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Why  do priests wear a  Roman collar?

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/13/21

 The practice of priests wearing the Roman collar developed in the mid-nineteenth century as an alternative to wearing the cassock which in some places was seen as impractical or which was even outlawed by anti-Catholic legislation. Since its introduction, it has taken different forms, and if you visit different ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday What’s with that dirt on your head?

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 2/13/21

What’s with that dirt on your head?  Who hasn’t gotten that question on Ash Wednesday before? Do you feel silly when people ask you about your ashes? And is it hard to answer their questions? Having ashes on your forehead isn’t just some weird Catholic thing: it’s a tradition ... Read More »

Do we really need to be face-to-face to confess our sins?

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 2/13/21

Question: In today’s digital world, do we really need to be face-to-face with a priest to confess our sins? Would Facetime or Zoom ever be allowed? Answer: The question of whether or not Catholics can celebrate the Sacrament of Reconciliation virtually (via social media, by phone, or in some other ... Read More »

Is it ever Ok to leave Mass before it ends?

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 2/06/21

Question:Is it ever Ok to leave Mass before it ends?Answer:

This is an interesting question because beneath the surface there seems to be an assumption that if it’s okay, then why do we have to stay after we receive communion? The short answer is “no,” but we definitely want ... Read More »

Forgiven

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 9/12/20

Listening to the parable about an Unforgiving Servant, we usually assume the servant to be so self-obsessed, so narrowly focused on his well-being, that he just didn't notice the hypocrisy. He may have also considered the King a senile fool, too kind for his own good.  Certainly, there’s not ... Read More »

He Has Risen in Secret

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 4/11/20

This year’s Lent turned out to be different. The whole world, country after country, continent after continent descended into darkness that was unthinkable even a couple months ago. It’s a darkness of fear, of disease, of death, of uncertainty, of loneliness like we have never known before, of unemployment, ... Read More »

Communion and Community

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/20/20

12 years ago I was an active youth leader in my parish. With our Salesian priests, we would provide The vacation with God, or daily church camps, not just for the children of our parish (Ukrainian equivalent of mostly urban and suburban kids) but for different parishes across the ... Read More »

Spiritual Communion

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/19/20

In these days we are being called to practice Spiritual Communion, as physical participation in the Liturgy is sadly impossible for most of us. But what does it mean? Is it a new idea that the Church  has come up with  just now? 

Not at all! Spiritual communion has ... Read More »

What are the “Scrutinies”? 

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/11/20

These very special rites are celebrated on the middle three Sundays of Lent, at liturgies where the Elect are present.  The Elect are those in our midst who are preparing for Baptism.  Part of their journey to the font is that they have been received among us, the Rite ... Read More »

When you have nothing to give…

Posted by Mrs Oksana Zagorodniuk on 3/04/20

This is a new blog in which we, the office staff, would like to share some of our thoughts and meditations. We welcome your feedback, questions and comments! 

Today`s post is by our receptionist, Oksana

I am a new mom. This is simultaneously the happiest and the most difficult ... Read More »