Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Can modern architecture churches have “ad orientem” worship?

From a reader…
Dear Father, I been trying to find and answer to a question about Ad Orientem worship facing west. Is it licit? Can churches hampered by modern architecture still worship Ad Orientem? Thanks in advance.
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ASK FATHER: The “Ultima” chant

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When my father died, about 11 years ago, the priest who offered his funeral Mass ended it by chanting what he called “the Ultima”. The priest who did it is a very good friend of mine, and this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are blessings, sacramentals from SSPX priests efficacious?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Are blessings made by SSPX priests efficacious? Like when they bless sacramentals, water, salt etc, are these really blessed?
Let’s see.
SSPX bishops validly ordain and confirm.
SSPX priests validly confect the Eucharist.
SSPX priests (now) validly absolve sins.
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“The solution is staring the bishops in the face”

The pastor of the parish where I came into the Church was downright disgusted with the Archdiocese’s approach to vocations and the priest shortage crisis that would follow. He used to compare the geniuses of the vocations office et al. … Continue reading

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UPDATED – Wherein faithful canonist Ed Peters guts papolatrous dilettante Stephen Walford

We’ve seen Stephan Walford before. HERE
He is, in essence, papolatrous.  He’s also pretty nasty, when it comes right down to it.  He blasts away at La Stampa against anyone who dares to have quizzical thoughts about Amoris laetitia.
Canonist Ed Peters looks … Continue reading

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FATHER ASKS: Planning for computer upgrade, practical pointers

As this new year comes in, I foresee the day down the line when I may have to get a new computer.  What I am using is working for now, but tech doesn’t last forever.  Moreover, I am a firm … Continue reading

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EPIPHANY traditions: exorcisms, blessings, special chants, eggs, etc.

Let’s be clear about something.  Epiphany falls on 6 January.  Always has, always will.  This year, the year of grace 2018, 6 January is a Saturday.
Great feasts have vigils.  Vigils are moments of penance, preparation, recollection.  We fast before our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are blessings, holy water, etc., less effective if Latin isn’t used? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… who picked up on something I wrote about blessings and holy water in the traditional form compared to the new, post-Conciliar form… HERE
QUAERITUR:
“The exorcisms of the salt and water are to be done in Latin.”
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BOOK NOTES – What I’m receiving and reading about the “spirit of Vatican II”, the Devil, priests in history

I have a lot of books stacked up.  Happily, I receive them from authors and publishers.  I can’t possibly get to them all.  But I can get to some.
For example…
Among the books I have recently received I note especially…
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ASK FATHER: How long does holy water stay blessed?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I got to wondering about the properties of holy water. Since so much water has been blessed before and recycled throughout time, does the church have comments about the length that water stays “holy”? Or is it a … Continue reading

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A new year, a new membership – LMS @latinmassuk

When I find an organization or cause that I like or that I use, I try to support it.
For example, I really like Our Lady of Hope Clinic, about which I have written. I like Team Rubicon.
I really like the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Antisemitism among “traditionalist” Catholics – UPDATED

UPDATE 31 Dec 2017:
The original questioner wrote:
Thank you so much for your guidance in response to my query. I had never even considered that my heartache could be used as an opportunity to grow in holiness! Rereading my words, the … Continue reading

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FINAL DAY for 2017 tax-deductible charitable donations – help a GREAT cause!

Sometimes people want to make donations, but they are not sure about how.  Is the organization doing something good?  The end of the year is upon us.  This is it for 2017 donations.
Here’s a pitch for the Tridentine Mass Society … Continue reading

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

UPDATE: Dec. 30
More cards…

Austen, TX* (prayers)
Summit, NJ (thanks, Sisters!)
Rome (thanks, Father!)
Cincinatti, OH (cool stamps)
Bridgewater, MA
Davenport, IA (thanks, Father, and congratulations)
London (I really look forward to a visit there)
Newinton, CT
San Diego, CA (thanks for the Masses)
Southlake, TX
Plano, TX (prayers for Kate)
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ACTION ITEM! 31 DEC & 1 JAN – New Year’s Plenary INDULGENCES ALERT!

FATHERS!  Tell your people.
Catholics can gain a Plenary Indulgence on New Year’s EVE, 31 December (EnchInd. 26) be the recitation or the singing of the Te Deum.
To gain the indulgence the usual following conditions must be met.
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