Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ACTION ITEM! COMPETED! Baptismal Font for Rome’s Traditional Parish

UPDATE 17 Oct: WE DID IT. “For Luigi!” Last night an American woman dropped in at the sacristy, knowing I would be there, with an envelope full of Euro. The pastor was there too, so she put it directly into … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is Francis an Antipope because Cardinals conspired and the conclave was invalid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In your podcast the other about [Fr. Thomas G.] Weinandy’s idea of an “internal papal schism” you said that nobody is saying that Bergoglio is an Antipope. But there are people saying that and Bergoglio is … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When could priests wear casual attire?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In the United States, I imagine you would agree, it is not uncommon to see priests in very casual attire. Under what circumstances (if any) would the traditional modus operandi allow for dressing down (i.e. not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to protest, perhaps in Rome?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, do you think individuals or groups of non-Italian Catholics can picket or demonstrate in Saint Peter’s Square? I’m from the U.S.A. and thinking I’d like to fly over and start doing so! As a frequent … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation?

From a reader under another post: How exactly does one “activate” or “invoke” the Sacrament of Confirmation? Firstly, make a really good examination of conscience.  Then, GO TO CONFESSION!  Follow up with a devout Holy Communion. Then, if you have … Continue reading

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1st FRIDAY – Pre-Synod Stations of the Cross

There are many devotions we can use before the Synod.   However, since it is a 1st Friday, perhaps you might use the Way of the Cross. Here also are a few of my audio projects of the Way of the Cross. On … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mustaches and receiving the Precious Blood

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a fairly bushy mustache. I don’t feel comfortable receiving the Precious Blood as I sometimes get liquids on my mustache, my morning coffee is sometimes a chore. That said, a friend said I was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are permanent deacons necessary?

From a permanent deacon… QUAERITUR: What is your take on the state of the permanent diaconate? Permanent deacons don’t seem to have a “home” in the Church. Many in the traditional community bemoan permanent deacons as a Vatican II oddity, … Continue reading

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“Sometimes you can benefit the Church just by ceasing to do something stupid.”

Eloquent Anthony Esolen uses the sharpie of his brain to underscore with slashing priority a point that would solve a lot of problems.  HERE The issue he addresses is the appalling English translation used at Mass in the Novus Ordo.  … Continue reading

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Seven Sisters Apostolate and an urgent request to readers – UPDATED

UPDATE 25 Sept: I received a note from the organizer of the Seven Sisters Apostolate. They came flying in yesterday. So far ten. We are working out the schedule. Our Blessed Mother loves you! Blessings and a Peaceful rest this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Grandparents were Masons. Is there demonic attachment now for generations?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Fr Z – First, let me again express gratitude for your priesthood and the work you do. Your constant, faithful representation of the Faith and calm, stalwart encouragement are invaluable boons. Second, I read this … Continue reading

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“Empires perish. Tradition endures” – VIDEO about the Traditional Latin Mass, Usus Antiquior

A short documentary has been posted about the Usus Antiquior, or the traditional expression of the Roman Rite. You may see a couple familiar people. The video was made by the son of the doctor who runs the Catholic clinic … Continue reading

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Project to fast and pray for the Church! It’s Ember Friday in September. DO IT!

Chaos is spreading.  Synods loom on the horizon.  Some aspects of the Church’s governance, teaching and worship are hardly to be recognized any longer as authentically Catholic, in continuity with what our forebears received and handed on. Remember the initiative … Continue reading

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The priest’s voice and the “priest voice” during Holy Mass. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

At NLM, Peter Kwasniewski dedicated a post to: “The Parish Low Mass Is Not a “Silent” Mass: The Rubrics on Clara Voce”. Note well that he specified “parish Mass”, in contrast to a “monastic Mass”. In a monastic setting, or … Continue reading

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St. Robert Bellarmine – Pray for us! Help us with your teaching and example!

Today I greet readers and friends who are blessed with the name “Robert”.  Happy Novus Ordo Name Day. You get two Name Days, since the traditional day is 13 May. In particular I remember in prayer His Excellency Most Reverend … Continue reading

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