fairfield are willing to take a stand against the revolutionary ideas and programs now circulating in the upper levels of the Church. At the very least, let us consider not only praying more for these faithful Carmelite nuns, but also begin thinking of practical and local means to keep Tradition alive and protected should similar visitors from overseas come knocking at our local doors.

The Carmelites of Fairfield and the Compiègne Martyrs are devoted to the Traditional Latin Mass. What Mass are you attending Sunday?

Thanksgiving update & Respect Life Mass Saturday 8am

Dear friends of the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC),

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a few updates to share as we head into the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.

Thanksgiving Mass cancellation tomorrow

The Thursday 7pm Latin Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas is canceled tomorrow due to Thanksgiving.

4th Saturday Respect Life Latin Mass

As custom, there will be a Latin Mass at 8am this Saturday at St. Ann for the end of abortion

Advent/Christmas Schedule & Mass Time Correction

  • We share the Advent/Christmas schedule as currently announced: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/
  • Correction: We incorrectly advertised a Saturday December 4 Rorate Mass at St. John the Baptist in Tryon as beginning at 6:30am. The Mass is actually at 6:00am

Catholic Thanksgiving History

To learn more about the Catholic traditions that influenced the U.S. Thanksgiving, please visit Sunday’s post: https://charlottelatinmass.org/2021/11/21/last-sunday-after-pentecost-advent-christmas-schedule/

Late November Feast Days

This week as the liturgical year winds down, the traditional calendar has some unique feasts in late November. We share a few along with some helpful background both spiritually and historically.

  • Feast of St. Cecilia: This past Monday November 22 was the feast of St. Cecilia, the patron of musicians. Dom Prosper Gueranger had a great reflection on her life and noted she can be an excellent saint to overcome fear. Since many people are anxious or have fear over our country, COVID, vaccine mandates, problems in the Church, etc. – she might be a good saint to have recourse to:
  • …Without doubt, this zeal is not extinct; it still works in some, and its fruits rejoice and console the Church; but why does it slumber so profoundly in so many hearts which God had prepared to be its active centres? The cause is unhappily to be traced to that general coldness, produced by effeminacy, which might be taken by itself alone as the type of the age; but we must add thereto another sentiment, proceeding from the same source, which would suffice, if of long duration, to render the debasement of a nation incurable. This sentiment is fear; and it may be said to extend at present to its utmost limit. Men fear the loss of goods or position, fear the loss of comforts and ease, fear the loss of life. Needless to say, nothing can be more enervating, and consequently more dangerous to the world, than this humiliating pre-occupation but above all, we must confess that it is anything but Christian. Have we forgotten that we are merely pilgrims on this earth? And has the hope of future good died out of our hearts? Caecilia will teach us how to rid ourselves of this sentiment of fear. In her days, life was less secure than now. There certainly was then some reason to fear; and yet Christians were so courageous, that the powerful pagans often trembled at the words of their victims. https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-22-st-caecilia-virgin-martyr/
  • Feast of Pope St. Clement I: Tuesday November 23, was the feast of St. Clement, the 4th Pope. Dom Gueranger has a fascinating story that confirms Papal Primacy. A controversy broke out in the early Church of Corinth during Clement’s reign when St. John was still alive and nearby in Ephesus, yet the Corinth Church wrote to Pope Clement in Rome for his assistance, demonstrating papal authority:  
  • The Corinthians at last felt the necessity of putting an end to a disorder, which might be prejudicial to the extension of the Christian faith; and for this purpose, it was requisite to seek assistance from outside. The Apostles had all departed this life, except St. John, who was still the light of the Church. It was no great distance from Corinth to Ephesus, where the Apostle resided; yet it was not to Ephesus but to Rome that the Church of Corinth turned.  Clement examined the case referred to his judgment by that Church, and sent to Corinth five commissaries to represent the Apostolic See. https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-23-st-clement-i-pope-and-martyr/
  • Feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria:  Tomorrow, Thursday November 25 is the feast of St. Catherine of Alexandria who was taken off the calendar in 1969 when the Novus Ordo Mass was introduced but later restored by Pope St. John Paul II in 2002 (it always remained on the Traditional Calendar). She is one of the 14 Holy Helpers, and as this article notes, perhaps a good recourse against Protestant heretics: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/st-catherine-of-alexandria-in-counter.html (As a reminder the TLM calendar has several saints who were unjustly removed in 1969 including St. Christopher, St. Philomena – the Novus Ordo’s loss is our gain!)
  • The Miraculous Medal: Saturday November 27 is the optional feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal. To learn more about this feast day visit Fisheaters.com: https://www.fisheaters.com/miraculousmedal.html

