LITURGY & WORSHIP


Adoration


There are many graces given to parishes that have Eucharistic Adoration, including increased attendance at Mass and confession, an increase in vocations to the priesthood and religious life, the return of fallen-away Catholics, and greater unity.  Parishioners who avail themselves of this wonderful practice grow in their love of the Eucharist and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, for as Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI has written: “Adoration outside holy Mass prolongs and intensifies what happened in the liturgical celebration and renders a true and profound reception of Christ possible.”  Please help us bring these graces to our parish by volunteering to pray during one of the hours that we will have Eucharistic Adoration.

ADORATION FORM

Altar Boys


Serving on a rotating schedule at all Masses and special liturgies. Watch the bulletin for details.

Please contact Carol Kuhn if you are interested in serving:

☏: 704-527-5277
✉carolkuhn@carolina.rr.com




St. Maria Goretti Society


The St. Maria Goretti Society/Junior Altar Guild is responsible for preparing the vessels to be used at weekend Masses. They are also responsible for ensuring that all of the vessels (chalices and ciboria) and patens used in the Mass are properly cleaned and returned to their proper storage places after Mass. Additionally, the Junior Altar Guild will also take care to make sure other items such as monstrances, thuribles, candle sticks, etc. are well maintained and polished as necessary.

Please contact Carol Kuhn if you are interested in serving:

☏: 704-527-5277
✉carolkuhn@carolina.rr.com


Sacred Music for the Liturgy


Our sacred music program incorporates traditional hymns, motets, polyphony and Gregorian chant. Music is regularly provided for both the Ordinary and Extraordinary form of the Mass.

~ Mass: Sunday 10:30 (arrival 9:30am) plus special Feasts and Holy Days

~ Season: After Labor Day through the Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ

~ Rehearsals: Thursday @ 7:00pm (during choir season,as needed)

~ Repertoire: Hymns, Gregorian and other chant, polyphony

~ Mass: Sunday 12:30 (arrival 11:45am) plus special Feasts and Holy Days

~ Season: Ongoing

~ Rehearsals: Tuesdays @ 6:00pm (as needed)

~ Repertoire: Gregorian and other chant, some polyphony

  • Audition/Members: Girls between the age of 10 and 16 (inclusive) may audition. Members of CDLC graduate at age 19.
  • Practices: Mondays, twice a month from 4:45 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.
  • Repertoire: Latin songs in harmony, chant.
  • Click here for additional information on CDLC.

Please contact Terese Rowe if you are interested in volunteering

or would like more information:

☏: 704-599-5725
✉rowetmj@bellsouth.net



Lectors


These volunteers serve at the weekend Masses and special liturgies on a rotating schedule.

Please contact Carol Kuhn if you are interested in volunteering:

☏: 704-527-5277
✉carolkuhn@carolina.rr.com


Altar Guild


Meets Friday mornings on a rotating schedule to clean the church. Open to all members of the parish. Special cleaning is done for the holidays.

Please contact Carol Kuhn if you are interested in volunteering:

☏: 704-527-5277
✉carolkuhn@carolina.rr.com




Ushers


Volunteers serve on a rotating schedule during weekend Masses and Holy Days.

Please contact Carol Kuhn if you are interested in volunteering:

☏: 704-527-5277
✉carolkuhn@carolina.rr.com


Latin Mass Information


St. Ann is one of the few parishes in the Diocese of Charlotte to offer the Mass in the Extraordinary Form (the Latin Mass) on a regular basis. The Mass schedule is as follows:

  • Sundays, 12:30 p.m.
  • Wednesdays, 6:00 p.m. (Low Mass)
  • Select Feast Days – To be announced
  • Click here to access PDFs for the worship aides

“What earlier generations held as sacred, remains sacred and great for us too, and it cannot be all of a sudden entirely forbidden or even considered harmful. It behooves all of us to preserve the riches which have developed in the Church’s faith and prayer, and to give them their proper place.” — Pope Benedict XVI’s Moto Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, 2007.

