Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: URGENT EMERGENCY PREDICAMENT! Mass in Presence of a Prelate but we don’t have a Pax Brede!

When I see the word “brede” I can’t help but think of the novel In This House Of Brede by Rumor Godden (US HERE – UK HERE).
From a reader…
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Our little EF congregation would like to invite our Bishop to attend a Mass. we … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: SSPX or Diocesan TLM – It is an “undue burden” to have to wait 3.5 hours?

From a reader…
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Lately I’ve been attending the EF mass but my only two options all week are a diocese EF mass at noon on Sunday or go to the local SSPX chapel for 8:30 am Sunday Mass. I want to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The “Ultima” chant

From a reader…
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When my father died, about 11 years ago, the priest who offered his funeral Mass ended it by chanting what he called “the Ultima”. The priest who did it is a very good friend of mine, and this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are blessings, sacramentals from SSPX priests efficacious?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Are blessings made by SSPX priests efficacious? Like when they bless sacramentals, water, salt etc, are these really blessed?
Let’s see.
SSPX bishops validly ordain and confirm.
SSPX priests validly confect the Eucharist.
SSPX priests (now) validly absolve sins.
I think that they … Continue reading

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EPIPHANY traditions: exorcisms, blessings, special chants, eggs, etc.

Let’s be clear about something.  Epiphany falls on 6 January.  Always has, always will.  This year, the year of grace 2018, 6 January is a Saturday.
Great feasts have vigils.  Vigils are moments of penance, preparation, recollection.  We fast before our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are blessings, holy water, etc., less effective if Latin isn’t used? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… who picked up on something I wrote about blessings and holy water in the traditional form compared to the new, post-Conciliar form… HERE
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“The exorcisms of the salt and water are to be done in Latin.”
Father, how essential … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How long does holy water stay blessed?

From a reader…
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I got to wondering about the properties of holy water. Since so much water has been blessed before and recycled throughout time, does the church have comments about the length that water stays “holy”? Or is it a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Antisemitism among “traditionalist” Catholics – UPDATED

UPDATE 31 Dec 2017:
The original questioner wrote:
Thank you so much for your guidance in response to my query. I had never even considered that my heartache could be used as an opportunity to grow in holiness! Rereading my words, the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Prefaces “ad libitum” in the 1962 Roman Missal

From a reader…
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Father, what is this “Prefatio ad Libitum” in some 1962 Missals? I saw Prefaces for Advent, Sundays Throughout The Year, etc. May these be used in the Extraordinary Form?
Thank you so much for answering my question about Missa … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance on Friday in the Octave of Christmas

I’ve been texting with a Famous Catholic Author™ about today, a Friday in the Christmas Octave, and the obligation to do penance.  I’ve received email about it, too.
The Octave of Christmas does not have the “weight” of the Octave of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mary was an “unwed mother”? The Holy Family were “refugees”?

From a reader…
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At this time of year the inevitable ‘Mary was an unwed mother‘ and The Holy Family’s flight into Egypt makes them migrants sermons are very confusing. Can you clarify these interpretations? Or recommend a source that does.I discount … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do servers lift the chasuble during the elevation of the Host?

From a reader…
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Why do servers elevate the chasuble during the elevation of the host? I was looking for a good answer after my mom asked me. Thanks!
The practical answer is the best answer.
It is a custom to lift hems of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t put particle of Host into the chalice

From a reader…
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I attend daily Mass in my local parish and one local priests (who is not newly ordained) always omits commingling a particle of the Host into the precious blood after consecration. He fractures the Host into four pieces for distribution and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does a priest need a dispensation to say Mass “ad orientem”?

From a reader…
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Hello Father. I recently asked my Pastor if he would ever celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass ad orientem. He replied that a dispensation is required from our Bishop. I’ve never heard such a thing. Could this be true? Thanks … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Our old, misused friend, “Ecclesia supplet”

From a  reader…
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I attended a lecture today and it was about Ecclesiology
The author said that those who are outside the Catholic Church can be saved because of the overflow of graces via Ecclesia Supplet. Provided they have lived good lives … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion service on priest’s day off.

From a reader…
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I’ve never looked up any documents about “communion services”. Other than the obvious occassions where Holy Communion is distributed outside of Mass (viaticum, Good Friday, etc.), what’s the story with “Communion services”? Are they allowed? We have one … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession of serious sins in both kind and number.

From a reader…
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According to canon law, we are obliged to confess our mortal sins in “both kind and number.” Would my sins be absolved if I failed to mention the venial sins in number?
YES!  Number, too… for serious sins.
You are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Transgender” nun?

From a reader…
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What is going to happen when someone who identifies as a male , but is in a sane biological based world female, wants to become a priest of some male who competed on the girls soccer team in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1st Communion at another parish because grandparents can’t travel

From a reader…
I am hoping for your wisdom and guidance here. My daughter is preparing for 1st communion (May 2018) at our home parish. However, my parents, living in another state, are not in good enough health to attend the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized but never lived as a Catholic, soon to marry

From a reader…
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A cousin of mine was baptised in the Catholic Church as an infant to fulfill the wishes of persistent grandparents. But was in no way raised in the Church and never recieved any other sacraments – is she … Continue reading

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