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.


“As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace” (1 Pt 4:10). What is stewardship and what identifies a steward?  The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops say that safeguarding material and human resources and using them responsibly are one answer; so is generous […]


In the simplest terms, vocation means a call.  So, in general terms, a vocation is what God calls us to do with our life. Everybody is called by God to know, love and serve him.  The difference is how each one does this.  Individual vocations vary between being single, married, consecrated, religious or holy orders, […]

Items Used At Mass

Book of the Gospel—contains only the Gospel readings; used on solemn occasions and is carried by the deacon, or in his absence, the reader. Chalice (CHAL-is)—the large cup used to hold the wine that becomes the Blood of Christ. Ciborium (si-BORE-ee-um) —a vessel used to hold the Hosts which will be used for communion; some […]


Concupiscence is the human inclination to prefer that which is sinful to that which is holy.  We have this defect because of the fall of Adam and Eve. The impulse to sin is not a sin in itself, and when we resist the impulse to sin, we build up the virtues. Etymologically, “concupiscence” can refer […]

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 […]