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ASK FATHER: Lighting Advent wreath during Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, is it appropriate to replace the penitential rite with the lighting of the advent wreath?
No.
Just… no.
The longer explanation is, course, Nooooooooo.
I think there is a blessing for a wreath that can be used during Mass in the … Continue reading

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FEEDBACK: “This morning at seminary we were discussing….”

I am glad when I get feedback about how this blog has been useful for someone, especially in important matters having to do with the life of faith.
Today I received a note about something that happened in a seminary class … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Fulfilling the Mass Requirement for December 8 2014

In these USA Monday, 8 December, is a Holy Day of Obligation because Our Lady under the title of Immaculate Conception is the Patroness of our nation.
So, several readers have asked about fulfilling the Mass obligation.  Here’s is one:
If I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Offering correction to priest who is being a jackass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Far be it from me to tell anyone, let alone a priest, that they can be an ass to people, but our priest, whom I have good rapport with (still even it seems) really can be an ass to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “To contribute to the support of one’s pastor.”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If one spends hundreds of dollars a years on Mass stipends, can that be considered keeping the precept of the Church that says one must “contribute to the support of one’s pastor“? Because after spending that much in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Rorate Masses in Advent

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
The Mass is a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin, and so it … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Summorum Pontificum, Art. 4 – “observing all the norms of law”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, the subject Article IV says: “Celebrations of Mass as mentioned in art. 2 above may – observing all the norms of law – also be attended by faithful, who of their own free will, ask to be … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Waxed linen altar cloths

In honor of the appointment of Card. Sarah to the Congregation for Divine Worship, we tackle an important liturgical issue.
Traditionally our Roman altars should have three linen altar cloths.  One of them should properly be infused with wax, to make … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Tactical Clerics

Speaking of clerical garb, I am, oddly enough, fairly often asked about my black clerical shirts.
I have adapted some 5.11 Tactical shirts, both ripstop and cotton, and both short and long sleeved, into 5.11 Tactical clerical shirts.

Here’s the deal.
Years ago … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sick at home in bed movie list

From a reader:
QUAERITUR:
I am home sick with bronchitis and have been passing the day away sleeping and watching movies, which got me thinking when I visited your blog. If you had a top 10 movie list of your favorite movies … Continue reading

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