Ask a Priest We asked our Ukrainian Catholic community for questions they have around their faith and how it practically applies to our lives. These are the questions that were submitted and answered by our eparchial clergy! Welcoming You to Our Church Questions I was Muslim, but I’d Like to Find my Way Back to Jesus Christ. How Should I Do This? I am not sure about becoming a Catholic. What should I do about this? Can someone baptized Ukrainian Catholic receive communion if they were not confirmed? Can Ukrainian Catholic Marry Ukrainian Orthodox? 👉 How does a Roman Catholic officially become Ukrainian Catholic? 👉 I’m a Protestant and Would Like to Learn More About Catholicism, What Should I Do? 👉 Why be Ukrainian Catholic and not Ukrainian Orthodox? 👉 Is there an RCIA in the Ukrainian Church? If an adult wants to become Ukrainian Catholic, what is the process? 👉 Is it a sin to attend an Orthodox Church? 👉 How can we effectively evangelize in our Catholic tradition? 👉 How can a Roman Catholic begin to learn the traditional prayers of the Ukrainian Catholic Church? For example, the Jesus prayer. 👉 Can someone baptized Ukrainian Catholic receive communion if they were not confirmed? 👉 I was baptized in a Catholic Church as an infant. Do I have to become a Catholic? 👉 If My Father is Catholic and My Mother is Not, Would I be Considered Catholic? 👉 Can Roman Catholic Children Receive Holy Communion at a Ukrainian Catholic Church? Morals/Ethical Questions Why does God make some peoples’ lives harder than others? Why would he make someone a drug addict for example? Why is Same-Sex Marriage Not Allowed in the Catholic Church? Is Homosexuality Considered a Sin? With online school, if you look up answers for an online test, would this be a mortal sin/cheating? Should/Shouldn’t We Work on a Sunday? 👉 I Cheated More Than Being Academically Honest, What Should I Do? 👉 Did I invalidate my confession by giving the priest unnecessary background information? 👉 Are Adults Still Living at Home and Supported Financially by Their Parents Morally Obligated to Obey Them? 👉 What do I Have to Do For God to Forgive Me? 👉 Are Some Sins Like the One to be Married in Front of a Non-Catholic Minister Not Forgivable? 👉 What is a Mortal Sin/When is a Mortal Sin Not a Mortal Sin 👉 Can Catholics Be a Fan of Character’s like Catwoman? 👉 Is it a sin if a practicing Ukrainian Catholic takes Holy Communion at an Orthodox Divine Liturgy? 👉 Is it right for students to use testbank? Other Questions What is the Catholic Doctrine Concerning Mediums/Spiritists? I would like to apply to a Ukrainian Catholic seminary, but I am not Ukrainian. Will this prohibit me from applying? What are some practical ways we can allow young children to start praying? Can Catholics Be a Fan of Character’s like Catwoman? 👉 Is it possible to not feel God’s presence/grace even after confession? 👉 What prayers should I use to get through a bad day? 👉 Does the Eparchy keep ex-communication records? 👉 Why Does the Bishop Remove his Mitre? 👉 If someone argues that the Eastern Churches are not truly Catholic, how can we prove to them that the Eastern Churches are legitimate Catholic churches? 👉 Why are we seeing orthodox crosses on Ukrainian Greek Catholic churches and literature? Is the orthodox cross allowed to be used? 👉 Why catholic but Eastern Rite? How can two different churches be united? 👉 What is the difference between the Ukrainian Catholic Church and Ukrainian Orthodox Church? And the Roman Catholic Church? 👉 Why does the Western church do/has done more missionary activity than the East? 👉 I want to tithe 10% but if I did I wouldn’t be able to pay all my monthly bills. I trust God. How do I get over this? 👉 Did Jesus have a brother? 👉 Who gave the priest the power to forgive sins? 👉 Why does the Ukrainian Catholic Church not have daily Divine Liturgies? 👉 Are there different levels of heaven? 👉 In the Nativity Icon, what is the explanation for Our Lady facing away from the new-born Babe? 👉 Why did God Choose Mary to be Mother of God and Not Somebody Else? Tradition Questions What is the correct procedure for a proper Ukrainian Catholic burial? How do I start and keep a rule of prayer? What are we supposed to do regarding kneeling/standing during Weekday vs Sunday Divine Liturgies? When do you Bow in the Ukrainian Catholic Church? 👉 Can Ukrainian Catholic Priests Marry? 👉 Does the Ukrainian Catholic Church celebrate the feast of Saint Constantine and Saint Helena? 👉 Does the Ukrainian Catholic Church permit cremation of remains? 👉 Why is the celebration of the resurrection called Easter in the West, but Pascha in the East? 👉 Why does our Eparchy still practice “first Holy Communion”? 👉 Can you explain the Church Calendar year? It starts in September and ends in August, but why? 👉 Why does the West use unleavened bread, whereas the East use leavened? What came first? 👉 Is it appropriate to use praise & worship music in our Ukrainian Catholic tradition? 👉 Should You Have an Icon on Your East Wall in Your Home? 👉 Are Wednesdays and Fridays the Only Days Observed as Meatless?