Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Priest invites people to stand around altar during consecration

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today [actually a while back at the time of this posting] the associate pastor, a newly ordained priest, asked us, since there were fewer people than usual present at Mass, to come up after the homily around the altar … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Revealing tops and dresses… dress code?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Do you think there should be a dress code for attending Mass? I am talking about girls and women wearing shorts and revealing tops and dresses?
It would be a bad idea to have a dress code at Holy Mass, especially … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who can dispense Holy Day of Obligation?

From a reader…
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A friend of mine just informed me that the Solemnity of Mary isn’t [wasn’t] a Holy Day of Obligation in the whole state of California. What ecclesiastical body has the authority to grant such dispensations?
In light of can. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father was sick, we went to Mass, now we’re sick too!

From a reader…
Our priest simply announced “I have the flu ” and proceeded with his sermon. Only a few , like me, refrained from receiving Holy Communion. My wife received and several days later she and I had it also. Since we are in our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who can be elected Pope?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a male catholic who has not been ordained to the priesthood become Pope?
Yes.
The prerequisites are that he be
1) male, because he must become Bishop of Rome, and it is impossible for females to be given or for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Signs of reverence for priests

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was hoping to hear your insight into traditions that seem lost! Will you please share your thoughts regarding bowing for clergy, kissing the hands of priests and referring to priests directly as Your Reverence?
We live in an … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What am I supposed to do during Mass?

From a reader…
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At the TLM I understand that I, as a layperson, gain the graces simply by being present, but what am I supposed to do during it? I’ve heard that people used to pray the rosary silently. I sometimes … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Pyxes left in the choir loft after Communion

From a reader….
QUAERITUR:
I frequently find communion pyxes lying on the organ in the choir loft. They seem to be left there from a prior Mass where they were used to bring Holy Communion to the choir by an extraordinary minister.
Should … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Received into Church after strange Presbyterian baptism

From a reader…
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I was Baptized in the Presbyterian Church and converted to the Catholic faith 9 years ago at the age of 9. Becoming very interested in my own baptism I watched a video of a Presbyterian ministerconferring baptism. He traced the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Participate in Nativity play during Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My pastor has asked my wife, newborn, and me to portray the Holy Family during Christmas Eve Mass. We would process in and then the baby would be placed in the creche. I just found out that this will be a “children’s … Continue reading

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