Solemn High Mass for Feast of St. Michael – Saturday Sept 29

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  Tomorrow, Saturday September 29, is an important feast day in the traditional Roman Rite calendar – the Feast of the Dedication of the Basilica of St. Michael the Archangel (more below), otherwise known as Michaelmas.

To commemorate the feast, tomorrow, Saturday September 29, the priests at the St. Joseph College Seminary will offer a Solemn High Latin Mass for the Feast of St. Michael (Michaelmas), at 8am at St. Ann parish.

Saturday September 29 – Michaelmas

8am Solemn High Latin Mass (Missa Solemnis) – offered by the priests of St. Joseph Seminary

St. Ann Catholic Church

3635 Park Road, Charlotte


History of the Feast of St. Michael

This feast day, a 1st class feast, was established in the 5th century after St. Michael appeared at a cave near Gargano (Apulia), Italy (Monte Sant’ Angelo). Later after another apparition, a Church was built in the cave and dedicated to St. Michael, hence the formal name of the feast day. One of the neat things about this apparition is that St. Michael sanctified the cave to God, and the actual rock of the cave became a “relic” of St. Michael which fragments are made available to the faithful for veneration.

To learn more visit:

Customs and Traditions for Michaelmas –

History of the Apparitions at Gargano –

More history on St. Michael the Archangel –


St. Michael and the Latin Mass

Lastly, we should not forget that invoking St. Michael’s intercession is part of the custom of the Traditional Latin Mass.  After each Low Mass, we conclude the Leonine prayers with the St. Michael prayer, which Pope Leo XIII composed in 1884 after his terrible vision of Satan attacking the Church and requested it be prayed after each Low Mass.  Pius XII later asked these prayers be prayed for the conversion of Russia, as requested by Our Lady of Fatima.

Sáncte Míchael Archángele, defénde nos in proélio, cóntra nequítiam et insídias diáboli ésto præsídium. Ímperet ílli Déus, súpplices deprecámur: tuque, prínceps milítiæ cæléstis, Sátanam aliósque spíritus malígnos, qui ad perditiónem animárum pervagántur in múndo, divína virtúte, in inférnum detrúde. Ámen.

Saint Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle.  Be our protection against the malice and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him we humbly pray; and do thou, O Prince of the Heavenly host, by the power of God, thrust into hell Satan and all evil spirits who wander through the world for the ruin of souls. Amen.


Mid September update

Laudetur Iesus Christus!  We have a few updates coming up over the next week:

Homecoming celebration – Sunday September 16, 12:30pm

Weather permitting*, this Sunday September 16 following the 12:30 PM Latin Mass at St. Ann parish we’ll have our annual Latin Mass homecoming celebration.  This will be to welcome “home” to the Latin Mass some of the new attendees who signed up at our Eucharistic Congress.  Please join us after Mass for a lively reception and as we always try to do, please be sure to welcome any new attendees you may encounter and help answer any questions they may have about the Latin Mass. *Should the hurricane appear prohibit a celebration, we’ll send out an e-mail notification.

Feast of the Holy Cross – Friday September 14

A few days before our homecoming celebration is the Feast of the Holy Cross, Friday September 14, when we celebrate St. Helena’s discover of the relic of the true cross in Jerusalem.

  • St. Ann will have as normal, it’s 7am Friday Low Latin Mass. Around 9am, Father will display a relic of the true Cross for veneration until 5pm. At 5pm there will be a Holy Hour of Reparation (FYI – a Novus Ordo Mass follows the Holy Hour).
  • St. John the Baptist in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be offering a High Latin Mass at 6:30 PM on September 14th (offered by Fr. Jason Christian)

Special Latin Mass at St. Michael parish in Gastonia – Friday September 21

Although the Latin Mass is on hiatus at St. Michael while the new pastor learns the Latin Mass, there will be a special High Mass offered by Fr. Matthew Bean on Friday September 21st at 6:00 PM (Feast of St. Matthew/Ember Friday).  We encourage all Latin Mass attendees in the Gastonia area to attend and express their appreciation for this special offering of the Latin Mass.

