Ashes to ashes, and to the ground

Question “What do they do with leftover ashes after Ash Wednesday?  There always seem to be a lot of them.” — Green Bay Answer Soon we will … Read More

TV Mass chalice offers local history

Question “I noticed that Bishop David Ricken uses the same chalice each Sunday on the TV Mass on WFRV-TV, Channel 5. Does it have a story?” — … Read More

‘Mass’ or ‘liturgy,’ which is it?

Question Sometimes we call it a “Mass” and sometimes a “liturgy?” What’s the difference? Or are they the same? — Green Bay Answer This is a great … Read More

When did we start baptizing babies?

Question We just celebrated the Baptism of the Lord. If Jesus was baptized as a man and John was baptizing people in the Jordan, when and how … Read More

Christmas flower started as weeds

Question At Christmas, our church always has poinsettia flowers. I know they don’t grow here, but I heard there is some sort of Mexican or Central American … Read More

Advent hymn comes from the Divine Office

Question I love the Christmas carol, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” Someone told me that it is an Advent carol and is related to Advent prayers, something … Read More

Why do some bishops wear amethysts?

Question An article entitled, “Why a bishop always wears a cross” (The Compass, 8/28/2020), talked of various bishops and abbots and their pectoral crosses adorned with amethysts. … Read More

Can’t vestments be blue during Advent?

Question Why can’t we use blue for Advent vestments? Isn’t purple more for Lent? Sometimes I see blue vestments for Masses that aren’t during Advent. — Appleton … Read More

Faith and COVID holidays

QUESTION With COVID-19, they say we should not have family gatherings for Thanksgiving. But this is a big family holiday – so how do I make it … Read More