Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Fact: Upcoming Masses in the Extraordianry Form at St. Ann's in Chalrlotte

Great news... some of the expected Masses for March look like they will be reality!

Low Mass for Ash Wednesday
Wednesday, March 5 at 7am

Missa Cantata for Solemnity of St. Joseph
Wednesday, March 19  at 7pm

Missa Cantata Solemnity of the Annunciation BVM
Tuesday, March 25 at 7pm

.... and the graces continue to flow at St. Ann's... please continue to pray for Fr. Reid, Altar Severs, and Schola!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Fact: Terrific 2014 Coming at St. Ann's in Charlotte

Gentle Readers,

I hope that you are all having a wonderful Christmastide!

In thinking about the blessings of 2013 for my year-end thanksgiving, it has been a truly amazing year for us here in the Diocese of Charlotte... it is truly a wonderful story.  Let us recount briefly some of our blessings:

1.  For the second year in a row, a newly ordained priest (Fr. Christian) of the Diocese offered his First Mass of Thanksgiving in the Extraordinary Form.

2.  In the priest assignment rotations, last year's newly ordained (Fr. Barone) landed a bit closer to Charlotte allowing for better "coverage" and for more Solemn High Masses being offered.

3. One of our newly ordained Diocesan transitional Deacons (Rev. Mr. Noah Carter) served his first Mass as Deacon in the Extraordinary Form in Rome, as well as serving many other.  We are hopeful that his priestly ordination here this summer will follow a First Mass of Thanksgiving in the Extraordinary Form

4.  Several Class I Solemnities and Holy days of obligation offered at St. Ann's and many other local parishes, including the annual Feast of St. Anne with His Excellency, Bishop Jugis again in choir; as well as, the first Orchestra Missa Cantata offered at Sacred Heart Church in Salisbury with the newly formed Carolina Catholic Chorale!

5.  And the "Big Story" of the Year... Charlotte gets a regular, weekly, Sunday Missa Cantata in the Extraordinary Form at St. Ann's at 12.30pm.  Thank you Fr. Reid, St. Ann's Altarboys, and St. Ann's Schola cantorum!!  This for me has been the biggest blessing and a font of graces that continually gives.

So what do we have to look forward in 2014?... I cannot wait!  But even without any specific "grapevine" items coming out of the Park Road curia of St. Ann's... just already scheduled Missae cantatae Sunday's alone this year would provide us with:

Feb. 2 - Purification of Blessed Virgin Mary (Candlemas &; Procession)
Apr. 13- Palm Sunday (Blessing of the Palms &; Procession)
Apr. 20- Solemnity of the Resurrection (Easter)
June 8 - Solemnity of Pentecost
June 15- Solemnity of Most Holy Trinity
June 29- Solemnity of Sts. Peter & Paul, Apostles
Sept. 14- Exultation of the Most Holy Cross
Oct. 26- Solemnity of Christ the King
Nov. 2 - Commemoration of All the Faithful Departed (All Souls)
Nov. 9 - Dedication of Lateran Basilica

Those are just the Sunday Masses already scheduled!

If we anticipate other Missae cantatae  based on history (nowhere published yet), we could likely expect to see offered:

Mar. 19 -  Solemnity of St. Joseph (Wednesday)
Mar. 25 -  Solemnity of the Annunciation (Tuesday)
May 29 -  Solemnity of the Ascension (Thursday)
June 19 - Solemnity of Corpus Christi (Thursday).. opening of Forty Hours perhaps?
July 26 - Feast of St. Anne (Saturday)
Aug. 15- Feast of the Assumption of Blessed Virgin Mary (Friday)
Dec. 8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception (Monday)
Dec. 20- Rorate Mass of Our Lady in Advent (Saturday)
Dec. 24- Vigil of the Nativity (Wednesday)

That's a total of 10 major Sunday feasts and 9 non-Sunday feasts, 19 in total!... who would have thought we would have come this far... I am so excited by all of this! 

And that is just want is already know or likely based on history, if we think about what another priest in the Diocese of Charlotte later this year (soon-to-be Fr. Carter) available to also offer Masses, I have to believe that just about every Holyday of Obligation will be covered somewhere in the Diocese... and, I am wondering about a potential Confirmation in the Extraordinary Form!?  Who knows what else this year may bring!

For those of you enjoying the fruits of this work, please get involved if you can to help this all continue to grow... how can you do that?  Help is needed in many areas... time, talent, and treasure!

