Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: I made a hasty promise to God. Now what?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
At one time in my life I hastily made two promises to God:
1-) Never commit a certain sin;
2-) Never drink coffee again.
Certainly, promise 1 should never have been made, but I digress. My question is twofold:
Is it possible to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Marriage in “another suitable place”

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My grandson will be married in a year. He has not been baptized but raised in a Christian home. His wife to be is Catholic. He insists their marriage can take place in a hotel and witnessed by a deacon. … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail or ¡Hagan lío!

I have had a few voice mails recently, some from the USA and a couple from the UK.
I generally don’t return calls, but I do get your messages.

To the person in Buffalo, NY last week, yes, profanation of the Eucharist … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Crossing arms to receive Communion

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QUAERITUR:
 I have been regularly attending the Traditional Latin Mass for the last two years and have been an altar boy at the TLM for the past year and a half. I have noticed that a fair number of … Continue reading

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Friday Abstinence, the Octave of Easter and You

Each year during the Octave of Easter – and of Christmas – there is a Friday.  Fridays are days of penance, usually observed by abstinence from meat.
So, can one eat meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?
The 1983 Code of … Continue reading

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Your mobile phone and you

On another note, I saw a post at the Charles Carroll Society page about how some government agencies have used “StingRay” tech to get into your mobile phone.
I am not overly concerned about this myself, since I am probably already being monitored … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Non-seminarian Lectors and Acolytes

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Can laymen who are not in the seminary, upon request, receive the orders of lector and acolyte? My parish likes having me read, they say I am good at it, but I am not sure that I feel … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sequence ‘Victimae paschali laudes’ on Divine Mercy Sunday

From a priest…
QUAERITUR:
Our Canadian Ordo says we may use the sequence Victimae paschale laudes on this coming Second Sunday of Easter, which sequence I dearly love.
Such was not the case in the Missal of St Pius V, including St John … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the pre-1955 Holy Week Rites be used?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is there a specific rule banning the use of the pre-55 holy week rites, and really the pre-55 missal as a whole? Or may a priest use it if he desires?
Some say, and with good reason, that the pre-1955 rites … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Haven’t been to confession for 40 years

From a reader…
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I’m 49 and haven’t been to confession since I was about 9 I say prayers every day and pop into church now and then to light candles the thing is I’ve not been to well recently and would … Continue reading

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