Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

@CCPecknold writes on belief in the Eucharist and Fr. Z rants at length

I need seminarians and young (especially) priests to pay attention to this. Chad Pecknold, contributing editor at the Catholic Herald (where I have a weekly column), is articulate, bring and right. He manifests these attributes much to the dismay of … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: Spiritual Bouquet for Bp. Hying

May I suggest to the readership your participation in a Spiritual Bouquet for the new Bishop of Madison, Most Rev. Donald Hying? Bishop Hying took up his crozier in Madison at the end of June. A Spiritual Bouquet is a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: As a youth minister, I don’t think clergy have my back.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father have you seen this recent Pew poll on how we as Catholics view the Eucharist? I’m a Youth Minister @ my Church. I can do talks till I’m blue in the face, but feel I … Continue reading

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For the ‘c’atholic Left, the Church should be perpetual Woodstock

As I write, I am watching my recording of the public TV series American Experience – “Woodstock: Three Days That Defined a Generation“. FIFTY YEARS. A half a million kids descend on a field in NY for to hear music … Continue reading

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Your Sunday Sermon Notes and ASK FATHER: sermons and birettas

Was there a good point made in the sermon during your Mass of Sunday obligation? Let us know. Today I had the pleasure of being deacon for this morning’s Solemn Mass.  One of the local priests had, at the last … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priests who bless with their fingers in the Greek icon “ICXC” style

From priest… QUAERITUR: At the moment I’m at a presbyteral retreat. When you get a bunch of priests together, you’re bound to see the whole range of liturgical “sensibilities,” leaving aside entirely the dinner table conversation… [For sure.  I look … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Repeat a wedding ceremony with a friend presiding?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long time reader, first time questioner. I have a friend that will soon be getting married. On Saturday he will have a traditional Catholic Church wedding. However, on Sunday he is having a reception in which … Continue reading

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2 August until midnight: “Portiuncula” Plenary (or Partial) Indulgence

From midnight tonight to midnight tomorrow, 2 August, you can gain the “Portinuncula” Indulgence. This indulgence seems to have been granted directly by Christ Himself in an appearance to St. Francis.  The Lord them told Francis to go to Pope Honorius III, who, … Continue reading

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Bishops and the Internet – positive developments

Recently, His Excellency Most Reverend Donald Hying, Bishop of Madison, has been issuing brief – a just a couple minutes at a time – video messages via YouTube.  He’ll tackle a topic in a single spot or in a short … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Z gives advice to new and to young priests

Congratulations, reverend and dear gentlemen and welcome to the priesthood.  We older guys are all for you, except when we are against you.  That’s going to happen, now and then.  If you are straight and you are faithful, some guys … Continue reading

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Amazing results in the saving of St. Anne’s beautiful shrine in @FRDiocese

Remember the story some time ago about the beautiful Shrine of St. Anne in Fall River, MA, that was scheduled for closure? It looked grim for the magnificent church. A group of lay people got organized, worked something out with … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Traditional “Supplied rites” after emergency or modern rite baptism

From a reader on Twitter… QUAERITUR: @fatherz Thx for posting about the Taylor Marshall & Fr Nix talk which I also watched. How can we get the Baptism old rite elements supplied? My priests r unaware it’s permitted. Is there … Continue reading

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Good VIDEO for people who aren’t familiar with the TLM or with our traditions

I occasionally catch video interviews that Taylor Marshall has with folks who interest me. Today I saw most of a video he did with Fr. David Nix, a good young priest in Denver whom I’ve met.  They both are both … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sex before Communion

UPDATE 15 July 2019: Rev. Mr. Kandra remarked at his blog about this post.   He disappoints. The non-canonist deacon disagrees with the canonical arguments of the esteemed canonist Ed Peters.  Fine.  Kandra can state a position and attempt to defend it. So … Continue reading

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BOOK: In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church

What a great title! The nice folks at Angelico Press sent a copy of In Praise of the Tridentine Mass and of Latin, Language of the Church by Fr. Roberto Spataro, Secretary of the Pontifical Academy for Latin. US HERE … Continue reading

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