Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

PRIESTS: Are you available to take a “Gregorian Mass” intention? UPDATE

UPDATE 29 May: Priests responded: Right now, the number of priests available, waiting in my email: 0 If lay people want a Gregorian Mass set, write to me HERE.  Put in the subject line GREGORIAN MASS REQUEST  Only that.  I’ll … Continue reading

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UPDATE: The movie ‘Apocalypto’ – Now online!

Remember how last year I was looking for a disc of the Mel Gibson movie Apocalypto? Very hard to find. Hollywood and the libs really hate Mel Gibson. It’s brutal.  But it is educational.  Trailer HERE PLEASE – IN THE … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Mass at a side altar during Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament? And a short rant.

From a reader… QUAERITUR: It is permissible for to have Public Mass at a side altar during Adoration.? And does it matter that the side altar is in the sanctuary, which is quite small? It just seems odd to me … Continue reading

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ACTION ITEM: A tip for receiving Communion on the tongue in time of COVID-1984: HOLD YOUR BREATH!

In this time of COVID-1984, where up is down and back is front and clocks are melting off the edges of tables, there are some in high places in the Church who are determined to ban Communion on the tongue.  … Continue reading

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UPDATE: BAPTISMAL FONT PROJECT – INSTALLATION! Video message to YOU READERS!

I have GREAT news! Do you remember that last October, while I was in Rome, we had a fundraiser for “new”, but antique, baptismal font for the church Santissima Trinita dei Pelegrini (my adoptive parish in Rome)?  That is the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: What is physically required for the laity to participate at Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is physically required for the laity to participate at Mass? If the laity cannot enter the church building, is outdoor Mass required for the laity to be able to participate? If one can follow the … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Can you fulfill your Sunday Mass obligation during “lockdown” by watching online?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: While on lockdown, can watching (within a sunday) a replayed online mass fulfill the sunday mass obligation? Or must one have to watch the online sunday mass in real time to fulfill this obligation? First of … Continue reading

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Fr. Z with thanks to benefactors and a reminder

Lately I have received thing from my wishlist that a) arrived but I wasn’t alerted and b) there were no gift slips in the packages. Hence, something my thanks came late and, at other times, my thanks didn’t come at … Continue reading

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Forty, a poem, and ancient garlic cheese spread

This is wonderful. I’ve written of garum in the past.  It’s modern near equivalent is colatura. Today’s #ClassicsCurio is a warning about where to source (or should that be sauce?) your mottoes, as that famous American motto ‘e pluribus unum’ … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Why aren’t Masses restarted without Holy Communion?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, thank you so much for the live streamed daily Mass. I’m ‘attend’ every day since you started and it has kept me focused on what’s important. My question: I thought that the Holy Sacrifice of … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: You are against dropping Hosts onto hands, but you drop the Host every day during Mass!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father Z your blog is great and I’ve learn many things on it.  I have to point out an inconsistency.  On 5 May you yourself had a “spittle-flecked nutty” about a diocese which tells priests to … Continue reading

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Let’s raise the standards

There is strain between the Church’s laity and leadership. Rather, strain between the people in the pews and the hierarchy. Leadership is something other. It can be found on either side of the Communion rail. May I recommend to the … Continue reading

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Joseph Shaw’s HPR article has food for thought about reception of Communion during COVID-1984

A reader alerted me to a fine article at HPR by Joseph Shaw of the UK’s Latin Mass Society.  He wrote something that pertains to my look, yesterday, at the guidelines issued by the Diocese of Little Rock.  I took … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Hand sanitizer and particles of the Host

I’ve seen various guidelines from dioceses and from a USCCB committee which – properly – uphold distribution of Communion on the tongue during these COVID-1984 phases.  They say with variations that the minister can or must use hand sanitizer between … Continue reading

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PRIESTS! BISHOPS! Do what only YOU can do: exorcise and bless. ACTION ITEM!

As I wrote elsewhere: The fact that very often when the Lord healed the sick, he also performed an exorcism, and the fact that Paul connected not discerning the Body and Blood of the Lord with physical illness and death, … Continue reading

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