Question Why did God create angels? If we (humans) are the crown jewel of all creation, why did he even have to create angels before us? — … Read More

Do we all have a vocation?

Question In a recent homily, our priest said we all have a vocation. I am not used to hearing that. I think of priests and sisters when … Read More

Why some churches use empty crosses

Question “Why do Catholics have a corpus of Jesus on the crucifix and other Christians have an empty cross?” — Appleton Answer Catholics and Orthodox Christians typically … Read More

Why do some pastors have different titles?

Question “We are getting a priest at our parish who is not called our ‘pastor,’ but our ‘administrator.’ What does the difference between the two mean, and … Read More

How the bells call us to prayer

“Why does my church ring bells at noon? There seems to be a pattern to it, but it isn’t striking 12 times. What’s it mean?” — Appleton … Read More

Keeping my spouse’s ashes at home

Question “My husband died recently and was cremated. I’ve been told that I cannot keep the urn at home until I die, so that we can be … Read More

Why ring bells in the middle of Mass?

Question Why do some churches ring bells during the Eucharistic Prayer while others don’t? – Hortonville Answer One of the most wonderful things about our Catholic faith … Read More

No flowers belong on the altar

Question Why can’t we put flowers on the altar? We can have flowers around the altar and around the ambo. – Allouez Answer This is a great … Read More