Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Godparents must be confirmed, married properly

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have been asked to be my nieces godmother but I have to make my confirmation. The lady at the church [?] told me I can not do so until I have my marriage convalidated by the church. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Kids told to confess one sin only.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At a local youth rally, the kids were told to confess one of their sin in the confessional. There were multiple priests present along with the bishop.
Are their sins forgiven?
First, if that recounting is accurate, telling people to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion for person just spotted drinking (probably) coffee

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’m an EMHC [Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion] in our Parish. At yesterday’s Mass, I was sitting a pew or two behind a woman who was chugging what I can only assume was a coffee beverage throughout Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can I go to same-sex ceremony or reception?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am invited to my Aunt’s wedding ceremony to her same-sex partner. My family has in the past received conflicting advice from parish priest’s on the issue. One said skip the ceremony and go to the reception; another … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must the Exsultet be sung by a cleric?

From a reader
QUAERITUR:
Must the Exultet be sung by a cleric?
Short and simple.
The short answer is: It ought to be.
In the Novus Ordo I believe it is permitted for a non-cleric to sing the Exsultet. I guess that option looks more … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can priests determine not to distribute Communion under both kinds?

From a priest (extracted from a comment)…
QUAERITUR:
Are we priests canonically allowed to limit this practice [Communion under both kinds] to 2-3 times a year of our own authority? We are not taught in the seminary that we may make this decision. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Spilling the Precious Blood

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What should one do if the chalice containing the precious blood is dropped as it is passed to the communicant.
I hope that this is theoretical, only. As a seminarian I once saw this happen and people just blithely … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do we call Eucharist “Bread” in Novus Ordo?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife who is to be received into the Church at the the Easter vigil (Deo gratias!) recently asked me why in the Novus Ordo Missae one of the options for the Memorial Acclamation is “When we eat … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sister goes shopping while carrying the Eucharist to the sick. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
I work at a religious supply store and yesterday a local religious sister came in and asked to be shown our selection of pyxes. I led her to the cabinet where they are kept and indicated that some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father insists I say “Amen” at Communion

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Father, I receive communion on the tongue while kneeling. Recently, a priest has begun to make an issue that while I am already in the position for communion with my mouth open and tongue out, he demands a … Continue reading

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