RSSAsk Father Mike

What can I do to help my children stay Catholic?

What can I do to help my children stay Catholic?

| Father Michael Schmitz | September 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to do all I can to help our children know of God’s love for them. I want them to be truly Catholic, not merely in name, but as their deepest identity. In the face of a seemingly hostile culture, what can I do?

Continue Reading

Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

Priests and family counseling; Catholics and tithing

| Father Kenneth Doyle | August 19, 2016 | 2 Comments

– Where does the Church stand on parish priests counseling their parishioners?
– Can you explain the Church’s teaching on tithing?

Continue Reading

Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

Gossip: Even when we need to talk about ‘secret’ things?

| Father Michael Schmitz | August 2, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. You wrote about gossip earlier. But don’t people need to know certain “secret” things? Wouldn’t it be irresponsible of me to keep some things to myself?

Continue Reading

Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

Conversion of Islam; women and Vatican vote

| Father Kenneth Doyle | July 21, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. Long ago, as a child, I remember saying prayers aloud for “the conversion of Russia” after every Mass. Why, in our troubled world, are we not doing the same thing now for Islamic extremists, who are surely in need of our prayers? And where would such a directive come from?

Continue Reading

What’s the matter with gossip?

What’s the matter with gossip?

| Father Michael Schmitz | July 6, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. What is the problem with gossip? I mean, sometimes I just need to vent

Continue Reading

Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

Explaining internal forum; religious mailings

| Father Kenneth Doyle | June 22, 2016 | 0 Comments

– What does the “internal forum” mean?
– What do I do with unsolicited holy items received in the mail?

Continue Reading

To prepare for something big, start with small things

To prepare for something big, start with small things

| Father Michael Schmitz | June 9, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I feel like God is going to call me to do something big, but I don’t know what. How can I make sure that I don’t miss what he will call me to do? And what can I do in the meantime?

Continue Reading

How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

How can we keep our faith in the face of death?

| Father Michael Schmitz | April 27, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. There is a teacher at my Catholic school who just died. He was so young, and all of us students loved him so much. We all miss him so much. I am beginning to doubt my faith in all of this.

Continue Reading

When did Holy Spirit come; wearing veil in church

When did Holy Spirit come; wearing veil in church

| Father Kenneth Doyle | April 13, 2016 | 2 Comments

– When did the Holy Spirit come?
– Is it prideful to wear a mantilla?

Continue Reading

Learning to be alone well is  part of Christian discipleship

Learning to be alone well is part of Christian discipleship

| Father Michael Schmitz | March 30, 2016 | 0 Comments

Q. I try to follow God in the way that it seems like he is calling me to, but I find that I am often walking alone. I am not surrounded by people who are pursuing God like I believe I am called to. Am I doing something wrong?

Continue Reading

Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

Fasting during Lent; status of last rites

| Father Kenneth Doyle | March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments

On the two obligatory days of fasting, I do fast, but I sometimes wait until just after midnight and then satisfy my hunger with an amount of food not in keeping with the notion of fasting.

When we asked about the last rites, he told us that they don’t do the last rites anymore. Did I miss something, or am I misinformed?

Continue Reading

Dealing with ‘twin sins’ of despair and presumption

Dealing with ‘twin sins’ of despair and presumption

| Father Michael Schmitz | February 29, 2016 | 3 Comments

Q. You’ve spoken about God’s love before and how it is important to know that God will never stop loving us. But my issue is that I teach young people who seem to think that, since God loves them, it doesn’t matter how they live.

Continue Reading