Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

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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OLDIE ASK FATHER: St. Blaise Blessing from a laywoman

From a reader… ORIGINALLY 3 Feb 2016. QUAERITUR: Yet another weird anomaly for our Modernist parish is having laity assist the priest in blessing throats on St. Blaise’s Feast. The laymen make no “Sign of the Cross” at least, merely … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Ordinary Form Mass with a Communion rail?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’ll ask the question up front: Is it illicit to celebrate the Ordinary Form while using a communion rail? If not, would use of a rail while celebrating the OF preclude reception of Communion in the … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them.

UPDATE 2 Feb: On this Candlemas, I’m bumping this to the top of the blog to remind you about an opportunity. Please take careful note of what I describe, below. ___ Original Published on: Dec 14, 2016 ___ Every once in … Continue reading

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Card. Müller weighs in on ‘Amoris Laetitia’, informally answers the Five Dubia

The Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith is doing his job.  His Eminence Gerhard Ludwig Card. Müller, has given a long interview to the Italian Catholic monthly Il Timone.  Title: “You don’t negotiate Truth.”  He comments on … Continue reading

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What to do if you don’t know what to do. Wherein Fr. Z … advises.

My in-box is filled with email from people who are frustrated, angry, confused. I am with you.  I jot people’s names down and I pray for you.  I am shifting my other practices around to include mortifications.  After all, as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Varia concerning today’s problems in the Church

Since I am on the road and busy with many times, but since these are pressing issues, allow me to respond, but collectively. From readers… QUAERITUR: Given the rate things are going for this current pontificate, would it be sinful to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the Novus Ordo be “ad orientem”, in Latin, with Deacons?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a Novus Ordo be ad orientem with Latin, chant, a subdeacon and deacon in traditional vestments? Not only can the Novus Ordo be celebrated ad orientem, it ought to be.  The rubrics indicate that this is the standard, … Continue reading

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Canonist Ed Peters: What does can. 915 really say?

Some people on the Kasperite side (give Communion to the divorced and remarried who have no purpose of amendment, etc.) have a spittle-flecked nutty when can. 915 is brought into the discussion. Distinguished commonsense canonist Ed Peters has offered us … Continue reading

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Serious priest taking it to the streets

Note that this priests says Mass for the Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles in Missouri.  They’re apostolate is to pray for priests and bishops.  I hope they pray for me. They have wonderful discs of music.   Speaking of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can absolution be granted when no purpose of amendment exists?

Under another entry here a commentator asked: Can absolution be granted where no purpose of amendment exists? If granted, with no purpose of amendment, does it even ‘take’? No. And No. In normal circumstances, when there isn’t danger or some … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Diluting Holy Salty Water… Salty Holy Water… just plain Holy Water

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hello Fr Z! Our pastor puts a lot of salt in the holy water. So much so that a MASSIVE crust forms on our font at home. Is it OK to dilute the holy water a … Continue reading

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Never underestimate the power of an invitation

I incessantly tell congregations never to underestimate the power of an invitation.   By that I mean that people should be inviting to others to go with them to Holy Mass or to church for confession and other events.  Invitations … Continue reading

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The knock on effect of small acts performed with love

At both the blog of my friend Fr. Jeffrey Keyes (Beauty Evangelizes … so true) and repeated at NLM there are photos of how the sister who sets up Father’s Mass vestments in the sacristy arranges the ties of the amice. … Continue reading

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A serious Catholic way to “accompany” the sinner?

I had an interesting email in my box today.  What do you think? Hi Father, I’ve been reading through Ratzinger’s book “Behold the Pierced One“. [UK – HERE] In it, he addresses the issue of the prohibition of communion to the divorced … Continue reading

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