Category Archives: GO TO CONFESSION

1 May – St. Joseph the Worker: An intercessor in time of need

I have often asserted in these pages that St. Joseph is a powerful intercessor.  I have received amazing interventions by this great saint, who is foster father of the Son of God.  I recently committed my material cares to him … Read More

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“The constant negativity directed to us priests by…” Wherein Fr. Z relates, reacts, reflects and rants.

At Catholic World Report, Fr. Peter Stravinskas offers a reflection on the way Francis seems constantly to denigrate and insult priests affects both morale and vocations. His observations coincide with my own.  One of things he said struck a strong … Read More

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No vaccination? No confession! NJ parish now exercises the “power of the syringes” – UPDATE

UPDATE 29 March: It seems that an option for confessions for the non-jabbed has been added to the schedule. I note with fascination that, although the priest there seems to be extremely worried about infectious penitents, he will have “face … Read More

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Officer slain in Boulder shooting was a TLM parishioner. Wherein Fr. Z rants about death and YOU. UPDATED

UPDATE: 26 March Time has been changed to noon MDT. Still at the Denver Cathedral with an FSSP celebrant. the link for livestream is https://livestream.com/accounts/3170708/events/9593864 Originally Published on: Mar 24, 2021 Recently there was a terrible mass shooting in Boulder, … Read More

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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. However, 25 March is also the Feast of the Good Thief, St. Dismas! Fulton Sheen famously quipped of this thief-saint that he “stole heaven”.  A good thief … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must I go to a Novus Ordo Mass and receive on the hand to fulfill my “Easter Duty”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Our churches in the Diocese of ___  have been allowed to have public Masses offered with 15% capacity of the fire code regulations, but with very strict restrictions from the bishop (more strict than the government’s … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I feel disconnected from God after being involved in New Age practices.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I feel disconnected from God after being involved in new age practices. I feel a dark presence in my life and pray for it to go away but it doesn’t. What can I do? So many … Read More

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LENTCAzT 2021: 00 Shrove Tuesday – GO TO CONFESSION

We begin again a series of daily 5 minute podcasts for Lent.  They are intended to give you a small boost every day, a little encouragement in your own use of this holy season. Today is Shrove Tuesday, a day … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can confessors in any way act upon information they receive in confession?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Can confessors in any way act upon information they receive in confession? While looking up information regarding the seal of confession, I came across a reference to a fifteenth-century English canonist, William Lyndwood. He states that … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Making a General Confession

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Watching the signs of our times and considering my life, I feel God is calling me to make a general Confession. So I set the date for next Tuesday, but I am in need of some … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Does idolatry incur a greater penalty than other mortal sins? Wherein Fr. Z rants.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Does violation of the First Commandment of the Decalogue (such as acts of literal idolatry and/or demon worship) entail a greater penalty / injury to the offending baptized Catholic than mortal sins against the other Commandments? … Read More

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WDTPRS: Collect for the Votive Mass “to beg the grace of dying well”

Yesterday, I celebrated a Votive Mass “ad postulandam gratiam bene moriendi… to beg for the grace of dying well”. Let’s have a look at the COLLECT for the Mass to ask for a good death. Omnipotens et misericors Deus, qui humano … Read More

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ASK FATHER: I have heard of “Apostolic Pardon” but “Apostolic Blessing”?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I have heard of “Apostolic Blessing” — is that the same thing but with a different name (eg: “reconciliation” == “confession” == “Sacrament of Penance”)? I’ve written about the IMPORTANT Apostolic Pardon quite a few times. … Read More

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“Today I made my first Confession in over 30 years”

From a reader… Father, if you need some good news, today I made my first Confession in over 30 years. Despite twisting myself into anxious knots for days beforehand, it all went very easily and Father was very kind and … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest gives absolution while I am saying Act of Contrition

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In all the time I have gone to confession, I say the Act of Contrition, and then the priest absolves me. However, the priest at my new parish does Absolution at the same time I am … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Form of absolution was just “I absolve you OF your sins” instead of “FROM your sins”.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: if the priest says” of your Sins, instead of “from your Sins” in absolution would the Absolution still be valid and if it is valid could you explain where of and from differ or were they … Read More

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WDTPRS: Prayers for the Tried and Tempted

In my daily Masses, when I can, I add orations to the regular orations designated for the day.  I take these additional prayers often from the Orationes diversae section.  One of the set of prayers I select are “Pro tentatis et … Read More

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ASK FATHER: All who enter a church must sign a visitors book, include name, contact details

From a reader… QUAERITUR: In my home diocese (in Australia) our Bishop has decreed that all people who enter a church must sign into a visitor’s book and include their name, contact details and the time of entry and departure. … Read More

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Another vain attempt to impose Novus Ordo lockstep unity on the faithful: Archdiocese of Seattle

It is at least ill-advised to attempt the same thing again and again and again with unvarying poor results, and yet keep on the poorly chosen course. Yet another discouraging example of episcopal over-reach, in the interest in trying to … Read More

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WDTPRS – Pentecost Tuesday: Wherein Fr. Z performs a liturgical dance

According to the older, traditional Roman calendar, today is Tuesday in the Octave of Pentecost. On this day the traditional “Dancing Procession” is performed in Echternach, Luxembourg, founded by St. Willibrord.   As bands play, the people move forward slowly in … Read More

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