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Thanking high donorsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. In my parish, there is an appreciation dinner every year for high-end donors, by invitation only. (I would estimate that anywhere from 5 to 7 percent of parishioners attend.) But among the invitees ...

Distractions during prayer Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I have heard that it is sinful to let oneself be distracted in prayer. This makes sense to me as regards prayers that are obligatory: e.g., Sunday Mass, the Divine Office for priests and religious, ...

Shopping on Sunday?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Genesis 2:3 says that, after creating the universe, God "rested from all the work he had done." Since the church has always viewed the seventh day (Sunday) as holy, a day of rest and worship, is it ...

At Mass if you're in confessional? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Growing up Catholic, I was taught that in order to fulfill your Sunday obligation, you were required to be present for three parts of the Mass -- the Gospel, the offertory and Communion. Our parish ...

Catholics and the FreemasonsFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Recently, a friend asked me what the difference was between the Knights of Columbus and the Masons, and I didn't really know what to tell her. I've read about the good works done by each of these organizations, ...

Is lying always sinful? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a caregiver for my elderly mother and also for another woman, who is 95. My goal in life, at this point, is to help my mother to be happy. (She was severely abused by my father, who later committed ...

Cremation and burial at seaFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am a lifelong Catholic and served 28 years in the Navy. As a junior officer, I saw the ashes or bodies of deceased sailors buried at sea; I decided at the time that this is what I want done with ...

Another view on 'football priest' Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I am disturbed by a question you printed from an anonymous person requesting your thoughts on a retired priest who talks about the local sports team and concludes the liturgy with the words, "The Mass ...