Feast of the Assumption update

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have two events we wanted to share with you occurring over the next few weeks.

1.  Feast of the Assumption Tuesday August 15: St. Ann parish will offer a Low Mass, at 7am. Currently that is the only Latin Mass we are aware of that day.

2. Feast of the Holy Cross, Raleigh – September 14: We have a new sister organization in Raleigh, the Tridentine Mass Society of Raleigh and they are hitting the ground running. On Thursday September 14th 7pm, they are sponsoring a Solemn High Mass at the new Holy Name of Jesus Cathedral in Raleigh. Please see the attached flyer for details.

We will also keep you posted on any Latin Masses closer to Charlotte for that day (if any). As many recall, that will be the 10th anniversary of the implementation of Pope Benedict’s Moto Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, which provided greater access for the Traditional Latin Mass.

Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel – Sunday July 16th

Laudetur Iesus Christus! We have a special feast celebration on Sunday July 16th we want to share with you – please read.

Sunday July 16th is the 6th Sunday after Pentecost and the commemoration of the Feast of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel.  As you may recall, tradition holds that Our Lady appeared to St. Simon Stock in 1251, a Carmelite friar residing at Mt. Carmel in the Holy Land and gave him the Scapular, with a promise that those who wear this will never suffer eternal fire. From this derived the devotion to the brown Scapular, the cloth that many wear faithfully.

Feast Celebration – Sunday July 16th

To commemorate this important feast and devotion, on Sunday July 16th, the CLMC will be organizing a special celebration for 12:30pm Sunday Latin Mass at St. Ann.  The celebration will feature:

  • Beautiful Gregorian chant offered during Mass by the Cantate Domino Latin Choir.
  • Scapular enrollments after every St. Ann’s Mass that weekend (If you’re not currently wearing a brown scapular or enrolled – we encourage all to do so after Mass).
  • Celebration after Mass in the courtyard with brown(ie) Scapular sundaes/ice cream treats.

Please spread the word and invite your friends. These types of feasts are the perfect opportunity to invite newcomers to the Traditional Mass.

Benediction after Sunday Latin Mass (June 18)

While we were unable to have Latin Mass today on the traditional Feast of Corpus Christi (June 15), we are pleased to announce that after 12:30pm Latin Mass on Sunday June 18 (at St. Ann), Father will provide brief exposition and benediction of the Blessed Sacrament immediately at the conclusion of Mass.  As you may recall, Sunday June 18 is the External Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the traditional rite.

St. Ann’s will also offer a Eucharistic procession after the 10:30 am Novus Ordo Mass as custom.

Mass schedule for June

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have a few Mass changes to advise you about at St. Ann’s:

Mass cancellations:  There will be no Latin Masses at St. Ann’s on:

  • Wednesday June 14 (6pm),
  • Friday June 16 (7am)
  • Wednesday June 21 (6pm)
  • Friday June 23 (7am)

There will be a 6pm Novus Ordo Mass on both Wednesdays (preceded by Holy Hour).

On Friday June 23 (Feast of the Sacred Heart) there will be 3 Latin Masses:

  • 12:30pm – St. Mark parish, Huntersville
  • 6pm – St. Michael in Gastonia
  • 7pm – St. Patrick Cathedral (High Mass)

Whit Embertide update

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

The traditional Latin Mass calendar has many feasts and customs devoted to the land, agriculture and creation which are worth exploring sometime. The summertime Ember Days which we commemorate this week falls during the week of Pentecost.  As usual Fisheaters.com has a great summary which you can read here: http://www.fisheaters.com/emberdays.html

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

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


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


Father Reid’s ordination anniversary

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

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

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

Ascension week update

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ascension Mass at St. Ann

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