The holy souls in purgatory

Question Who are the holy souls and why do we pray for them? — Green Bay  “In regards to purgatory and praying for the dead, do we … Read More

Even adults have guardian angels

Question We had the feast of the Guardian Angels recently (Oct. 2). I remember that from childhood. Does it matter to adults? — Appleton Answer “Angel of … Read More

Disposing of old, tattered Bibles

I am wondering about the disposal of old Bibles. We have a couple dozen from our parents, grandparents, etc. While a few are precious and the word, … Read More

What does a priest promise at his ordination?

Question “What vows and/or promises do diocesan priests make when they are ordained?” Answer Ah, yes…  It seems like just yesterday that my hands were clasped between … Read More

St. Michael’s sword on the map

Question What is the Sword of St. Michael and how does it relate to churches across Europe and the Middle East? — Denmark Answer This relates to … Read More

What is the Hour of Mercy?

Question “What is the Hour of Mercy?” — Green Bay Answer The Hour of Mercy corresponds to three o’clock in the afternoon, the exact time Jesus died … Read More

Getting parishes ready for back-to-school

Question My church has a blessing of backpacks for school. Are there other blessings for going back to school? Any suggestions? Answer It’s often hard to think … Read More

How missionaries come to our diocese

What is the Missionary Cooperative Plan and what does it do? We are going to have a missionary at our church this weekend and I was wondering … Read More

When and where to sing patriotic songs

Question I notice that we often sing patriotic songs in church around national holidays, like the Fourth of July. Are there any suggestions or guidelines about which … Read More

When you have too much of a good thing

Question When my parents died, I found an abundance of old, blessed rosaries in their home. What is the proper way to dispose of them? I have … Read More