Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Priest invites people to stand around altar during consecration

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Today [actually a while back at the time of this posting] the associate pastor, a newly ordained priest, asked us, since there were fewer people than usual present at Mass, to come up after the homily around the altar … Continue reading

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“Let y’all know!” The Epiphany chant announcement of 2015’s liturgical dates

Someone posted a printable image of the Noveritis (“Let y’all know”) in Gregorian chant notation for the singing of the liturgical dates for 2014 which takes place at Epiphany after the Gospel.  Find it over there.
The singing of the key liturgical … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Send Fr. Z Christmas cards from around the world – UPDATE

ORIGINAL Published on: Dec 22, 2014
Do people still send Christmas cards?  I have fewer this year than usual.
Some one remarked to me, jokingly, that I didn’t have a lot of Christmas Cards.
First, he couldn’t know that and, second, he wasn’t being serious.
Still, … Continue reading

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VIDEO: Online Gregorian Chant course!

My good friend Fr. Eduard Perrone of mighty Assumption Grotto, that liturgical oasis in troubled Detroit, is a fine musician.  He is putting his extensive training and experience to work with social media.
Here is the first installment of a video … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Revealing tops and dresses… dress code?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Do you think there should be a dress code for attending Mass? I am talking about girls and women wearing shorts and revealing tops and dresses?
It would be a bad idea to have a dress code at Holy Mass, especially … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who can dispense Holy Day of Obligation?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A friend of mine just informed me that the Solemnity of Mary isn’t [wasn’t] a Holy Day of Obligation in the whole state of California. What ecclesiastical body has the authority to grant such dispensations?
In light of can. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father was sick, we went to Mass, now we’re sick too!

From a reader…
Our priest simply announced “I have the flu ” and proceeded with his sermon. Only a few , like me, refrained from receiving Holy Communion. My wife received and several days later she and I had it also. Since we are in our … Continue reading

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Plenary Indulgences 31 Dec and 1 Jan

Today, the last day of the year, you have an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, by taking part in the recitation or singing of the Te Deum in a church or oratory.
Tomorrow, 1 January, you … Continue reading

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27 Dec: Today we bless WINE!

Today we bless WINE!
The liturgical year guided and nourish and shaped Catholics for centuries.  It does so far less now.  But once, people not only followed the turning of the earth and the wheeling of the stars and the rising … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who can be elected Pope?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can a male catholic who has not been ordained to the priesthood become Pope?
Yes.
The prerequisites are that he be
1) male, because he must become Bishop of Rome, and it is impossible for females to be given or for … Continue reading

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