Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

ASK FATHER: Venial sins and the Novus Ordo

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I was raised in the Novus Ordo, and now attend the TLM as often as I can (and it is the greatest gift!). I was taught growing up that venial sins are blotted out at Mass.  … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Traditional Confirmation Availability?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now that confirmation season is in full force, do you know of any diocese that are granting permission to have confirmation in the old rite? My family and I live in 2 locations throughout the year … Read More

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Concerning the Traditional Latin Mass in Washington D.C.

The effects of the cruel Traditionis custodes are widespread. Here is an excerpt from an email, followed by a link to a blog post about the D.C. situation regarding the Vetus Ordo. We are praying hard for the Cardinal at this time. … Read More

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On Twitter follow @fatherz

Remember back during the faux election cycle that there was a weird “purge” on Twitter?  In the space of a few days, I lost thousands of followers for no apparent reason. Now that Elon Musk (BTW… I posted a video … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Solid, orthodox religious orders and instititutes

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I am currently in the process of discerning a vocation to the priesthood and I am investigating different groups/orders. I am relatively familiar with the strictly “traditional” groups (ICKSP and FSSP especially) but it can be … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The final Rosary prayer says, “while meditating upon these mysteries”, but I want “what they contain” all the time, not just “while meditating”!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: “While” is an unusual word in English. It can be used as a verb, a noun, an adverb, a conjunction, and even a preposition. Most English translations of the final prayer of the Holy Rosary say … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Did Vatican II extend the Good Friday fast also to Holy Saturday? What about Sacrosanctum Concilium 110?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: For a scrupulous person (me!), who would like clarity on his obligations: Is the extending of the Good Friday Fast to Holy Saturday obligatory? One translation of SC 110 says, “Let [the Paschal Fast] be celebrated … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must we abstain from eating meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter?

We are now in the Easter Octave – Happy Easter! Let’s get out in front of this before the calendar clicks over to Friday From a reader… QUAERITUR: My wife and I recently returned to the traditional Friday abstinence from … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Solid books about Ignatian spirituality and Jesuit teaching without the crazy stuff

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Thank you for all you do Father. I’ve always been a big fan of St Ignatius of Loyola and what the Jesuits once were. I’m also equally appalled at what they have become. Growing up the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: On Good Friday should we venerate a Cross or a Crucifix?

UPDATE 16 April From a reader… Father, I know you’re not a fan of the Book of Blessings, [You’ve got that right!] but being an “official” ritual book, these two paragraphs from Chapter 35, “Order for the Blessing of a … Read More

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Special Meal Prayers for the Sacred Triduum with a mini-seminar on Jewish shabbat, Passover and the timing of the Last Supper and the Crucifixion

Did you know that there are proper table blessing, meal prayers for great feast days and for the Sacred Triduum? I made a post and podcast about this some time ago. However, seeing that it is Holy Thursday, I thought … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priest omits some of the words of absolution. Valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Father, if the confessor forgot say “IN THE NAME” in absolution formula, is the sacrament VALID? But, the confessor makes the sign of the cross. Again we have some jackass who doesn’t use the proper “form” … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Priests praying in Latin when someone is dying and people are upset. Is this really the right thing to do?

From a priest… QUAERITUR: I thought this might be a question you would be interested in answering. The Prayers for the Dying in the modern ritual are brief, and rather weak. The alternative of course is the prayers from the … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Do personality disorders prevent a marriage from being valid?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Do personality disorders prevent a marriage from being valid? For example, if a couple married in the Church, and one and/or both of them are later diagnosed with a personality disorder (such as Obsessive Compulsive Personality … Read More

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“Gregorian Mass” match ups: available priests with people who have requests

UPDATE 8 April 2022: Please follow my instructions carefully.  I post them to ease the process and so that your request doesn’t get lost. Right now, the number of requests waiting: 6 – TLM only 0 – NO or TLM … Read More

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4 April – St. Isidore of Seville, the Internet Prayer and You

I often forget to pray before using the internet. I sometimes fail in charity when using the internet. This tool of social communication and research and entertainment has amazing upsides, but it also has spiritually deadly perils. We all should be … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Now that canon law allows for females to be instituted acolytes, can a female be straw subdeacon in a Solemn Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Now that canon law allows for females to be instituted acolytes, is it possible, prudential, for a female to be a straw subdeacon in a solemn high mass? Listen here wise guy.  You are probably not … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can I get a dispensation from my Sunday Mass obligation from an SSPX priest?

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: I generally fulfill my Sunday obligation by assisting at a Mass said at a nearby SSPX chapel.  We have an opportunity to attend a family reunion in a few months.  Given how far away we live … Read More

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Of Benedictines, Easter Cards and YOU. Or… If you send cards for Christmas, how much more for Easter?

I often mention that the Benedictines of Norcia make great beer and that when you but, you help them.  (That beer is really good.) So, too, I mention the Benedictines of Le Barroux who make wine (and they now have … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Marital relations in marriages of non-Catholics or Catholics to non-Catholics

From a reader…. QUAERITUR: In what status does the Church consider the marriages of non-Catholics/Catholics to non-Catholics and marital relations within such marriages? I ask due to a couple I know of where neither spouse is baptized and the husband … Read More

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