Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Can priests change the wording given in the Missal?

From a reader…
I recently heard a priest say: “We should go back to the [previous] version of the Missal, because I never had to change any wording. But now I have to change it all the time in the collect, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Will the Extraordinary Form outlast the Novus Ordo? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

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Since His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI has allowed the Latin mass to be celebrated by Priest without special per mission, many younger Priest and young Catholics have been celebrating the Latin mass more often. Do you think this … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hosts found on the floor… twice

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The attached strongly worded letter was in our bulletin today and it has left me greatly disturbed. In the past two weeks we have found Jesus left on the floor, not once, but twice. I am also sickened … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest sings final blessing like a Disney song

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A priest sings the Final Blessing at Mass in a Disney-like “chant” as follows: “May the blessing of God be upon you, the blessing of The Father and The Son, and may the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Love … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: According to Paul VI do female readers have to remain outside the sanctuary?

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Greeting Father! Corpus Christi Watershed has an interesting post regarding female altar servers:
In this article they mention Pope Paul VI allowing the use of female readers. It shows clearly they are allowed only when a male is not available and they … Continue reading

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Apparently the last donation was pretty large and it put them well over the goal. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lied to the priest. Is our marriage valid?

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Many years ago when my wife and I got married we were not serious Catholics. We cohabitated before we were married, and I think we even may have lied to the priest about it but I’m not sure. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass in the living room

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Our parish priest has agreed to say mass in our home living room. How should we set up furniture wise to accommodate this? Thank you.
If your manor house has a chapel, as in Brideshead Revisited, it is appropriate to have the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dealing with “blessings” from Extraordinary Ministers of Communion

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At Mass yesterday, I saw an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion dispensing “blessings” for those in line who have not yet received their First Communion or were choosing simply to come up for a blessing. As my wife … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father says that rubrics are only suggestions

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I am a member of a consultative body for our parish. During a lively (for lack of a less-positive term) discussion at a recent meeting we were told by our pastor that the GIRM is, in essence, a … Continue reading

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