Priests’ assignments

Question I had a conversation recently with my adult children. They asked how the distribution of priests works. Our son went to Marquette University (a Jesuit school). … Read More

Why we offer Masses for the dead

Question How, exactly, do our departed loved ones benefit from Masses offered for them or candles lit in their memory? (Appleton) Answer As Catholics, we believe the … Read More

Christmas is over and done too soon

Question By the time Epiphany comes at church, most of our neighbors have already tossed their Christmas trees. How do I explain this feast to my children … Read More

Placing Nativity scenes in church

all , Question Why do we put Nativity sets in the church sanctuary at Christmas? Isn’t it a distraction from Mass? (Allouez) Answer St. Francis of Assisi … Read More

Why can’t we have flags in the church?

Question “Why don’t we have the flag in our churches? We used to have them. Doesn’t pride in our country matter anymore?” (Appleton) Answer It certainly does. … 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

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

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