Category Archives: HONORED GUESTS

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ASK FATHER: Is Advent a penitential season? Also, Advent Blue Vestments… NO! ANNUAL SONG ALERT!

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
In my 14.75 years as a Catholic, I’ve heard that Advent:
1) Is a penitential season
2) Is a semi-penitentials season
3) Is no longer a penitential season but was before Vatican II
4) Never was a penitential season
Can you clarify which … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is the “annulment” process in the US just a rubber stamp?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I have a quick question so I’ll keep this message short. Knowing several Catholics in my childrens’ Catholic school who have been divorced and remarried after getting an annulment, I wonder how to explain it all to my … Continue reading

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Prayer request for Santa Rosa and Fr. Z makes observations

Last Saturday I was in the Diocese of Santa Rosa, in Napa Valley, CA, to speak at a conference.
At one point I had noticed smoke plumes on the far sides of a large Eastern ridge.  On Saturday evening the other priest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Civil divorce but stay together as married couple?

From a reader:
I (think) I have a tough question (“hagan lío”?):
Can a man and a woman, who validly embraced the Sacrament of Marriage 10 years ago and who STILL WANT to carry on living as husband and wife their indissoluble … Continue reading

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“Dunkirk on the Bayou” – Houston parish flooded – VIDEO

A priest friend of mine in Houston sent the following about his parish:
Dry so far. A nearby creek is close to overflowing, so that could be trouble. About 800 made it to Mass over the weekend, 10% of our usual … Continue reading

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Reader Feedback and a Lesson about Rash Judgment

I appreciate the feedback I get from readers through my CONTACT form (always on the top menu).  It makes my day and keeps me motivated.
I was just a teenager when I started reading your words of wisdom on the Catholic … Continue reading

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Feedback that gets to me

Occasionally I get feedback that really helps. Today I received this:

Wow.
This, friends, gets to me.
The token she mentions is something from my wish list, a recording of The Passion of Saint Thomas More by composer Garrett Fisher. US HERE – … Continue reading

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A reader has fun with a seminarian, a great book, and an “ordination tambourine”

A seminarian sent this…
Hello Father,
I wanted to let you know that one of your readers, upon reading this post, sent me a copy of Pope Emeritus Benedict’s new book on the priesthood. I received it a few days ago – along … Continue reading

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A priest writes with gratitude to you readers

From a priest reader comes some feedback for you readers…
I am the recently ordained priest who offered the ordinary form in Latin for a community within in parish that is accustomed to the extraordinary rite.
Thank you so much for your … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum – NEW SONG!

The celebration continues!  I hope that you have wonderful plans for the evening.
The official Parodohymnodist, Fr. Ferguson, has come through for us again.
He penned one for the very day itself 07/07/07.
He penned one for the 5th Anniversary 07/07/12.
He penned one … Continue reading

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10th Anniversary of Summorum Pontificum: oldie tunes revisited

10 years ago, the official Parodohymnodist of this blog, inspired by the issuance of Benedict XVIs Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, penned and sent a celebratory tune.
COMPOSER’S NOTE
I ruminated a bit  … and came to the realization that, while “La Donna e Mobile” … Continue reading

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READER FEEDBACK: good for the spine

From a reader:
Knowing well that a positive note can be a good thing for the soul, I just wanted to write a message to thank you for continually helping me (and I presume many others) to “man up” and be … Continue reading

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Fr. Z’s Voice Mail and some Hate Mail

I had a question in my VoiceMail from a reader.
I believe what the questioner is asking about is the Collection of Masses of the Blessed Virgin Mary which, I believe, comes in two volumes, a missal for the altar and a lectionary … Continue reading

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Wherein another reader does indeed “throw in the towel”

From a reader:
In light of your rather depressed email correspondent [HERE], I want to share a more uplifting story.
[…]
I have again become a Roamin’ Catholic. After decades as a “Novus Ordo Catholic,” I have thrown in the towel and decided … Continue reading

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Posted in ¡Hagan lío!, "How To..." - Practical Notes, ASK FATHER Question Box, Hard-Identity Catholicism, HONORED GUESTS, New Evangelization | Tagged , | 22 Comments

UPDATE – Urgent Prayer Request: dying priest

UPDATE 19 June – PM:
Just to let you know and to renew my request for prayers, my fried Fr. James Stromberg at last passed away.  With him at the time were some close friends and the Sisters.  They sang the … Continue reading

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Posted in Four Last Things, Mail from priests, PRAYER REQUEST, Urgent Prayer Requests | 11 Comments