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Kneeling After Communion

Boy Kneeling at Mass

Kneeling at Mass is one of many postures during the liturgy. At different times we are to kneel, sit, or stand depending upon what is taking place during Mass. Each posture takes on a certain significance within the liturgy, especially kneeling. Continue reading

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday Mass

Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, celebrated next on February 18, 2015. The name "Ash Wednesday" comes from the blessed ashes that are applied to the forehead of the faithful who receive them as a sign of the beginning of the season of Lent, … Continue reading

Pentecost

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Pentecost is the liturgical season after Easter which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit upon the Church, ushering in a new era for the people of God. In Acts 2:1-41 the Holy Spirit descended upon apostles in which they were able to speak … Continue reading

Mortal Sins

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Mortal sins are sins of serious or grave matter. “Mortal” means death; they are sins that cause death to the soul. Mortal sins completely sever one’s relationship with God and the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (commonly called Confession) … Continue reading

Venial Sins

Venial Sins

Venial sins are less serious sins that do not cause death to the soul like mortal sins. Venial sins, while less serious in content or participation should be given strong attention because they lessen the love of God in the heart and weaken the power … Continue reading

Indulgences

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An indulgence is the remission of temporal punishment for sin in response to certain prayers or spiritual works. In common parlance an indulgence would reduce the time spent in purgatory if one should need to go there on one's way to heaven. An … Continue reading

How to Go to Confession

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Wanting to go to confession is the first step in going to confession. Confessing your sins wipes the slate clean again with God and makes us stronger spiritually. Regularly going to confession is a way to grow in holiness. Knowing what to do in … Continue reading

Old Apostle’s Creed

Below is the text of the Apostle's Creed prior to the liturgical changes in Advent 2011. I believe in God, the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth;I believe in Jesus Christ His only Son our Lord; He was conceived by the power of the Holy … Continue reading

Catholic Marriage

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Marriage, also known as matrimony, is a sacrament in the Catholic Church; it is the union of one male to one female in order to come closer to God and is the appropriate venue in which to bear children. Marriage is a sacred covenant between each … Continue reading

Old Nicene Creed

Below is the text of the Nicene Creed prior to the liturgical changes in Advent 2011. We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen. We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of … Continue reading

Good Friday

Jesus On the Cross

Good Friday is the second day of the Easter Triduum and the day that Catholics and other Christians throughout the world commemorate the crucifixion of Jesus. According to Mark 15:42 Jesus died "on the day of preparation, the day before the sabbath." … Continue reading

Voting Catholic

If you live in a country where you elect government officials (like in the United States) then you know voting is an important part of citizenship. Moreover, if you are Catholic, you have a duty to vote in accordance with your Catholic beliefs; we … Continue reading

A History of Confirmation

What Confirmation is not Some say that the sacrament is a confirmation of faith, a pledge of sorts to God, and a sign of adulthood in the Church. The problem with this line of thinking is that it makes the sacrament something that we do to God … Continue reading

Where is Purgatory in the Bible?

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The Bible does not mention the exact word "purgatory," but instead it makes reference to a place which can be understood as what is referred to as purgatory. To claim that purgatory does not exist because the exact word does not appear in Scripture … Continue reading

Who is God?

At the very core of the Catholic faith is the belief in God. Without the belief in God there is no belief in the rest of the Catholic faith. You either believe in God or you don't - it's the foundational argument of our religion. … Continue reading

Using God’s Name

"You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain." - God Crying out the name of Jesus Christ as a profanity when one is mad seems to be a popular expression, however it is a problem if this is the only time we call upon our Lord. … Continue reading

Putting God First

"I, the Lord, am your God. You shall have no other gods before me." - God "Of course I don't worship anyone other than God," you might say. But how often do you pray? How often do you let God take care of the work or do you just take matters into … Continue reading

Church Structural Roles

There are many roles within the Catholic Church for both ordained and non-ordained people. A non-ordained person is typically referred to as a lay person, or one who is not a member of the clergy. One who is ordained is someone who has received the … Continue reading

The Purpose of Mass

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Why do we have Mass? We have Mass to worship and to receive God's grace, to unify with him and with other worshipers through the sacrament of the Eucharist. As a sacrament, it is that Jesus himself acting through the Eucharist, and supplies all the … Continue reading

Brothers of Jesus?

Recently an archeological find of great importance to Bible scholars was announced in the press. An ossuary (bone box) surfaced as part of a private collection with the inscription "James the son of Joseph, the brother of Jesus." In June 2003 the … Continue reading

Why Infant Baptism?

Since the Reformation much ink has flowed from the pens of writers discussing the pros and cons of infant baptism. The main argument has centered on what the Bible does or does not teach. This is a fallacious contention for the simple reason that the … Continue reading

CHRISTmas

The Christmas holiday season tends to be what most people look forward to every year. Listen to songs that croon lines such as, "It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas..." and "It's the most wonderful time of the year..." and my point will be … Continue reading

The Church is Catholic

Catholics have sometimes been heard to speak of the four marks of the church. In fact, we state our belief in them every time we say the Nicene Creed at mass, when we state that we believe in "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." Catholics … Continue reading

The Church is Holy

Catholics have sometimes been heard to speak of the four marks of the church. In fact, we state our belief in them every time we say the Nicene Creed at mass, when we state that we believe in "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." Catholics … Continue reading

The Church is One

Catholics have sometimes been heard to speak of the four marks of the church. In fact, we state our belief in them every time we say the Nicene Creed at mass, when we state that we believe in "one, holy, catholic and apostolic church." Catholics … Continue reading

By the Bible Alone?

Do Catholics follow the Bible? Catholics have used the Scriptures for their faith for as long as they have existed. The Bible has not always existed in its current form. In fact, it was not put together as a compiled work until well into the 4th … Continue reading

The Salvation Drive

Salvation is, without a doubt, one of the most controversial topics in all of Christendom. Very few seem to have a handle on it. In fact, it has been found that those who struggle with how we are "saved" often fall into two diametricaly opposed … Continue reading

Mary in the Bible

There are some that say that the Bible really says very little about Mary. However, that is quite contrary to the truth. There are actually a lot of references to Our Lady. For some of these references, you have to do a little bit of digging. … Continue reading

The Eucharist

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When was the first Eucharist celebrated? The Christian tradition holds and the Catholic faith will always uphold that the first Eucharist was the Last Supper. At that moment Christ changed the bread that they ate and the wine that they drank into … Continue reading

Lenten Regulations

During Lent the Christian faithful are to do penance through prayer, fasting, abstinence and by exercising works of piety and charity. All Fridays through the year, and especially during Lent, are penitential days. … Continue reading

Explaining Purgatory

Purgatory is an intermediate state of purification between death and heaven for those who die with small sins for an amount of time appropriate to the amount and severity of the sins as deemed by God to remove the temporal effects of sin. It is the … Continue reading

Apostle’s Creed

I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; he … Continue reading

Nicene Creed

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible. I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God … Continue reading

Christian Morality

Basis of Catholic Christian Moral Teachings The basis of all Catholic Christian morality is our belief in the God who created all things and in Jesus who taught us even better how to live. We believe we are created in God's image and that we, and … Continue reading

Sacramentals

Sacramentals are "sacred signs instituted by the Church that dispose people to receive the chief effects of the sacraments and they make holy various occasions in human life (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy). … Continue reading