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1/11/13 7:59 P

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Good questions about Ash Wednesday!

Usually, if I remember correctly (I know it's only been a year for me, but you know, peri-menopausal brain emoticon ), the Mass is pretty much the same as always, with the addition of the imposition of the ashes. After the priest's homily, there is the ashes, everyone files up as if for Communion, to receive them. Then, the priest/deacons/etc. wash their hands (thumb), and the Mass continues.

(with info from Catholic Answers Forum)

We don't have to say anything when we receive them.

A collection would depend on the Parish. I always go with the school kids where I work, so we don't have one.

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1/8/13 7:05 P

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was in touch with ST James Parrish and they are having a missal at the desk for me to pick up free of charge and I will be seeing them on Thursday for further information to get back on track at church. So far I am amazed at how my days have been going since I have been back at mass and reading the Bible again

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1/7/13 7:57 A

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Good question Marrbo I haven't gone for confession yet in order ot take communion in part is I don't remember what you say when you take communion I thought Ash Wednesday was done during a mass. I will be trying ot speak with some at church on Thursday to get my questions answered.

Last time I was at a mass was back in 1997 I think for Easter service and only went because I was visiting family who attended mass then before that was for Faith baptism she's my goddaughter Faith is now 23 years old

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1/7/13 7:24 A

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I've been back for a year now. Still learning...... Coming up is Ash Wednesday. I haven't received Ashes in over 40 years. I'm already having anxiety.....
At what point during Mass do we receive the Ashes? Is there even a Mass. Do we say anything when receiving Ashes like we do Communion? Is there Communion? Is there a Collection? I only remember actually getting the Ashes..... just that one little part...



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1/1/13 7:17 P

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Oh I agree my parents allowed us to make own own minds up once we became a teenager

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12/30/12 9:57 P

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That's so sad that she was forced to be baptized. Especially at that age - she should have had a choice. That's the age many are Confirmed, and should freely choose it.

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12/30/12 6:13 P

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CJ yes it is okay to put mom on your prayer list

Leslie my mom was made to be baptized at 14 years old in the catholic church she started life a a Methodist I have gone to other churches (religion ) and yes they did need our address but would stop in time to time if they were in the area to say hello I don't have problem with people dropping in on me and my family from which ever church I am attending. I think its nice that they do from time to time a lot of the other religions have missionaries.

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12/30/12 5:39 P

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Oh dear. What a shame. My mother and I don't always see eye to eye on a lot of things. She is not Catholic (she's Anglican), but I know she is grateful that I am a practising Christian, and that my children are baptized. I think it saddens her to know that others in the family do not profess any faith at all. (as it does me)

I will add your mother to our prayer list, if that's all right?

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12/30/12 5:22 P

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I'm sorry your mother feels that way. Nobody from my church has ever just showed up - I don't think anyone would without an invitation, and they would need your address anyway.
Isn't/wasn't your mother Catholic too? It's a shame you feel you have to go to church 'on the sly'.
Yes, reconciliation is confession.

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Sacrament of reconciliation is going to confession right? Made it to mass this morning before I did anything though I have ot do it on the sly as it really upset my mother if I go to any church she knew I went for Christmas service and well it wasn't a pretty sight in the home. She told her brothers I was going back and of course they where happy not here though she afraid if I go to church there will be people from church stopping by the house and that infringes on her Its a long complicated story

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Good ideas, Leslie!

I would add making that appointment to see the priest, and asking about having the sacrament of reconciliation as well. You will feel like a new person!

Once you're able to receive the sacraments again - wow! There'll be no stopping ya!

cj

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12/29/12 5:54 P

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Thanks Leslie for the suggestions I will do that visit all of the local churches then get an appointment to speak with one of the priest Wow I remember the Missal

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12/29/12 5:34 P

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emoticon back!
Since you have four churches to choose from, why not visit each of them to see which is the best 'fit' for you.
See if you can get a Missal so you can read about how Mass goes now.
Another thing you could do is make an appointment with one of the priests to discuss your faith journey.
I wish you the very best!

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Thanks Dee

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Hello Linda and welcome back to your faith ..

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Thank you for the warm welcome Yes my grand mother always said once a Catholic always a Catholic I have always been spiritual but I left the church for non denominational church but even with some of my differences I do feel I can fit back into the Roman Catholic church I really enjoyed the Christmas service I am glad I started a head of schedule Now the trick to find out which one I should be on record as there are 4 Catholic churches within 10 mile radius of my home Yup all the same distance away from the house so I am very confused.

Thanks again for the welcome and I will fire away the questions when I get confused. emoticon

I really am excited ot start this part of my journey

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12/28/12 8:00 P

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Welcome home, Linda.

I agree with the other members who have posted: heaven is surely rejoicing at your return! I am so glad you have found our team as well.

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask. If we don't know the answer, we will surely find out for you.

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Welcome Linda! I'm so glad you found us! You will find the members of this team really support each other, both in our health and fitness goals AND our spiritual life. Have you read about some of our prayer teams and challenges? Join us in one or more of them.

I am a new-ish Catholic, having been confirmed in 2008. Coming back to the Church is the BEST thing you could ever do, Linda! I will be praying for you to know the Love of the Father and of the Blessed Mother each day.


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emoticon Linda! emoticon You're in the right place.

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What a wonderful way to start 2013!
May you feel Our Lord put His loving arms around you and Welcome you back, as I'm sure He does!I
I learned many years ago after being absent for a period," once a Catholic, always a Catholic", is soo true.
When my father passed, I realized that human sympathy does not suffice, you must have prayer and the consolation of Our Lord..
What a Christmas joy in the heavens there must be to recognize your face again!
God Bless You in 2013!
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Hi Linda and Welcome emoticon
There have been a lot of changes even in the past year or so ... so if you feel a little lost, you are probably in good company :-) Think about joining a committee or a group there at your church.

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Hi my name is Linda I haven't been a practicing catholic in decades and now I am trying ot go back home to the catholic faith. I went to Christmas Service and boy oh boy were there many changes I was completely lost. Altar girls now deacons Any way thought this would be a great team to get me back on the road to my birth faith.

A little more about me I have been with SP this time since 2009 I am in my goal range now trying ot firm up the jiggle that I have My heaviest was 208 now I between 142 to 147 I'm 52 single and live in Florida

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