Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Valid marriage in hospital room?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I were married in my father-in-law’s hospital room. He was dying of stomach cancer and we wanted him to witness our marriage. We had planned on holding the ceremony in the chapel of the Catholic … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Continuously adding tap water to Holy Water

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I recently discovered that a Sacristan at the NO parish I attend is filling the Holy Water tank with water taken from the public washroom tap…no priest is blessing this. The Holy Water in this tank is used to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Inviting children to stand around the altar? Fail!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My wife and I have been taking our young children to “children’s Masses” in our diocese for several years, [WHY?!?] and it has become common at every church we have attended (including the cathedral) at Sunday Mass for … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Michael Prayer after Novus Ordo Masses

From a reader…
I am a parishioner at ___. In general, we have been blessed … with clergy who are either traditionally-minded, or at least not hostile to tradition.
Several years ago, one of the priests started us praying the Prayer to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Shoulder cape on cassocks for priests

From a priest:
A priest in the olden days was permitted to wear such a shoulder cape (look at pics of St Don Bosco – [A founder of a religious order]) and it was built together as a simar cassock, as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Using the traditional offertory prayers in the Novus Ordo. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader…
I know a who uses the Old Offertory Prayers when he says an Ordinary Form Mass. Is this okay for a priest to do? Is it a liturgical abuse?
The legislation which covers the use of the Extraordinary Form spells … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s with all the kissing in the Extraordinary Form?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I was wondering what is the point of kissing in the Extraordinary Form? Such kisses include kissing the priest’s hand after handing the server or deacon his biretta or kissing the celebrant’s hand after handing him the thurible, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 58 years old, never confessed, given Communion or confirmed. What now?

From a reader…
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I am 58 years old and was baptized as RC I was never confirmed /never made first holy communion and rarely attended church. I was drawn back to attending church about a year ago and as I am self employed and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it okay to have an Armenian Apostolic member as godparent for a Catholic?

From a reader…
A friend who was baptized, confirmed and received Holy Communion as an infant in the Armenian Apostolic Church regularly assists and receives Holy Communion at Mass, in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Roman Rite.
She has been asked to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does drinking alcohol before wedding affect validity of marriage?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Would one of a couple going to a bar for a moderate amount of alcoholic drink before a nuptial Mass have any effect on the validity of a marriage?
Marriage is a serious thing. Matrimony should be entered into seriously and soberly.
For … Continue reading

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