Merry Christmas and Happy New Year: Feast of the Holy Family

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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year everyone! I hope the new year will bring you many blessings. It’s been awhile since my last post, and since we just celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family, I thought I would share the message I gave at last Sunday’s Mass: 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

Becoming Catholic – Is RCIA the only way?

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If someone feels led to join and become a member of the Church Jesus founded (the Catholic Church), must they always go through the process known as RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults)? In order to answer that question, let us first take a look at what RCIA is. Continue reading

Christianity – Is it only about a Personal Relationship?

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God has revealed Himself to the world through His son Jesus Christ. St. Paul says, “Jesus is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him were created all things in heaven and on earth (Colossians 1:15-16).” So, once we have found the truth of who God is, then we must respond to His call. We are called to love Him with all our heart, soul and mind. And through that love for Him, we are then asked to show that love to everyone around us. But, for many Christians today, the aspect of a personal relationship with our Lord seems to be the only focus. What is the Catholic Church’s view about our relationship with Christ? Continue reading

Is Jesus more Present in Scripture or the Holy Eucharist?

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To open up his Gospel, St. John writes; “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God (1:1).” He goes on to say; “And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, full of grace and truth; we have beheld his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father (1:14).” Jesus is the light of the world that shines in the darkness. How do we see and feel His presence in our life. 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