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Ask a Franciscan: A Lector’s Challenge

I have been a lector for many years. Although I had some training as an actor, I have tried not to be too emotive when I proclaim the readings. Until recently, pastors and people in the parish have given very positive feedback. 

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Ask a Franciscan: Tridentine Masses, the Our Father, and Heaven

Father Pat McCloskey, OFM, answers questions about the Latin Mass, a line in the Our Father, and heaven.

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No Funeral Mass for a Cremated Person? 

What is the Church’s official stance on cremation?

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‘Is Lying Always a Sin?’

Is lying always a sin?

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Praying Quickly or Slowly? 

Does the speed of praying make a difference? 

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Giving a Saint’s Name at Baptism 

Is this required? Some Christians have first names that are not those of a saint or a variant on a saint’s name. 

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Preparing for the 2023 World Synod of Bishops

Can you recommend a book describing what Vatican II was all about? Something in plain English without interpretation by the author? 

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Do you have a question for Father Pat McCloskey, OFM? The author of St. Anthony Messenger’s popular “Ask a Franciscan” column is ready to answer your toughest questions!

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