Almost three years ago Janette Howe felt a simple prompting to pray more for her pastor, Father Joseph Johnson, then-rector of the Cathedral of St. Paul. By the summer of 2010, she was offering a weekly Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament for him.
Teens and parents munched on bagels around fall-festive tables at St. Peter in Forest Lake Nov. 9 while presenters prepared to share encouragement and practical counsel from their own experiences facing the challenge of chastity in today’s society.
What are the Church’s guidelines for someone receiving Communion more than once a day?
In some Christian countries birthdays don’t count. Your personhood is celebrated instead on your “name day,” the official feast day of your patron saint. The older I get, the more I would like to see us adopt that practice in the United States.
Why do we have to do penance after confession? It seems like we still have to “pay” for forgiveness. Am I missing something?
What are the Church’s guidelines for baptism? Is it common for a priest to refuse a request for baptism if he feels that the parents are unworthy?
Q. I am struggling with the idea that prayer does anything. I mean, if God really cared about us, why would he need us to ask for anything before he gave it to us? I understand thanking God, but how do our prayers make any real difference?
What is the rule? Where should the crucifix be in a Catholic church? (And also, why do Protestant churches have only a bare cross, while Catholic churches show Christ’s body on the cross?)
Pope Francis gave pilgrims attending his weekly public audience Sept. 11 what he called a “homework assignment” to find out the date they were baptized and celebrate it every year.