Tag: Sacraments

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

Survey of bishops reveals how pandemic has shaken diocesan, parish life

| Dennis Sadowski | July 10, 2020 | 0 Comments

Nearly every bishop responding to a survey said the coronavirus pandemic has seriously affected the celebration of the sacraments and rites and sacramental preparation programs in their dioceses.

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Church life expected to reflect safe practices when public Masses resume

Church life expected to reflect safe practices when public Masses resume

| Dennis Sadowski | April 30, 2020 | 0 Comments

When public Masses and the celebration of the sacraments resume in dioceses where they were suspended, the look and feel of worship are not expected to be that which parishioners have been accustomed.

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COVID-19 and the sacraments

COVID-19 and the sacraments

| Bishop Andrew Cozzens | April 23, 2020 | 0 Comments

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it produces much fruit” (Jn 12:24).

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Confirmation basics

Confirmation basics

| Father Michael Van Sloun | April 22, 2020 | 0 Comments

Confirmation is one of the seven sacraments, and it belongs to a special group of sacraments, the sacraments of initiation, along with baptism and Eucharist.

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Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

Confirmation: The next series on the sacraments

| Father Michael Van Sloun | March 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

The objective of this column is to help Catholics, in particular, as well as anyone else who has a desire to learn about our beliefs, to better understand the basic teachings of the Catholic faith. The sacraments are an excellent place to start because they have such a central role in the spiritual life. So important, in fact, that an “active Catholic” is defined as someone who is receiving the sacraments.

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Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the Church

Cardinal Sarah: To oppose the pope is to be outside the Church

| Cindy Wooden | October 9, 2019 | 0 Comments

Guinean Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, said the people who portray him as an opponent of Pope Francis are being used by the devil to help divide the Church.

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Are sacraments conferred by laicized priests valid?

Are sacraments conferred by laicized priests valid?

| Father Glenn J. Comandini | March 29, 2019 | 0 Comments

In light of the laicization of Theodore McCarrick, some Catholics whose children or grandchildren were baptized or confirmed are wondering if the sacraments administered by McCarrick are still valid. “Must these individuals be re-baptized or re-confirmed?”

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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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Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Gift of baptism is to be cherished, pope says at audience

Children have a right to be brought up in the Christian faith, Pope Francis said.

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Ground, stomped and pressed into glory

Ground, stomped and pressed into glory

| Father Charles Lachowitzer | April 12, 2018 | 0 Comments

In the 50 days of the Easter season, all seven sacraments of the Church are celebrated.

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Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

Survey: Women say Eucharist, helping poor is what it means to be Catholic

| Beth Griffin | January 25, 2018 | 3 Comments

American Catholic women are increasingly disengaged from the church although they remain affiliated and say helping the poor and receiving the Eucharist are the most important aspects of what it means to be Catholic.

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A grandma’s wish, a teen’s search: Visitation senior confirmed before Christmas

A grandma’s wish, a teen’s search: Visitation senior confirmed before Christmas

| Christina Capecchi | December 14, 2017 | 1 Comment

“All I wanted to do was further cultivate my relationship with my Creator,” Julia Carlone wrote in a reflection. “Suddenly I had a solution: confirmation.” 

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