Dear Father

DEAR FATHER | Veiled tabernacle evokes idea of mystery, wonder

Recently
in our parish, (the priest) put some curtains in the tabernacle. Now I
can’t see into the tabernacle when it is open. Why did he do that?

DEAR FATHER | Our Father doxology is rooted in Jewish tradition

When was the phrase, "For the Kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever" inserted into the Mass after the Our Father? 

Receiving Communion focuses on quality of reception, not quantity

The short answer is twice in one day. A fuller explanation, though, will uncover not only how often we can receive, but more simply how we should approach the Most Blessed Sacrament.

St. Paul instructs the Corinthians that before receiving Holy Communion, they should discern whether they're worthy to receive (1 Corinthians 11:27-29). The Church has interpreted this to mean an examination of conscience, ensuring that we haven't committed mortal (grave) sin since our last confession. If we have, we should first go to confession before going to Communion.

Dear Father | Pray for conversion of those who have not sought forgiveness

Father John Mayo

Do you have to forgive someone who has wronged you when they don’t seek your forgiveness?

DEAR FATHER | Professing faith in the Eucharist is the work of the entire Mass

Father John Mayo

In the creed, there is no mention of the Eucharist. If the Eucharist is so central to the Church, then why is it not mentioned?

DEAR FATHER | Scriptures reveal God's intention for use of grape wine at Mass

Father John Mayo

Why do we use grape wine at Mass? Does is make a difference if it is red or white? 

As spring approaches, we happily await berry season. While many of these berries will be eaten, some will be turned into different kinds of wine.

With so many wineries and individuals fermenting not only grapes but various fruits into wine, why does the Church exclusively use grape wine at Mass? Why not use another wine like cherry that looks more like human blood than red or white wine?

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