Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

Excellent Letter for Lent from Archbp. Chaput of @ArchPhilly – Fr. Z rants, gives 3 points of advice about sin.

Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia has issued a great letter on the threshold of Lent.
 
As I read it, the Archbishop’s reference to the history of the Church in German with the Nazi state and the 1933 , could be not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why can lay people read at Mass?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
My family goes to EF Masses on Sundays most of the time, but Novus Ordo once
a month.
My 3-year-old son asked me a question which I have no answer. He asked, “Why is the reading done by people but … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: When should babies be baptized?

From a reader…
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This subject comes up constantly in Catholic mom groups online. I would love your take on it.
Canon 867 §1. Parents are obliged to take care that infants are baptized in the first few weeks; as soon as possible … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Could a diocesan priest choose to say only the TLM?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Could a diocesan priest decide that he will only celebrate the TLM? Is he allowed to do so? What could a bishop do if he disagrees with the priest?
First, a diocesan priest could decide to say only the TLM.  … Continue reading

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Your parish priest and YOU.

I just received an email from a priest who informed me that today is the 200th anniversary of the day that St. John Vianney, arrived at his parish in Ars and began his work as a pastor with the care … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Must images be veiled from Passion Sunday or is it only an option?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is there any authoritative rubric for the Extraordinary Form that requires statues and crosses be veiled in Church, or is it simply customary?
Our Extraordinary Form community is domiciled in a location that does not currently veil, and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Considering Andy Warhol in view of certain homosexualist activists

At the UK’s best Catholic weekly, the Catholic Herald, there is a great article about the Pop Art icon Andy Warhol and Warhol’s faith and piety.
This may surprise some people: he was devout and practiced his faith… which is rather … Continue reading

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Litany to the Bishop Martyrs for the Bishops of the Church Militant

The Enemy of the soul, the Devil, is a real, personal, fallen angelic being.  He and all the powers of hell, fallen angels of every grade in the hierarchy, hate you.  They work tirelessly to move you away from God … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Material support to groups and expecting nothing in return

From a reader…
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First, thank you for everything that you do in Our Lord’s Vineyard.
Your website is greatly beneficial for myself and countless others.
I was wondering, could one’s tithing count towards purchasing items made by monks or nun, i.e. the Benedictines … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Sermons at daily Masses. POLL

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Why is it that it seems common practice at daily Masses in the EF to not preach (and thus not repeat the readings in English)? Would it be illicit to do so? Might this be a case where … Continue reading

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