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


 

When is it sinful to miss Mass?

All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass every Sunday and on Holydays of Obligation (or at the vigil Mass on the evening before). The celebration of Mass on the Lord’s Day fulfils the third commandment and is the heart of the Church’s life. At Mass we not only demonstrate our faithfulness to Christ and the…

Why does God not make all people come to him as he can do all things?

There are many aspects to this question. Of his own free will God created human beings in his own image. That means we too have free will (CCC 1701-1715). We were created to freely choose to love God (CCC 356-361). We respond in faith to the initiative of God who reveals himself (CCC 142-184).  If…

Do we still have to fast before Communion?

Yes. Whoever is to receive the Blessed Eucharist must abstain from all food and drink, with the exception of water and medicine, for an hour before receiving Holy Communion (not the beginning of Mass). The elderly, anyone suffering illness, and those who care for them are exempt from this requirement. As we are both body…

What is Limbo?

Limbo has never been an official teaching of the Church. Medieval theologians tried to explain what happened to infants who died without baptism. The Lord said that baptism is necessary for salvation, for heaven (John 3:5), but an infant could not be guilty of any personal sins. So they speculated  that these children would go…