Holy Communion – What does it signify?

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This weekend we celebrated the feast of Corpus Christi (The Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ). The Holy Eucharist is the central focus of the Mass because Jesus gives us himself for our nourishment to help us in this life. But it is truly much more than that. Continue reading

Do Catholics Worship a Wafer?

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The National Catholic Reporter asked both a knowledge question, and a belief question in their 2011 survey about the Eucharist. They found that half of adult Catholics (50 percent) know the church’s teaching regarding the real presence and half do not. We also found that close to two-thirds of adult Catholics (63 percent) believe that “at the consecration during a Catholic Mass, the bread and wine really become the body and blood of Jesus Christ.” Therefore, more adult Catholics believe the statement than understand its source. But how are these two items related? Continue reading

Can Lay Ministers give Blessings at Mass?

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A child walks with his or her parents as they go up to receive the Holy Eucharist at communion time during the Mass. This child has not reached the age to receive yet, so they cross their arms over their chest in order to receive a blessing instead. Does the Church allow “extra ordinary minister of Holy Communion” to give a blessing to this child as a priest or deacon? Continue reading

Liturgical Worship – Holy Water, Incense and Candles

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Have you ever wondered where did the Catholic tradition of Holy water come from? What about incense and candles; why are they used in the Liturgy of the Mass? Even for those of you who are cradle Catholics, you may not know the answer or really never thought about it that much. Continue reading

Why Non-Catholic’s Cannot Receive Holy Communion?

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If you are a non-Catholic Christian, have you ever wondered why you are not permitted to come and receive Holy Communion at a Catholic Mass? Maybe you have attended a Wedding Mass or a Funeral Mass and was told by the Priest that only Catholics are permitted to come up for communion. Continue reading

Eucharist – Transubstantiation vs. Consubstantiation

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As a Catholic, we believe that the Blessed Eucharist is the Sacrament. All other sacraments are enriched by it. It is the supernatural food given to us from heaven. Continue reading

Early Christian Worship – What did it look like?

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Have you ever wondered what early Christian worship looked like? Many Christians today want to find a Christian denomination that tries to live out their faith like the early Christians did. They try and recreate the Church found in the “Book of Acts.” But what would someone find if they really wanted to taylor their Sunday worship to that of the early Christians? I dare say it would have very little resemblance to many Protestant services found today. Continue reading