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ASK FATHER: Book recommendations for young men discerning priesthood

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In reference to one of your latest posts, do you have any solid book recommendations for young men discerning priesthood. A lot of the stuff usually recommended is emotionally based and does little in the way … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can a bishop permit permanent deacon to administer the Sacrament of the Sick?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Bishop give a permanent Deacon (Military Ordinariate) the authority to administer the Sacrament of the Sick? NO!  One hundred times… NO! Deacons are not able to administer Anointing of the Sick. Only the sacerdos (which term … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are deacons required to wear the dalmatic at Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, last year we began attending a more traditional parish in our diocese. It struck me just today that I’ve never seen our deacon at Mass without a dalmatic, whereas we saw the deacon frequently without … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the Thanksgiving Friday Indult apply to deployed US military?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ll be deployed overseas this Thanksgiving Friday. I belong to a personal parish (FSSP) in a regular geographic diocese back home, but deployed I fall under the Archdiocese of Military ervices. Does the Pope Pius XII … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Eucharistic Prayer for Masses with Children

From a reader… QUAERITUR: This morning at Sunday Mass our priest sang the Eucharistic prayer for children’s liturgy and there was piano throughout as well as sung responses. I have never heard such a thing. It confused my small children. Is this ordeal approved by … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will SSPX priests be able to absolve validly after the Year of Mercy closes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been searching through the Internet, and since I’ve found absolutely nothing regarding this matter, I’ve thought I might as well just send this question to you so that you can be the first (hopefully) to write about it. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is post-election schadenfreude a sin to be confessed?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: A simple question that arose for me this week for obvious reasons. Is schadenfreude a sin that should be confessed? This requires a lot of deep thought, prayer, time to reflect. … …. ….. …… Okay. No. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catechizing apathetic children

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you have any advice on catechizing children who have an apathy for the faith, and whose family come to Mass, but that’s it there is no teaching going on in the home. The kids I teach at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I be a permanent deacon?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I am in my early/mid 30s, married with two children. I am considering the permanent diaconate- Our diocese is one where priests are overworked; at my grandmother’s funeral, no priest was available for the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to become a papal knight of the Supreme Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: How does one become a knight of the Papal Supreme Order of Our Lord Jesus Christ? This is the highest papal honor that can be given to a layman. There are a handful of “papal honors” that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: First Communion without First Confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My daughter called me on the phone and asked me if the First Confession before First Communion is an option. She came home from a meeting attended by parents for first communicants, They were told if … Continue reading

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OLDIE ASK FATHER: The pastor anoints everyone at Mass, sick or old or not – everyone.

I had a question about the Sacrament of Anointing. I looked up an old answer and figured I could simply repost.  This is from a year ago, exactly! From a priest … QUAERITUR: Every year at this time, my pastor has … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest told us we can receive communion twice a day. Is he right?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am really confused. Our parish priest told us that we can receive communion two times a day, however, I have been reading where two times a day is not always correct. Two times a day … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I was told that you are either supposed to always veil or never veil

From a readerette… QUAERITUR: I have developed a love for veiling at the TLM, I attend a daily NO Mass and veil there too. My mom dislikes and does not allow me to veil when I attend the NO Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the St. Gertrude Prayer release 1000 souls from Purgatory?

We are in that sweet-spot period when we can gain wonderful indulgences for Poor Souls and we are still within the Year of Mercy.  So… …GET TO WORK! From a reader… QUAERITUR: My husband and I were reading your post … Continue reading

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