Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: What sort of candles can be blessed at Candlemas?

Here is an oldie question from a reader…
QUAERITUR:
If I bring personal candles to the EF mass on Candlemass, must they be made of beeswax? Can they be entirely made of non-beeswax (paraffin)?
Not sure if the old regulations about things like … Continue reading

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Septuagesima – Burying the Alleluia

We have come around again to Pre-Lent. It is time to get our heads into the game and start preparing for our upcoming Lenten discipline.
Already.
Sunday is Septuagesima. That means that on Saturday at 1st Vespers, in the traditional Roman Rite, … Continue reading

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Brick by Brick: Another parish implements Summorum Pontificum. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

For your Brick by Brick file.
A reader sent me a link to a story in the St. Louis Review (a publication of the Archdiocese of St. Louis) about a parish which as started up a Traditional Latin Mass.
‘Mysterium tremendum’ | St. … Continue reading

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Videos of Solemn Masses 1960, 1962 at Ushaw Seminary

A priest friend sent a link to this film from 1960.  A Solemn Mass at Ushaw College (Seminary).

Notice that the place is full.
And there is this Christmas Mass from 1962.

The next year Vatican II started.
Ushaw is pretty much … Continue reading

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How did ‘ad orientem’ worship go in the Diocese of Lincoln?

Do you remember that in the Diocese of Lincoln, Bishop Conley decided to celebrated Holy Mass ad orientem versus during Advent?  HERE
The blog Corpus Christi Watershed has a follow up on how that went.  Sample:
A number of other parishes in the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Punching the Archbishop after he punches you

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At the conclusion of a friendly and fruitful meeting between a number of laity and the archbishop this evening, the archbishop punched me in the arm in a he man football kind of way.
My question is this, is there any particular … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Bisexual woman called hypocrite by mother for not accepting sister’s transgender lifestyle

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am a young woman who also happens to be bisexual. Because it clashes with my faith values, I freely choose NOT to act on my sexual attraction to women. My family, who is NOT Catholic, doesn’t understand … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Boss threatens to fire me if I don’t receive Communion.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have worked for a USA based Catholic non-profit for 5 years. I am a Catholic in good standing and am attached to the Extraordinary Form of the Mass and am a lay member of the Confraternity of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When is enough, enough?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
When is enough, enough? I help facilitate the RCIA program in my parish and the other leaders in the name of compassion are constantly at odds with the teachings of Holy Mother Church. As one trying to be … Continue reading

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Pope Francis says: GO TO CONFESSION!

Pope Francis is nothing if not interesting.   When he goes off text or speaks off the cuff… anything can happen.  The usual result is that we are left stopped in our tracks and scratching our heads, trying to figure … Continue reading

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