Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Sunday obligation and career conflicts

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read your recent answer to a man whose work schedule keeps him from attending Mass. I’d like to go down that road a little further. I’m a commercial pilot. My schedule (which is written in stone) keeps … Continue reading

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Minnesota: Extraordinary Form with preaching in Spanish

Brick by brick in Minnesota! From a priest in my email: This Friday, July 3, I will be offering Mass at 7pm at St. Mark’s -350 Atwood St, Shakopee -in the «Extraordinary Form» – also known as the Old Latin … Continue reading

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A Blog Bug squashed: SITEMETER compromised, malware

Bloggers… you should also pay attention. Some of you have reported, when coming to this blog, the odd phenomenon of being redirected to some odd page elsewhere in these interwebs.  It is a rare phenomenon, but troubling. Some of you have … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Married deacons and the fascia

From a permanent deacon… QUAERITUR: Can a married Deacon use a fascia with his cassock, considering that it symbolises chastity? If it symbolizes chastity, most certainly then, a married deacon can wear it, since he should be living a life … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Petrine Privilege or usual “annulment” procedure? Help!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it a better option for us to seek a Petrine Privilege rather than go through the usual annulment procedure if my husband was not baptized for his 1st marriage or his marriage to me? His … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I work on Sunday. Can I go to Mass on another day?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Never dreamed I’d be asking this, but I suppose I had better: Due to my current job or the job that I’m hoping to take soon, getting to Mass on Sunday can be difficult. If I’m … Continue reading

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AURORA ALERT! Events of terrible beauty, presaging we know not what.

Since Sunday a series of Earth-directed CME’s have created Aurora Borealis visible as far South in these USA as, I hear, Arkansas!  I know I will go out to look. Tonight, get out there if you have good viewing conditions, and … Continue reading

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23 June – Vigil of St. John – bonfires and witch burnings, solstices and snails

It is nice to have as your Patron the great Baptist, for I get two feasts a year, his Nativity and his Beheading. For the Vigil of St. John (today, as I write) in the old Roman Ritual the priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Who is a member of the Church?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Who is a member of the Roman Catholic Church? Is baptism all that is required? What about people baptised into the RC Church who later in life do not believe in some of the teachings of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Proper location on altar for stuffed koala

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our local Extraordinary Form group was preparing for Mass and we found left on the altar a stuffed koala bear apparently from an earlier Novus Ordo Mass.  One of the members wondered aloud if a stuffed … Continue reading

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