1.  Attend the Masses and bring guests!
2.  Join the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC) mailing list
3.  Contribute financially ( if you are able) to support the music ministry, vestments, CLMC, etc.
4.  Join the schola/choir... the more willing to sing, the more Missae cantatae that can be supported for non-Sunday Holydays
5.  Offer the gift of your sons of service at the Altar... ages 11 and up
6.  Most importantly, pray for the continued support of the Mass in the Extraordinary form both at the local level and in Rome.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Fact: Busy December of High Masses at St. Ann's in Charlotte

Gentle Readers...

Happy Advent to you all... and as a special Advent Treat, I share with you terrific news from St. Ann's in Charlotte.

Sunday, Dec. 8, 12.30pm 
Missa Cantata for Immaculate Conception of BVM

Saturday, Dec. 21, 6.30am   
Missa Cantata for Blessed Virigin Mary on a Saturday of Advent (aka "Rotate" or "Golden Mass" due to it being a candlelit Mass pre-dawn)

Tuesday, Dec. 24, 6.30pm
Missa Solemnis for Vigil of Christmas

I hope that many of you will be able to attend these Masses.

Monday, September 16, 2013

Fact: Next "big" Mass at St. Ann's will be Michaelmas, Sept. 29

Gentle Readers...

It looks like the Missa Cantata with the St. Ann Schola & Choir for the Sunday, Sept. 29th, Feast of St. Michael the Archangel (aka Michaelmas) is confirmed.

Please pass the word... and let's fill St. Ann's for this 12.30pm Mass.

Sancte Michael Archangele... ora pro nobis!   

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Fact: Liturgical Woodstock

Gentle Readers... today's post is a sobering reminder of how wonderful it is to have St. Ann's in Charlotte available to us.

My Labor Day weekend worship experience....

While away on vacation, I drove 19 miles to try a different parish to see if I could avoid putting myself through another Memorial Day experience, but not only did I cross as state-line, but I must have driven through a time warp back to 1968.

I sort of knew I was in trouble when I walked in there was the large, communal bath tub, err, baptismal font in the middle of the doorway... a lovely older women in a tie-dye dress welcomed everyone and announced that since it was summertime, that that we would only be reciting the Gloria  (little did I know at the time this was probably a good thing!)  I'm guessing the guitarist was on summer holiday as well.

I searched in vain to find the Tabernacle to reverence it before entering my pew but to no avail other than I think it was the little square thing hidden behind the altar covered in a polyester green tablecloth, but I was not sure since there was no Sanctuary torch.

Ms. Tie Dye then announced that our "Gathering anthem" would be "Let there be Peace on Earth"... which seemed innocent enough, but there was to be a theme... for our "Presentation anthem" was a song I have never heard before, but it was in the "Peace" category of the hymnal and was a lovely dittie about God saving us from "bombs dropping" and "release us from the labor of our work and its injustice" to which was add that Catholic classic for "Communion anthem"... "We Shall Overcome"... which was actual in the hymnal!

Now, in fairness, there were two Communion anthems, the first one which was sung after the 18!!  Extraordinary Ministers of Communion mounted the Altar (and help themselves to the ciborium and chalices on the Altar so that they could commune simultaneously with the Celebrant) was "Let us break bread together on our knees".... However, the irony that seemed lost on everyone in this parish is that the entire congregations STANDS! the the momemt when the Council of 18 Elders mounts the Altar and REMAINED STANDING during the entire communion rite.  Talk about disconnected from reality... "let us break bread together on our knees unless we are actually standing"!

The Celebrant, dressed under his Chasuble, in a lovely kaki pants, black shoes, and no Roman collar was very conscious that it was "summer" and so did not waste much time on his Homily which was limited to "Jesus wants us to be humble and the rich CEOs need to take care of the poor in their company".  Literally, end of sermon.. on to the Creed, the Apostle's Creed! (it is summertime after all).  In addition to condensing the homily, he could not be bothered with Eucharistic Prayer I, so  EPII was used, but was shortened by eliminating his genuflections after the consecration.

At the end of communion, the 18 Elders placed all of their sacred vessels on an airline food cart and one of them wheeled it down one aisle, around the corner, to the back of the Altar, up the handicap ramp, and to the cube covered in the green polyester tablecloth confirming my earlier suspicion that it was the Tabernacle.

Mercifully, Father stood to offer the post communion prayer and end my suffering (or so I thought), but as he stood, a glow and joy that I had now seen all though the Mass came upon his face and said... "Alright, it's Birthday time!... who as a birthday today?"  for the next 10 minutes, he ran throughout  the congregation shaking their hands and everybody clapped each one!  Finally, it ended and he returned to the Sanctuary, turned and said..."And now... any Anniversaries!"  followed by another 8 minutes of greeting and applause.  (we had now just spent more time celebrating ourselves than the entire readings, homily, and eucharistic prayer of the Mass combined).  For once I was envious, instead of judgmental, of those who left after communion... Oh if I had only known!

