Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Reception of Eucharist multiple times with same Mass formulary

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Would it be wrong to receive the Eucharist attending the Saturday Mass of Anticipation & Sunday Mass? [Both with the same Liturgy]. Since matters of reception of the Eucharist in Communion more than once in a … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance on 6 January where Epiphany is transferred

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Hi Father Z, I’m confused about this Friday and the obligation to do penance this Friday. Our Bishops’ Conference (Canada) transferred the Feast of Epiphany to the Sunday, but we who follow the 1962 Calendar observe it on the … Continue reading

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“Let y’all know!” The “Noveritis” Epiphany chant announcement of 2017’s liturgical dates

Someone posted a printable image of the Noveritis (“Let y’all know”) in Gregorian chant notation for the singing of the liturgical dates for 2016 which takes place at Epiphany after the Gospel.  Find it over there. BE WARNED: At that site is … Continue reading

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Vigil of Epiphany: Blessing of Epiphany Water

Wonderful customs come with the Feast of the Epiphany.  Real Epiphany is 6 January, by the way. On Epiphany we can bless gold, frankincense and myrrh.  Please bring all your spare, unblessed myrrh to your priest… and your gold.  Bring … Continue reading

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31 Dec & 1 Jan: Plenary Indulgences!

Today, the last day of the year, you have an opportunity to obtain a plenary indulgence, under the usual conditions, by taking part in the recitation or singing of the Te Deum in a church or oratory. Tomorrow, 1 January, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can priests say the “Tridentine Mass” alone, without a server?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I know that Canon Law currently permits, although discourages, a priest to say a Mass alone (i.e. without server or faithful). I’ve heard that previously, it was forbidden under penalty of mortal sin to say Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance, abstinence during the Octave of Christmas

From a reader… already… Is Friday, December 30, a Meat Friday since it falls within the Octave of Christmas? It is good to see that someone is planning ahead.  As I write we are a fortnight from the day in … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Enervating, paralyzing shame and going to confession

I have occasionally exhorted you to … GO TO CONFESSION! I shall continue to do so. I take seriously my duty to try to keep as many of you out of Hell as I can and get as many as … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What’s up with the ‘penitential wand’ and indulgences?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently read about the indulgences formerly attached to being touched by the ‘penitential wand’ in Rome in the Raccolta. I’ve been trying to find more information about this practice online, all to no avail. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is ‘Alma Redemptoris Mater’ wrong?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In general it seems that we only ask God to have mercy on us. This is most clear in litanies of the saints, where the response for a saint is ‘pray for us’, but the response … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can SSPX priest still give absolution validly after the Year of Mercy?

From a reader… For the Year of Mercy, Pope Francis gave permission to receive Absolution from SSPX priests. Has that permission ended with the Year of Mercy or is it still in effect? We can’t find an official answer explaining … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can Catholics observe Hannukah / Chanukah?

From a reader: Is it okay for us to observe Hanukkah in anyway? It think it depends on what you mean by “observe”. We can sure watch with respect what Jews do at this time of year. After all, the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can we have Masses said for non-Catholics?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it appropriate to have Masses said for deceased non-Catholics? What about Gregorian Masses? You are in our prayers! Thank you for your time and your ministry. It is praiseworthy and a work of mercy to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Seminarian gives homily at Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It has happened at least two times now where our pastor has preached 30 second homily and then says, ” and now our resident seminarian will offer some words on today’s gospel. ” The seminarian then … Continue reading

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Book which Pope Francis mentioned in address to Roman Curia

Yesterday His Holiness Pope Francis addressed himself to the Roman Curia for the annual Christmas greeting. He mentioned Industriae ad curandos animae morbos, that is, “Initiatives (for superiors) to cure illnesses of the soul”, a work of Jesuit formation by … Continue reading

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