The following are answers to some frequently asked questions.
Why is the tabernacle in the chapel rather than the church?
The current liturgical norms allow for the placement of the Blessed Sacrament in the main church. The guidelines also allow and encourage the tabernacle containing the Blessed Sacrament to be located in a separate chapel, very near the main church and visible to the people.
Why don't people genuflect in the new church?
What is appropriate to do as you enter the church?
Genuflection is done out of reverence to the real presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
What does a deacon do?
This question usually seeks to discover what a deacon can do that a priest can do, or conversely, what a deacon cannot do that a priest can do. The deacon may preach, proclaim the Gospel, baptize solemnly, witness marriages, conduct funerals and preside at Benediction and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament. He may also perform certain blessings and is an ordinary minister of the Eucharist. He may not celebrate Mass, hear confessions or administer the Sacrament of the Sick.
When defined in terms of functions, the deacon is permitted to perform certain liturgical functions by virtue of his ordination, but all such functions may be delegated to lay persons by the bishop in extraordinary situations.
The diaconate is a ministry of service. The authenticity of a deacon’s ministry is not judged by the extent of his liturgical functions or if he preaches at Mass. Rather, the authenticity of a deacon’s ministry is determined by his service to the parish community and the witness of his life and ministry.
What is Life Teen?
The Life Teen program is a comprehensive youth ministry program for teens in grades 9 - 12 with a strong focus on the Eucharist. Starting with a weekly Life Teen Mass, high school teens are placed in an environment where they have the opportunity to experience fully the greatest gift we have as the Church. This liturgy provides the cultural connection for the teens - allowing them to take ownership of their faith. They begin to develop a relationship with Jesus that is both real and personal. Immediately following the Mass, teens gather for the Life Night to learn about the Church and their faith in challenging ways.