Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Si vis pacem, para bellum. If you want peace, ready war.

Sometimes Leon Trotsky is given credit for saying that you might not be interested in war but war is interested in you.  He didn’t say that, exactly, but it is nevertheless true. I have not infrequently challenged you readers to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Only half-way decent parish near us is still not good. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When my wife and I attend Mass at our regular parish, we have always made it a point to receive Communion from the priest. Recently, when we did so, the priest stopped my wife, looked her in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Converts trying to make 1st Confession –

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My family and I are converting to the church from Protestantism. We are a family of six and we have been turned away from confession at multiple churches because the half hour before Vigil and Sunday Mass wasn’t … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: People say Mass prayers together with the priest

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been attending daily mass when I can at a particular parish. When at Mass I often hear some people in the pews who whisper to themselves every single word the priest says at mass. I would like … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can Lectors still bless bread and fruit?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Recently I have just read regarding the minor order of Lector (I know it has been abolished). It is said that the lector can bless bread and fruit. My questions are: Is the blessings reserved only … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why no confessions on a feast day?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: At the end of today’s mass (Feast of the Assumption), the priest announced no confessions would be heard because “Sundays and solemnities are joyous occasions, so we don’t hear confessions.” I was dismayed. I find reconciliation … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 151: Pius X’s encyclical On Teaching Christian Doctrine

Today we are going to hear St. Pope Pius X’s encyclical letter of 1905 on Catechetics, On Teaching Christian Doctrine, Acerbo nimis.  This could have been offered to us today. As you listen, tune your ear for how Pius talks about … Continue reading

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The biggest problem today is Mass “facing the people”

I’ve written about Prof. Robert Spaemann before (e.g., HERE).  Even though German theologians today set a low bar for clarity and orthodoxy, Spaemann is clearly the best working theologian among them.  And he is faithful.  He is quite close to … Continue reading

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New books by St. Robert Bellarmine, Doctor of the Church, now in English

Lately I received notice of, and a concrete copy of, newly released English translations of works by the great Doctor of the Church St. Robert Bellarmine (+1621). St. Robert was a Jesuit (a good one), a Cardinal, theology and profession … Continue reading

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Desecrated church reconcilied in Missouri

There are sacred places, things and persons.  Mistreatment of a sacred place, thing or person is the sin of sacrilege. By blessings and consecrations, places, things and persons are taken from the secular, temporal, profane realm and given to the … Continue reading

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D. Manchester: New FSSP Parish

Here is some interesting news. But watch how it is reported by AP. There is a new FSSP parish in New Hampshire.  It looks like they are having their first Mass there today, Sunday 7 August. From AP (with my emphases and comments): … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of grapes

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (tomorrow, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (go to p. 345 – Benedictio uvarum), or cut and paste the English text … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Wherein Fr. Z makes suggestions to priests about “ad orientem” worship.

In an email exchange I had, and a conversation with a priest friend, a couple ideas came up. Context: Robert Card. Sarah, Prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship, made a plea to priests to begin offering Holy Mass ad orientem versus. … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Ordinary Form Mass very much in the Roman style

I was sent a link to a video of the Holy Mass in the Ordinary Form celebrated at the Proto-Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Seattle in Vancouver, WA for their Patronal Feast of St. James the Greater. At this parish … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are your podcasts on iTunes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can your podcazts be obtained on iTunes? I would like to subscribe on my new ipod. Thanks! Yes, indeed. That said, remember that our world is becoming ever more dangerous.  I warmly recommend that, when you are out … Continue reading

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