God Bless and happy Thanksgiving,

Last Sunday After Pentecost (Advent & Christmas Schedule)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Today, the last (or 24th) Sunday after Pentecost, is when the Church focuses on the end of the world, as the liturgical year is also symbolic of the history of the Church.  As custom, Dr. Mike Foley has a reflection for this Sunday and notes how this Sunday prepares us for Advent season, which in its own way, prepares us for Christ’s 2nd coming. We should also note, today’s feast day of the Presentation of the Blessed Mother (suppressed when falls on a Sunday) also prepares us for Advent, as it marks the one of the beginnings of the Incarnation history (see our Presentation section below): Dr. Foley’s reflection:  http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/the-stirring-collect-for-last-sunday.html

  • St. Thomas Aquinas: 11:30am Sunday High Mass
  • St. Ann: 12:30pm Sunday High Mass

Thanksgiving scheduling note: Due to Thanksgiving Holiday, the Thursday Nov. 25 7pm St. Thomas Aquinas Latin Mass is canceled.

Advent and Christmas Schedule

Parishes are now starting to publish the Advent and Christmas schedules and we are pleased to post the announced Latin Masses (or schedule changes) on our website: https://charlottelatinmass.org/mass-times/

Mr. David Carter Receives Minor Orders

It is with great joy that we share that FSSP seminarian Mr. David Carter, formerly a member of our community and St. Ann parish received minor orders yesterday at Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska. The seminary is operated by the Fraternity of St. Peter (FSSP), and exclusively follows the Traditional Latin Mass, and as such, Mr. Carter received minor orders in the Traditional Rite. Please keep Mr. Carter in your prayers.

To watch the rich Pontifical ceremony visit here: https://youtu.be/I1AOlwsdKms  (The video concludes about halfway through the Mass/Offertory)

What are Minor and Major Orders? – For those new to the Traditional Latin Mass, there are differences in seminary formation, offices, and ordinations between the Traditional Rite and Novus Ordo. In the Traditional Rite, seminarians can receive “minor” orders such as porter, lector, exorcist, acolyte and subdeacon. Major orders would be deacon, and priesthood. Sadly, these minor orders were abolished or supressed by Pope Paul VI in 1973, and now only available to seminarians attending Traditional Latin Mass seminaries. To learn more visit: https://www.ncregister.com/blog/what-were-the-minor-orders-and-why-do-they-matter

 CCHD – Morally Problematic 2nd Collection

Today in some parishes, there will be a 2nd collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD), which is administered by the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops and has been found to be given money occasionally to morally problematic organizations that promote abortion or  revolutionary causes. Thankfully the more liturgically traditional parishes are not participating in this collection, but other parishes might. Know before you give. To learn more about the problems you can view at the Carolina Pro-Life Action Network’s website (a Catholic pro-life group here): https://www.prolifecharlotte.org/cchd-2021/

December 4 (8am – 3pm): Kolbe Center & Pamela Acker Presentation at St. John the Baptist, Tryon

