Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Family member baptized children without parents knowledge

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently learned that one of my family members took the initiative to illicitly baptize two “infants” (one under the age of one and the other almost 4 years old) herself because my brother refused to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Does 4th Commandment apply to in-laws?

From a reader… I simply cannot find the answer to this anywhere. My understanding is that my father in law and mother in law are my parents under the Catholic Church and therefore the 4th commandment applies to my duties … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Dispensation or commutation of Mass obligation, penance

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can a bishop give the priests under his authority the faculty to dispense or commute a Mass obligation in the confessional? If I was unable to contact my pastor or out of town would I be … Continue reading

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UPDATE: White Pontifical Vestments Project

  UPDATE 29 March: Progress I received photos from Gammarelli.  They are cutting the fabric. And so the process has started! UPDATE 14 Feb: The next phrase I just finished, with the help of the Vocations Director and his assistant, … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s prayers for before and after hearing confessions

As I was rooting around for something I posted in the past, I found this which, by coincidence, I posted 3 years ago to the day. Here are the prayers I usually say before and after hearing confessions. They are taken … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Priest doesn’t purify vessels, leaves them overnight

From a reader… I am a university student who attends daily mass at the college parish. Every day, the priest does not purify the vessels, leaving them with the Sacred Species out for sometimes hours or all night after mass. … Continue reading

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Fulton Sheen on “False Compassion”

A cup of really strong Mystic Monk Coffee can help you to wake up.   This video could have the same effect on liberals (to whom I also recommend Mystic Monk Coffee – eventually – when they convert and are worthy). … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hosts brought to altar at Communion, not before consecration

From a reader… Today at mass, after the priest had completed the Eucharistic Prayer, and we had moved past the Agnus Dei, one of the EMHCs noticed that the Chalices and Ciboriums with unconsecrated hosts (those meant for distribution to … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Telling a lie during confession

I have had a couple questions along these lines, so I present something I have written before.  (I have answer a lot of questions here, after all.) From a reader… QUAERITUR: Is it a mortal sin if one accidentally lies in … Continue reading

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A Deacon’s First Holy Mass ‘ad orientem’ – Wherein Fr. Z issues an invitation

Here is something interesting from blogger Deacon Greg Kandra. He has had his first experience as a sacred minister for Holy Mass ad orientem. Rev. Mr. Kandra was visiting a parish where Mass is said towards the liturgical East. Let’s … Continue reading

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CQ CQ CQ – #HamRadio Saturday: ZedNet possibility and June Field Day potential

One of our frequent commentators here, WB0YLE, who is my online Elmer, has been lavishly generous with technical knowledge and skills.   He is the one who set up the Echolink node for our use. WB0YLE is taking our networking possibilities … Continue reading

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An argument and call for ‘ad orientem’ worship

From the increasingly valuable Crisis Magazine with my emphases and comments: Re-turning to the Lord: A Call for Ad Orientem Worship FR. JACOB S. CONNER, V.F. [a priest of the Diocese of Lake Charles] Lent is a season of conversion. During this time, it’s common … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Only the Sorrowful Mysteries during Lent?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Someone told me that during the Lenten season, every day one would pray the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary. True? The wonderful, indulgence-laden prayer of the Most Holy Rosary is prayed in different ways in different … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Disposing” of the Eucharist and the Sacrarium

From a reader… It is my understanding that if a Communion host or the precious blood has to be disposed, it is to be poured into water to dissolve/mix with the water, then poured into a sacrarium or into the earth. My … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can the pastor force me, a priest, to wash women’s feet on Holy Thursday?

From a priest… QUAERITUR (edited): Emboldened by the Pope’s new legislation last year, my pastor is determined to force the small parish which I primarily serve  in the cluster to introduce women into the Holy Thursday footwashing rite.  [This old thing again… sigh.] … Continue reading

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