Browsing the 2021 archive of Our thoughts to share

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 »