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ASK FATHER: Pork butt for the Sacred Heart

From a reader… QUAERITUR: So .  . . I have to smoke some pork butt today for a get together tomorrow. It will send sweet odors heavenward, low and slow and very very tempting for us mortals still stuck on … 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: Abstinence on a Friday of Lent that is also the Feast of the Annunciation. What to do?

From a reader… QUAERITUR: What is required / recommended regarding fasting and abstinence when a solemnity falls on a Friday in Lent? And another… I can’t make out if the Lenten Friday rule of abstinence applies to the Solemnity tomorrow? … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Must we do penance, abstain from meat, on Friday in the Octave of Christmas?

This is a question which comes up each year. I’ve had three notes in email today. Must we do penance tomorrow, Friday within the Octave of Christmas? The short answer is YES, this year, yes. According to Canon Law, Catholics … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat meat today, Friday, Feast of the Sacred Heart or must we abstain?

A couple people have asked today about Friday abstinence from meat. Canon 1251 of the Code of Canon Law for the Latin Church says: Can. 1251 Abstinence from meat, or from some other food as determined by the Episcopal Conference, … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Can we eat 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: Friday penance in Lent on the Feast of St. Joseph

From a reader… QUAERITUR: You have frequently posted blogs stating that the Friday penance is abrogated when that Friday is a solemnity. Would that apply to a Lenten Friday also, in this case tomorrow – the solemnity of the glorious … Read More

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ASK FATHER: Friday penance, abstinence during the Octave of Christmas

From a reader… already… Is Friday, December 30, a Meat Friday since it falls within the Octave of Christmas? It is good to see that someone is planning ahead.  As I write we are a fortnight from the day in … Read More

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ASK FATHER: The Magical Friday Bacon-Fish!

From a reader… QUAERITUR: I saw from NOAA today that they discovered a species of moonfish which is “the first fully warm-blooded fish that circulates heated blood throughout its body much like mammals and birds.” HERE Since in your wonderful … Read More

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Friday Abstinence, the Octave of Easter and You

Each year during the Octave of Easter – and of Christmas – there is a Friday.  Fridays are days of penance, usually observed by abstinence from meat. So, can one eat meat on Friday in the Octave of Easter? The … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Friday penance in the Octave of Christmas revisited

Yesterday I facetiously posted about Friday penance during the Octave of Christmas. Days (other than Sunday) within the Octave of Christmas are not “heavy enough” (as a “solemnity” would be) to “outweigh” the Friday obligation to do some sort of … Read More

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QUAERITUR: Does the obligation to do penance on Fridays bind us under pain of sin?

From a reader: I advised a friend that Catholics are either to abstain from meat on Fridays or to substitute another form of prayer, good work, or abstinence; and that she should confess if she failed to do this. In … Read More

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Friday Lenten Penance on 25 March – Annunciation

Those who are bound by the law are to do penance on Fridays of Lent. However, tomorrow, Friday is 25 March, the Solemnity (in the post-Conciliar calendar) of the Annunciation. Please attend to can. 1251. Can.  1251 Abstinence from meat, … Read More

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