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Q+A: I have heard that it is not proper in the liturgy for the laity to imitate the words or gestures the priest uses during the Mass. How can a lay person or group give blessings that a priest was ordained to do?

A: Firstly, when it comes to the sacraments it is correct to say that the laity are generally not to imitate the words and gestures of the priest. Each have their proper role and function within the Mass. However, the only thing I can think of that would pertain to the question being asked is…

Q+A: Why can’t priests marry?

A. I have left the wording of this question as it is because this is how it is most commonly asked, however, the reality is not a prohibition from marriage but a choice of something else. The Roman Catholic Church chose to choose her priests from among men called to celibacy, that is, the single…

Q+A: Why is Holy Week important?

A. Next Sunday we enter into Holy Week, the most important time of the Church year. We are called to walk beside Christ as he enters triumphantly into Jerusalem, shares the Last Supper with his Apostles, is betrayed by one of his closest friends, arrested, condemned, scourged, crucified, buried, and rises again. This week above…

Q+A: Why do Catholics call our priests Father?

A: For a longer and more complete answer to this question please visit www.catholic.com. The reason for priests receiving the title “Father” is based on the principle of “spiritual fatherhood.” The New Testament is full of examples of this (1 Cor. 4:17; 1 Tim 1:2; 2 Tim 1:2; 1 Tim 1:18; 2 Tim 2:1; Phil…

Q+A: What is the difference between Confession and Reconciliation?

A: The Sacrament of Reconciliation has had several names given to it throughout history: Penance, Confession, and Reconciliation. The Sacrament of Reconciliation, the Sacrament of God’s forgiveness, has three elements to it: Confession, Absolution, and Penance. Confession refers to verbalizing one’s sins to the priest. However, confessing one’s sins is not enough, one must also…