Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: What can the acolyte do and wear?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering if you know the rubrics or know where the rubrics for lay instituted acolytes in the EF can be found?
At my parish, we try and do a lot of things in the extraordinary form, and I am … Continue reading

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QUIZ: What is this thing? – SOLVED!

UPDATE: 16 June
Solution posted, below.
Originally posted 15 June:
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Here is quiz.
Does anyone know what this liturgical object is?

UPDATE:
Some really interesting guesses are coming in! I’ll wait to post quite a few at once.
UPDATE:
There are some great answers piling up. … Continue reading

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“The finest rosaries I have ever seen” have… returned! – UPDATES

nce upon a time I used to write about the finest rosaries I had ever seen.   They were easy on the eyes, like jewelry, but they were as strong as steel cables.
The woman who made them, Gayle, had started up a … Continue reading

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GREEN! Photos of green vestments for Solemn Mass in production, and a pitch

UPDATE:
Thanks to those who have sent donations through PayPal.
MH, J-AF
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As you know, I am involved with a Society for the promotion of all things liturgically traditional, the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.  This is a 501(c)(3) organization.
In my … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of sacraments from a schismatic priest

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I recently discovered that Fr. Paul Wickens was schismatic priest. All we ever knew about him, we learned from our family. We attend Holy Mass at the chapel he built (now run by ICKSP with … Continue reading

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A great restoration @CathedralStPaul

The Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, MN, is in my estimation a candidate for “grandest cathedral in these USA”.  It is also the National Shrine of St. Paul.
One of the advantages of this cathedral is that is wasn’t … Continue reading

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BEER @MONKSOFNORCIA PROGRESS

We have to support our good religious orders, especially the newer communities.
Today I read about a solemn profession at Norcia, in Italy, where there is a great foundation of Benedictines (including not a few Americans).  You might recall that they … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Celebrate Prudence and not “Pride”!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a Pastor/Religious Superior mandate that the Associate Pastor/other Religious priests use only particular options in celebrating Mass with the congregation. Of course, saying Holy Mass ad Orientem is one matter. But what about the Pastor/Superior saying it … Continue reading

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Why we Say The Black and Do The Red

Let us begin with an understatement.
The revitalization of our Catholic identity will be an opus magnum et arduum.
Most of us reading this will not see but the first fruits.
We have to be smart and persistent, using all the tools at … Continue reading

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Disturbing short film “The Confession” that somehow won Catholic award

I was sent the link to a short film that, apparently, won and award at the International Catholic Film Festival in 2017.
Fail.

It starts with some good point.  Never mind that the priest is not wearing a purple stole: validity of … Continue reading

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Father’s Day gift idea – from the “hearts”

Seeing that, in the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (the day after the Sacred Heart of Jesus), I point once again your attention to the wonderful Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles whose … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What does the comma really say?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When listening to a Collect (or any similar prayer) in Latin, whether OF or EF, I notice that the priest tends to “punctuate” the final phrase as such:
“in unitate Spiritus Sancti Deus, per omnia saecula saeculorum.”
But in English, … Continue reading

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Esolen’s observations on boys and men and what women cannot give them

This last week I saw the new and well-done Masterpiece Theatre issue of the classic Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (US HERE – UK HERE).
I wonder if the short series wasn’t in part an inspiration to Anthony Esolen to pen … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m afraid that my mobile phone addiction will put me in Hell.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’m appealing to you since you’re technologically adept and understand how easy it is to get attached to electronics.
When I got my first iPhone back in 2009, I wasn’t attached to it. I used to lose it because … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “take” Communion instead of “receive”? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In light of your recent question about “First Eucharist ” I was wondering about something else heard frequently. When referring to reception of the Blessed Sacrament some people say they are going to “take” Communion. When I first … Continue reading

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