Category Archives: ASK FATHER Question Box

ASK FATHER: Glass chalices…. again?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read about a parish using invalid hosts made from several varieties of grain. I have been to a mass recently where a glass chalice was used (as a matter of fact, with a simple blessing, … Continue reading

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UPDATE! ASK FATHER: Use of a Catholic church for the “ordination” of woman Episcopalian “bishop”

UPDATE 17 Jan 2020: There is a development.   CNA reports: Catholic parish will not host Episcopalian consecration The Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia will no longer hold an episcopal consecration and ordination at a Catholic parish in Williamsburg, following an … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: I discovered that the hosts used are from flour of a variety of grains. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I recently discovered that the priests at a chapel I had been attending have been using bread made of flour from a variety of grains, so it’s clearly invalid. The chapel is run by religious order … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why can’t I confess my sins to God and not the priest?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: if god forgives sins why cant i confess my sins to god and ask god to forgive me does that suffice for confession This is one of the oldest and most common Protestant objections to the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Is cooking on Sunday a sin?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw someone say that cooking on Sunday violates the third commandment and food for Sunday must be made before Sunday. Is this true ? No. As much as we honor our Jewish forbears, we do … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A sick child and fulfilling Mass obligation

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I attended an Extraordinary Form Mass this morning [Sunday] so I could stay home with a sick child while my husband and older children went to a later Novus Ordo Mass at our parish. I forgot … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: A priest gave me a penance in confession that was too hard

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Long ago I went to confession and was given and reluctantly agreed to\ a rather onerous penance not required by justice. I didn’t end up doing it after thinking about it for a while and went … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Why do Catholics hold their hands open and turned upward during Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have seen a certain posture at Mass: Why do you think people do this? Why do they choose this non-Roman posture instead of the orans posture? And what posture should I do at home? Just … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Were Jesus, Mary and Joseph “refugees”? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

Several readers have asked whether or not the Holy Family were refugees. Some are reacting to “nativity” scenes, showing them in cages, and so forth, which is an obvious manipulation of the Nativity narrative to score cheap political shots, at … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Are “Novus Ordo” ordinations truly valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, I’ve done some reading on whether Novus Order orders are truly valid or not and am confused. Would love to get your learned comments on the matter. Thanks for your work. You ask if ordinations … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I dread the Feast of the Holy Family.”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Every year since so returned to the Church I dread the Feast of the Holy Family. I don’t come from a pious family, nor am I married, but instead chose to live a life of perpetual … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Deacons in the Novus Ordo

From a diaconal reader… QUAERITUR: I have begun serving Solemn High Masses, at local parishes near my assignment for a couple of years now. The experience of serving at the Latin Mass has enriched my diaconal ministry in ways that … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Too much water mixed with the wine in the chalice. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Your article, “ASK FATHER: Altar boy notices priest skipped the consecration of the Precious Blood” states that Mass is not celebrated until the priest consumes both species of the sacrament. Since our congregation receives under both … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Irritating fundraisers during Mass

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was and still am a strong supporter of the EF, but after years of building and developing both personal and professional relationships, I fell away from my faith. I have recently begun attending Sunday Mass … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Peter’s Pence these days. Alternatives?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I read an article in the Wall Street Journal this morning about how the Peter’s Pence collection largely funds the Vatican deficit. I am a stickler for finance and am forced to run a very lean … Continue reading

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