Fortunately, we ran out of things to celebrate, and the TieDye cantor mounted her podium to announce that we would have TWO "Sending Forth anthems".... "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America"...  which were ended with thunderous applause.

I quietly said my thanksgiving prayers... (at least I think I did, I couldn't really hear myself amongst the great clamor of greeting congregants)... and made my way home, longing again for the peace, grace, and solitude of St. Ann's.

As I left Mass I looked for the Communist Party USA signup table, but I couldn't find it, perhaps since "it was summertime" they were not signing up new members.

Lastly, as I was pulling out of the parking lot, a car cut me off causing me to swerve to miss it...  on its bumper was the sticker ... "Pro-Obama Pro-Choice"!  sort of summed up my whole morning experience.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Grapevine: More Special Masses coming to St. Ann in Charlotte

Dear Readers,

I know, I know, it has been a while... but the summer flew by, and like all native Italians, I take the month of August off!  :-)

That said, now that I am back, the Grapevine is very active within the Park Rd. Curia and some wonderful things coming up.

But firstly, what wonderful things I personally missed by taking my August month off...
  • Missa Cantata Nuptial Mass (Aug. 3)
  • Missa Solemnis for the Vigil of the Assumption (Aug. 14)
  • Missa Solemnis for the Immaculate Heart of Mary (Aug. 22)

And now, what I am hearing is coming...
  • Missa Cantata Feast of St. Michael (Sept. 29,12.30pm)
  • Missa Cantata Feast of Christ the King (Oct. 27, 12.30pm)
  • Missa Cantata Requiem for All Souls (Nov. 2, Noon)
  • Missa Cantata Immaculate Conception (Dec. 8, 12.30pm)
  • Missa Solemnis Vigil of the Nativity (Dec. 24, 6.00pm)

The frequency with which St. Ann's is now offering these Masses is so great as to soon be making my little blog irrelevant in announcing these Masses, as St. Ann is almost fully transformed into a full "dual-form" parish will all the traditional calendar feasts being celebrated with full solemnity.

What a blessing this parish is in the heart of the Southeast!

Friday, May 31, 2013

Identity: Masses that are Sacred (Part II)

Dear Readers...

Divine Providence works in mysterious ways, and after my sad post of my experience at a less than sacred Mass in honor of the Most Holy Memorial Day at a parish that I was visiting, I had the opportunity to assist on Thursday at the Missa Cantata for Corpus Christi at St. Ann in Charlotte.

It was the "healing" that my soul needed after being so scandalized just four days earlier. The Mass was in a single word... Awesome!

Everything about this Mass was just so perfectly sacred and focused on the worship of God.  Much of this is simply inherent in the Mass in the Extraordinary form itself with the ad orientem posture and reverential rubrics.

Since a Eucharistic procession was to follow the Mass, as well as a Forty Hours Adoration, the one thing that was different was that immediately after Communion, the Sanctissima was placed in the Monstrance and the rubrics changed... the priest servers were careful as the Mass concluded with the last few prayers not to have their backs to the Blessed Sacrament and double genuflects were the norm.  The Real Presence was just so obvious...

And the Servers... I lost count after 15 of them, all just so reverent and precise in their movements, and it was a bit complicated at the end of the Mass as the Altar cards were removed, Father Reid's Chasuble was removed and replaced with the Cope, the incensation of the Sanctissima, and the formation of the Eucharistic procession... but they performed their office so well... and watching these Boys walk in procession... with their torches or handle candles, the boy ringing the bells before the Blessed Sacrament while the Thurifer walk backwards to incense the Blessed Sacrament.  It was just so moving.

Truly setting the atmosphere was the music. The music for this Missa Cantata was, if can be imagined, was a step up from the normally excellent job that the St. Ann Schola cantorum and Choir do.  It was just so heavenly.  The Gregorian chant seemed to float over the congregation and the sacred polyphony just lifted the soul upward... and it focused so well everyone's attention.

If there was any downside, it was that the were so few souls in the congregation to be uplifted and to be able to assist at a Mass that is sacred... but even with the lack of earthly souls, we know that all of Heaven was present, and I am sure they were well pleased.

Lastly, I closed my last post with the observation that the folks leaving the Holy Trinity Mass last Sunday in that other parish knew it was Memorial Day, but did they know it was the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.  I had no such thoughts leaving this Mass... for every element of this Mass made very clear that this was the great Feast of Body and Blood of Our Lord.

O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament divine.  All praise and all thanksgiving, be every moment thine!