Monday, March 04, 2013

New EF Mass in Charlotte, North Carolina

A reader in Charlotte, North Carolina recently sent in news to us of a new EF Mass there at Saint Ann Catholic Church, offered by the pastor of the same, Fr. Timothy Reid.

The families of the Diocese of Charlotte making up the group Coetus Fidelium (meaning: stable group of faithful) who have requested a permanent and regular Sunday Traditional Latin Mass would like to express our profound gratitude to our beloved bishop, His Excellency Peter Jugis, and to Rev. Timothy Reid, Pastor of Saint Ann Catholic Church, for their part in granting this request and providing for the spiritual needs of our families. We offer this gratitude accompanied by a spiritual bouquet of 11,951 rosaries, pledged in thanksgiving as a sign of our love and fidelity.

Background: After each of the Masses at Saint Ann Catholic Church on Sunday February 10, 2013, an announcement was read stating that in response to the request of our group, beginning March 3, 2013 a new permanent and regular Sunday Latin Mass time would be instituted at the 12:30 P.M. time slot. In addition to this announcement, a statement was published in the parish bulletin the following Sunday.

Our Coetus Fidelium group initiated this request approximately 18 months ago on August 15, 2011, on the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the 56th Anniversary of the consecration of Saint Ann Catholic Church. Prior to making this request, our group sought and received the blessing of our Pastor, Father Reid, and we followed the protocols established by the Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI, in his Apostolic Letter Summorum Pontificum and the subsequent instruction Universae Ecclesiae of the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei, approved by the Holy Father [in forma communis]. These protocols established a process for laypeople to make requests of this nature which include seeking secondary hierarchical recourse with the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei in Rome, the competent authority who ultimately intervened in this matter

Here is a photo from this past Sunday, showing the first such Mass.

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