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Bread for the journey

Bread for the journey

| Father Michael Van Sloun | September 26, 2018 | 0 Comments

Eucharist as viaticum is holy Communion given to a person when death is imminent.

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The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | August 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The real presence of Christ in the Eucharist is a doctrine — an official teaching of the Catholic Church — and a profound mystery. With the words of consecration, the whole of Christ is truly present — body, blood, soul and divinity — under the appearances of bread and wine.

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Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

Transubstantiation: Not as difficult as it sounds

| Father Michael Van Sloun | July 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Transubstantiation is a doctrine or a core belief about the Eucharist. It is a technical theological term and a matter of faith that is often experienced as an intimidating concept, almost beyond comprehension, and difficult to explain. Yet, it is taught to our second graders at St. Bartholomew in preparation for their reception of first holy Communion, and once their sacramental preparation classes are completed, they are expected to be able to explain it to their parents.

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The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

The Eucharist and the forgiveness of sins

| Father Michael Van Sloun | June 21, 2018 | 0 Comments

One of the greatest blessings and least known facts about the Eucharist is that, in the reception of holy Communion, a person’s venial sins are forgiven.

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The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

The power of the Holy Spirit at confirmation

| Father Michael Van Sloun | May 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

Confirmation imparts the gift of the Holy Spirit. The person who receives this sacrament has already received the Holy Spirit in the sacrament of baptism, and the Holy Spirit abides with a person always. The Holy Spirit comes when a person prays or reads Scripture, or when a person asks the Holy Spirit for guidance, inspiration or courage. Confirmation is not the new arrival of the Holy Spirit, but rather an intensification of the presence and power of the Holy Spirit.

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The powerful effects of the Eucharist

The powerful effects of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 23, 2018 | 0 Comments

The most holy body and blood of Christ, the Eucharist, is a rich source of abundant blessings, and it has many powerful effects.

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The biblical foundations of the Eucharist

The biblical foundations of the Eucharist

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

Jesus instituted the Eucharist on Holy Thursday at the Last Supper, and the three Gospel accounts of the institution narrative, as well as St. Paul’s explanation of the tradition of the institution of the Eucharist, serve as the biblical basis for the sacrament of the Eucharist.

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The most important sacrament

The most important sacrament

| Father Michael Van Sloun | February 22, 2018 | 1 Comment

There was a time in the past when religious education classes were soft, when the students drew pictures, made collages and spoke about their feelings. But when it came to instruction, solid content was lacking.

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Hooray for Catholic schools

Hooray for Catholic schools

| Father Michael Van Sloun | January 25, 2018 | 1 Comment

National Catholic Schools Week is upon us. The week of festivities — Jan. 28 to Feb. 3 — is a time to feature one of the most important ministries of the Church and our parishes, and to toot our own horn about the excellent quality of education that our Catholic schools provide.

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The symbols of baptism

The symbols of baptism

| Father Michael Van Sloun | December 18, 2017 | 0 Comments

Water. Water is the primary symbol of baptism. John the Baptist used water (Mt 3:11; Mk 1:8a; Jn 1:33; 3:23), as did Jesus (Jn 3:22). Jesus is living water (Jn 4:10), and when Jesus died, the water that flowed from his pierced side serves as a wellspring of his life and grace (Jn 19:34).

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What’s in a name?

What’s in a name?

| Father Michael Van Sloun | November 20, 2017 | 0 Comments

With a pregnancy, the birth of a child and the celebration of the sacrament of baptism, a name must be chosen for the child. A name is a person’s title or identifier for life. This is a not a decision that should be taken lightly. The selection of the name is primarily the duty of the parents, and only secondarily the duty of the sponsor or the pastor.

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Secret baptisms against the parents’ wishes

Secret baptisms against the parents’ wishes

| Father Michael Van Sloun | October 25, 2017 | 7 Comments

Unbaptized children. It is happening more and more these days.

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