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DEAR FATHER | Key to understanding need for music at Mass lies in concept of gradation

Father John Mayo

Is music required at Mass? Why can't we have a quiet Mass without the use of music? 

DEAR FATHER | Bells at Mass bring joyful noise to the Lord, focus attention on altar

Father John Mayo

When did bells start being used at Mass? What is the proper way of using bells at the consecration and other parts of the Mass?

DEAR FATHER | Just who are the "princes of the Church?"

Father John Mayo

I would like to know more about cardinals. Where does the name cardinal come from? Why do they wear red? How do I properly address a cardinal? 

In St. Louis, when we think of cardinals, we immediately think of the best team in Major League Baseball. A few might still think of the professional football team, the Big Red, even though they split to Arizona almost 30 years ago. Around here, our minds don't immediately go to the men known as "The Princes of the Church."

DEAR FATHER | Manner of cleaning sacred vessels speaks to reverence, respect for Eucharist

Father John Mayo

What is the recommended procedure for the cleansing of the vessels after Mass?

DEAR FATHER | No one but God knows the date of the end times

Father John Mayo

Both Catholics and non-Catholic websites are beginning to turn attention to 2017 as the beginning of the end times. The reasons behind this year getting attention are many:

• 2017 will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima. People who believe Mary's message wasn't heeded at Fatima or that there is more to be revealed in the secrets of Fatima believe this anniversary will be significant. This is reinforced by those who believe in the authenticity of Our Lady of Garabandal, though the Church has never formally recognized this apparition.

DEAR FATHER | Sequences act as complement to Alleluia at some Masses

What was the song we sang after the second reading and before the Alleluia on Pentecost? 

At the Liturgy of the Word on Easter and on Pentecost, we have had an additional hymn. On Easter, we sang the hymn, "Christians to the Paschal Victim," and on Pentecost, "Come Holy Spirit." But what are these extra hymns about?

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