Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Salvation for divorced and remarried?

From a reader:
If a person is remarried with children and cannot get an annulment on their first marriage do they have to divorce before they can receive communion? Does not receiving communion mean a persons eternal life is in jeopardy? Is it better … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marrying non-Catholics

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I have four children, in their twenties, three girls and one boy. All the girls married non-Catholics (who have agreed to raise the children in the Catholic Church and they all attend mass weekly so no complaints there.) … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What can deacons bless?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I recently witnessed our parish deacon blessing an image of St. Francis. Do deacons have the power of blessing images. And if not, does the image to be “re-blessed” by a priest?
Given that this is the season for ordinations, this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A dying man’s confession, death and YOU.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My father-in-law recently passed away. Before he died, he received Last Rites and a confession, but my wife is concerned about the validity of the confession. He suffered from a couple of strokes before he died, which took away his ability … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Baptismal Stoles” or “Confirmation Stoles”

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QUAERITUR:
I heartily agree with you regarding cassocks and surplices on “altar girls”. [More on that HERE] But I have another concern, and I wonder if I am right. I also do not believe that “Baptismal Stoles” or “Confirmation Stoles” should be … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Altar girls also Communion ministrices

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I went to Mass today in the diocese of [removed] as a visitor. The priest had 4 teen age alter girls and I actually received communion from one of them. This brought tears of sorrow to my eyes. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hands under a cloth during Communion

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QUAERITUR:
I have attended Mass in the Extraordinary Form fairly often in several US and UK cities over the past decade, and I was surprised to observe something new. An Institute of Christ the King church near me has … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sister started Mass without the priest

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
On Friday, my family and I arrived at Mass (NO) a few minutes early and took our usual places. When Mass was about to begin, a Sister (non-identifiable) came out to announce that the priest was running a few minutes behind, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Cassock, surplice, girls

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QUAERITUR:
Father, Am I correct in saying that Cassock & Surplice is male attire
and that girls should NOT wear it? And if this is the case why do
people let it happen? I am taking over the training of our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Revival of early morning Masses

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Back before Vatican II, and even in the years following Vatican II, daily Mass at most parishes, if not all, (it seems, according family members, and reading the lives of the saints) was early in the morning (ie: around 5:00-6:30 am; … Continue reading

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