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7/26/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

 

Q: Why was Jesus a descendant of Judah, instead of Joseph or Reuben? 

 

    A: It seems each one of us wishes to explore our own ancestry in order to ascertain a few things about ourselves. Our ancestry most certainly provides us an understanding of our own ... Read More »

06/03/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

Q: Why does God sound so stern in the Old Testament, but Jesus is so kind, loving and caring?

    A: Many who are familiar with the Old Testament stories from the Book of Genesis through the prophets, prior to the birth of John the Baptist, recognize that time and time ... Read More »

5/6/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

Q: Why do we fast on Fridays during Lent?

A: Fasting and abstaining are both profound gifts of the Church for they train our focus on the most important things in life. Both remind us that Jesus is the center of our lives. In the Lenten season, the two ... Read More »

4/8/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

    Q: How did God create our universe?                                                                

  A: Before we proceed in answering this question, may ... Read More »

3/11/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

 

    Q: Why do priests have to wear black?

    A: This is a very good question, because some may think that we lack imagination with our clerical clothing, which, of course, is not the case. As with the liturgical seasons, the color we wear communicates to others ... Read More »

2/12/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

    Q: Why do cardinals and bishops wear different colors?

    A: Many wonder why the cardinals, bishops and priests wear specific attire. For one, the color of the attire indicates one’s office in the Church. 

    For instance, you will see me wearing a magenta (a type of ... Read More »

1/15/2016

Posted by Alyson Radford

    Q: For Confirmation, who picked what the gifts of the Holy Spirit were and why did they choose those ones?

     A: That is a very good question, as we wish to find the source of much of what we receive or do. To put it bluntly, God ... Read More »

12/18/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: The commandment says “Keep Holy the Sabbath Day.” Why do we celebrate it on Sunday when the Sabbath is Saturday?

A: This is a very good question. For those of us who have friends of the Jewish faith, they begin their Sabbath Friday evening, which then encompasses all ... Read More »

11/20/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: How many times can you receive the Eucharist in a day?

A: We recognize that the Eucharist is the central sacrament of the Church, for when we receive the Eucharist, we receive Jesus’ Body and Blood. Communion strengthens us and fortifies our resolve to become just like him. 

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10/23/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: Why do we receive some sacraments more than others?

A: In religious education, we learn the truth about the sacraments, namely, that Jesus instituted each sacrament and that they are “efficacious signs of God’s grace.”  For many, the word efficacious may be a difficult word to understand. Let ... Read More »