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ASK FATHER: What can the acolyte do and wear?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering if you know the rubrics or know where the rubrics for lay instituted acolytes in the EF can be found?
At my parish, we try and do a lot of things in the extraordinary form, and I am … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of sacraments from a schismatic priest

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My wife and I recently discovered that Fr. Paul Wickens was schismatic priest. All we ever knew about him, we learned from our family. We attend Holy Mass at the chapel he built (now run by ICKSP with … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Celebrate Prudence and not “Pride”!

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QUAERITUR:
Can a Pastor/Religious Superior mandate that the Associate Pastor/other Religious priests use only particular options in celebrating Mass with the congregation. Of course, saying Holy Mass ad Orientem is one matter. But what about the Pastor/Superior saying it … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What does the comma really say?

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QUAERITUR:
When listening to a Collect (or any similar prayer) in Latin, whether OF or EF, I notice that the priest tends to “punctuate” the final phrase as such:
“in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.”
But in English, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “take” Communion instead of “receive”? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In light of your recent question about “First Eucharist ” I was wondering about something else heard frequently. When referring to reception of the Blessed Sacrament some people say they are going to “take” Communion. When I first … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: First Eucharist or First Communion?

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I have noticed an uptake lately in referring to first communion as first Eucharist, usually by people who insist on referring to extraordinary ministers of holy communion as Eucharistic ministers. The uptake seems frequent and widespread enough that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to convince a priest to learn the Traditional Latin Mass?

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QUAERITUR:
Our vicar is a very devout priest from Poland but today I heard him saying “the ordinary form is enough for me”. What do you suggest to do in order to convince him to offer the Holy Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can lay people baptize?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
May a lay natural father baptize his own child? As an expectant father, I have heard conflicting views on this practice. Obviously, the priest is the proper and ordinary authority for this, I was simply curious. (P.S. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do I have to say “Amen” for weird Prayers of the Faithful at Mass?

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QUAERITUR:
Are we required to join in the prayers of the faithful at Mass?
Sometimes these can be excruciatingly political and occasionally downright wrong.
For instance, on the recent solemnity of Our Lady Help of Christians (I’m Australian and she is … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes – Trinity Sunday 2018 – and ASK FATHER: “Trinitini” martini

Was there a good point made in the sermon you heard for your Trinity Sunday Mass of obligation?
Let us know.
Also, apart from good points – which is what we want here – let us know if any of the preachers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacons vesting in dalmatics for concelebrations

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, I know priests are allowed to vest for Mass (chasuble, stole, etc.) together and concelebrate. It’s not a good thing, but it makes theological sense because many priests can consecrate one host as St. Thomas Aquinas says.
However, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How do we get the TLM where we are?

From a reader…
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I hope you can help. How do I approach my Bishop in ___ to have us have a TLM. I run from one church to another just before Consecration. Thank you.
I am puzzled as to why you would … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When to make an appointment for confession

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Would it be better (in order for the priest to have more time with the penitent) to make an appointment for confessing VERY grave sins (something even the most lenient person would say needs confessing) or should you … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sorting out confusing, contradictory messages from priests

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to ask you a question since I know you are knowledgable and do not lead souls astray. My question is not meant to vent about the state of the church, since … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Forgetting sins during confession

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Dear Father, is it okay if I didn’t said the sin I was about to confess because my mind blocked? I didn’t finished it with the lines “for these and all my sins…” because I got a little … Continue reading

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