Browsing Parish Reflections

Coming Back To Church

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/22/21

Question:

I have been away from the Church for a few years and really want to get active again, not so much for me, but for my children. Is this a bad reason to come back to Church?

Answer:

If you are on your way to the supermarket, and ... Read More »

Lighting Candles in Church

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/15/21

Question: Why do Catholics light candles in church?

Answer:

Candles have been part of the Church’s worship from the earliest times. In the days before electricity, candles and oil lamps were the ways that people lighted buildings. Even today, we often still depend on candles during power outages, relying ... Read More »

Rosaries as Decorations

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/08/21

Rosaries as Decorations

Question: I’ve seen people hang rosaries over the rear-view mirrors in their cars and a few of them wear them around their necks. Is it OK to do that?

Answer:

The practice of hanging a rosary or a religious medal off of the rearview mirror ... Read More »

What is a transitional deacon?

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 7/03/21

Question:

What is a transitional deacon?

Answer:

There are two types of deacons in the church. Both are members of the clergy. Both have the same liturgical role. Both have the service of the community as their primary work. One is called a permanent deacon, usually a married man ... Read More »

What Is Mammon?

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/25/21

What Is Mammon?

Question:

When Jesus says, “You cannot serve both God and mammon,” what does he mean? What is mammon?

Answer:

When you hear Scripture proclaimed each Sunday, remember it wasn’t originally written in English. Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek — these ancient tongues were the original language of our ... Read More »

Psychics and Mediums

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/17/21

Question:

Are Catholics allowed to visit psychics? Why or why not?

Answer:

It’s part of human nature to experience some sense of unease and fear about the future. This can lead some people to seek out the services of psychics or consult horoscopes or turn to other occult practices ... Read More »

Anointing of the Sick

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/10/21

Anointing of the Sick Question: If it isn’t only for people who are dying, when should someone receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick? Answer:  One of the unfortunate realities in the Church today is that so few people understand the meaning and value of the Sacrament of ... Read More »

Angels

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/10/21

Angels

Question: I’ve heard that we become angels when we die. Is this what the Church teaches?

Answer: As human beings, we are both spiritual and corporeal. We are body and soul. Thismakes us unique in all creation. No other physical creature — plant or animal — possesses an ... Read More »

Why Wear a Roman Collar

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/10/21

Why Wear a Roman Collar? Question: Why do priests wear a Roman Collar? Answer: The practice of priests wearing the Roman collar developed in the mid-nineteenth century as an alternative to wearing the cassock which in some places was seen as impractical or which was even outlawed by anti-Catholic ... Read More »

Kissing the Altar at Mass

Posted by Lenny Ricciardelli on 6/10/21

Kissing the Altar at Mass Question:  Why do priests kiss the altar at the start of Mass? Answer:Our churches and chapels are filled with symbols. We might think of the more common symbols (like the crucifix, statues, stained-glass windows, vestment color and altar cloths) as well as major symbols (such ... Read More »