Appointments | April 20 Update

Appointments | April 20 Update

Diocese of Green Bay announces changes in the assignments at several parishes

By Tony Staley

 

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Shipping Container Project

Shipping Container Project

We need your help to fill and ship needed supplies to Haiti and Dominican Republic

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Catholic Charities Gala

Catholic Charities Gala

Join Bishop Ricken and Fr Rocky May 17 for the 5th annual Catholic Charities Gala

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150th Jubilee: 1868 - 2018

150th Jubilee: 1868 - 2018

Bishop Ricken asks you to join him at one of 12 liturgies celebrating our 150th Jubilee

By Tony Staley

The Diocese of Green Bay is excited to celebrate its 150th Jubilee Year in 2018, celebrating the past and looking…

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150th Jubilee Film

150th Jubilee Film

Watch the Diocese of Green Bay's150th Jubilee Film here on our website right now!

By Tony Staley

  Thank You! If you just finished watching the LIVE broadcast of our 150th Jubilee Film on WFRV Local 5,…

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Disciples on the Way

Disciples on the Way

New Parish Eucharistic Holy Hour Guides, March - April - May 2018, Now Available

By Tony Staley

  Teach My People to Pray Quarterly Resources Eucharistic Holy Hour Services Guide for Parishes: Published Quarterly NEW! | December…

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Disciple Formation Resources

Disciple Formation Resources

Find in one convenient place the resources needed to form disciples in your community

By Tony Staley

Discipleship Formation Seminar Resources Handouts 1. Bishop David L. Ricken's Discipleson the Way Overview | English Download Document 1. Obispo…

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Our Seminarians

Our Seminarians

Meet and get to know the young men preparing to serve our diocese as priests

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Catholic Media Conference

Catholic Media Conference

Learn skills parishes and schools can use every day to communicate more effectively

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Bishop's Appeal 2018

Bishop's Appeal 2018

Please help support the ministries and services of the Diocese of Green Bay

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Catholicism 101

Basic information about Catholics

Ever wonder why we Catholics do the things we do? Find out here.

Confused about some of the practices and beliefs of the Catholic faith? You’re not alone. Here is a brief overview of some of the most commonly asked questions about Catholicism.

Who is Jesus Christ?

He is God the Son, the Second Person of the Trinity. He is God for all eternity. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary, without ceasing to be God. Jesus Christ is true God and true man. For our salvation, he was crucified, died, and was buried. He rose again on the third day. The name "Jesus" means "God saves." The title "Christ" means "anointed one."


What is Communion?

Communion (or Eucharist) is the centerpiece of the Catholic Mass. The first Communion rite was at the Last Supper when Jesus told His disciples to continue doing this "in memory of me" until He returns. Catholics believe that during the Eucharistic prayers the host becomes the body of Christ and the wine becomes the blood of Christ; this transformation is called "transubstantiation." When Catholics receive Communion they receive Christ, who unites us to himself so that by sharing in his Body and Blood we form a single body. The word Eucharist means thanksgiving.


What is the Mass?

The Catholic Mass -- also known as the Eucharist and the Eucharistic liturgy -- was first celebrated at the Last Supper. The Mass is a memorial of Christ's suffering and death (by which He saved us from our sins) and His resurrection. At the Mass, Catholics:
  • pray for forgiveness of their sins
  • hear Bible passages and a reflection on what those readings mean
  • pray for others
  • witness the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Christ
  • receive Christ in Communion
  • are sent forth to continue the work of Jesus in their daily lives.
When Catholics celebrate the Eucharist they are gathered at both the altar of Christ's sacrifice and the table of the Lord. The Eucharist is both the source and summit of the Christian life.

 

What is a Sacrament?

Sacraments are outward signs of grace instituted by Christ to give us a share in God's own life and make us holy. Sacraments build up the Church and give worship to God. There are seven sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation and First Eucharist are Sacraments of Initiation. By Baptism we are born anew as adopted children of God. We are given a share of God's divine life, and all sins are forgiven. By Baptism we become members of the Church and are bonded to other Christians. Confirmation strengthens us in the Holy Spirit. In the Eucharist we receive the Body and Blood of Christ, the food of eternal life.

Penance (or Reconciliation) and the Anointing of the Sick are Sacraments of Healing. In Penance we receive forgiveness for our sins; the Anointing of the Sick strengthens the ill.

Holy Orders for ordained ministers (bishops, priests and deacons) and Marriage for a man and woman are Sacraments of Service to others.


Is God one person or three?

Catholics believe in the Trinity, or three persons in one God: Father, Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit. The Trinity is the central mystery of the Catholic faith. It is classified as a mystery, which means that it is beyond human understanding.


What are Saints?

Saints are people who lived a holy life and after their death enjoy eternal life with God in heaven. However, saints aren't perfect. Some saints, such as Sts. Paul, Augustine and Ignatius of Loyola, did not lead model lives before their conversions. Saints are role models for Catholics, but Catholics don't worship saints. Instead, Catholics ask the saints to intercede on their behalf.


Why is Mary so significant in the Catholic faith?

Mary is the virgin mother of God -- our redeemer, Jesus Christ. Her life serves as an example of complete faith and trust in God. Mary, as Jesus' mother, plays an important role in the story of human redemption. Contrary to popular opinion, Catholics do not pray to Mary as a god. Catholics believe that Mary works powerfully on our behalf in heaven.