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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 »

9/25/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

With the first question answered, Bishop Monforton is responding to the 100th question posed to him via “Ask the Bishop.”

 

Q: Why do we have to go to church every Sunday?

A: This is a very good question, for many people wonder why they have to go every ... Read More »

8/28/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: From your experience, is the Catholic Church playing a greater role in local people’s lives?

A: This is a very good question as we live in the era of the New Evangelization.  However, it is a difficult question to answer because we are looking at different times in ... Read More »

7/31/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: Can people from heaven go to hell?

A: Heaven is eternal life with God. So the short answer is no. To participate in the communion of love between God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit should be the ultimate goal for each and every ... Read More »

7/3/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: What saint do you strive to be like?

A: This is a very good question, for if we take time to explore the lives of the saints from the last 2,000 years, we will discover holy individuals whose personalities were not so different from our own. That being ... Read More »

6/5/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: What is the most important factor in being faithful to God?

A: In the Gospel According to Matthew, Jesus instructs us that, “You should love the Lord your God, with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind.”  Jesus goes on to say, “You ... Read More »

5/8/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: What is the best way to incorporate God in my life when I do not have any free time?

A: It seems for each one of us that there is not enough time in the day for all of the plans and projects we have. We must prioritize.

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4/10/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: Even if you are not baptized, does God still answer your prayer? A: God created all of us in his own image out of love. God the Son, Jesus Christ, has given us the great gift of Baptism in which original sin is destroyed and we become more ... Read More »

3/13/2015

Posted by Mr. Joseph Taylor

Q: Why did God command the Jewish people to not eat certain “unclean foods,” but we are allowed by the Catholic Church to eat them today? A: This is a very good question, for to this day there are people of different religions who have dietary restrictions with respect ... Read More »