Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Priest’s blessings by telephone

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I know of a priest who imparts blessings over the telephone. Is this valid?
The Holy Father has the authority to impart a blessing by means of electronic transmission. The faithful, who are unable to be present where the Holy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mini homilies at the beginning of Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have a question, it seems to be very common for priests to give a sort of mini-homily at the very beginning of Mass. This has always annoyed me very much, but I have not been able to tell if … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion twice on Good Friday?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
How do you think one should understand CIC c.917 with regard to the Good Friday presanctified liturgy? Specifically, since this liturgy takes the place of Mass for the day, and c.917 says, “iterum . . . intra eucharisticam celebrationem,” rather than, “iterum . … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Confessor interrupted and I didn’t get to confess everything

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
This Sunday I went to Confession for the first time in ~2 years. As you always say, I tried to make a good examination of conscience.
One problem is that Father chimed in with comments or advice as I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Abstinence from meat difficult when living in parents’ home

From a reader…
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I would like to abstain from meat all Fridays of the year but I live with my non-Catholic parents and can’t easily get my own food every Friday, what should I do? During Lent I have been making … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Son married in another church without a dispensation

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My son left the Catholic Church And now belongs to the Church of England. he is getting married in C of E without a dispensation as he no longer considers himself a Catholic. I know he will not be married as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a Bishop be consecrated with the “Usus Antiquior”?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Could a diocesan Bishop be consecrated in the “usus antiquior”?
Because, only in Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life which are under the Pontifical Commission Ecclesia Dei is permitted to use 1962 Pontificale Romanum for ordination … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Holy Ghost or Holy Spirit?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have known many people who will change “Holy Ghost” to “Holy Spirit” the moment they come across it in a prayer, about as readily as they may switch “thee, thou and thy” to “you, you, and your.” I know … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Delaying baptism until after Lent

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
The pastoral associate at our NO parish makes a point of insisting every year that we don’t do Baptisms during Lent, supposedly as a way of showing unity with the Catechumens. A couple of years ago, for my daughter that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Do vestments really matter?!?

From a deacon…
QUAERITUR:
Does the kind, shape, color, and texture of vestments worn to celebrate the Mass really matter? Or, is it the person wearing the vestment is about building God’s Kingdom here on earth?
Wow… interesting.
I am reminded of John 12.
Jesus therefore, six … Continue reading

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