Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

OLDIE PODCAzT 88: Consecration of the Human Race to the Sacred Heart; Leo XIII’s Annum Sacrum

Here is my now “oldie” PODCAzT from 2009.  As I listened to this, I was struck by how timely it still is, especially about how some are trying to banish Christ and the Church from the public square. ORIGINAL 11 June … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must a Latin Church Catholic going to an Eastern Church still obey Latin laws?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is a Latin Rite Catholic who is married to an Eastern Rite Catholic, has Eastern Rite children, attends an Eastern Rite parish, but has not been canonically transferred still obliged to follow the precepts of the Latin Rite (Holy … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest puts too much water into the chalice. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERUNTUR (I generally take ONE question at a time, but I am feeling benign this afternoon… a rare occurance): Your recent post this afternoon about validity around a Priest using “for all” instead of “for many” made me … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest says “for all” in consecration. Invalid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I just read an article from the Remnant which argued that the use of “for all” instead of “for many” did not invalidate the Mass. This article was written immediately after the release of the new translation of … Continue reading

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Engage in the “Battle for the Eternal Salvation of Souls” – Wherein Fr. Z beats to Quarters

UPDATE:  So that you don’t miss it, I provide below an explanation of the Holy Father’s oft cited and puzzling maxim “time is greater than space”.  Don’t miss it. ___ A young writer at the increasingly helpful – and descriptive … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: In confession, instead of Act of Contrition, Father asked questions

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I went to confession at a nearby parish recently. This is the first time I’ve done confession with this particular priest. Obviously in a hurry to keep the confession line moving as quickly as possible, [bless him] the priest, … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Annulments” and appealing to the Roman Rota

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have a question about annulment and the process.  A friend of ours and her husband have gone through the process in our local diocese. The friend sought the annulment for reasons that we believe (but do not know … Continue reading

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Takin’ Him To The Streets

‘Tis the season for processions.  We Catholics love to process with the Blessed Sacrament and in honor of the Most Sacred Heart of the Lord and also to venerate Our Lady and many patronal saints.  Some time ago I posted … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Corpus Christi: I affirm my subjugation to Christ vanquisher of hell and my sins.

In the traditional Roman calendar for the 1962 Missale Romanum today, Thursday, is the Feast of Corpus Domini, or Corpus Christi.  In the post-Conciliar Missal’s calendar today is also Corpus Christi. In the Novus Ordo many people will observe Corpus Christi on Sunday, … Continue reading

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Sobering memory of a murdered priest and advice renewed

About three years ago, Fr. Kenneth Walker, FSSP, was murdered in Phoenix and another priest badly injured by assault.  Pray for Fr. Walker.  RIP. At that time I posted the following, which seems no less urgent today than it did … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Missa Sicca – “Dry Mass”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, what are your thoughts about Dry Masses or Missa Sicca? I found a Carthusian Breviary that there is an appendix for it, as well as Michael Lofton of Church Militant derived from it as well … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – Trinity Sunday: Explain the Trinity? No problem!

At some point we wind up taking a stab at explaining the Trinity to someone.  Results vary. Today, to get at the mystery of the Most Holy Trinity, let’s use the final prayer at Holy Mass in the venerable, traditional … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail

I haven’t had many voicemails recently.   Perhaps everyone is busy with summer barbecues. Wanna leave me voice mail?  You have three options:  WDTPRS  020 8133 4535  651-447-6265 Since I pay a fee for the two phone numbers, USA and UK, I … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick in Minneapolis

From a reader comes this news… Father, Here are a few photos from last nights beautiful Confirmation and Mass in our Archdiocese. Last night it was very encouraging to see so much effort put forward by so many for the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can babies see angels?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Some other Catholic moms and I were discussing how babies often gaze off into space and smile. Some of the mom’s said they had been told that babies can see angels. This is certainly a lovely … Continue reading

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