Special Prayer to Avert storms

This week one of our priests made an excellent point in a sermon, pointing out that we mustn’t forget that we can pray that God averts this storm as He has power over all creation (paraphrase). To that end, the CLMC wishes to direct all faithful and priests to the special prayers that the 1962 Latin Mass Missal has to avert storms. It’s listed in the back of the Missal under Special Commemorations and has a special Collect, Secret and Post Communion prayers to avert storms. Perhaps our priests can include these (if permitted) in their Masses this week. We post below for everyone’s benefit:

To Avert Storms


We beseech Thee, O Lord, that all spiritual wickedness may be driven away from Thy house, and that the fury of the storms may pass away.  Through our Lord Jesus Christ…


O Lord, we offer up to Thee praises and gifts, giving thanks for blessings bestowed and ever with humility praying that more may be granted. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

Post Communion

Almighty, everlasting God, who by chastising healest and by forgiving dost preserve, grant that we who humbly pray to Thee, may rejoice in the peace and consolation which we desire and ever enjoy the gift of Thy mercy. Through our Lord Jesus Christ…

A great way to make sacrifices for the Church

Laudetur Iesus Christus! In these dim times for the Church, we have some joyful news to share with you.

We would like to re-introduce you to the Hermits of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, a traditional Catholic religious men’s community according to the ancient Carmelite charism in its original eremitical form.  These hermits (6 and growing) are establishing a foundation in Fairfield, Pennsylvania under the Bishop of Harrisburg, Ronald Gainer.

The mission of the Hermits is to provide the Traditional Mass and priestly services for the traditional Discalced Carmelite Nuns in the Carmel of Jesus, Mary & Joseph, which was also just established in Fairfield.  In fact, both the Hermits and the Nuns have ties to our community.

The challenge for the Hermits though is they were just established earlier this year and subsist entirely on alms and the charity of the faithful. This is where you can help.

Currently, the Hermits need $27,000 immediately to pay for their in-house seminary studies this year in order to complete their priestly formation. To assist them, we ask you: Would you consider making a personal donation and encourage others to do likewise?  

As the Church crisis deepens and the need to make sacrifices increase, can there be a more efficacious sacrifice than supporting Carmelite Hermits whose charism is to pray and sacrifice for the purification and sanctification of the Church?  Your contributions will not only benefit the Hermits, but the cloistered nuns they serve as well as the entire Church. It’s really an exponential opportunity for making sacrifices to help the Church.

To learn more about their needs please view the attachments here and here.

To make a tax deductible donation to the Hermits please visit their donation page:

(Donations go directly to the Hermits)

1st Sunday Latin Mass at Salisbury (Reception & Class after)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! Please see the note from the Salisbury Latin Mass Community about the 1st Sunday Latin Mass at Sacred Heart in Salibury this Sunday September 2nd at 4pm. There will also be a class by Fr. Barone and a potluck-snack reception:


Salvete in Christo!

Please join us for the Traditional Latin Mass next Sunday, September 2nd, at 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart, Salisbury.  Father Jason Barone will be the celebrant.

After Mass Gathering
Father Barone has agreed to graciously share his time to speak after Mass. The discussion topic will be how Father came to embrace the Extraordinary Form of the Mass.  Afterward, Father will answer your questions related to the Extraordinary Form.  We will gather in Brincefield Hall, which is located to the right as you leave the church.  You are welcome to bring a dessert/snack to share.  Drinks and paper products will be provided.

The After Mass Gathering will be offered each month, as our celebrant priests’ time allows.

Prayer for our seminarians:

Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for these men whom You have called to discern priesthood. We beg Your continued blessings on our Diocese and families. Call forth even more men of generous spirit and fervent love whom You desire for this holy work.


St. Joseph, pray for us.

