Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: I’m 80 and I can’t kneel for Communion at a Traditional Mass

The other day Bp. Morlino told the priests of the Diocese of Madison that they should encourage their congregations to kneel to receive Holy Communion on the tongue. This is a wonderful development which will make a great difference in parishes … Continue reading

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Good Friday Reminder: Fasting, Abstaining, and You

Tomorrow is Good Friday. Let’s review our obligations before the day arrives so that we aren’t taken by surprise. Two days of the year we modern Latin Church Catholics are asked both to fast and to abstain from meat. According to the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Beer?” “No. Beir!” “Beer?” “BIER! BIER!”

Every one please mark your calendars: 9 September is International Buy A Priest A Beer Day.   Okay?  Got it? From a reader… QUAERITUR: Bier Plans Not beer plans, although completing this project may take a certain amount of beer … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, must we say which sins are mortal, which venial?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I know, to make a good confession, we need to confess mortal sins and the number of times we committed the sins. But I am often confused about whether a sin I committed is mortal or … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: How to build Catholic identity at a Catholic college?

From a reader… I am a dean at a Catholic college in the US. The majority of faculty and administrators are not Catholic. How does one work to make progress on Ex Corde Ecclesiae when there is passive / semi-active … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Palm Sunday singing of Passion was long!

From a  reader… I attend the extraordinary form of the Mass every 6-8 weeks. I’d attend more frequently, but my wife isn’t there yet. So I have a general appreciation for the usus antiquior. That being said, at the Palm … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Regular genuflections and… shoes

From a reader… QUAERITUR: All my previous shoes I used during the liturgy [?] died from the same plague. The sole of the right shoe is broken, presumably, due to regular genuflections. I guess the wisdom of the Church should … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon told by priest to let a layman take his role

From a deacon Could you please address the all too common occurrence where Deacons are asked (or told by the priest) to relinquish their liturgical role to a lay person? Case in point: I was told to allow the music … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest combines Gospel and Sermon.

From a reader… At mass on Sunday, after the congregation stood for the Gospel, the pastor asked us all to sit because he was going to combine his sermon with the Gospel. The best way to describe it is to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Vocation to priesthood, but I want only the Traditional Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have been reading it for 4 years and it has greatly helped me as a Catholic and in discerning my vocation. I am 18 and strongly feel called to the priesthood. My question is, are … Continue reading

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Question to readers: churchy hardware

Do any of you know of a source for a decorative cross with a threaded bolt, the sort that could be screwed onto the top of a procession banner? Let me know.  I need something concrete, rather than “Have you tried…?” … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Woven Palm Crosses

Thinking ahead to Palm Sunday, which is upon us, I would like a contact who could execute and deliver in time, three substantial decoratively woven palm crosses for the procession on Palm Sunday. Anyone?  Contact me.  HERE  Put PALM CROSSES … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after making confessions

A while back I posted prayers in Latin and English which a priest confessor might use before and after hearing sacramental confessions.  These prayers are from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are … Continue reading

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AUDIO and VIDEO: @ArchbishpSample – outstanding address in Germany

¡Hagan lío! His Excellency Most Reverend (and I sincerely mean both of those honorifics), Alexander K. Sample, Archbishop of Portland, gave an outstanding address to liturgy conference in Germany. He includes some personal reflections and analysis of the situation we … Continue reading

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POLL: Covering images for Passiontide, 5th Sunday of Lent – 2017

We are now in Passiontide. From this Sunday, traditionally called 1st Sunday of the Passion, it is customary to veil images in churches. In the Gospel in traditional Form of the Roman Rite we hear: Tulérunt ergo lápides, ut iácerent … Continue reading

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