We are pleased to share that St. John the Baptist parish in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be hosting the Kolbe Center for the Study of Creation, which advocates for the traditional doctrine of creation, presents a Catholic perspective on origins, and examines the problems with the theory of evolution, and why it is incompatible with the teachings of the Church and early Church fathers.  Evolutionism in its current form of modernism has had a terrible effect on the faith, and particularly the liturgy. Hugh Owen and Pamela Acker will be giving presentations. Additionally, as a bonus, Ms. Acker will also be giving a talk on her book Vaccination: A Catholic Perspective, which will take a close look at the COVID-19 vaccines and why they are problematic.  The day begins with an optional 6:00am Rorate Mass, followed by a breakfast, and presentations from 8am – 3pm. There is no cost, but a freewill offering may be taken. To learn more see the attached flyer. (CLMC co-sponsored the Kolbe Center in 2019)

All Souls Novena November 1 – 30 (now extended until November 30th!):The faithful can obtain a plenary indulgence for a poor soul in purgatory each day from November 1- 30 by visiting a cemetery, praying for the dead, attending Mass, and receiving Holy Communion.  The Vatican has now extended this all the way through November 30. See details on our website: https://charlottelatinmass.org/events/all-souls-novena/

Bishop Jugis Decision on Traditionis Custodes: From the pulpit last week, Fr. Reid announced that Bishop Jugis has given him and Fr. Jones authorization to continue offering the Latin Mass as is, along with major feast days and solemnities, weddings, funerals. However, no new regular Latin Masses may be added to the schedule. We presume this framework also applies to other parishes in the diocese. A letter to the faithful may be coming in the future. The CLMC will continue to monitor this situation. One thing is certain – regardless of what happens, the Latin Mass is the future. 

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • The Mythical Thanksgiving Indult by Pope Pius XII: As we approach the Thanksgiving Day holiday, we share with you a magnificent piece penned last year by Sharon Kabel, who examined the mysterious legend of the Friday-After-Thanksgiving Indult, supposedly granted by Pope Pius XII to allow American Catholics to eat meat on the day after Thanksgiving. It should be stated this is a moot point now since the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the US Bishops Conference has sadly allowed a “substitution” for Friday abstinence.  Anyhow, for traditionalists, this is an occasionally debated topic each Thanksgiving and Sharon does good research to find out the truth: http://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2020/11/on-mythical-pius-xii-thanksgiving.html
  • The Feasts of Christendom: History, Theology, and Customs of the Principal Feasts of the Catholic Church: As the CLMC has noted over the years, much of the traditions, customs, and culture found in the Catholic faith and Christendom were rooted in the Latin Mass’ well-ordered liturgical feast days and seasons. Learning them and practicing them prayer life, with family, or more publicly with parish community, is a first step towards restoring Catholic culture. Therefore we are pleased then to share a book review by our friend Dr. Peter Kwasniewski who discovered a new book on the feasts of Christendom by Dr. Phillip Campbell. To read more visit: https://www.newliturgicalmovement.org/2021/11/new-book-feasts-of-christendom-history.html#.YZnKULpOmHt
  • Reflections on the Church and America’s New Religions: Recently, an Archbishop addressed a group in Spain in which he warned about the dangers posed by corporations, government, media, etc. in establishing a “global civilization”. One may be tempted to think this is a new letter by Archbishop Viganò. However, it is not so. The Archbishop who authored this address may be surprising – it is none other than Archbishop Jose Gomez of Los Angeles, and the head of the U.S Conference of Catholic Bishops. Granted his talk is mixed with some modern references to social justice and controversial topics from Rome, but nonetheless, it shows that a few more bishops may be slowly (ever slowly) beginning to understand that something sinister is going on with COVID, the cancel culture, and the Great Reset’s “new normal”.  As an aside, to his credit, a few years ago, His Excellency did invite the Fraternity of St. Peter to establish a full Latin Mass parish in the archdiocese. Here is an excerpt from his November 4 address:

“An elite leadership class has risen in our countries that has little interest in religion and no real attachments to the nations they live in or to local traditions or cultures. This group, which is in charge in corporations, governments, universities, the media, and in the cultural and professional establishments, wants to establish what we might call a global civilization, built on a consumer economy and guided by science, technology, humanitarian values, and technocratic ideas about organizing society.”

https://archbishopgomez.org/blog/reflections-on-the-church-and-americas-new-religions

CLMC note: It is a good reminder to consider keep praying for our bishops – especially in light of their abandoning the fight over the Eucharist last week.

