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      CLMC presents an Evening of Reflection by Fr. Matthew McNeely, FSSP in Charlotte

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      July 15, 2013

      Monday   7:00 PM - 8:30 PM

      3635 Park Road
      Charlotte, North Carolina 28209

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      CLMC presents an Evening of Reflection by Fr. Matthew McNeely, FSSP

      As part of an ongoing guest speakers series, the Charlotte Latin Mass Community (CLMC) is pleased to sponsor Father Matthew McNeely for an Evening of Reflection on the topic:

      The Spirituality of the Traditional Latin Mass:

      An aide to families and a source of vocations.

      Photo caption: Father McNeely along with his fellow priests and Altar Guild* at the high altar at St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish in Sacramento.


      Father McNeely, FSSP will also offer Mass in the Extraordinary Form on two occasions during his visit to Saint Ann:

      1. Monday, July 15th at 6:00pm (Just prior to his talk)

      2. Tuesday, July 16th at 8:00am 

      Rev. Matthew McNeely, FSSP is the Pastor of St. Stephen The First Martyr Parish in Sacramento, California -- one of the largest FSSP run parishes in the country.  Father McNeely was born in British Columbia, Canada, and was the second of 12 children. 

      Fr. McNeely grew up in Ottawa, and his family eventually settled in Lincoln, Nebraska. After graduating high school, Fr. McNeely spent two years at Thomas Aquinas College and then three years at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln studying pre-med, hoping to follow in his father's footsteps as a doctor. 

      When the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter opened Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary in Denton, Nebraska, in 2000, Fr. McNeely went to "try" his vocation. He was ordained a priest in May 2007 by Bishop Fabian Bruskewitz, and was first assigned Parochial Vicar in 2007 and then appointed Pastor in 2012 of St. Stephen the First Martyr Parish.

      Good will offering: While this event is free we will take up a collection following the talk with proceeds being donated to the FSSP Seminary Burse.  Checks can be made out to FSSP Seminary Burse.


       About the Altar Guild 

      The object of the Guild is the sanctification of the Altar Server by teaching him, that to serve in the Sanctuary is a great religious privilege, by instructing him the manner of observing the rites and ceremonies of the Church according to the rubrics and to the decrees of the Sacred Congregation of Rites and the interpretations of the most generally accepted authorities, and by encouraging him to understand the meaning and the purpose of the ceremonies in which he takes part.

      The Guild started in England in March 1905 by Father Hamilton MacDonald, with the permission of the Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Bourne. In November 1906 Pope Pius X recognized and blessed the Guild. On February 19th 1934, Pope Pius XI allowed the Guild to spread worldwide.

      The Guild was brought to St. Stephen the First Martyr Catholic Church in 2003 by Fr. John Berg of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter.

      A young man is accepted in to the Guild after First Communion and remains a “server in training” for one year. It is during this time that the young man should serve Mass as a side server as often as possible so that he can learn the responses and movements of the different positions at Mass. After this one-year period, he can test quarterly for the following levels in this order:

      • Torch Bearer
      • Low Mass Acolyte
      • High (Sung) Mass Acolyte
      • Solemn Mass Acolyte
      • Thurifer

      MC’s are nominated by fellow MC’s and selected by the Director (Pastor of the Parish) of the Guild.

      During a young man’s training, he will receive medals to distinguish the levels that he has achieved. The medals are given as follows:

      • Junior Acolyte: Silver Medal w/ribbon, signifying that the young man has learned all of his Latin responses and has learned all the movements up to and including Acolyte 2 at Low Mass.
      • Senior Acolyte: Silver Medal w/cord, signifying that the young man has learned all of movements up to and including Thurifer at Solemn High Mass.
      • MC: Gold Medal w/cord, signifying that the young man has mastered all of the movements of every server at any type of Mass, the movements of the Priest, Deacon, and Sub-Deacon, and is able to effectively teach these positions to other servers.

      Guild members are expected to always be respectful of Holy and blessed objects, Priests, fellow Guild members, and parishioners. They are also required to attend monthly practices regularly, recite the daily Guild prayers, and to serve Mass as often as they come even if it is on the side.

      Categories: Religion & Spirituality

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