Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Your RORATE MASSES – UPDATES

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom – making a come back thanks to the spread of tradition – whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
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BALTIMORE: New life for a parish with the TLM, FSSP: Sat 16 Dec – RORATE MASS

There is a good piece in the Baltimore Sun about the newly established FSSP parish at the St. Alphonus, a fine old church.  It is the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  Parish site HERE.   NB: They have a RORATE … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession of serious sins in both kind and number.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
According to canon law, we are obliged to confess our mortal sins in “both kind and number.” Would my sins be absolved if I failed to mention the venial sins in number?
YES!  Number, too… for serious sins.
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ASK FATHER: “Transgender” nun?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
What is going to happen when someone who identifies as a male , but is in a sane biological based world female, wants to become a priest of some male who competed on the girls soccer team in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1st Communion at another parish because grandparents can’t travel

From a reader…
I am hoping for your wisdom and guidance here. My daughter is preparing for 1st communion (May 2018) at our home parish. However, my parents, living in another state, are not in good enough health to attend the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized but never lived as a Catholic, soon to marry

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A cousin of mine was baptised in the Catholic Church as an infant to fulfill the wishes of persistent grandparents. But was in no way raised in the Church and never recieved any other sacraments – is she … Continue reading

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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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End of year charitable giving and donations – An idea!

Sometimes people want to make donations, but they are not sure about how.  Is the organization doing something good?
Here’s a pitch for the Tridentine Mass Society of the Diocese of Madison.  I am president of the TMSM.  It is a … Continue reading

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UPDATE: Snail-mail Christmas Cards to Fr. Z – 2017

UPDATE: 13 Dec
More cards!
Fresno, CA
Stanley, NC
Pine Grove, PA
Loudonville, NY
Palm Beach Gardens, FL
Seattle, WA
Chula Vista, CA
Carol Stream, IL
Carol Stream, IL (Okay, no return address. – I suspect that’s a mail sorting location.)
Owensboro, KY
Greer, SC!
Atherton, CA
UPDATE: 8 Dec
Some Christmas cards have come … Continue reading

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POLL: Starting your confession: “Bless me, Father…” or “Forgive me, Father…”

In another post, I responded to a question from a reader about blessings at the beginning of sacramental confession, following the words, “Bless me, Father, I have sinned…”.
Of course, some people begin their confession differently.
It occurred to me to find … Continue reading

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Tactics of the Enemy: hints from Screwtape

For a recent Advent podcast, I used a short excerpt from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  US HERE – UK HERE
If you haven’t read this yet, are you in for a shocking delight.
Oh the insights in this book!
I had searched out that particular … Continue reading

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

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
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…
QUAERITUR:
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: Mass obligation when there’s treacherous ice and I’ve fallen before.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A woman in my 60s now, having had a couple of bad falls one requiring surgery, the other requiring weeks of bedrest . . . the church parking lot and walkways usually icy, frozen, unplowed, untreated, and no … 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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