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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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‘I Am Consumed with Guilt and Sorrow’

Q. I am feeling very guilty. I was driving my car and accidentally hit a man with my side mirror. I never saw him, and I don’t know if he stepped in front of me or not. The only reason I know he was hit was my side mirror flipped in, and I heard the snap. I immediately pulled over and asked the man if he was OK. 

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Could She Be Saved?

Q. If people are excommunicated from the Catholic Church, is there any way they can become un-excommunicated? I am wondering because my aunt was excommunicated from the Church back in the ’70s because she got divorced after she learned her husband was a high priest in a satanic church. I was shocked when I found out years ago that is why she started going to another church.

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Can We Sing the Our Father?

Why can’t we sing the Our Father at Mass? When I asked our parish organist, the response was that our parish was told not to do this.

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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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