Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Can the priest receive Precious Blood by intinction?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it permissible for the celebrating priest to receive communion via intinction? Or must they physically eat the host and drink from the chalice?
Thank you very much for all you do.
I am not sure there is a way … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 33rd Ordinary Sunday: the “sign of peace” – Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Since the day I was ordained, I have celebrated both forms of the Roman Rite, the Novus Ordo and the TLM.
When I am called upon to say the Novus Ordo, I jump up and help out.  I prefer the older, traditional … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must I confess mortal sins which I honestly forgot in previous confession?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
After a valid confession, if we later remember a forgotten mortal sin, are we strictly obligated to mention it in our next confession, or is it optional? I have found contradictory answers by both priests and laypeople online. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to shop online with your Amazon thingy?

From a shopping reader…
QUAERITUR:
In order for you to get your kickback from the Amazon link, is it necessary to do each search from your link, or just when a purchase is made?
I don’t buy that much (not a Prime member) … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Emergency Baptism “in utero”

From a reader…
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Recently, a baby in Texas was temporarily removed from her mother’s womb for life saving spine surgery. After the 20 minute surgery, the baby was returned to the womb, and was born healthy several months later. (Truly a … Continue reading

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The dying out of women religious, and the crisis of religious, priestly vocations. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

If anyone in the English speaking world knows what the status quaestionis is concerning American women religious it’s Ann Carey. She has written insightful books about, especially, why some orders are imploding from their own suicide pact with modernity.  See … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A prayer for protection while traveling

From a reader…
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I ride a Vespa PX150 around town as it’s quick and cheap to run. When I start the scooter each time I recite the Apostles’ Creed, Our Father, Hail Mary and Gloria while the engine is warming. Then … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should we pray for “Servants of God”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
We pray with our Necrologium every night during Compline and we have many “Servants of God” along with “Venerables” and “Blesseds” among the dead of our Congregation.
I was wondering, do we pray for their souls?
Servants of God are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marriage licenses with “Spouse 1” and “Spouse 2”

From a Protestant clergyman reader…
QUAERITUR:
Thank you for your blog. Your courage and clarity motivate me. I am a Protestant clergy and am struggling with whether or not I should even morally be signing marriage licenses anymore. I had my first … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Scheduling a specific Mass for a profession: IT professionals

From a reader…
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How do you go about scheduling a specific Mass for a profession? I am a member of a new group called Saint Isidore’s Guild, a professional apostolate of programmers and other IT professionals under the patronage of the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Firearms at Mass, laity and priests – UPDATED

In the wake of the recent horrible Texas church massacre, I now have several email conversations going on – with laity and clergy – about having a concealed firearm in church.
This is an issue which needs sober assessment by everyone, … Continue reading

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Liturgical worship… priestly vocations… Is what we are doing working or not?

I had mentioned that I was re-reading Robert Hugh Benson’s prophetic Lord of the World.  I finished it yesterday. US HERE – UK HERE
Just as I finished it, I found these things.
First, I want to preface with this: When you are on a journey towards a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The usual requirements for gaining indulgences

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Do all indulgenced works (eg visiting the Bl Sacrament for 30 mins) carry with them the three usual requirements (Communion, Confession & prayer for the Pope’s intentions)?
In the Norms for gaining indulgences in the Enchiridion Indulgentiarum we read … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How much “work” on Sunday?

From a reader…
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I know we are to abstain from unnecessary servile (manual) labor on Sundays. How strict should we be with discerning whether the labor is “necessary” or not? For example, can mere convenience justify a small amount of light … Continue reading

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More about photos during Mass and Pope Francis’ admonisment

The other day Pope Francis spoke out again taking photos at Mass or other liturgical moments.
Greg DiPippo at NLM has a good piece about this HERE.
He makes the distinction between this…

And this…

I would add any of myriad photos of beautiful … Continue reading

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