Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Brick By Brick: A church gets a make over

Some parish churches are victims of awful post-Conciliar, faithless wreckovation. Some are awful because of budget problems when they were being constructed. Some are just plain awful. There’s hope. A priest friend of mine has given a make over to … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 7th Ordinary Sunday: Spiritual, rational things pleasing to God

Let us look at the Collect for the upcoming 7th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Novus Ordo. Praesta, quaesumus, omnipotens Deus, ut, semper rationabilia meditantes, quae tibi sunt placita, et dictis exsequamur et factis. Note the spiffy separation of et dictis…et … Continue reading

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Answers to “Dubia” from the Vatican! About the Traditional Mass and overly restrictive bishops.

If you are a priest who has been hassled by your bishop about saying the traditional Mass with the 1962 Missale Romanum, pay attention.  Help has arrived. Recently a priest of my acquaintance sent two questions to my old haunts the … Continue reading

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Commandments are NOT mere “ideals” from which some people are excused because they’re hard! Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Look. I’m the first one to admit that I am a sinner.  I sin and I go to confession with a firm purpose of amendment.  When I fall, I get back up, again with a firm purpose of amendment.  I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Praying for the Holy Father’s Intentions

From a reader… QUAERITUR: When praying for an indulgence, is it better / okay to pray for Holy Father’s HOLY intentions, rather than simply his intentions? These days it seems that – laying aside his published universal intentions – some … Continue reading

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It’s hard to find a purer liberal ideologue than this one.

Last night on FNC Tucker Carlson had an exemplary guest.  It is hard to find a purer ideologue, deeper into Leftist tactics than this one.   Watch this for a lesson in what we will see increase as the Left gets … Continue reading

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God the Son teaches about adultery (HINT: He disapproves)

Today in the Ordinary Form, the 6th Ordinary Sunday, the Gospel is from Matthew 5. First, the Lord says that he did not come to abolish the law and prophets but to fulfill them. He has stern words for those … Continue reading

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More on the “mutual enrichment” theme: West meets East Edition

More about “mutual enrichment” comes from Catholic World Report. First there was a piece Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who made suggestions about how the older, traditional form of Mass should be altered.  HERE I think he was wrong in the very … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father doesn’t make Sign of the Cross when giving absolution

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Whether an absolution is valid if the priest prays the form of the sacrament correctly, but does not make the sign of the cross. This might just be scruples, but recently, I went to confession to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can priests serve as and vest as deacons in the Novus Ordo?

UPDATE: I’ve received quite a bit of mail about my response.  The preponderance says that I was right in my argument, but also that the Caerimoniale‘s directions do NOT prohibit priests from vesting as deacons.  Here is an example: When the … Continue reading

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Concerning some bad ideas about how to “enrich” the traditional, Extraordinary Form

UPDATE: Another reaction at NLM. UPDATE: Be sure to read a response posted at CWR by a priest who wrote his thesis on Universae Ecclesiae.  HERE   ___ Originally Published on: Feb 8, 2017 ___ When I was around the Pontifical Commission … Continue reading

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Will you bury your “Alleluia” this year? – FOLLOW UP

UPDATE 7 Feb 2017: Well, we’re gonna do it.   On Septuagesima Sunday we will bury the Alleluia right after the Asperges. Also, we will have a Solemn Mass. 7:30 AM 12 February at St. Mary’s in Pine Bluff, WI. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Liturgical jam up – Lenten Sunday, St. Joseph, Pope Francis’ Anniversary on same day

From a reader… QUAERITUR: 19 March [3rd Sunday of Lent] is the anniversary of our Holy Father Francis’ “coronation”. In the 1962 Missal, this is to be commemorated. I am confused about the date, however: The Una Voce directory and Divinum … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Septuagesima and pre-Lent preparation?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: As you know, the season of Septuagesima starts next Sunday. How can I make the most of it to help prepare for a successful Lent? My understanding it was originally used to ease in to the … Continue reading

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