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.

Parish Mission

The word “mission” has a variety of meanings as used by the Church, all of which stem from the apostolic commission given to the Apostles by Christ, and are concerned with the teaching role of the Church in its mission to all people. The parish mission, a so-called popular mission at the parish level, is […]


This is God’s attribute of knowing all things simply and absolutely. The doctrine of Providence implies omniscience, for God, in ruling and directing all things to His own glory, must know all things, even the most secret, and He must know them now rather than as a sequence. According to the Scriptures, the scope of […]


Derived from the Latin word for all-powerful, the term omnipotence refers to an attribute that is proper to the Divine Nature: God can bring into existence anything that is conceivable. Knowledge, will and power are one in God.  According to Christian Tradition, to ascribe omnipotence means that everything in the world was created by Him […]

Apostolic Nuncio

The Apostolic Nuncio in the United States is the diplomatic representative of the Holy See in Rome.  The Apostolic Nuncio has offices located in Washington, D.C. in Embassy Row. The current Apostolic Nuncio is Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who was named to the position by Pope Francis in April 2016. The Apostolic Nunciature to the U.S. […]

Old Testament

Testament comes from the Latin testamentum which means an agreement or last will.  When translated into the Greek diatheke and used in the Bible, it is often a synonym for “covenant.”  This is the sense in which the Old Testament (and the New Testament) are to be understood. The books of the Old Testament (the […]


The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is the communal process of spiritual and educational formation through which adults explore the Catholic Faith and become fully initiated members of the Roman Catholic Church. The process is all about conversion, communion and discipleship.  It is about growth and change taking place in our hearts and minds […]


What does it mean that Jesus Christ is present in the Eucharist under the appearances of bread and wine?  How does this happen? The real presence of the risen Christ in the Eucharist is an inexhaustible mystery that the Church can never fully explain in words.  We must remember that the triune God is the […]


The Mass is a ritual.  When we attend Mass, we are participants, not spectators.  The Mass was never intended as entertainment but rather a means that through the repetition of prayers, movements, and the changing of bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Christ, we are spiritually formed, inspired and consoled. The Mass […]

Attending Mass

The moral obligation to attend Mass has been Church law since the fourth century.  But rather than think of it as something we “have to do,” rather we should think of Mass as valuable time spent with our loving God and with others. When we go to Mass, we begin to see that we are […]


For hundreds of years, Catholics observed the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 15.   This teaching of Mary’s being taken bodily to Heaven after her death was in 1950 proclaimed a dogma of the Church, that is, the Assumption of Mary is one of the essential beliefs of the Catholic […]