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Marriage

Marriage is meant to be fertile and to welcome new life. Children share the future, just as they themselves are shaped in their families. Without children, there can be no future. Children reared with love and guidance are the foundation for a loving future. Wounded children portend a wounded future. Families are the bedrock for…

Q+A: What is proper church etiquette?

A. I have combined a few questions that I have received into one broader one. Ultimately, the church is a place of prayer and respect. Some think the church should be a place for silence so people can pray and meditate. Some newer churches have large narthexes (gathering areas) outside of the worship space for…

Q+A: What is the Church’s opinion on inter-Communion, sharing the Eucharist with non-Catholic Christians?

A. The Eucharist is the summit of our lives as Catholic Christians. It is the greatest symbol of our unity. The very word “Communion” means “in union with” coming from Latin. While we desire Christian unity and strive to bring about its realization, we must still acknowledge the divisions between us. Some Protestant Churches encourage…

Preparing for Lent

On Wednesday we begin the 40-day journey of Lent, a time of spiritual preparation for the most important celebration of the Church year, the passion, death and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. “The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death…

Two become one

We are not made to be one. Human beings need and complete each other. Friendship and community satisfy that longing with bonds of common interest and love. Marriage is a uniquely intimate form of friendship that calls a man and woman to love each other in the manner of God’s covenant. Marriage is a Sacrament.…

Q+A: What is the formation process for deacons?

A. The formation of the deaconate is guided by the “Basic Norms for the Formation of Permanent Deacons”. This document ensures that deacons, as ordained clerics of the Church, have a consistent and appropriate level of spiritual and doctrinal knowledge to exercise their ministry. The 1st year of deacon formation is a “propadeutic” or “aspirancy”…

Q+A: Why during weekday Mass is the Entrance Antiphon said but it is not said during Sunday Mass? Why do we say the Creed during Sunday Mass and not during weekday Mass?

A. Because Sunday is the Lord’s Day, the day on which Jesus rose from the dead, it is the most important day of the week for Christians. Even in the Acts of the Apostles we read how the disciples gathered to for the “breaking of the bread” (the Eucharist/Mass) on the first day of the…

The Meaning of Human Sexuality

The tangible, earthly, corporal world is more than heart matter or modeling clay for the human will. Creation is sacred. It has sacramental meaning. It reflects God’s glory. That includes our bodies. Our sexuality has the power to procreate, and shares in the dignity of being created in the image of God. We need to…