Votive Candle Question

Bulletin Q&A published 7-10-22: Why are there votive candles to light? The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines the adjective votive: “consisting of or expressing a vow, wish, or desire.” And so we have votive candles to light to express a prayer intention or in thanksgiving for a prayer that was answered. The light of the candle flame… Continue reading Votive Candle Question

Praying With Hands Extended

Bulletin Q&A published 7-3-22: If the orans pose is not allowed, why are there still some who do it? Do they not know any better? Maybe this should be explained why the faithful are not to use the orans pose during Mass. Since we are currently celebrating Mass Ad Orientem, that is with the priest… Continue reading Praying With Hands Extended

Burial of Cremains Question

Bulletin Q&A published 6-26-22: We are required to bury the dead. What about when someone is cremated? Is it okay to have the ashes in an urn in your house? What about the ash bracelets and lockets that funeral homes now offer? Canon Law states: “The Church earnestly recommends that the pious custom of burying… Continue reading Burial of Cremains Question

A Question on Genuflection

Bulletin Q&A published 6-19-22: A question on genuflecting came up in our catechism class. Can you explain genuflecting; when and on how many knees? The General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM) states: “A genuflection, made by bending the right knee to the ground, signifies adoration, and therefore it is reserved for the Most Blessed… Continue reading A Question on Genuflection


Homily, 6-20-22; Monday of the 12th Week in Ordinary Time: We are currently moving through Matthew’s Gospel in our weekday readings. Last Thursday’s gospel passage featured Jesus teaching the disciples the Our Father and then concluded: “If you forgive others their transgressions, your heavenly Father will forgive you. But if you do not forgive others,… Continue reading Quarrelsome

Matthew or St. Matthew

Bulletin Q&A published 6-12-22: Why does the second reading in the Missalette refer to the author as Saint Paul, and the gospel author as just Matthew or Luke? [This is an archived Q&A from my time as the deacon at Sacred Heart in Imlay City.] I never even noticed this fact until this question brought… Continue reading Matthew or St. Matthew

Holy See

Bulletin Q&A published 5-29-22 What is meant by the “Holy See”? Of course it is the Holy See, and not the Holy C, or the Holy Sea. The noun see comes from the Latin word sedes which means seat. A see is simply the seat of authority of a bishop over his diocese. The archdiocesan… Continue reading Holy See