Thanksgiving: Catholic Origins

On the feast of Martinmas (November 11), we shared a few articles which discussed the European-Catholic origins of the American Thanksgiving, which was modeled after the feast of St. Martin (Martinmas) and was sort of an end of the harvest commemoration. That is likely where the pilgrims developed the idea of an American thanksgiving. With the American Thanksgiving upon us this week, we wanted to provide some Catholic background on the topic, both liturgically and historically. We re-share the Martinmas articles and some additional ones:

While, as we note above, the American Thanksgiving holiday was organized by protestants, the first true Thanksgiving was actually Catholic in origin, and held 50 years earlier in newly discovered San Augustine, Florida in 1565 by Spanish explorers. Their priest offered Mass (TLM of course) – the first on American soil, and then held a feast. Here are a few articles that explain the origins:

Feast of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary – November 21

The Presentation of the Blessed Mother (November 21), is often an overlooked Marian feast day. It was, as Dom Prosper Gueranger noted, instituted later in the Latin Church’s history (locally the 14th century and universally in the 16th century). With Mary’s “sojourn” beginning in the Old Testament times, this feast helps us in a sense helps us to prepare for end of the Old Covenant, and prepares us, via Advent next weekend, for the Incarnation, which was at that point in history was only a few years away. Dom Gueranger’s reflection: https://sensusfidelium.us/the-liturgical-year-dom-prosper-gueranger/november/november-21-the-presentation-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary/

The first Thanksgiving Mass celebrated in America was a Traditional Latin Mass. What Mass are you attending on Sunday?

November 14: 6th Resumed Sunday After Epiphany

Laudetur Iesus Christus! As we wind down the liturgical year, Sunday is the 6th Sunday after Epiphany (resumed), which, as we noted last week, is one of the unused or preempted Sundays from last winter that is placed at the end of the liturgical year. For this week’s commentary, we share Fr. John Zhulsdorf’s reflection in OnePeterFive: https://onepeterfive.com/tribulation-be-of-good-cheer/    

This week should be a normal schedule for the Latin Mass:  

  • Sunday: 11:30am (St. Thomas), 12:30pm (St. Ann)
  • Weekday: 6pm Wednesday (St. Ann); 7pm Thursday (St. Thomas Aquinas); 7am Friday (St. Ann) and 12:30pm (St. Mark)

Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation Video

In case you missed it, we are pleased to share with our readers a video and talk of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s presentation last Saturday.

REMINDER – Vaccine Mandates Petition:

If you haven’t seen the petition encouraging Bishop Jugis to speak out against vaccine mandates, you can view/sign it here: https://www.ipetitions.com/petition/bishop-jugis-condemn-forced-vaccinations

Religious Exemptions for Vaccines:

As a reminder, the Carolina Family Coalition (CFC), a non-profit founded by Catholic pro-life leaders in Charlotte to defend the family against the secular culture, has published some helpful information on how to obtain a religious exemption (see link below). They can also help refer people to an attorney if need be. Link: https://www.prolifecharlotte.org/obtaining-a-religious-exemption/

All Souls Novena November 1 – 30 (now extended until November 30th!):Monday November 1 (All Saints day) begins the annual All Souls novena where you can obtain a plenary indulgence for a poor soul in purgatory each day from November 1- 30 by visiting a cemetery, praying for the dead, attending Mass, and receiving Holy Communion.  The Vatican has now extended this all the way through November 30. You can also obtain a separate plenary indulgence on All Souls Day November 2nd by offering prayers in a Church (Our Father & Creed).  See details on our website: https://charlottelatinmass.org/events/all-souls-novena/

