Select segments from the show on The Catholic Channel - SiriusXM ch. 129

A listener named Bill asks, "Are we allowed to work on Sundays?" Father Dave explains that the Catechism states that the faithful are to refrain from work and any activity that hinder the worship owed to God. He points out that legitimate family needs do not make this possible sometimes, and in those cases, work is excusable. Original Air 3-07-17

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A caller named Julie asks, "Is anyone other than a priest allowed to preach a homily?" Father Dave explains that only ordained people: deacons, priests, or bishops, can preach a homily at Mass. He points out that homilies aren't the only type of preaching in the Catholic Church, and there are some situations in which a layperson can preach, like prayer services. However, this wouldn't be considered a homily. Original Air 2-07-18

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Christina shares that her nephew will soon be baptized, but she heard that baptisms should not be performed during Lent. She asks Father Dave if this is true, and if so, why. Father Dave explains that Lent is a time for Catholics to prepare for the baptismal waters of the Resurrection, therefore, baptisms are not usually performed during Lent, however it is usually up to the parish. He also points out that there are exceptions for emergencies. Original Air 01-04-18.

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It's the Lenten question Father Dave receives most often! "Do Sundays count during Lent?" A caller named Michelle shares that growing up, her mom told her Sundays were not included in her Lenten sacrifice. Father Dave explains that Sundays do, in fact, count. When we celebrate Sunday Mass during Lent, the Church still calls them Sundays in Lent. He also explains the Catholic definition of fasting, and that our Lenten sacrifices generally do not count as fasting. Original Air 2-07-18

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A caller named Jennifer asks, "How do I explain to my non-Catholic family members that Confession is important?" She explains that her son is preparing for his first Reconciliation, and she wants to describe to her family why we have this Sacrament. Father Dave explains that sin is communal and it affects everyone, so Confession is a way for us to hold ourselves accountable and receive God's mercy. Original Air 2-06-18

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A listener named Hope calls into the show and asks, "Why aren't there any Gospels by Peter if the Church was entrusted to him?" Father Dave explains that in Peter's time, many people were illiterate or couldn't write very well, and stories were primarily passed down orally. Only certain people in society were able to write. Father Dave points out that it is not certain that Peter was illiterate, but very likely. Original Air 09-06-17

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A caller named Mel asks Father Dave, "How Did the Rosary Begin?" Father Dave explains that St. Dominic had an apparition of Mary in the 13th century in which Mary gave him the Rosary. He also explains that before that, lay people wanted to pray like the monks in the monasteries, but many people were illiterate or could not afford the psalter that they prayed with, so they used a set of beads to pray repetitive prayers. Father Dave also points out that the Rosary we say today is greatly due to St. Dominic. Original Air 1-03-18

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A listener named Sherri asks Father Dave, "What happens to children if parents get an annulment?" Father Dave explains that an annulment declares that not all of the elements considered for a valid Sacrament were in place. He also tells Sherri that illegitimate means unlawful, and it is usually a term used in civil society. The Church does not insist that we act like the children don't exist. The Church still views the children as children of God. Original Air 1-29-18

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A caller named Leah asks for Fatherly Advice. She shares that she is having a difficult time accepting her daughter's religious vocation because she won't see her as often when she's a nun. Father Dave encourages her to speak to parents who have had similar experiences, and to be honest with her daughter about how she feels. Original Air 1-16-18

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A listener named Maria shares that she feels her prayer life is at a standstill. She asks Father Dave for advice on how to grow deeper in her relationship with Christ. Father Dave encourages her to keep praying and to add something new into her routine, like volunteer work. He also points out that just because we get bored or don't always feel close to God, it doesn't mean that God isn't near. Original Air 1-23-18

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