Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

BRICK BY BRICK in Montana! Priests making the TLM HAPPEN!

This is for your Brick By Brick file.  Had I known about this, I might have attended!  I spent a lot of time during my young summers between Billings and Greybull in N. Wyoming. From a reader… Have you heard … Continue reading

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FOLLOW UP: Requests for GREGORIAN MASSES and priests who can say them

UPDATE 8 AUGUST: A couple requests came in.  Are there priests out there who can do this? ____ People sometimes write to me to request Gregorian Masses (i.e., the same Mass intention for 30 straight, uninterrupted days).  Many priests have parish Masses, … Continue reading

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URGENT: for priests

Today at Crisis Fr. George Rutler is the purveyor of salutary advice to young priests.  HERE Of particular interest to me, since I harp on the need for frequent confession: The Holy Mass is the heart of the Christian life, but to be that, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Validity of absolution of accomplices in sexual sins

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have two questions about c. 977, which bars a priest from absolving an accomplice in sins against the sixth commandment of the Decalogue except in danger of death (on pain of excommunication, per c. 1378). … Continue reading

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Wisconsin: Victory for free speech v. demonic gender ideology, homosexualist agenda

There are some good things happening in Wisconsin, not the least of which are the growing number of priests who say the Traditional Latin Mass and the places where the TLM is celebrated.  For example, on Sunday, we will have … Continue reading

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Challenge Coin Update

I have received several emails from priests who have upcoming Jubilees as well as from men who will soon be ordained.  They, too, want to have challenge coins made as I did for my 25th.  They wanted to know where/how I … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Sunday – Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of GRAPES

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (Sunday, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (go to p. 345 – Benedictio uvarum), or cut and paste the English text … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Lay people using the Rituale Romanum to bless things

UPDATE: People don’t always read carefully before they react. Let me be clear.  It is okay – it is good – for parents to bless their children by tracing the sign of the Cross on their foreheads. Stop sending me … Continue reading

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Sign of Peace as ratification of what has gone before or as reconciliation before Communion?

Today my friend Fr. John Hunwicke has a stunner of a post in which he detonates and explodes the present day commonly chaotic infra dignitatem group-grope “Sign of Peace” during Holy Mass. First, he writes of period during which the Our Father … Continue reading

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Advice from a saint, praise for a priest, explanation for a practice

According to the Novus Ordo calendar, today is the Feast of St. Alphonsus Liguori.  In the traditional calendar it falls tomorrow.  He is a Doctor of the Church, whose writings set the Church’s approach to moral theology on a healthy … Continue reading

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BITCOIN revisited – 2017

Back in 2013 I polled you about use of Bitcoin.  HERE With some imminent news about Bitcoin coming up this week, I thought I’d ask about it, and you, again. Are any of you mining and/or using Bitcoin? The combox … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Was St. Michael Prayer after Mass suppressed by Vatican II?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently heard a priest announce to his congregation that the St. Michael Prayer had been “suppressed” by Vatican II. [No.] People could still pray it privately, but it could not be recited in congregation after mass. Is this … Continue reading

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NLM: Useful study of creation of the Novus Ordo Lectionary

Have you followed the tennis match back and forth that has resulted since Card. Sarah’s suggestion in La Nef that the Extraordinary and the Ordinary Forms of Mass should have a coordinated Lectionary? Some were cool about that suggestion and … Continue reading

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Wisdom from Hugh of St. Victor

I picked up this great quote on Sententiae Antiquae. My emphases and comments: Hugo of St. Victor, Didascalion On the Study of Reading – Preface (Part I) “There are many whom nature has left so destitute of intellect that they are unable to grasp … Continue reading

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Did Pope Francis insult some young priests? Fr. Z opines and tells a story.

This isn’t the sort of thing that should pull much of our attention or energy.  However, I have been asked about it in email by a surprising number of people, including priests. It seems that the site Messa in latino picked … Continue reading

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