  • The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass is our opportunity to stand on Calvary with our Lady, St. John and the holy women and offer ourselves to Jesus just as He offers Himself for us on the cross.
  • At Mass we unite ourselves with Christ, who offers us with Himself to God the Father. It is the way that we render perfect adoration unto the Father. And we do this as a community, not simply as individuals gathered together. In this process the priest represents all of us and presents all of us to God.
  • Thus, the priest offers this form of the Mass facing the same direction as the people, because he is taken from among the people to render sacrifice to God. He is not excluding the people, but rather he is leading the faithful in offering worship and sacrifice.
  • All face ad orientem (to the East) because the East, according to St. Augustine, is where Heaven begins (symbolized by the rising sun), and it from the East that Christ will return to judge the living and the dead. Thus we face the East in joyful anticipation of our salvation.
  • The Traditional Latin Mass is divided into two main parts: The Mass of the Catechumens(the purpose of which is to offer prayer and to receive instruction) and The Mass of the Faithful (by which we re-offer the sacrifice of Calvary and receive Holy Communion).
  1. While at first glance the Extraordinary Form of the Mass may seem very different from the Mass you are used to attending, it is helpful to realize they each have a similar structure. Mass begins with prayers, moves through the readings (or lessons), the Gospel, the liturgy of the Eucharist, reception of Holy Communion, and closing prayers with a blessing.
  2. Don’t worry if you can’t “keep up” with what the priest is saying, or you can’t find the right page of your missal or booklet. It may take a few times before things start to feel comfortable and you become familiar with the flow of the Mass. If you get lost, just keep giving thanks to Jesus for His sacrifice and prepare your soul to receive Him in Holy Communion.
  3. The readings (lessons) and the Gospel are first read in Latin, and then repeated again in English before the priest begins his homily.
  4. The daily readings and certain prayers are not included in the red Mass booklets. If you decide to come to the Latin Mass on a regular basis, you will probably want to buy a full Latin Missal, which has all the readings and prayers for any Mass you might attend.
  5. The Pater Noster (Our Father) is prayed aloud by the priest, with the congregation joining only for the final line: sed libéra nos a malo (but deliver us from evil).
  6. To receive Holy Communion, approach the altar and kneel at the next empty spot at the altar rail. The priest will place the sacred Host on your tongue while saying the words, “Corpus Dómini nostri Jesu Christi custódiat ánimam tuam in vitam æternam. Amen.” (May the Body of our Lord Jesus Christ preserve thy soul unto life everlasting. Amen.). You do not need to say “Amen”. When the person next to you has finished receiving Communion you may rise and walk back to your seat.
  7. After the final blessing the priest will read the Last Gospel (the beginning of the Gospel of St. John). Afterwards, he will kneel before the altar and lead the congregation in the prayers after Mass. These include: the Hail Mary, Hail Holy Queen, the Prayer to St. Michael, and the prayer “Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us” (3 times).

Q. I don’t know Latin. How am I supposed to know what is happening during Mass?

A. Easy-to-use booklets are available at the back of the church for you to borrow for the duration of Mass. These red booklets have the words in Latin on the left and in English on the right. They also include illustrations to help you follow the movements of the Mass, as well as brief explanations about the parts of the Mass.

Q. Why is it so quiet during Mass? I can’t hear what the priest is saying!

A. During most of the Mass the priest prays to God on our behalf in a low voice. It is not necessary to hear what he is saying, however, you may follow along in the Mass booklet or Missal. This silence means there are less distractions and more time to meditate on the mysteries of our Faith and on Christ’s love for us.

Q. Why don’t we get to say anything? I want to participate in the Mass, too!

A. Since Vatican II, many people have become used to the idea of the laity having specific verbal or physical opportunities to participate in the liturgy. This idea comes from the Latin term participatio actuosa. However, the actual meaning of this “active participation” specifically refers to an interior participation by being attentive during Mass, praying, and giving thanks to God for His many gifts. Our prayers are joined with the entire Communion of Saints who are worshiping God along with us during the Mass. While we cannot see or hear them, they are there – actively participating, too. So, while you may be quiet and still on the outside, your mind and soul should be very active during Mass.

Q. Why do some women wear veils? Do I need one?

A. Women traditionally were required under canon law to cover their heads during Mass. While this tradition fell out of practice after Vatican II, it is still appropriate for women to veil their heads, but not required. Many women view it as a way to give honor to God present in the Holy Eucharist, and also as an act of humility.

Una Voce America – Support and resources for the Latin Mass

The Catholic Liturgical Library – Latin and English prayers of the Latin Mass

Sancta Missa.org – more Latin Mass resources & educational material


Why Latin? – By Fr. Jason Barone – Feb. 1st, 2017

Watch the Video Here!

Technical Note:  Although the talk is included in its entirety, due to technical error the video was lost for part of the talk. During this time audio along with images were inserted to fill the gap. No content was lost.

Click Here to download an MP3 version of the talk

During the talk, Fr. Barone mentioned two books and an Apostolic Constitution from Pope St. John XXIII. Click the following links to find these resources:

Books

Treasure and Tradition, the Ultimate Guide to the Latin Mass by Lisa Bergman

The Mass in Slow Motion, by Rev. Ronald Knox

Apostolic Constitution

Veterum Sapientia (on the study of Latin), Pope St. John XXIII, 1962

 


Talk on Christ the King
by Fr. Jason Christian

Learn More!

Latin Mass Introduction Class: April 2016

Presented by Fr. Timothy Reid, Pastor, St. Ann parish

Video: Part I
Video: Part II
Handout
Purchase “Treasure and Tradition” by Lisa Berman, St. Augustine Academy Press

Sacred Music Class: July 2016

Presented by Stefano Monaco, choir member, St. Ann parish

Video
Handout
Slideshow Presentation