Anointing of the sick

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Q: Is it appropriate to confer the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick during the Penetential Rite at Mass rather than after the homily given the capacity of this sacrament to forgive venial sin. In our parish we have monthly opportunity to confer this sacrament during mass at which 30-40 people attend. == A: No, there’s no provision for that. After the Second Vatican Council many of the sacraments and sacramental ceremonies moved to a position after the homily. This gives them a unified expression of putting the word of God into action before the more sublime sacrament of …

Lectionary

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Q: Greetings, Paul and thanks for your wonderful website. You will be very welcome in Australia.  I have a question that I have had right through Seminary and subsequent studies without being able to find an answer or anyone with an answer.  I am wondering if there is a source which describes how the Church came to the choices of the readings in the Lectionary, particularly for weekday Masses. Eg for instance, why are we reading from Samuel at the moment and why these particular choices at this stage of the liturgical year ?  == A: Thanks for your kindness …

Conditional baptism

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It’s the time of year during RCIA when conditional baptisms come to the forefront.  I have a young woman whose mother is Catholic and her father Muslim. They lived in Turkey and her mother did not have access to a parish. She baptized her daughter at home and specifically noted that she did so in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. The mother completed an affidavit about the baptism but it was never recorded at a parish.  This young woman is in RCIA now to complete her sacramental initiation and is also preparing for marriage. The Deacon …

Baptism issue

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Q: We’ve been approached by someone who is curious about the church, but not sure if he wants to join. He is unbaptized, as are his 2 children. He is divorced and his wife lives out of State; I’m not sure yet if the relationship is amicable or not. I have only spoken with his now girlfriend who is a member of our parish.  The children are about or under catechetical age. The parishioner who called (his girlfriend) is asking if and when it might be possible to baptize the children; saying that the father would agree to that.    Does …

Confirmation and first communion

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Q: If you are in a restored order diocese is there any theological or canonical issue if the celebration of Confirmation and First Eucharist are held at different liturgies? Every restored order diocese I have found has mostly a two year formation process and Confirmation and Eucharist are held in the same liturgy. But is there a possibility of having Confirmation celebrated at one liturgy and then having First Communion celebrated sometime after that? Any information would be greatly appreciated. == A: There is no problem celebrating confirmation and first communion separately. To me it makes a little more sense to do them together, but there …

Contemporary religious music

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Q: I have a question regarding the process for approval of contemporary religious music for use in liturgical celebrations and inclusion in approved hymnals.  I plan to resubmit these works to approved hymnal publishers. Getting the works approved for liturgy ahead of the submission(s) may assure their being positively received. == A: The best way to begin the process is to send your scores directly to a publisher of Catholic music. If the publisher has an interest in the piece, its officials will secure the necessary approvals for liturgical use. God bless you for your desire to enhance the spirituality …

Exposition and adoration

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Q: Where might I find authoritative guidance on the proper form for an hour of exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament after Mass?  We introduced adoration in our parish about a year ago, and I followed the format that was used in my home parish:  After communion, I take luna with the Blessed Sacrament from the tabernacle, place it in the monstrance, genuflect, and go to the chair for the final prayer after communion.  Then, without blessing or dismissal, I genuflect and leave.  Several people remain to pray, and after an hour, one or two are left.  Without vesting …

Introductions to the readings – updated

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Q: I am writing about your blog post of 23 January, “Introductions to the readings”. I posted on 16 January at https://forums.catholic.com/t/commentary-before-each-of-the-readings-allowable/586126/5 : “The General Introduction to the Lectionary” has: “42. The one presiding is responsible for preparing the faithful for the liturgy of the word on occasion by means of introductions before the readings.70 These comments can help the gathered assembly toward a better hearing of the word of God, because they enliven the people’s faith and their desire for good. He may also carry out this responsibility through other persons, the deacon, for example, or a commentator.71” So a lay …

Blessing of throats

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Q: The ordo suggests that the blessing of throats may take place on Feb. 2.  In the book of blessings (1626) it says the blessing may take place following the intercessions, or, for pastoral reasons… in place of the final blessing.  If we were to do the latter, would this conclude the Mass so that people come forward for the blessing and then leave?  Or would the entire rite take place and then the dismissal?  == A: I’m guessing that when the blessing of throats replaces the final blessing, the priest says the words once with hands extended over the …

Four questions

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Q: What do you think of this? A priest/deacon begins and concludes a homily and invites someone in the midst of it to contribute to the main ideas being proposed. This could involve lay people in leadership. Also given initial findings of the Amazonia Synod can we continue to apply a universal principle to the liturgy? The North American and Australian realities are different to say nothing of the church in the so-called developing world. Also, can parishes adopt a little more flexibility than a cathedral? I think there is a qualitative difference to a cantor/welcomer welcoming the community from …