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Confirmation for developmentally disabledFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. Our son, age 24, has severe cognitive delays. Would he be able to be confirmed? What level of understanding is required? (New Philadelphia, Ohio) A. Your son would certainly be able to be confirmed, ...

Parish finance reporting Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I belong to a Catholic community in Florida that has been in existence for 32 years. For all that time, we have had only one pastor. The problem is that we have never seen a parish financial report, ...

Are deceased aware of those on earth?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. As a longtime practicing Catholic, I would like to know whether the Church has a position on whether those who are now in heaven can observe, and are aware of, how we are living our lives here on earth. ...

Divorced and extraordinary minister Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. Can a divorced person serve as a Eucharistic minister, or do you need to get your marriage annulled first? I have no intention of remarrying, nor am I living with a partner or having a sexual relationship ...

Going to Mass in pain?Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. In a few weeks I will turn 65 years old. I have arthritis in most of my joints; in the early spring, when it's rainy and damp, the arthritic pain can be unbearable. Is it a sin to miss Sunday Mass, ...

My daughter and holy Communion Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. My daughter went away to college last year and now chooses not to attend Mass -- although there is a Catholic parish just a couple of miles from her school. When she comes home (every few months), ...

Earbuds at MassFather Kenneth Doyle

Q. My wife and I are traditional Latin-rite Catholics who moved to central Virginia from an area that had numerous Catholic churches, where Masses with dignified, traditional music could always be found. ...

Bell at consecration? Father Kenneth Doyle

Q. I was in a liturgy committee meeting at my parish, and I suggested that we have the altar server ring the bell at the consecration during the Mass on Easter Sunday. (We don't normally use altar bells ...