(Source: St. Thomas Aquinas, Charlotte, website)

Schedule for the Feast of the Assumption (Aug. 14-15)

Laudetur Iesus Christus! This Wednesday is the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Mother and we have a few Mass times to note. Both St. Ann parish in Charlotte and St. John the Baptist in Tryon (2 hours west of Charlotte) will be offering Latin Masses on both the Vigil of the Assumption (Tuesday August 14) and the Feast of the Assumption (Wednesday August 15). As a reminder, Wednesday August 15 is a holy day of obligation.


Importance of Vigil Masses on August 14

A note of clarification, while the Tuesday evening Masses can fulfil the obligation to attend Mass for Wednesday (the Assumption), the actual Vigil Mass in the Extraordinary Form is its own distinct Mass for that day. In earlier times, the day prior to major feast days were called vigils which retained its own separate prayers and readings for the Mass.  A recent example from last week is the Vigil of St. Lawrence Thursday August 9, which was followed by the Feast of St. Lawrence the next day (August 10). It’s sort of two parts of one whole.  Although only Wednesday is a holy day of obligation, you are invited to attend Mass both Tuesday and Wednesday if possible.


Fasting on major vigils

Also in Sunday’s bulletin, Fr. Reid encourages all to fast tomorrow, Tuesday August 14*: I also encourage you to fast from something on August 14th. It’s an old and venerable Catholic practice to fast before great feast days, which is how the seasons of Advent and Lent were started. Skipping a meal or giving up something you desire (like your morning cup of coffee or your evening glass of wine) is a good sacrifice to offer to our Lord that will make you all the more hungry for the graces our Lord desires to give you through this consecration. Fasting before a great feast is not a quid pro quo that we engage in with God in the hopes of getting something from Him. Rather, it is a sign of our desire to be united with our Lord in His suffering and death so that we might be united with Him in His resurrection.

*Though fasting on vigils is now optional, it’s encouraged.


St. Ann

Tuesday August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption: Solemn High Latin Mass, 5:30 PM

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High/Sung Mass, 6:00pm (preceded by Holy Hour at 5pm)


St. Thomas Aquinas

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High Mass, 7:00pm


St. John the Baptist, Tryon

Tuesday August 14 – Vigil of the Assumption: High/sung Mass, 6:30 PM

Wednesday August 15 – Feast of the Assumption: High/sung Mass, Mass, 6:30pm

180 Laurel Ave, Tryon, NC 28782 –

Low Mass this Sunday 1pm in Columbia, SC

For those looking for a summer road trip, we have a special Latin Mass to announce this Sunday August 12 in Columbia, South Carolina (90 miles south of Charlotte).

Fr. James Buckley, FSSP will be offering a Low Mass at 1pm at the St. Thomas More Chapel on the campus of the University of South Carolina in Columbia. As noted earlier this week Fr. James Buckley is a priest with the Fraternity of St. Peter (a Latin Mass order of priests) and has visited with our community a few times.

Sunday August 12, 1pm

Low Mass – Fr. James Buckley

St. Thomas More Chapel – USC

1610 Greene St. Columbia, SC 29201

This event is also historic as this might be the 1st public Sunday Latin Mass in the Columbia/Midlands area since the FSSP had to stop serving the region 7-10 years ago (low turnout).

The event is being organized by the Columbia Traditional Latin Mass Community.

Latin Mass near Waxhaw, NC tomorrow August 7 at 9am

We have a last minute Traditional Latin Mass occurring tomorrow Tuesday August 7, at 9am in Lancaster, South Carolina:

For those living in the far south part of Charlotte, Fr. James Buckley, FSSP (former spiritual director of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, NE) will be offering a special Traditional Latin Mass tomorrow, Tuesday 9am at Our Lady of Grace parish in Lancaster, SC (just south of the NC border).

Low Mass offered by Fr. James Buckley, FSSP

Tuesday August 7, 9am

Our Lady of Grace Parish

7095 Waxhaw Highway, Lancaster, SC 29720

Fr. Buckley occasionally passes thru the area during his summer vacation.  A reader alerted us to the Mass via this posting in the parish’s bulletin yesterday: