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25 March – Feast of the Thief who “stole heaven”: St. Dismas

Today is Lady Day, the Feast of the Annunciation, the instant of the Incarnation… and we would be celebrating it if it were not for the vagaries of the Moon.  Palm Sunday and Holy Week have pushed our observance to another … Continue reading

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What would your Lent have been like in 1873?

For those of you who may think that Lent is a pretty tough time to be a Catholic, giving up chocolate and so forth, this is what our forebears did for Lent in these USA (my emphases and comments):
DIOCESE OF … Continue reading

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LENTCAzT 2018 22 – Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent: POWER!

Today is Wednesday in the 3rd Week of Lent.   The Roman Station is San Sisto.
In gratitude especially to benefactors who help me and this blog, during Lent I’m once again offering 5 minute daily podcasts to encourage you in your own … Continue reading

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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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Fatima’s major theme and YOU

I think that what happened at Fatima is an event that is ongoing, with urgent ramifications for us today.
Taken all together, the central message of Our Lady in her apparitions at Fatima is the urgent need to pray, do penance, and … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: St. Patrick’s Day 2017 on Friday in Lent

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am responsible for a brunch which is served after the Saint Patrick’s Day Mass at the Cathedral in my Archdiocese. This year, Saint Patrick falls on a Friday of Lent. I believe this means I should offer … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is it a sin to laugh or joke when in need of confession?

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Is it grave matter to laugh or joke when in need of Confession? (That is, when one has committed mortal sin and intends to go to Confession at the next opportunity.)
Aristotle points out that man is the only … Continue reading

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Friday Abstinence, the Octave of Easter and You

Each year during the Octave of Easter – and of Christmas – there is a Friday.  Fridays are days of penance, usually observed by abstinence from meat.
So, can one eat meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?
The 1983 Code of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Parish fundraiser serves meat on 1st Fridays

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
Every First Friday, a neighboring parish hosts a fundraiser dinner at which they serve beef or chicken, except during Lent. Many of our friends (homeschooling families) are parishioners there and attend every month. We hear that it’s delicious fare and as I … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Day Parade

I suspect that some of you clicked on the link when you saw the headline because you want to read my predictable rant about the “gay” thing in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York and the local archbishop’s … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Father gave me a penance that discouraged me.

From a reader…
QUAERITUR:
I am struggling with food and alcohol addiction. After confessing this, my penance was to fast the next day after such indulgences. I was discouraged. My confessor did not know my circumstances. I have successfully done “fast’” and … Continue reading

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Pope Francis: GO TO CONFESSION!

What is it I have been shouting?
From CNA:
Pope: Be courageous, go to confession
Vatican City, Feb 19, 2014 / 04:57 am (CNA).- During his Wednesday audience, Pope Francis encouraged the pilgrims filling St. Peter’s Square to receive the sacrament of reconciliation. … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Getting married on a Friday. Must I abstain from meat? Fr. Z includes a brief rant.

From a reader:
im getting married on friday may 31st the day after Corpus Christi.
can i eat meat at the reception or do i need a dispensation?
All Fridays, except for liturgical Solemnities, are days of penance even if one is doing … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Ember Days during Octave of Pentecost… penitential?

From a priest:
For those that follow the 1962 calendar or simply follow the traditional penitential days, are the ember days in the octave of Pentecost days of fast? It would seem not since the octave days, similar to Easter, are … Continue reading

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QUAERITUR: Is it a sin to fast during the Easter Octave?

From a reader:
I listen to the Catholic Channel on Sirius/XM a lot and yesterday a priest who is usually fairly reliable made the comment that it is a sin to fast during the Octave of Easter. My wife started fasting … Continue reading

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