Dear Father

DEAR FATHER | Black, grey distinguish difference between priests, deacons

Father John Mayo

Why do priests where black and deacons wear gray? When may they wear other colors? 

DEAR FATHER | Realizing the depth of God's mercy can challenge us in our view of mercy

Father John Mayo

Recently, Pope Francis extended to priests worldwide the faculty to absolve the sin of abortion for the Year of Mercy. While the St. Louis Review and parish priests have done an excellent job in explaining the meaning and significance of the announcement, it has raised another question in people's minds: Are there sins for which people can't be forgiven? For example, does God forgive a murderer? Or how about a rapist? How far does God's mercy extend?

DEAR FATHER | Communion options are available for people with gluten sensitivity

Father John Mayo

How can a parish community offer Holy Communion to those who have a sensitivity to gluten? 

Gluten is the general name for proteins found in wheat, rye and barley products. It's literally the glue which helps food to hold its shape and consistency.

In recent years, medical science has accepted a condition known as Celiac disease. This disease causes the lining of the small intestine to be damaged when a person eats a food with gluten in it. There's no known cure, except to exclude gluten from one's diet once diagnosed with the disease.

DEAR FATHER | When a priest is unavailable to give Anointing of the Sick

Father John Mayo

Recently, a relative of mine died without the last rites, because a priest could not be found before they died. Why could we not find a priest in our hour of need? 

DEAR FATHER | Reasons vary for pattern in distributing Communion under one or both species

Father John Mayo

Why is the Precious Blood offered at some Masses but not others? 

DEAR FATHER | When a priest is on vacation, he doesn't take a break from vocation

Father John Mayo

Do priests and bishops celebrate Mass while they are away from their assignments? If so, how? 

In the seminary, we had a phrase to not take a vacation from vocation. This means that even while we were away from the seminary, or as priests from our assignments, that we were still to strive for holiness through how we conducted ourselves and by taking time for prayer.

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