- Aug 12, 2020
The vigil Mass on Saturday evening is not a “two-for-one” Mass for both days.
Over ten years after transferring the celebration of Epiphany and the Ascension to the nearest Sunday, the bishops of England and Wales have decided to restore them to their traditional dates. The Vatican has confirmed the decision.
The belief in the Assumption of Mary was a widely-held tradition, and a frequent meditation in the writings of saints throughout the centuries. However it was not defined officially until the past century. In 1950, Pope Pius XII made an infallible, ex-cathedra statement in the Apostolic Constitution Munificentissimus Deus officially defining the dogma of the Assumption.
The Church raises certain feast days to the status of a solemnity, meaning a high feast day, to teach the believer that certain events and truths are central to the Christian way of life — and figuring out which days are actually obligatory shouldn’t be like hop, skip and jump.
Q. At Mass recently, I was stunned by a statement made by the deacon who was giving the homily. That has made me wonder whether deacons have sole independence when preparing remarks, or if the priest exercises oversight. (City of origin withheld) A. On the parish level, the pastor has
I work at a plant alongside several Pakistani employees who are Muslim. Our personnel department has recently changed our breaks around to accommodate their daily prayer schedule and Ramadan, when they are fasting. Now, we actually have an extra 10-minute break per shift, so most of us are supportive. But