Know Your Catholic Faith

Learn more about your Catholic faith in this weekly series written by Deacon Tom Schenk. If you would like a specific topic about the Catholic faith addressed, submit your question via email to with “Catholic Faith” included in the subject line.


Originally, this was the second feast in rank for the Jews, the celebration of thanksgiving for the harvest and the ending of Passover time.  Later it was also to become a celebration of the giving of the law to Moses at Sinai. In Christian recognition, Pentecost is the feast celebrated fifty days after Easter or […]


The Ascension of the Lord was the going up into heaven of Christ by His own power, in the presence of the Apostles, the Blessed Mother and His disciples, forty days after His resurrection. St. Thomas Aquinas asserts He ascended by the virtue proper to Him as God, and by that which belongs to a […]

Imitation of Christ

The Imitation of Christ is the title of a devotional book of personal directions for the practice of the virtues found in the life of Christ; it is a collection of maxims and prayers urging one to pattern his or her life after that of Christ. It was first published early in the fourteen century […]


The first day of the week, sometimes called the eight day of the week, also called the “Lord’s Day,” is set aside for public worship.  This was true in the early Church under the Apostles who recognized that the Christian mystery supplanted that of the Old Law, the Sabbath. On this day, Catholics are obliged […]

Easter Season

Following the great solemnity of Easter there is in the Church calendar a period of time when the celebration of the Eucharist and the cycle of readings recall the event of Christ’s Resurrection. The fifty days from Easter Sunday to Pentecost are celebrated as one feast day, sometimes called “the great Sunday.”  The singing of […]


The Church has published a plenary indulgence for people who are sick with the coronavirus COVID-19, and anyone caring for people who are sick with the coronavirus COVID-19, and people who are quarantined because of the coronavirus COVID-19. The conditions for receiving the plenary indulgence are: a spirit of detachment from any sin (like saying […]

Spiritual Communion

During this time of fasting from the Eucharist at Holy Mass, we can still reach out to Him by making a Spiritual Communion in prayer!  The prayer below can be said at anytime, anywhere and as often as we like to bring oneself into spiritual union with Christ. My Jesus, I believe that you are […]

Fasting From The Eucharist

Not being able to receive Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament will be distressing for some, especially those accustomed to receiving him every day. Recalling of church history may prove helpful.  Though (thanks be to God) we live in an age where all are used to the frequent, uninterrupted reception of Holy Communion, that hasn’t always […]

Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday occurs as the Sunday feast before Easter.  This day is also called Passion Sunday. On this Sunday palm leaves are blessed and carried in a procession that follows the blessing ceremony.  The liturgy recalls the entry of Christ into Jerusalem to accomplish his Paschal Mystery. The Gospel for the day’s liturgy is the […]

Stations of the Cross

For Roman Catholics throughout the world, the Stations of the Cross are synonymous with Lent, Holy Week and, especially, Good Friday. The Stations of the Cross began as the practice of pious pilgrims to Jerusalem who would retrace the final journey of Jesus Christ to Calvary. Later, for the many who wanted to pass along […]