Category Archives: Priests and Priesthood

ASK FATHER: First Mass of a new priest – Requiem?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have heard that there is an ancient tradition in which a newly ordained priest offers either his first Mass or one of the following Masses for the souls of the faithful departed, specifically for his deceased family … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM! Birettas for Seminarians Project RENEWED!

YOU, dear readers, have supplied over 100 birettas to seminarians.  Kudos.  Some thank you notes from seminarians with spiffy new birettas HERE and HERE.
Last night after the Pontifical Mass I was chatting with seminarians and learned to my horror that a few … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do priests impose hands during ordinations?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I attended the sacerdotal ordination of 5 priests for my diocese last Saturday.
After the bishop imposed hands, other priests participating in the Mass also imposed hands on the candidates. Since priests lack the fullness of the priesthood, what … Continue reading

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‘Tis the season for ordinations

This is ordination season in many places.  I’ve been getting news about priestly ordinations and some of it is good. While my impression is that diocesan vocations are down in the last few years, some places there is growth.
In Wichita, … Continue reading

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A young priest recounts his experience and aspirations

For decades priests have done all sorts of goofy things to Mass and bishops did little or nothing to safeguard our sacred worship.
Almost a year ago Robert Card. Sarah called for priests to celebrate Mass ad orientem more often, where possible, prudently … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Saturno tassel

From a cleric:
I bought Saturno and a black tassel that goes with it. I was hoping that if you can teach us how to put the tassel on the saturno.
Ahhh…. an important question.   Not like those frivolous “how to … Continue reading

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CATASTROPHIC: Pray for vocations to the priesthood

I’ve been writing with friends about vocation numbers.
From one of my interlocutors today:
Catastrophic (HERE):
“The past few weeks have again seen a number of ordinations of new deacons and priests in the dioceses of northwestern Europe. 24 of them, in 13 … Continue reading

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A priest writes about his 40 years of priesthood

Over at Catholic World Report there is a piece by Fr. Peter Stravinskas, who reflects on 40 years of priesthood… his own.  His 40th anniversary of ordination comes up on 27 May.
This bit got my attention and sympathy.

The college seminary experience … Continue reading

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Bad priesthood vocations numbers? Not by accident. Wherein Fr. Z rants.

I posted this last year, to the day.
Any additional thoughts?
___ Originally Published on: May 3, 2016 ___
And yet, do other parishes and dioceses and religious groups change what they are doing?
Not much.  It is if they really aren’t committed.
In life I … Continue reading

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Confraternity of Catholic Clergy: a question

Fathers.
Have you heard if there is much going on with the various national iterations of the Confraternity of Catholic Clergy?  I’ve look around on their websites, but I don’t see all that much posted.
Inquiring minds what to know.
The moderation queue is … Continue reading

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Disaster. Vocations. Identity. Liturgy. Prayer. ACTION ITEM and Fr. Z rants.

A while back I wrote that people get the priests that they deserve.  Collectively, at least.  Priests don’t just spring full grown from the heads of… cabbage.
Recently, a writer at hyper-liberal Commonweal suggested that vocations are down because his grand vision of the … Continue reading

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VIDEO: FSSP – Requiem recording project

For your Just Too Cool file.

And now … available for PRE-ORDER at a reduced price.  Release date: 12 May 2017
US HERE – UK HERE

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STATIONS OF THE CROSS – Audio from Fr. Z

Since it is a Friday, the last of Lent, and also a 1st Friday, do please pray the Act of Reparation. Here also are my audio projects of the Way of the Cross.
What we need right now is PRAYER, especially at the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Vocation to priesthood, but I want only the Traditional Mass

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have been reading it for 4 years and it has greatly helped me as a Catholic and in discerning my vocation.
I am 18 and strongly feel called to the priesthood.
My question is, are there any ways by … Continue reading

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

A while back I posted prayers in Latin and English which a priest confessor might use before and after hearing sacramental confessions.  These prayers are from an old prayerbook for priests which I’ve had since before my ordination.  They are … Continue reading

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