Invalid Baptism

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Q: Have you heard of the priest in the diocese of Detroit who discovered his baptism was invalid because the presiding deacon said: “we” instead of “I”? == A: My heart goes out to that priest and all the people affected by his attempted baptism. He courageously informed his bishop about the situation, and this has prompted an extraordinary response from the Archdiocese of Detroit. The main lesson here is that baptism is serious business, and clergy who administer the sacrament need to use the correct form. The incident should also remind us of how precious our baptism is, and …

Concluding Rites

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Q: The Office for the Liturgical Celebrations of the Supreme Pontiff’s document “The Priest in the Concluding Rites of the Mass” states in section 3 paragraph 1 that,  “In the Rites of Conclusion of the Holy Mass the priest is still carrying out a priestly task, namely, of mediation between God and the faithful people.  The priest here invokes on the people the divine blessing, while in the name of the people he thanks God for the gifts already received by his kindness. Here also he acts “in persona Christi.” Because of this, he does not say in the plural …

Ritual Mass for Confirmation

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A: Would it be liturgically OK to celebrate the Votive mass of the Holy Spirit and wear red vestment on Sunday for Confirmation mass? Thanks. == Q: On an Ordinary Time Sunday you may celebrate the Ritual Mass of Confirmation with its prayers and readings, wearing red. You may not use the Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, but the Ritual Mass is better in every respect

Exposition

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Q: Might I ask for some clarification regarding the exposition and reposition of the Blessed Sacrament.  Benediction is to be done by Deacon and priest only. What about for designated persons, example: Religious Superiors,  EOMHC, seminarian acolyte for  Exposition (in varying degrees eg opening tabernacle door only or; putting out ciborium or monstrance (already with consecrated host) ; or actual putting consecrated host in monstrance on altar. (but not benediction)  Any  clear instruction on these?  == A: Here’s a previous post: https://paulturner.org/adoration-and-reposing And here: https://paulturner.org/expose-and-repose-the-blessed-sacrament/

Communion wine

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Q: In the parishes I had served, youth under 18 years old did not receive Holy Communion with the Blood of Christ because of the accident of the alcohol remaining in spite  the substance has changed into the Body of Christ. In the last parish I was serving the situation is treated differently. Is there a special document or policy from the USCCB that treats this matter directly? Thanks. == A: There is no universal or national age limit on receiving communion under the form of wine. If someone is eligible for communion, they are eligible for communion under both …

Sign of the cross after communion

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Q: I was just reading your book Guide for Celebrating First Communion and I had a question: is it required or advisable for you to cross yourself after receiving Communion? Many people do and we have sometimes taught children to do so. Your book doesn’t specifically say. Thanks. == A: There is no rubric in the Missal calling for people to cross themselves after receiving communion. Many, many Catholics do this, but the Missal wants us to make a sign of reverence before receiving communion: a bow of the head. Not a bow from the waist, just a reverent nod of the head, as if …

Holy Days of Obligation – Updated

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Q: Do other Christian Churches/communities have Holy Days of Obligation? Do you envisage a time when going to mass for Catholics might not be obligatory, in the hope of promoting a more adult approach to being members of one’s community; in other words participating because of love, not obligation? Blessings == A: I think we’re pretty unique in the holiday of obligation category. The obligation to participate at Mass comes from canon law, not from liturgical law, so I’m not sure what the future thinking may be. For sure, we hope everyone comes out of a sense of love, even …

Act of Contrition

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Q: What is the current translation of the Act of Contrition? I’ve heard it has been updated. == A: There are several of them, all findable in the Rite of Penance. These are copyrighted by ICEL. But a penitent may use his or her own words and is not bound to any of these. Act of Contrition(Prayer of the Penitent)My God, I am sorry for my sins with all my heart.In choosing to do wrong and failing to do good, I have sinned against you whom I should love above all things.I firmly intend, with your help, to do penance, …

Blue Mass

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Q: Is it appropriate/acceptable  to celebrate something like a “blue mass” on the feast of the Assumption?  Does it take away from the feast? == A: A Blue Mass is a traditional occasion for gathering members of a police force to a Catholic Mass to pray for them and thank them for their service. It has no special liturgy, readings or prayers. The Book of Blessings includes an Order for the Blessing of Organizations Concerned with Public Need (chapter 7), and this could work as an independent prayer apart from Mass, or with its key sections integrated into Mass. The …

Feast of St. Francis

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Q: How does St. Francis of Assisi rank this year on October 4, which falls on a Sunday? == A: Francis only gets a Memorial, not even a feast, so he falls out of the calendar this year—unless your parish or your diocese is named for Francis of Assisi. Then he outranks the 27th Sunday in Ordinary Time.