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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 »

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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