Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Confessor gave a penance I could not do. Was the absolution invalid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A few weeks ago I went to confession, and after some words of consolation and admonition, Father gave me my penance. He said I had to pray to the Holy Spirit during Lauds and Vespers for a week … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: CONFESSIONAL DRAMA! Penitent says, “Bless me, Father” and actually wants a blessing!

From a reader…
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One of our wonderful [traditional order/institute] priests this Sunday mentioned – prior to his sermon – that he was surprised that so many of us were not correctly following the ritual of Confession.
He said that many begin with … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blessed candles for use at home

From  a reader…
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I recently purchased some beeswax candles which I want to have blessed in order to use them at home. My question is this: is there a preferable material for devotional candles? Is there a difference between, say, a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does Pope Francis really want to change the Lord’s Prayer?

First, if liturgical translations frustrate you, just use Latin.  It is, after all, the official language of worship of the Roman Catholic Church.
I have had a couple dozen panicked or confused emails, and a few more that are simply curious, about … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: One Mass for the obligation for Sunday, Christmas Eve and Monday, Christmas Day?

Under another post someone asked:
Father, would can. 1248.1 apply to the case of a double obligation, e.g., an evening Mass for Sunday also satisfying a Holy Day obligation for Monday (as Christmas this year)?
I’ve written about this situation before and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Anticipated” Traditional Latin Mass on Saturday evening with Sunday’s texts

From a reader…
Is it licit to celebrate Traditional Latin Masses in an anticipatory manner (i.e., an evening Mass but using the following day’s propers)?
I’m asking because a recent Rorate article implies the contrary yet I know priests who commonly say Sunday TLMs … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How can I approach my Bishop about getting a Traditional Latin Mass? 

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
How can I approach my Bishop about getting us a Traditional Latin Mass because I keep running from one parish to another looking for Holy Mass?
It has been some 10 years now since Summorum Pontificum, Benedict XVI’s “Emancipation Proclamation”.  In that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Masses outdoors or not in a church

From a reader…
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According to Canon 932 s1: The eucharistic celebration is to be carried out in a sacred place unless in a particular case necessity requires otherwise; in such a case the celebration must be done in a decent place.
What … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is Advent a penitential season? Also, Advent Blue Vestments… NO! ANNUAL SONG ALERT!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In my 14.75 years as a Catholic, I’ve heard that Advent:
1) Is a penitential season
2) Is a semi-penitentials season
3) Is no longer a penitential season but was before Vatican II
4) Never was a penitential season
Can you clarify which … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holy Communion after biting inside of mouth

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I write today to ask whether there are any problems with partaking of Communion after having bitten/chewed the inside of one’s own mouth.
First, I am glad that you are so interested in proper reception of Holy Communion.
We have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Color of altar boys’ cassocks

From a reader…
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I grew up in the 1950’s. All the illustrated “Children’s Missals” had photos showing altar servers wearing red cassocks and white surplices.
I never saw red cassocks in person, however. Now, they seem to be making a comeback. At … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Self-intinction. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
This morning at Mass, I observed two or three people receive the Host in the hand, and then walk over to the extraordinary minister of the chalice, dip the Host in, and then put it in their mouth. I was cantoring … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “How do you keep your energy up for the fight?”

From a priest…
Someone forwarded me your article responding to Fr. Gerald J. Bednar’s article. First of all: thank you! :)
But second: how do you keep your energy up for the fight?
Many who believe the 1 true Faith, you have no … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest threatened with “Double Excommunication”

From a reader…
The 21 Nov. 2017 editions of Rorate Caeli and Eponymous Flower both posted that Fr. Minutella is facing Double Excommunication by the Vatican. He is in a dispute over Amoris Laettia.
If you have time, can you explain what … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Where to get a decent cassock?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My husband serves for the Traditional Latin Mass at our parish. He has mentioned that he’d like his own cassock and surplice for Christmas.
Do you know of a good place to get a nice looking one that won’t … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the priest receive Precious Blood by intinction?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it permissible for the celebrating priest to receive communion via intinction? Or must they physically eat the host and drink from the chalice?
Thank you very much for all you do.
I am not sure there is a way … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must I confess mortal sins which I honestly forgot in previous confession?

From a reader…
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After a valid confession, if we later remember a forgotten mortal sin, are we strictly obligated to mention it in our next confession, or is it optional? I have found contradictory answers by both priests and laypeople online. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to shop online with your Amazon thingy?

From a shopping reader…
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In order for you to get your kickback from the Amazon link, is it necessary to do each search from your link, or just when a purchase is made?
I don’t buy that much (not a Prime member) … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Emergency Baptism “in utero”

From a reader…
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Recently, a baby in Texas was temporarily removed from her mother’s womb for life saving spine surgery. After the 20 minute surgery, the baby was returned to the womb, and was born healthy several months later. (Truly a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A prayer for protection while traveling

From a reader…
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I ride a Vespa PX150 around town as it’s quick and cheap to run. When I start the scooter each time I recite the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria while the engine is warming. Then … Continue reading

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