Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Can Orthodox obtain indulgences through the Catholic Church?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am an Orthodox Christian. I believe that the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church are both Apostolic Churches, albeit, not in full communion. I converted to EO from Calvinism after being raised Pentecostal. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The mantelletta and other clerical gear were “abolished” but under Summorum Pontificum can they be used? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am writing with a follow up question to your post yesterday (16 November) on the subject of the mantelletta. HERE In your response to the reader, you mentioned the (dolorous) decision, issued motu proprio, of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Adult child living at parents’ home doesn’t want to go to Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our 18 year old says she does not want to go to Mass anymore. She is being home schooled through Seton Home Study and gets A’s in all her religion courses, so she is learning the Catholic faith … Continue reading

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WDTPRS – 6th Sunday remaining after Epiphany: true “active participation” at Mass

As we approach the end of another liturgical year, an odd thing happens in the Church’s traditional, pre-Conciliar calendar. The Sundays left over after Epiphany, after Christmas, are finally dusted off and prayed until the liturgical year is concluded.  This has … Continue reading

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VIDEO: How to fold a cassock, normal and with a shoulder cape

During my last trip to Rome (thanks, donors), I had business at the famous clerical shop Gammarelli. I ask one of the helpful men at the shop to demonstrate how properly to fold a cassock.   This is a useful … Continue reading

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Fr. Z asks for help: houseling cloths (communion rail)

Where I help out on Sundays we are planning on adding “houseling” cloths, cloths over the Communion rail. The Communion rail is used at the parish for all Masses.  It is wonderful how smoothly, quickly and reverently Communion time goes. Here … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Send electronic donations to parish by texting during Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m not a registered user of your blog but I do “lurk” on a daily basis. I would appreciate it if you could comment on the following which was written up in our Sunday (Nov. 8th) Bulletin. “Next … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: The pastor anoints everyone at Mass, sick or old or not – everyone.

From a priest … QUAERITUR: Every year at this time, my pastor has a communal anointing of the sick at mass. At the mass, everyone gets anointed, whether they need it or not. Is this correct? What should I, a lowly … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: At end of Mass Father says “May Almighty God bless US…”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our modernist priest blesses the congregation at the end of Mass with “May Almighty God bless us …” where can I find the directive that he should be saying, “May Almighty God bless you …” ? … Continue reading

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