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Items we use in church during Mass.

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 7/07/17

This month we are going to review some of the items used in church during the Mass. Holy Water Font - This font contains Holy Water. We bless ourselves, “In the name of the Father, and the Son and the Holy Spirit.” When we enter and leave church, the ... Read More »

Basic Lenten Regulations

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 2/24/17

Fasting: On Ash Wednesday and Good Friday those who are 18 years old and not yet 60 are allowed only one full meal. Abstinence From Meat: Those who are 14 years of age or older are to abstain from meat on Ash Wednesday and all other Fridays of Lent.

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Why do the Priest and Deacon kiss the altar at the beginning and end of Mass?

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 4/06/16

A: The altar is a table of sacrifice. It is the place, of course, where the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus. As a result, we see a few things happen during Mass. First, the procession will bow when it arrives in the sanctuary to ... Read More »

When We bow before the altar

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 2/26/16

Why Do We Do This?When we bow before the altar it is called reverencing the altar. We do this to show reverence for Jesus because the altar represents Jesus. The altar is also the tableupon which the sacramental banquet takes place it is on the altar through the presiding ... Read More »

Why Don’t We Sing the Alleluia During Lent?

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 2/12/16

During the liturgical year the Catholic Church makes some changes in the Mass to reflect the liturgical season. The most visible is the change in colors, but there are others as well, such as during the season of Lent we do not sing the Alleluia. Alleluia means “praise God” ... Read More »

Why is Mass Always the Same?

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 1/27/16

As the Youth Minister, or just as a Catholic, I get this question all the time. And my first answer is, it’s not. If you pay close attention, there are lots of things in the Mass that change from week to week (or day to day!) The songs are ... Read More »

Why Does the Church Baptize Infants?

Posted by Amy Jo Schmit on 12/17/15

The New Testament makes no direct reference to the baptism of infants. While there are references to the baptism of entire households, the early Church heavily debated the appropriateness of infant baptism. Some argued that extended teaching and participation in the community was required before a new member was ... Read More »