Latin Mass & Traditional News

  • Bread – A Mirrored Curse: Fr. William Rock, FSSP, who offers the Latin Mass exclusively at the FSSP parish in Houston, Texas, writes a helpful article providing the traditional understanding of bread which became punishment for original sin (through the labor it required), became part of his sanctification in the Eucharist: https://fssp.com/bread-a-mirrored-curse/
  • Agatha Christie Latin Mass Indult Turns 50: A few years after Vatican II, when the transitional and/or Novus Ordo Mass was being mandated, several requests were sent to the Vatican asking for an indult or permission to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass. It’s been reported by pious custom (though perhaps not formally confirmed) that both St. Padre Pio and St. Josemaría Escrivá (the founder of Opus Dei), requested permission from Rome to continue offering the Traditional Latin Mass for the rest of their priesthood. These requests were not limited to priests however. Around this same time, a group of layman in the United Kingdom organized a petition to the Pope defending the Latin Mass’ importance and asking permission that it continue to be offered in the UK. Among the signers of this petition were a few non-Catholic signers, most notably, author Agatha Christie, from which this indult receives its name.  The petition was approved by Rome in November 1971, and led to more petitions for allowing the Traditional Latin Mass usage later paved the way for two Papal Motu Proprios (Ecclesia Dei in 1988 and Summorum Pontificum in 2007) which granted the laity greater access to the Traditional Latin Mass. We mention this as this month celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Agatha Christie Indult. To learn more visit: https://onepeterfive.com/non-catholics-petition-pope-latin-mass/

Archbishop Viganò’s Landmark Address to the Swiss People

Lastly, in these times of “brazen impiety”, it often easy for faithful Catholics to be tempted to fall into a depression (hopefully not despair!) over the actions of Church leaders who often speak, take positions or act contrary to the traditional deposit of faith. Yet juxtaposed such clergy is someone like Archbishop Carlo Maria Viganò, whose courageous words should fill Catholics with hope that not all is lost and Christ still reigns over His Church. Earlier this month, Archbishop Viganò, (the former Papal Nuncio to the U.S.) wrote a letter to Swiss citizens protesting against their country’s COVID-19 measures which include vaccine mandates. Most of these people, it can be presumed, are non-Catholics or non-practicing Catholics, and are likely just modern pagans.  Yet, the Archbishop recognizes the goodwill found in their cry for freedom against the “health dictatorship”; and like a tender father beautifully calls them to fight for the highest and true freedom found in virtue, the natural law and in following the teachings of Jesus Christ and His Church. Simply put, Archbishop Viganò cares about the souls of these people and is calling them back to God. Furthermore, he invites them to recognize that the culture of death and the COVID-19 health dictatorship are one in the same. 

At a time when many Church leaders are letting their dioceses bleed parishioners through bad liturgies, watered down homilies, tolerance of pro-abortion politicians or adulterers receiving Holy Communion, sodomy promotion, and by pursuing strange issues such as climate change, Archbishop Viganò, like St. Paul speaking at the Areopagus (Acts 17:18-34), is actively trying to convert lost souls to Christ and grow the Catholic Church. Here are a few excerpts:

“Have you decided to protest because the freedom to not be subjected to health control is the same freedom in whose name you believe you have the right to kill children in the mother’s womb, the elderly, and those who are sick in their hospital beds? Is this the same freedom that would legitimize homosexual unions and gender theory? Is this the freedom to which you appeal? The freedom to offend the Law of God, to blaspheme His Name, to violate the natural law that he has written on the heart of every human being?

Because if what you want is only to be free to do what you want, your demonstration makes no sense. It is precisely those who speak to you about gender equality, the right to “reproductive health,” to euthanasia, to surrogate motherhood and sexual liberty who today hold you all in their grip, deciding what is right for you in the name of “your good,” public health, or the protection of the planet. It is they who before too long will unite the green pass with your digital ID, with your bank account, with your tax, salary, social security and health status, and in doing so — for “your good” — they will be able to decide if you can work, travel, go to a restaurant, and buy a steak or rather some insects.

