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How Do We Teach Children – What is the Church’s stance on issues related to inclusion and acceptance of everyone v. the more strict law-abiding approach more often associated with Catholicism by the general public?

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin March 3, 2019)

The  Catholic Church has, historically, been among the most graciously inclusive of many, if not most, faith communities; we have an undeserved reputation for being overly strict, this due to misrepresentations and misconceptions that have given life to assumptions and expectations ... Read More »

How Do We Teach Children – The Church’s stance on cremation?

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin February 24, 2019)

Cremation was formerly forbidden by the Church because it was promoted years ago, especially in Europe, by groups who used cremation to argue against faith in the resurrection of the dead.  How could God possibly collect all those ashes and smoke ... Read More »

How Do We Teach Children – Why parishes have priests move from church to church?

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin February 17, 2019)

In the late 1970’s there began a practice of limiting priest’s terms of office – from then indefinite to terms of up to 6 years for associate pastors, and up to 12 years for pastors; having the present shortage of priests ... Read More »

How Do We Teach Children – How do I work to teach my kids how to address “non-believers?”

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin February 10, 2019)

Another challenging question!  “Non-believers” can be of a great variety; some may take this term to mean those of non-Christian faiths (Judaism, Islam, Hindu, etc.) but I am not sure that calling those who believe differently than we should be called ... Read More »

How Do We Teach Children – To foresee any future changes on how things currently are in the Catholic Church?

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin February 3, 2019)

(Examples: Will priests have the ability to marry?  Will our views change on birth control?) 

This question, asked by several parents, is challenging for several reasons.  First, we best teach our children through trustworthiness and reliability, presenting them many things that ... Read More »

How Do We Teach Children – “Why there are no nuns @ St. Peter’s Church?”

Posted by Kim Slizewski on 5/21/19

(As seen in the bulletin January 27, 2019)

While women religious used to serve as teachers in our school, that hasn’t been the case for a good number of years due to the decline in numbers of women religious along with advanced average ages.  However, we are blessed with ... Read More »

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