Ask Father/Bishop

How should I use a prayer book?

Q: I recently attended a confirmation where you distributed prayer books to those being confirmed. Can you tell me more about the book? What’s the right way to use prewritten prayers in my daily prayer?

Why does the priest break the host?

Q: At Mass, why does the priest break the consecrated host, and why is it done so subtly? Surely there’s a meaning there, but if so, why is the congregation not engaged when it is broken?

Did Jesus intend to start a church?

Q: Where does the concept of a “church” arise among Jesus and the apostles? I don’t remember hearing about “churches” in Jewish history and I’m wondering if Jesus intended to start a new church or if his primary intention was to reform the Jewish faith.