Questions about Faith? Email the parish or write and drop them at the Presbytery. Each week a question will be answered in the newsletter.


 

Why should I be Confirmed?

Why should I be Confirmed? Baptism, the Eucharist and Confirmation together constitute the “sacraments of Christian initiation”. At Confirmation there is a special outpouring of the Holy Spirit, as was granted to the apostles on the day of Pentecost. This brings about an increase and deepening of baptismal grace, completing the process of Christian initiation…

Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

“Is any man sick among you? Let him send for the priests of the church, and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick man: and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he has any sins, they…

What is the Lamb of God?

In John’s gospel, Jesus comes to be baptised by St John the Baptist and  John sees him and says, ‘Behold the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world’ (Jn 1:29). The priest and people say exactly the same words at every Mass before Holy Communion. Lamb of God refers to two…

Why is the crucifix the symbol of our faith and not the Risen Christ?

The Crucified and Risen Christ are inseparable. At Mass we say: we proclaim your Death, O Lord, and profess your Resurrection, until you come again. These are just a few thoughts about our use of the Crucifix, and not exhaustive: 1. On the Cross the Lord Jesus shows us the  unconditional, passionate love he has…

Are only priests allowed to baptise?

The ordinary ministers of baptism are the bishop, priest and deacon. However, in cases of necessity, especially in danger of death, anyone, even a non-baptised person, can baptise. They must have the intention to do as the Church does; they must either immerse in water three times or pour water over the head three times;…