Category Archives: “How To…” – Practical Notes

PODCAzT 184: St. Augustine preaches to the mob who lynched a cop who killed a guy

Today is the Feast of St. Lawrence.   In 400, or thereabouts, in St. Augustine’s see of Hippo, a miles, a soldiers, probably a kind of police officer, did something very bad.  He probably killed someone.  The town went nuts and rioted … Continue reading

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Wherein Fr. Hunwicke made me laugh.

Fr. Hunwicke has, at his indispensable blog, an informative piece which literally made me laugh. Father immediately drew my attentive reading through his title: “Papa Lambertini’s conundrum”. Papa Lambertini is, as you know, one of my favorites favourites among the … Continue reading

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JUST TOO COOL: Feast of the Transfiguration – special blessing of grapes!

Go buy some grapes and take them to the priest  for the Feast of the Transfiguration (tomorrow, 6 August), with a page from the Rituale Romanum (HERE). The Roman calendar has many little treasures which remind us of how our … Continue reading

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URGENT: CDF responds to ‘dubia’ about the baptismal formula, “WE baptize you….”

I have to issue an important correction. Back in 2009, I answered a question about the validity of the form for baptism: “We baptize you…”.  I wrote at the time that my first inclination was that that was invalid.  Then … Continue reading

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Lammas – Loaf Mass Day – 1 August

Call it what you will, 1 August, Feast of St. Peter in Chains, Feast of the Holy Maccabees, it is also Lammas. Noooo…. not the big hairy sheep. Lammas is Anglo-Saxon hlaf-mas or Loaf Mass.   This is a first fruits  harvest … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: If Mass is being streamed to a hall for overflow attendance, are those people at Mass?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I’m an usher at my parish. Because of the scamdemic, the bishop wants spacing enforced. For Sunday Mass, I’m being asked to sit “overflow” in the parish hall, though in reality, there is plenty of space. … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: Purify a ciborium using a cloth purificator?

From a Jesuit priest… QUAERITUR: I have a question regarding purification: In the Vetus Ordo, it is customary to purify the paten with the thumb and index finger. What is the correct way to purify a ciborium? In the Novus … Continue reading

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PODCAzT 182: New Book on the TLM; Response to a question: “How do we know the Novus Ordo isn’t evil?”

In this PODCAzT I offer some thoughts, and a brief reading from, the prolifically indefatigable Peter Kwasniewski, a copy of which recently arrived: Reclaiming Our Roman Catholic Birthright: The Genius and Timeliness of the Traditional Latin Mass US HERE – … Continue reading

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US Bishops call for prayers with Greeks about Hagia Sophia. Fr. Z suggests a different approach. UPDATED

UPDATE 23 July 2020: Originally posted 22 July 2020 The Turkish government has transformed Hagia Sophia, one of the greatest CHURCHES in what was once upon a long-lost time known as Christendom, into mosque. The Greek Orthodox Church is not … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “Pope Michael”… just another crazy person?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Due to some recent tweets from the guy who styles himself as “Pope Michael”, I’m seeing posts from people claiming that he is a validly, albeit illicitly, ordained Bishop. They are pointing to an ordination from … Continue reading

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VIDEO VIRTUAL CONFERENCE by Latin Mass Society (UK): 18 JULY 2020 – Catholicism in a COVID-19 World

I am happy to let you know that the greatly esteemed Latin Mass Society of the UK (I am a dues paying member even though I don’t live there) is putting a virtual, video conference online. 18 JULY 2020 The … Continue reading

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A Bishop discovers the impact of the Traditional PONTIFICAL Mass

This story was able to warm the cockles of even my beady black heart. I encourage you to read the whole thing. There are lovely insights. From the National Catholic Register: A US Bishop Discovers the Traditional Latin Mass Bishop … Continue reading

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

UPDATE 17 July: LISTEN UP, lay folk!  If you are not really serious about having a Gregorian set of Masses said, then DON’T waste my time and the time of priests I’m in contact with.  I post this invitation.  People … Continue reading

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ASK FATHER: “I am struggling with my faith due to intense anxiety about death. What makes you believe in God?”

From a reader… QUAERITUR: Simple: What makes you believe in God. As a religious person do you have doubts and how do you conquer them.. If you have other priest’s reasonings please tell me their opinions as well. I am … Continue reading

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Fr. Z rants about the problems in the streets, offers suggestions. ACTION ITEM!

I’ve been glowering over this “defund the police” B as in B, S as in S.   It’s patent leftist agitprop aimed to tear apart the fabric of society.  The chaos that will ensue will be the pretext for the next … Continue reading

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