Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: The priest’s Eucharistic fast in the Extraordinary Form

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
I mostly do the Extraordinary Form.
I saw in the De defectibus of 1962, it tells priest to fast 3 hours before communion, does that still hold with extra ordinary form Mass or does the hour fast work without … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hogging the confessional

From a reader:
I know you frequently encourage your readers to attend to making use of the confessional and I support you in your efforts! However, I have a question as to how you handle penitents who hog the confessional?
We are fortunate in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Ways to improve celebration of Mass with Novus Ordo

From a reader:
We are trying to help make a very reverent Ordinary Form mass. Any suggestions?
We thought Ad Orientem and Sung Propers might be a good start! Any other suggestions?
Right off the bat, we can all improve our own participation at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Departing priest crooned a show tune at Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
One of our priests is moving on, and yesterday he gave his farewell at Mass.
Instead of a homily, he talked up St. Francis’ contributions to social justice, and about how our faith is represented in the many programs … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I use a chapel veil for a priest friend’s first Mass (TLM)?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father Z, would you help me with an EF etiquette question? I’ll be attending the First Mass of Thanksgiving of a priest friend newly ordained into the Institute of Christ the King. It will, of course, be in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do Catholics have a “right” to sacraments?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Often, I will hear the notion that Catholics have a right to the sacraments based on canon 843.1. However, the Sacrament of Orders is clearly not a right according to paragraph 1578 in the Catechism. What is the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Liturgical Seasons are upside down, Down Under

From a reader:
G’day Fr,
Your post on the blessing of grapes got me thinking.
Are any provisions available for those in the Southern Hemisphere to transfer seasonal dates for their proper use?
These important Feasts and blessings that the Church makes available to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Concert in a church… appropriate?

From a reader:
Dear Father, a pastor of one of our Catholic Churches is allowing a symphony concert to be held in church if it gets rained out. The symphony is going to play show tunes, patriotic songs, lively marches, Stars … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Having a hard time at a TLM church.

From a reader:
I’ve been attending the TLM for about 5 years now. I came across it unintentionally as a revert and never intended on making it a regular thing, but I was awe-struck by the beauty and reverence it was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Parish priest doesn’t guard Eucharist from profanation. What to do?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Dear Father, I serve regularly at a large shrine which attracts vast numbers of non Catholics. Several of us have to be ‘on guard’ on Sundays to ensure that (mostly Hindu) friends of Catholics or just visitors don’t … Continue reading

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