Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: During sick call, tea and biscuits before administering Communion

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When a priest arrives at a sick person’s house in order to provide Communion, should the Communion rite happen immediately upon arrival? I presume that tea, biscuits and chatting should certainly not happen beforehand? I was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Popes in red rather than white?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would you like to see the pope (or maybe the next one) resume wearing a red cassock? Well, this is a truly burning question, isn’t it. There are conflicting theories about how the pope wound up … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The authority of pastors, parish priests, over people

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, My family and I regularly travel to a different parish, in a different diocese, to attend Mass at an FSSP Mass centre. The FSSP Mass centre is served by priests from a nearby personal … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of 1964 Collectio Rituum, blessings and exorcisms in English?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: When using the older ritual of blessings, the ones still used at the time of the Second Vatican Council, some of the blessing itself could be done in the vernacular.  I have a Collectio Rituum that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to explain changing parishes without sounding “elitist”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Wondering if you had any advice on how to explain to family and friends why my wife and I have decided to go to mass on Sunday at another parish the next town over without sounding … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Butter in coffee on Ash Wednesday

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know this is a bit early for Ash Wednesday and Good Friday, but I am curious (and excited about Lent). There’s a trend of putting butter into one’s coffee. Basically it’s supposed to make you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Missing Mass in a winter storm

From a reader… QUAERITUR: This Sunday morning a big snow storm made the roads look treacherous. I live 10 miles from church. I assumed Mass was cancelled but could find no texts or other notices either way. Later, I found … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catholic marriages without Nuptial Masses

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It has been over 20 years since I’ve attended a marriage in the OF between two Catholics that has had a Nuptial Mass. Why doesn’t the Church require that if two Catholics are getting married, they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marijuana and validity of marriage

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently marijuana was legalized in Canada. As such, the issue has come up that Marijuana can stay within the system for a very long time and a habitual user can be impaired by marijuana even if … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What happens to Guardian Angels after we die?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What happens to your guardian angel after you die? Did he necessarily exist before you were conceived? If so, was he possibly somebody else’s guardian before? Indeed are angels the guardians of more than one soul? Thanks for the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession before suicide

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I haven’t been to confession in a long time, and I’d like to go soon. But I’ve also been very depressed and considering suicide. So I feel like one of my motivations to go would be to prepare … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Finding good sponsors for confirmation

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My son’s godmother passed away. He only had 1 godparent, because all the males I know, have not been confirmed. My question is what happens now? My son will be confirmed next year. Can someone else … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Where can I get good Brown Scapulars?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You posted once reference to a nice scapular that you purchased, I bought one on your reference and need to replace it, but couldn’t find anything on your site about it? Do you remember where to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance on flight across International Date Line

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have the privilege of traveling to Western Australia for work in a few weeks and during my trip I will skip Friday. I leave the US on a flight on Thursday and after an almost … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Gertrude’s Prayer and releasing 1000 souls from Purgatory

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I’m presenting an argument, I know that “St. Gertrude’s Prayer doesn’t release 1000 souls, although she was very saintly like so I don’t deny that her fervor in prayer released many souls, HOWEVER, I am uneasy … Continue reading

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