Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Latin. @RobertSRoyal opines while Fr. Z rants.

You all know that I tend to bang on about Latin in our sacred liturgical worship.
Most of us belong to the Roman Catholic, Latin Church.  The Latin Church.
Never using or hearing our language of prayer and teaching affects (defects) our … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Christmas gifts for priests

Quite a few people have asked for suggestions about things to get for their priests for Christmas.
This topic comes up once in a while, as in ordination season and for the brethren’s birthdays and anniversaries.
I can approach this in a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does a priest need a dispensation to say Mass “ad orientem”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Hello Father. I recently asked my Pastor if he would ever celebrate the Ordinary Form of the Mass ad orientem. He replied that a dispensation is required from our Bishop. I’ve never heard such a thing. Could this be true? Thanks … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Our old, misused friend, “Ecclesia supplet”

From a  reader…
QUAERITUR:
I attended a lecture today and it was about Ecclesiology
The author said that those who are outside the Catholic Church can be saved because of the overflow of graces via Ecclesia Supplet. Provided they have lived good lives … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion service on priest’s day off.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I’ve never looked up any documents about “communion services”. Other than the obvious occassions where Holy Communion is distributed outside of Mass (viaticum, Good Friday, etc.), what’s the story with “Communion services”? Are they allowed? We have one … Continue reading

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Your RORATE MASSES – UPDATES

Some of you have written asking about “Rorate Masses” during Advent.
This is a beautiful custom – making a come back thanks to the spread of tradition – whereby Mass is celebrated illuminated only by candlelight. They are usually before dawn.
The … Continue reading

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BALTIMORE: New life for a parish with the TLM, FSSP: Sat 16 Dec – RORATE MASS

There is a good piece in the Baltimore Sun about the newly established FSSP parish at the St. Alphonus, a fine old church.  It is the National Shrine of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  Parish site HERE.   NB: They have a RORATE … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confession of serious sins in both kind and number.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
According to canon law, we are obliged to confess our mortal sins in “both kind and number.” Would my sins be absolved if I failed to mention the venial sins in number?
YES!  Number, too… for serious sins.
You are … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Transgender” nun?

From a reader…
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What is going to happen when someone who identifies as a male , but is in a sane biological based world female, wants to become a priest of some male who competed on the girls soccer team in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1st Communion at another parish because grandparents can’t travel

From a reader…
I am hoping for your wisdom and guidance here. My daughter is preparing for 1st communion (May 2018) at our home parish. However, my parents, living in another state, are not in good enough health to attend the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Baptized but never lived as a Catholic, soon to marry

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A cousin of mine was baptised in the Catholic Church as an infant to fulfill the wishes of persistent grandparents. But was in no way raised in the Church and never recieved any other sacraments – is she … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessor gave a penance I could not do. Was the absolution invalid?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
A few weeks ago I went to confession, and after some words of consolation and admonition, Father gave me my penance. He said I had to pray to the Holy Spirit during Lauds and Vespers for a week … Continue reading

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POLL: Starting your confession: “Bless me, Father…” or “Forgive me, Father…”

In another post, I responded to a question from a reader about blessings at the beginning of sacramental confession, following the words, “Bless me, Father, I have sinned…”.
Of course, some people begin their confession differently.
It occurred to me to find … Continue reading

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Tactics of the Enemy: hints from Screwtape

For a recent Advent podcast, I used a short excerpt from The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis.  US HERE – UK HERE
If you haven’t read this yet, are you in for a shocking delight.
Oh the insights in this book!
I had searched out that particular … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: CONFESSIONAL DRAMA! Penitent says, “Bless me, Father” and actually wants a blessing!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
One of our wonderful [traditional order/institute] priests this Sunday mentioned – prior to his sermon – that he was surprised that so many of us were not correctly following the ritual of Confession.
He said that many begin with … Continue reading

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