Church welcomes thousands at ‘mother of all vigils’

Archbishop Robert J. Carlson celebrated Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis. He baptized Lancer Li, a student from China studying at St. Louis University High School. Twenty-five SLUH students and faculty attended the service to support Li, whose family wasn’t able to be there to see him receive the sacraments.

WASHINGTON — During what the Roman Missal describes as the "mother of all vigils," the U.S. Catholic Church welcomed thousands of new Catholics at the Easter Vigil April 15 in churches big and small across the country.

About 60 of the nearly 200 dioceses in the United States reported numbers of catechumens and candidates entering the church in 2017 to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops in Washington. The Archdiocese of St. Louis reports numbers later in the year, after parishes submit statistics.

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?

Dear Father | ‘Proper disposition’ is necessary for receiving Communion

Father John Mayo

Q: I try to attend daily Mass, but because of my schedule I sometimes arrive late. How late is too late to receive Communion?

Cardinal outlines possible paths to Communion for divorced, remarried

VATICAN CITY -- The Catholic Church needs to find a way to offer healing, strength and salvation to Catholics whose marriages have failed, who are committed to making a new union work and who long to do so within the Church and with the grace of Communion, Cardinal Walter Kasper told the world's cardinals.

Dear Father | Receiving Communion focuses on quality of reception, not quantity

Father John Mayo

Q: How many times a day can I receive Communion?

POPE'S MESSAGE | Don't skip Sunday Mass; people need communion with God, Church

VATICAN CITY -- It's important to go to Mass every Sunday because that's where people receive Christ who saves, forgives and unites everyone to His Father, Church and each other, Pope Francis said.

It's also "important that children are well prepared for first Communion because ... after baptism and confirmation it is the first step toward belonging strongly, really strongly, to Jesus Christ," he said Feb. 5 at his weekly general audience.

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