Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Tactical Clerics

Speaking of clerical garb, I am, oddly enough, fairly often asked about my black clerical shirts.
I have adapted some 5.11 Tactical shirts, both ripstop and cotton, and both short and long sleeved, into 5.11 Tactical clerical shirts.

Here’s the deal.
Years ago … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sick at home in bed movie list

From a reader:
QUAERITUR:
I am home sick with bronchitis and have been passing the day away sleeping and watching movies, which got me thinking when I visited your blog. If you had a top 10 movie list of your favorite movies … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hand positions during Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
How should a layman position his hands when praying the Mass?
It might come as a surprise that, for centuries, there were scant rubrical directions for the posture of the faithful at Holy Mass.
Unlike the minute detail for the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Donations for confessions

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In NYC St Francis of Assisi on 10/28/14 I went to confession. In the middle of the area that one waits on line for confession is a solid-metal 3-ft high donation box with the laminated sign that requests donations in “gratitude … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: All Souls Sunday – Gloria? Creed? What does the ‘Universal Ordo’ really say?

UPDATE:
I was sent this:

Dear Father,

regarding your post on All Souls Sunday, here’s from the Ordo Missae Celebrandae et Divini oficii persolvendi secundum Calendarium Romanum generale pro anno liturgico 2014-2015 iuxta editionem III typicam Missalis Romani:

November 2.
Viol. vel Nig.
IN COMMEMORATIONE OMNIUM FIDELIUM … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to support young priest whose pastor doesn’t want the TLM?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our parish has a 1 year ordained assoc pastor trained in TLM and would love to say it. Pastor is 62, new to us, would probably have a stroke if assoc pastor said TLM. How can I help(not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a godparent marry a godchild? Confirmation sponsor a confirmand?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Are spiritual relationships hindrances to marriages? For example, can a confirmand marry their sponsor? Can the children of godparents marry the godparents’ godchild?
An excellent question.
St. Thomas Aquinas spoke of spiritual affinity and the impediment it created in Question 56 of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Gloria and Creed for All Souls on Sunday?

From a reader…
The Canadian Bishops’ official Ordo clearly calls for the Gloria and the Creed on Sunday November 2. (Along with a note warning that the Sunday celebration shouldn’t be too penitential because it’s the Resurrection.)
But the Missal seems to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The priest changes many things during Mass

From a reader…
QUAERTUR:
In my parish, the priest is a bit of a progressive type (he recommended Fishwrap as a good Catholic website). Anyway, just wondering whether it’s OK that he never says the Nicene Creed (it’s always the Apostle’s Creed), whether getting the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Placement of choir

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What does the Church recommend IF there is NOT A LOFT?
I am a music director at a small rural church and ONLY at Christmas and Easter do we have the choir come up during communion and the sing … Continue reading

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