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Extraordinary minister, annulment required?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a Catholic and single father of two. I was not married Catholic originally and was divorced 20 years ago. I am looking to marry a woman who was married in a Catholic ceremony and divorced 20 years ...

Candles and feast of Presentation Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. We just celebrated the feast of the Presentation of the Lord, but in our parish there was no blessing of candles. I am aware that in some other parishes, the faithful are permitted to bring their own ...

Can heaven be happy with some missing?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a "cradle Catholic" of 75 years, now homebound. We are taught that if one follows the teachings of the Church, is a good person and dies in the state of grace, then that person will go to heaven. ...

Chewing gum and holy Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. At a recent Mass I attended, I noticed a teenager seated near me who was chewing gum during the Mass. I was not overly alarmed because I have seen other people (of all ages) chew gum at Mass. But I ...

Catholic Church and Alpha movementFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. A number of Catholic parishes here in my archdiocese have hosted programs on the Alpha movement in Christianity. I have found conflicting guidance as to the legitimacy/orthodoxy of this movement. Can ...

End of Christmas season? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. At my previous parish, we said that the end of the Christmas season was the feast of the Epiphany (the three Wise Men). My current parish, though, says that the Christmas season concludes a week later ...

Is incense harmful to health?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Since it is now known that incense is medically harmful -- causing asthma, contact dermatitis and lung cancer -- why does the church continue to use it? I am severely asthmatic, and a fairly large ...

Priest and Mass in mortal sin Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. How can a priest in the state of mortal sin offer the holy sacrifice of the Mass and receive Communion? (Northampton, Pennsylvania) A. Generally speaking, a priest would not be permitted to celebrate ...