Where did those words come from?

Question At Ash Wednesday, I was surprised to hear “Remember that you are dust and to dust you shall return.” I only remember, “Repent and believe in … Read More

Feeling left out at anniversary ceremony

Question We have a wedding anniversary celebration/ceremony each year at our parish. It’s a very nice thing, but for those of us who are single, it feels … Read More

Did the pope allow an idol in Colosseum?

Question Why did the Vatican allow the placement of a pagan idol — one that demanded child sacrifice — in the Colosseum? (Kewaunee) Answer Since Sept. 27, … Read More

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