Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Will SSPX priests be able to absolve validly after the Year of Mercy closes?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ve been searching through the Internet, and since I’ve found absolutely nothing regarding this matter, I’ve thought I might as well just send this question to you so that you can be the first (hopefully) to write about it. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is post-election schadenfreude a sin to be confessed?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: A simple question that arose for me this week for obvious reasons. Is schadenfreude a sin that should be confessed? This requires a lot of deep thought, prayer, time to reflect. … …. ….. …… Okay. No. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Catechizing apathetic children

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do you have any advice on catechizing children who have an apathy for the faith, and whose family come to Mass, but that’s it there is no teaching going on in the home. The kids I teach at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Should I be a permanent deacon?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Dear Father, I am in my early/mid 30s, married with two children. I am considering the permanent diaconate- Our diocese is one where priests are overworked; at my grandmother’s funeral, no priest was available for the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: First Communion without First Confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: My daughter called me on the phone and asked me if the First Confession before First Communion is an option. She came home from a meeting attended by parents for first communicants, They were told if … Continue reading

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OLDIE ASK FATHER: The pastor anoints everyone at Mass, sick or old or not – everyone.

I had a question about the Sacrament of Anointing. I looked up an old answer and figured I could simply repost.  This is from a year ago, exactly! From a priest … QUAERITUR: Every year at this time, my pastor has … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest told us we can receive communion twice a day. Is he right?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am really confused. Our parish priest told us that we can receive communion two times a day, however, I have been reading where two times a day is not always correct. Two times a day … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I was told that you are either supposed to always veil or never veil

From a readerette… QUAERITUR: I have developed a love for veiling at the TLM, I attend a daily NO Mass and veil there too. My mom dislikes and does not allow me to veil when I attend the NO Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does the St. Gertrude Prayer release 1000 souls from Purgatory?

We are in that sweet-spot period when we can gain wonderful indulgences for Poor Souls and we are still within the Year of Mercy.  So… …GET TO WORK! From a reader… QUAERITUR: My husband and I were reading your post … Continue reading

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2 Nov – All Souls, Indulgences, and YOU!

It seems somehow fitting to post about indulgences on 31 October. From the Handbook of Indulgences Visiting a Church or an Oratory on All Souls Day A plenary (“full”) indulgence, which is applicable only to the souls in Purgatory is granted … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do traditional Catholic “white wash” Halloween?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It surprises me how popular it’s becoming among traditional Catholics to “white wash” Halloween. It’s certainly not traditional! The 3 days of this time have always represented a trilogy –Hell, Heaven, and Purgatory. A time to reflect on the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Bless or exorcize new home?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m a long time reader of your blog and thank you for your ministry. My wife and I are in the final stages of purchasing our first house. When we went to see the house the first … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z rants: Our worship, therefore our identity, needs orthotics.

I receive this from a reader…  I thought you might be interested in this; it at least is new to me. In Waterbury, Connecticut this morning, I came across this version of “Now Thank We All Our God” in WLP’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: An old priest gets confused, hard to understand

From a reader… Our parish has a mass that is served by an increasingly elderly and frail priest. His physical limitations are what they are. The concern that he needs prompting through the entire mass, not just the daily changes, but including prayers … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is a priest allowed to do the readings, or must a lay person do them?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: On occassion the Lector or Reader is a no-show for Mass and Father will say “We’ll just wait for someone to come do the readings.” At the Sat. evening vigil Mass many of us are older and I, … Continue reading

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