From circuses to cathedral Masses

We all have heard a pipe organ played in a church. And, when played well, we can understand this quote attributed to Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: “To my … Read More

I thought we couldn’t join ESTHER?

Question Some good Catholics I know belong to ESTHER and JOSHUA. Didn’t Bishop Ricken say that was wrong? (Howard) Answer Since its very foundation, the church has … Read More

The black and white of funerals

When the priest arrives to celebrate your funeral Mass, what color vestments do you want him to wear? If you automatically said “white,” you’ve attended many Catholic … Read More

Baptismal records needed for marriage

Question Why do I need sacramental records before I can get married? How do I find them? (Allouez) Answer In baptism, original sin is washed away, we … Read More

Can an angel change its mind?

Question “Do angels have free will? Could an angel that is currently in Heaven with God choose to fall right now?” (De Pere) Answer A fascination with … Read More

Is your life all over at the grave?

Why should I pray for someone who has died? Isn’t it all over for them? They’re dead and buried. What would prayers matter to them now? Sometimes … Read More

Parents’ challenges with Halloween

Question I have mixed feelings on Halloween decorations and costumes. Some are cute, but others are troubling. What should I tell my teenagers when they ask about … Read More

A better way to start your day

What’s the first thing you do when the alarm sounds in the morning? Groaning, “Oh, no, it’s not even light,” might come to mind. However, a better … Read More

What’s that multi-colored rosary?

Question Rosaries are usually one, maybe two, colors. What is this five-color rosary that I’ve seen? (Appleton) Answer October is the month of the rosary; the feast … Read More