Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Praying for the Holy Father’s intentions when those intentions are… odd

UPDATE: A reader sent: Father:   When the Pope is saying “human person at center”, I think this article might explain the thinking.  [The serendipitous article in question is from today’s page at Crisis.] Person as opposed to power and goods … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Mail from priests | Tagged , , | 29 Comments

ASK FATHER: Confessions during Mass – followup

Not long ago I answered a question about why priests might not offer opportunities for confession on feast days.  HERE  As part of that entry we moved into the issue of priests hearing confessions during Mass (not the celebrant, obviously). … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Hard-Identity Catholicism, Linking Back, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , , , | 44 Comments

ASK FATHER: How are we supposed to remain Catholic these days?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: How are we supposed to remain Catholic in these days? A commission to study women deacons, after 2-3 previous studies said no? Beg forgiveness from gays? As if the Church was ever wrong to oppose the vice I’ve … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Our Catholic Identity, Semper Paratus, The Coming Storm, The future and our choices | Tagged , , | 34 Comments

ASK FATHER: What to do if your parish is extremely liberal?

From a reader… I am starting the academic year at ___ and attended Mass at the local parish for the first time this Sunday and was disheartened. The tabernacle is absent from the sanctuary, the church itself is round, and many practices during the liturgy felt/were … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Our Catholic Identity | Tagged , | 31 Comments

ASK FATHER: Only half-way decent parish near us is still not good. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When my wife and I attend Mass at our regular parish, we have always made it a point to receive Communion from the priest. Recently, when we did so, the priest stopped my wife, looked her in the … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box | Tagged , , | 67 Comments

ASK FATHER: Converts trying to make 1st Confession –

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family and I are converting to the church from Protestantism. We are a family of six and we have been turned away from confession at multiple churches because the half hour before Vigil and Sunday Mass wasn’t … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION | Tagged , , | 28 Comments

ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000, Our Catholic Identity, Priests and Priesthood | Tagged , , , | 30 Comments

ASK FATHER: Can Lectors still bless bread and fruit?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I have just read regarding the minor order of Lector (I know it has been abolished). It is said that the lector can bless bread and fruit. My questions are: Is the blessings reserved only … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Seminarians and Seminaries | Tagged | 7 Comments

ASK FATHER: Why no confessions on a feast day?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the end of today’s mass (Feast of the Assumption), the priest announced no confessions would be heard because “Sundays and solemnities are joyous occasions, so we don’t hear confessions.” I was dismayed. I find reconciliation … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Mail from priests | Tagged , | 14 Comments

ASK FATHER: Are your podcasts on iTunes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can your podcazts be obtained on iTunes? I would like to subscribe on my new ipod. Thanks! Yes, indeed. That said, remember that our world is becoming ever more dangerous.  I warmly recommend that, when you are out … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, PODCAzT | Tagged | 12 Comments

Advice to new priests in first assignments who suffer under liberal pastors. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

In June and into July, many newly ordained priests have reported to their first assignment as associate or assistant (as my old pastor used to say, “The first three letters are the same”).   These days we hear often the … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Liberals, Mail from priests, Priests and Priesthood, Semper Paratus | Tagged , , | 37 Comments

ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it grave matter to laugh or joke when in need of Confession? (That is, when one has committed mortal sin and intends to go to Confession at the next opportunity.) Aristotle points out that man … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, GO TO CONFESSION, Liturgy Science Theatre 3000 | Tagged , , , , | 6 Comments

ASK FATHER: Last prayer at the point of death

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Forgive the morbid nature of my query, but with the nature of the world today (and the mindset of an undertaker) a question has been on my mind. If one were to know death was imminent, … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Four Last Things, GO TO CONFESSION, Hard-Identity Catholicism | Tagged , | 27 Comments

ASK FATHER: Future spouse doesn’t want kids to attend Novus Ordo, but I do.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am engaged to a girl who was raised attending a SSPX chapel her entire life. We will be married by a diocesan priest in the traditional form. She is unsure whether she can receive communion … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Hard-Identity Catholicism, One Man & One Woman, Our Catholic Identity, SSPX | Tagged , , , , | 8 Comments

ASK FATHER: I have no one to ask to be godparent for my baby.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a baby due in a few weeks and it is, of course, my responsibility to baptize him promptly in the Catholic Church . I have attended the required class and paid the fee at my parish; … Continue reading

Posted in "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Canon Law, Our Catholic Identity | Tagged , , , | 22 Comments