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Liturgy & Sacraments

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why do altar servers carry candles?A: Did you know that the carrying of candles at the celebration of the Mass goes back to the earliest days of our church? The servers who carry candles are part of a tradition, which spans over a thousand years, which is much older than ... Read More »

Mary, the Saints, & the Angels

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: If parents should not have favorites among their children, why did God favor Mary among other women to be the mother of Jesus?A: We are taught that parents should be fair to their children.What we read in the Gospel (Luke) is the angel Gabriel telling Mary that she has been ... Read More »

Moral Issues

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: Why is marriage between a man and a woman?(Question modified because of similar question.)A: This question is timely since the U.S. Supreme Court is hearing arguments concerning the legality of marriage in our country.Our faith instructs, without qualification, that the sacrament of marriage is contracted between a man and a woman ... Read More »

Prayer & Devotionals

Posted by Ashley Mazurek

Q: When I pray, does God understand when I get distracted?A: As the saying goes, “God knows us better than we know ourselves.” It seems to me that God does understand when we get distracted at prayer, but he does not encourage distraction. Prayer is conversation with God, so you and ... Read More »