…I am talking about the freedom to say no to those who, by envisaging progress in the world of work and enthusiastically showing you the free time, you will be able to enjoy with reduced work hours, are reducing your salary, eliminating your union protections, depriving you of the means of subsistence for supporting a family, forcing you to live in ever-smaller and more anonymous apartments that are always further in the outskirts of town. To say no to those who first deprive you of the autonomy of a job by creating unemployment and eliminating professional specializations, and then offer you the citizenship income by which to make you slaves, blackmailed by a State that decides on what conditions you can work.”

We also note that as a faithful traditionalist, in the spirit of Leo XIII, the good Archbishop also speaks out against the degradation of worker rights by the hands of the corporate culture of death and “servile state” and alternatively presents the traditional social doctrines of the Church – something nearly forgotten in this age. We may indeed be watching Church history unfold in a magnificent way in these words of His Excellency Carlo Viganò. Let us consider praying for the clergy of the Church that more will follow Archbishop Viganò’s lead (and for the conversion of the Swiss back to the faith).

Archbishop Viganò, who is heroically trying to bring lost souls back to God, also offers the Traditional Latin Mass regularly. What Mass are you attending on Sunday?

Martinmas and Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation (Video)

Laudetur Iesus Christus and blessed Martinmas Day! This day, in which the Church honors the great bishop, St. Martin of Tours, was also the thanksgiving and harvest celebration throughout Catholic Europe in centuries past. Families would attend Mass, and spent the day in celebration, and feasting on cooked goose. It has been supposed that the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. instituted by protestants, was to some degree based on this ancient Catholic custom in Europe (more on that in two weeks).  St. Thomas Aquinas parish will offer a 7pm High Mass this evening.

This feast day also served as the beginning of the ancient St. Martin’s Lent (beginning the next day), a 40 day period of fasting an prayer leading up to Christmas. To learn more about this feast day and the mini-Lent that accompanied it, we share these excellent articles posted on OnePeterFive and Fisheaters:

Dr. Kwasniewski Presentation Video

We are pleased to share with our readers a video and talk of Dr. Peter Kwasniewski’s presentation last Saturday.

Resources mentioned in the presentation:

How Often Should We Attend the Traditional Latin Mass?

During his lecture, Dr. Kwasniewski raised several interesting points, the first two, inspired by the rule of St. Benedict:

  • The Traditional Latin Mass is a superior home or environment in which to settle down spiritually (stability of heart and place)
  • It could be harmful to be nomads who do not have a settled liturgical home
  • When one attends the Traditional Latin Mass consistently, one can receive the full benefits and graces this liturgy offers throughout the year

If these points are indeed true (which are self-evident), how can one regularly attend the Traditional Latin Mass in Charlotte, build a spiritual home, and partake in the full benefits of this timeless liturgy, when it is offered so infrequently and irregularly during the week? It’s an excellent question to ask in a diocese that appears to be quite supportive of the Latin Mass – a question many CLMC readers noted over the years.

While on Sundays, there are two diocesan Latin Masses an hour apart, there are gaps in the schedule including early-mid Sunday mornings which are easier for younger families.  During the week, Latin Masses are not offered Mondays or Tuesdays, and scattered Latin Masses are offered from Wednesday – Saturday across three Charlotte-area parishes (formerly four) – leaving the faithful to spend much time behind the wheel, instead of in front of the Blessed Sacrament.  By comparison, Novus Ordo Masses are offered in each neighborhood parish daily, often at multiple times and hours.

Setting aside the supposed restrictions placed on the Latin Mass by the new Motu Proprio, how can the faithful grow in holiness on a daily basis – and save their souls – according to the Traditional Latin Mass and its spiritual and sacramental life, when it is voluntarily offered on a mere limited basis? These are questions that the diocese of Charlotte will need to address if it indeed considers the Traditional Latin Mass to be part of its liturgical vision and future.  Let us continue to pray for the priests and our bishop of this diocese. St. Martin of Tours, pray for us!