What does ‘shrove’ have to do with Mardi Gras?

February 23, 2022

Question: Why is it called “Shrove Tuesday”? I thought it was called “Mardi Gras”? – Menasha Answer: “It all depends on your emphasis.” Both Shrove Tuesday and Mardi Gras refer […]

How does a general confession differ from a regular one?

February 15, 2022

Question: I’m 90 years old and I have read the paper since it was The Register. I read the term “a general confession” and it was new to me. Can […]

Is there a saint in our altar?

February 1, 2022

Question I was told that altars contain relics of saints? Is this true? How does a parish get these relics? And which saints do they use? — Kimberly Answer The […]

Just when you thought Christmas was over

January 25, 2022

Question “Someone told me that Christmas isn’t over, in the church, until Feb. 2. What’s that all about? The Gospels have been about the adult Jesus for weeks.” — Neenah […]

A Mass for the people — each week

January 11, 2022

Question There is one question that often comes to the Office of Divine Worship about receiving and scheduling Masses to be prayed for parishioners’ loved ones. Typically, the question from […]

What’s that dish by the cathedral’s tabernacle?

January 4, 2022

Question: What is that little glass dish I see next to the tabernacle in St. Francis Xavier Cathedral when I watch TV Mass on Sunday morning? — Appleton Answer: The […]

Finding the star on Christmas

December 22, 2021

Question Each year, my children want to go out and “see the Christmas star.”  We go out, but I am never sure of a good way to pick a star […]

Why priests wear pink (rose) vestments twice a year

December 7, 2021

Question Why do priests wear pink on that one Sunday in Advent? I know, everyone says “because it is Gaudete Sunday.” But what does that mean? — Sturgeon Bay Answer […]

Affording Masses for deceased loved ones

November 30, 2021

Question Regarding Masses offered for the deceased, what about the poor? What if they don’t have any money to offer Mass for their loved ones? — Green Bay Answer The […]

I see purple. Do I have to fast during Advent?

November 23, 2021

Question Do I have to fast during Advent like during Lent? Isn’t Advent like Lent? There’s purple used during Lent and Advent. Answer  “It’s not purple — it’s violet!” I […]

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