Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Civil divorce but stay together as married couple?

From a reader:
I (think) I have a tough question (“hagan lío”?):
Can a man and a woman, who validly embraced the Sacrament of Marriage 10 years ago and who STILL WANT to carry on living as husband and wife their indissoluble … Continue reading

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Watching Texas, etc. Dear readers… plan for disasters.

I have just tuned in for the first time in several days with any real attention to the news.
I see that about an hour and a half ago as I write, N. Korea launched a missile over Japan.
My prayers go … Continue reading

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What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s “Confessions”?

On this glorious feast of St. Augustine, allow me to repost an answer to a question I get fairly often and answer off the blog:
QUAERITUR:
What is the best translation of St. Augustine’s Confessions?
It depends a little on who you are and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Recitation of Office completely silently? Prepare, Fathers, to wince!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have seen a tendency for people who have a duty to say the Office attempt to satisfy their obligation without mouthing the words with air passing through the lips. Has the liturgical law changed? I’m pressure sure … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: 1965 Missal at Fontgombault

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I read this over at Tradinews [in French… my trans]:
When the Abbey of Fontgombault and the communities that were founded from it took up again the celebration of the traditional liturgy, they obtained permission from the Commission “Ecclesia Dei” … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback and a Lesson about Rash Judgment

I appreciate the feedback I get from readers through my CONTACT form (always on the top menu).  It makes my day and keeps me motivated.
I was just a teenager when I started reading your words of wisdom on the Catholic … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Heavy-handed priest imposes quirky personal whims on TLM

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:

I kindly ask your opinion (and perhaps advice) on the following matter of great importance to our local TLM community.

The rector of the church (who sometimes celebrates the EF for us, but we are not a personal parish) … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacon consumed unconsecrated Hosts which dropped to the floor

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At Mass on the Assumption, the lady carrying the hosts for the offertory was unable to carry the container level (appeared to have Parkinson’s and was shaking) and dropped several on the floor. The deacon noticed, and picked … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Communion for organist after Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When leaving Church I noticed a deacon (not the deacon of the Mass) giving the Eucharist to the organist after the Mass had ended (up in the choir loft). There is singing or playing any time the priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest plugged Novus Ordo things into a TLM

From a reader…
This past weekend I attended a TLM, let’s just say in New England, where a a couple odd things occurred.
1) The priest came out to the lecturn and read the standard NO “Prayers of the People”. I was … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could it be a sin to attend a Novus Ordo Mass if you think the TLM is superior?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If a lay person is presented with the option to attend either a Novus Ordo Mass or a Traditional Latin Mass, and, in turn,
(a) believes that the TLM is more substantively and consistently reverent to God, and
(b) faces … Continue reading

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The revitalization of a parish in ultra-lib land

Do you remember when Fr. Illo at a parish in San Francisco decided to stop the service at the altar by females (YAY!) and the world came down on his head.
In the Catholic Herald, the UK’s best Catholic weekly, there is … Continue reading

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Speaking of the Prayer For Vocations…

UPDATE:
ORIGINAL TEXT HERE
From a priest in the UK…
We have printed the Vocations Prayer you recommended for our parish in three designs and we say it at Mass every Sunday, and I also use it at Benediction during the week. I … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Penance given in confession was too vague

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In line with your recent ASK FATHER postings on Confession, I have a question about vague penance given in Confession. We attend the local TLM and it is difficult to make it to Confession because the lines are always so long. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Show tune priest sings Eucharistic Prayer

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My pastor (who likes to sing) sings from the beginning of the Canon to the end of the Consecration. It’s not a Gregorian sound, more like something from Les Miserables Broadway play. Is this a legitimate thing to do when celebrating … Continue reading

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