Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

QUAERITUR: Can a layperson repose the Blessed Sacrament?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our priest has asked the two laypersons who attend the last hour of Adoration if they would be willing to repose the Blessed Sacrament if he cannot be present to do so. I am one of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Visible tattoos and altar service

From a reader… I was at Mass today at a parish with exceptionally reverent liturgies, communion received at the communion rail kneeling and on the tongue, male-only altar servers and EMHC, but something kept catching my eye and distracting me-one … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Boys choosing female saints for confirmation names

From a reader… Today at our new parish, we had the Bishop administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. Among the girls, 2 took the name Sebastian, 3 took Luke, 1 took John, 2 took Raphael, 2 took Francis, with one Michael. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is having a “straw subdeacon” for a Solemn TLM okay?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been to Solemn High Masses where a seminarian (perhaps having been instituted as an acolyte) was acting as Subdeacon (a “straw” subdeacon, I think, since he’s not ordained). Other than ordained men, who can act … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Near occasions of sin when dating

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Fr. Donald F. Miller C.S.R.R. wrote in the pamphlet “Questions Young People Ask About Marriage” among other things that dating with no intention of marriage in a reasonable time is a near occasion of sin [high … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Use of the biretta at Low Mass

From a reader… a question about birettaquette. QUAERITUR: I am an avid reader of your blog and has been inspired by it. For my vacation from the seminary, I am planning to help my parish priest know how to celebrate … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Saturno tassel

From a cleric: I bought Saturno and a black tassel that goes with it. I was hoping that if you can teach us how to put the tassel on the saturno. Ahhh…. an important question.   Not like those frivolous … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: It’s hard to be a part of a bitter community.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My friend and I have been attending Mass in the EF for several years. We are the pioneer “young ” adults in our Latin Mass community. We were discussing the other day how both of us … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The benefits of sacraments in the state of mortal sin

From a reader… I’ve recently learned that the graces of the sacrament of marriage are not received until or unless the person is in a state of grace. Looking back at my own life, how blind and foolish I was, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to go to confession to an SSPX priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I now happen to live 10 minutes’ walk from the local FSSPX chapel here in London. I don’t intend to make it my customary place for Mass (tempting as that is) unless and until a regularisation … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: TLM of “anticipation” on Saturday evening

From a priest… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf in Christ, A blessed Eastertide to you. I hope you are well. Although I’ve been offering the Extraordinary Form almost exclusively (unless I’m called upon to offer an NO Mass in some parish), … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In Communion Services to do people “self communicate”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is anyone other than a Priest allowed to self-Communicate as in a “Communion” service? Thank you. GUEST PRIEST RESPONSE: Fr. Tim Ferguson Herein we get some fairly complicated liturgical law, and this is one of those … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Non-standard form for Confirmation – valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Yesterday I acted as sponsor for a person receiving Confirmation. I noticed that the bishop, at the moment of anointing the candidates with the sacred chrism, did not say the standard formula. The bishop (a native … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I consider permanent diaconate if I can’t serve the traditional community?

From a reader… My pastor and several bishops have urged me to enter the diocesan permanent diaconate program. I will be beginning my studies in Sacred Theology this September. But I am having second thoughts, mainly because I have been … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacons in Novus Ordo Masses

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, can you please shed some light on GIRM #171-173 (and there abouts), regarding the position of the Deacon during the procession to and from the altar? We were instructed in the seminary to be in … Continue reading

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