Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Is having a “straw subdeacon” for a Solemn TLM okay?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been to Solemn High Masses where a seminarian (perhaps having been instituted as an acolyte) was acting as Subdeacon (a “straw” subdeacon, I think, since he’s not ordained). Other than ordained men, who can act … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Near occasions of sin when dating

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Donald F. Miller C.S.R.R. wrote in the pamphlet “Questions Young People Ask About Marriage” among other things that dating with no intention of marriage in a reasonable time is a near occasion of sin [high … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of the biretta at Low Mass

From a reader… a question about birettaquette. QUAERITUR: I am an avid reader of your blog and has been inspired by it. For my vacation from the seminary, I am planning to help my parish priest know how to celebrate … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Saturno tassel

From a cleric: I bought Saturno and a black tassel that goes with it. I was hoping that if you can teach us how to put the tassel on the saturno. Ahhh…. an important question.   Not like those frivolous … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It’s hard to be a part of a bitter community.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My friend and I have been attending Mass in the EF for several years. We are the pioneer “young ” adults in our Latin Mass community. We were discussing the other day how both of us … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The benefits of sacraments in the state of mortal sin

From a reader… I’ve recently learned that the graces of the sacrament of marriage are not received until or unless the person is in a state of grace. Looking back at my own life, how blind and foolish I was, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to go to confession to an SSPX priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I now happen to live 10 minutes’ walk from the local FSSPX chapel here in London. I don’t intend to make it my customary place for Mass (tempting as that is) unless and until a regularisation … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: TLM of “anticipation” on Saturday evening

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf in Christ, A blessed Eastertide to you. I hope you are well. Although I’ve been offering the Extraordinary Form almost exclusively (unless I’m called upon to offer an NO Mass in some parish), … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In Communion Services to do people “self communicate”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is anyone other than a Priest allowed to self-Communicate as in a “Communion” service? Thank you. GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson Herein we get some fairly complicated liturgical law, and this is one of those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Non-standard form for Confirmation – valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Yesterday I acted as sponsor for a person receiving Confirmation. I noticed that the bishop, at the moment of anointing the candidates with the sacred chrism, did not say the standard formula. The bishop (a native … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I consider permanent diaconate if I can’t serve the traditional community?

From a reader… My pastor and several bishops have urged me to enter the diocesan permanent diaconate program. I will be beginning my studies in Sacred Theology this September. But I am having second thoughts, mainly because I have been … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacons in Novus Ordo Masses

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, can you please shed some light on GIRM #171-173 (and there abouts), regarding the position of the Deacon during the procession to and from the altar? We were instructed in the seminary to be in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I fulfill my Sunday obligation at an Eastern or SSPX church?

From a reader… Are SSPX Masses and Eucharist licit for Roman Catholics? This Triduum was heart-wrenching as we had the “full band” (organ, piano, guitar, drums and cymbals) playing during Holy Thursday AND Good Friday! There is no Tridentine Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sunday Mass obligation when traveling to remote places

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I travel to many places that don’t have a church (e.g. remote areas of Nepal; Bhutan; Ladakh) so I can’t attend Mass. What do I do? Pray the Rosary? This question has been answered many times, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Two-phase wedding? First in church, then at the beach?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question regarding the situation of two Catholics being married by an unapproved minister. Would any law prevent the couple from contacting the parish and explaining what they want to do, then following the course … Continue reading

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