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February 21, 2012
Good manners in the presence of the Most Blessed Sacrament
By Father Rocky Hoffman

For a life time I have remained after Mass for a Thanksgiving prayer, usually also saying the St. Michael prayer and the prayers on the back of the Missal.  We have moved to a new parish where they have a new Church with a beautiful large gathering space but...the tabernacle is not in a chapel of its own – it is in just a little notched out area in the worship space.  As the music stops after Mass the hell-a-bellow starts immediately and reaches fever pitch as one group tries to out yell...

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February 14, 2012
Burial in a Catholic cemetery
By Father Rocky Hoffman

I am in my 70s and through my life it was always taught that when a Catholic dies it is very important that they be buried in a Catholic cemetery for they would receive graces from the Masses offered in the Church of that cemetery.  My husband and I live in an area where many churches are closing.  Are the people buried in the cemeteries connected to these closed churches now without the benefit of such graces?  We have not bought our burial plot as yet for we do not know if the $600 for the...

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February 07, 2012
Doubtful baptism
By Father Rocky Hoffman

Hello!  I am a former protestant who became a Catholic as an adult.  When I went through the RCIA process, my baptism was accepted as valid since I was baptized as a child in the Church of the Nazarene.  I was only confirmed in the Catholic Church.  However, recently my great-grandmother was passing away and my family was randomly talking about baptism.  Someone mentioned that they remembered that I was baptized with oil instead of water.  The pastor of my former church only did that for a...

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January 31, 2012
The pastoral dilemma of Confirmation
By Father Rocky Hoffman

I have a question regarding confirmation. Is it the parent’s duty to see that their child is confirmed in the Catholic Church or is it the child’s “choice” to be confirmed? I have found that many young people get confirmed solely because their parents make them and that doesn’t seem to be in the spirit of confirmation at all. I also have trouble with the notion that confirmation is like graduation – that it’s some kind of end point. Any comments you have would be helpful....

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January 24, 2012
Offertory procession
By Father Rocky Hoffman

We use the processional candles instead of the processional cross at our church to escort the gift-bearers to the altar. I have read commentary that using the candles for this action is not proper, but I have been unable to find the rubric anywhere in the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM). Is it absolutely forbidden to use the processional candles?

Let’s start with the GIRM. While entrance, recessional, offertory and communion processions are addressed in the GIRM, the only...

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January 17, 2012
Recourse to civil divorce
By Father Rocky Hoffman

In  the “Catechism of the Catholic Church,” Part Three, IV.  Offenses Against the Dignity of Marriage, Divorce, 2383, it states, “If civil divorce remains the only possible way of ensuring certain legal rights, the care of the children, or the protection of inheritance, it can be tolerated and does not constitute a moral offense.”  Will you explain this statement specifically in reference to legal rights and protection of inheritance?  

The section you cite appears in the...

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January 10, 2012
What does the First Commandment really mean?
By Father Rocky Hoffman

Where can I find information on the Catholic teachings on the First Commandment and "graven images"?  Various Christian denominations have differing opinions on the topic. Specific question involves taxidermy (animal heads) and if it would be considered “graven” by church teaching.  Any information would be appreciated.

Whenever you have a question about the Ten Commandments, the first place to start is the Catechism of the Catholic Church, specifically nos. 2129 to 2132.  Since I can...

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January 03, 2012
Psalms to live by
By Father Rocky Hoffman

I had a question about music at Mass and substituting songs for the Psalm. During Mass on the Feast of Christ the King, the proper Psalm for Mass was the 93rd Psalm: The Lord is King, He is robed in Majesty. The musician at Mass substituted a song based on Psalm 34: Taste and See the Goodness of the Lord. He does this on a regular basis, and it disturbs me. I’ve experienced this in many parishes I’ve attended. The impression is that the psalms are interchangeable and any one of them can...

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December 27, 2011
How to close an abortion clinic
By Father Rocky Hoffman

I remember reading a few years ago that women were being steered away from abortion by giving them a blessed rosary. I’m wondering if there has ever been an attempt to sprinkle holy water, blessed salt, or ‘planting’ blessed items at an abortion clinic. Because of the evil of abortion, this would seem to be a wonderful way to cleanse the area, especially when accompanied by prayer and fasting.

Using rosaries, blessed items, and sacramentals to close down an abortion clinic, those are...

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December 20, 2011
A different type of Organ transplant
By Father Rocky Hoffman

Will you direct me to a source that will substantiate the Church’s preference given to the organ for Mass?  Our music director has arranged to have our organ removed from the church; with Father’s blessing, the director hardly used it any way.  I need to present authoritative Church teachings to make the case to restore the organ.  Getting them to play Catholic songs and music will be another challenge.

The first place to start is the General Instruction for the Roman Missal (GIRM), so...

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