Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Priest forbids a deacon to wear a dalmatic

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can the priest celebrant of Mass tell a deacon tell a deacon to not wear a dalmatic at Mass? Some people think it best that a deacon wear a dalmatic for a higher degree of solemnity but not on common … Continue reading

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Card. Sarah: return to Communion directly on the tongue while kneeling

A combination of factors has lead to erosion of understanding of the Eucharist and reverence for the Eucharist.  Included in these factors is a near universal insistence that everyone go to Communion at every Mass and, of course, lay ministers … Continue reading

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Making the Church appealing. What “sells”?

When it is time to draw people in, do those in charge show ugly modern churches bereft of statues, windows and obviously Catholic elements?   SURE they do!
When it is time to make a movie and portray something about the … Continue reading

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The State v. Self-Reliance

I nearly missed an email note from a reader (because he didn’t use the contact form) which had a semi-jocular solution to mass shooting attacks on schools.
“Our solution to the school shooter crisis is Universal Mandatory Home Schooling!”
Okay. I guess … Continue reading

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Books for boys. Suggested titles and an additional point.

At Crisis there is a good post about
10 Books That Every Boy Should Hazard
I warmly approve his use of “hazard”. Thank you.   He signals the spirit of this list in a word.
The writer, Sean Fitzpatrick, explains:
Thanks to the adulterators … Continue reading

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some are excused because, “They’re tooo haaard!” Wherein Fr. Z rants.

With all the chatter these days about virtuous behavior being an “ideal” and jawing about “paradigm shifts” and so forth, I present anew something I posted exactly one year ago today.
___ Originally published 17 Feb 2017
Look. I’m the first one … Continue reading

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Role of #MSM in mass shootings: If it bleeds, it leads. Angry @fatherz asks fearful questions

I dunno.
What is the role of the MSM in these mass shootings?
The networks descend on every mass shooting like vultures and create 24/7 coverage.
I wonder if mentally disturbed people don’t fix on these horrors and then copy them…because of the … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants in the wake of the Florida school mass murder

When man-made or natural disasters occur which result in the loss of life, I have often posted here about the importance of being in the state of grace.
In the first LENCAzTs I have done, I’ve used texts from St. Alphonsus … Continue reading

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Ash Wednesday, Fasting, Abstaining, and You – with notes on alligator, endothermic moonfish, and muskrat

According to the 1983 Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church, Latin Church Catholics are bound to observe fasting and abstinence on Ash Wednesday.
Here are some details. I am sure you know them already, but they are good to … Continue reading

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Writing to Fr. Z

Some of you want to write to me.  GREAT!
Please use my contact forms on the top menu.  ALWAYS!
If you have some piece of news, observation, etc., use “Contact Fr. Z by EMAIL”
If you have a question for the ASK FATHER … Continue reading

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Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has issued a great letter on the threshold of Lent.
 
As I read it, the Archbishop’s reference to the history of the Church in German with the Nazi state and the 1933 , could be not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My family goes to EF Masses on Sundays most of the time, but Novus Ordo once
a month.
My 3-year-old son asked me a question which I have no answer. He asked, “Why is the reading done by people but … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This subject comes up constantly in Catholic mom groups online. I would love your take on it.
Canon 867 §1. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a diocesan priest choose to say only the TLM?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Could a diocesan priest decide that he will only celebrate the TLM? Is he allowed to do so? What could a bishop do if he disagrees with the priest?
First, a diocesan priest could decide to say only the TLM.  … Continue reading

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Your parish priest and YOU.

I just received an email from a priest who informed me that today is the 200th anniversary of the day that St. John Vianney, arrived at his parish in Ars and began his work as a pastor with the care … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must images be veiled from Passion Sunday or is it only an option?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is there any authoritative rubric for the Extraordinary Form that requires statues and crosses be veiled in Church, or is it simply customary?
Our Extraordinary Form community is domiciled in a location that does not currently veil, and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Considering Andy Warhol in view of certain homosexualist activists

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a great article about the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and Warhol’s faith and piety.
This may surprise some people: he was devout and practiced his faith… which is rather … Continue reading

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Litany to the Bishop Martyrs for the Bishops of the Church Militant

The Enemy of the soul, the Devil, is a real, personal, fallen angelic being.  He and all the powers of hell, fallen angels of every grade in the hierarchy, hate you.  They work tirelessly to move you away from God … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Material support to groups and expecting nothing in return

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
First, thank you for everything that you do in Our Lord’s Vineyard.
Your website is greatly beneficial for myself and countless others.
I was wondering, could one’s tithing count towards purchasing items made by monks or nun, i.e. the Benedictines … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sermons at daily Masses. POLL

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Why is it that it seems common practice at daily Masses in the EF to not preach (and thus not repeat the readings in English)? Would it be illicit to do so? Might this be a case where … Continue reading

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