Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Can I attend an invalid SSPX wedding?

From a reader…
ok — so I get that according to cannon law, since sspx marriages are not “canonically approved’, they are not valid. My God- daughter, and my CLOSEST friend’s daughter is getting married in the fall by an sspx priest. She is … Continue reading

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A businessman thinks outside the box

I like it when business owners think outside the box.
From Eater.com:
How a Restaurant Tripled Its Profits by Eliminating Tips
The employees get paid vacation days, too.
Things are working out quite well for Bar Marco, the Pittsburgh restaurant that eliminated tips and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Electric, battery powered … candles?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Dear Father, We have, on occasion, attended Mass at a Novus Ordo parish when we cannot get to the distant Latin Holy Sacrifice of the Mass in our area. We were shocked to see young girl altar servers … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday and a UPS story

Since last I posted I have had a few developments.
Firstly, one of you readers, our own WB0YLE, sent a spiffy Kenwood transceiver.  Another is sending a mic.  An antenna (and a tuner would be a good idea), and key should be … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Viewing of bodies in church in front of Blessed Sacrament

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering on how the practice of having viewings before a funeral Mass in Church began? It seems that this practice is becoming more and more common. It seems to me that church viewings are inappropriate because of all of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m dying and I want for my funeral…

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am dying and planning my funeral. I like the formulations in the old Latin funeral more than in the Novus Ordo. Can English translations of the old mass be substituted for parts of the new Mass?
The provisions of Summorum … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The Magical Friday Bacon-Fish!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I saw from NOAA today that they discovered a species of moonfish which is “the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds.” HERE
Since in your wonderful post about eating … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Rebaptism and membership in two Churches at the same time?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is a person who was baptized a Roman Catholic and later re-baptized in the Coptic Orthodox Church a member in good standing of both Churches who can receive communion in either one?
A dear friend of mine was baptized and raised … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Blue Vestments… again!

From a future seminarian…
QUAERITUR:
What’s the current ruling on blue vestments? Can they be used or no? I’ve heard some say that only places with an indult, like Portugal, can use them. Others say that the Vatican doesn’t really care.
P.S. Please pray for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I’m haunted. Was I not really absolved? Am I still excommunicated?

Fathers and seminarians, pay attention!
From a reader…
The Pope is sending out special priests who can absolve abortion. Does this mean that priests are giving absolution for something they cannot? Is the absolution then invalid? What does that mean for reception of sacraments until … Continue reading

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