Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: URGENT EMERGENCY PREDICAMENT! Mass in Presence of a Prelate but we don’t have a Pax Brede!

When I see the word “brede” I can’t help but think of the novel In This House Of Brede by Rumor Godden (US HERE – UK HERE).
From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Our little EF congregation would like to invite our Bishop to attend a Mass. we … Continue reading

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Esolen on virtue and chastity in “Wonder Woman” (not the one you immediately thought of)

When I would explain the Decalogue to children, I’d say something like: God didn’t give us rules because he wanted to ruin our fun.  These rules are God’s way of saying, “Don’t hurt yourself.  You are made in my image.  … Continue reading

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DISGUSTING LBGT story reveals something about homosexualist agenda in the Church. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

This is disgusting, but it is necessary for you to know.
A forward, which I have offered before:
I’ve argued here – often – that the homosexualist agenda has been patiently engaged for a long time and is still reaching for that brass … Continue reading

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Irish “Mass Path”, for secret worship, mapped and photographed (and some BOOKS)

Occasionally a friend of mine in England makes weekend adventures to visit sites where there are preserved “priest holes”, and he sends photos.  They really give you pause.  As you know, in the 16th and 17th centuries, Catholics who refused … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: SSPX or Diocesan TLM – It is an “undue burden” to have to wait 3.5 hours?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Lately I’ve been attending the EF mass but my only two options all week are a diocese EF mass at noon on Sunday or go to the local SSPX chapel for 8:30 am Sunday Mass. I want to … Continue reading

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More altar rails! We need many many more altar rails!

From the NCRegister:
Altar Rail Puts Communicants on Right Track
Priests and parishioners explain the value of kneeling when receiving Communion.
Joseph Pronechen
In many parishes, a once-standard sanctuary staple is making a comeback: the altar rail.
“Having an altar rail has really brought back … Continue reading

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2018 March For Life – Plenary Indulgence

CNA reports that those who participate in the March For Life in Washington DC can gain a plenary indulgence.
Participating in the March for Life? There’s an indulgence for that.
Washington D.C., Jan 7, 2018 / 04:01 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Catholics participating … Continue reading

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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.
From the earliest days, and in keeping … Continue reading

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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.
I think that they … Continue reading

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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.”
Father, how essential … Continue reading

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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…
Slaying the … Continue reading

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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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