Living Our Catholic
...in the Absence of a Priest
In this day and age, there are very few true priests
left. We are left in a situation where getting the sacraments from a priest
is at times impossible. What is a Catholic to do? Firstly, we should never
lose hope. In times past, people lived without a priest for long periods
of time, and kept the faith. In extraordinary situations, God will provide
all the graces necessary for your salvation, if only you cooperate with
Look to St. Joseph, who lived and died before
the time Jesus established His Church. And yet, St. Joseph is one of the
greatest saints. Keep the faith -- God will provide.
There are things we can and should do even without
a priest. This page of the True Catholic website provides you with articles
on various aspects of how to practice our Catholic faith when a priest
is simply unavailable. There are 2 sacraments only which can be transacted
without a priest -- they are Baptism and Matrimony. Baptism is the most
important because it makes us God's children, and give us the right to
- Catholics Without a Priest - by Fr. Demaris, 1801
- written during the French Revolution to
Catholics who were left without a priest. A direct parallel to the
- The New Vatican II Rite of Baptism - "Is it Valid?"
- shows why this new rite is defective.
- How a Lay Person is to Administer Baptism
- instructs on the matter, form, and intention
necessary for any person to administer the Sacrament of Baptism validly.
- Matrimony - "How Catholics may marry without a Pastor "
- instructs on the requirements and method for
Catholics to marry, and discusses impediments, mixed marriages, and
- The Act of Perfect Contrition
- shows how to use this most precious gift. Use a
seatbelt in your car because it can save you life. Use the Act of
Perfect Contrition because it can save your soul.
- How to Make a Good Intention
- shows the way in which we should offer all our
actions to God, through our Morning Offering and throughout the day.
- The Rosary
- Say the Rosary every day. It is a most powerful
prayer and it is a sure sign of predestination.
- The Brown Scapular
- "Whosoever dies wearing this cloth shall not
suffer eternal fire."
- The Need to Do Penance for Our Sins
- shows the necessity for us to do penance,
including fasting, prayers and alms-giving. An excellent review for Lent
and for doing penance throughout the year.
- Preparation for Death - by St.
Alphonsus de Liguori
- instructs on the shortness of life, the
vanities of this world, and the moment on which our eternity depends.
- The Power of Holy Water
- from the Autobiography of St. Teresa of Avila,
- Men's Dress Worn by Women
- Letter from Cardinal Siri on women who wear clothing of men.