Holy Spirit Catholic Church | Lake Wales, FL

FAQ

How do I become Catholic?

If you are interested in becoming Catholic, please contact the church office. We offer several programs on becoming Catholic throughout the year. If you are interested please feel free to contact us.

How do I become baptized?

If you are interested in being baptized at Holy Spirit Catholic Church please contact the church office. 

Why should I go to confession?

According to Scripture, Matthew 16:19; 18:18, Jesus gave his disciples the authority to forgive sins in God’s name. Serving as God’s representative on earth the priest hears confessions of parishioners as a means of offering Christians the chance to anew. The Sacrament of Reconciliation provides people the chance to learn humility in receiving the grace of God with the knowledge that forgiveness has been granted in order to learn how to avoid sin with certainty. Some other key verses related to confession are: (Matthew 3:5-6, Acts 19:18, 1 John 1:9)

Amen, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. (Mt. 18:18 NAB)

Whose sins you forgive are forgiven them, and whose sins you retain are retained. (John 20:23 NAB)

Why do Catholics eat fish on Friday?

During Lent, Roman Catholics tend to abstain from eating meat on Friday’s with the notable exception of fish and by extension seafood. Traditionally speaking, the rationale behind for going meat, is that this small sacrifice is being made to remind Christians of the larger sacrifice of the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord. Fish has often been granted as an exception to the prohibition against eating meat on Friday during Lent because early Christians would often great each other by drawing a symbolic fish in the dirt so that each person could know the other one was a Christian. The Koine Greek word for fish was ἰχθύς (ICTHUS) which the early Christians read as an anagram for Jesus Christ, God’s Son, our Savior. Additionally Christ prepared fish for his disciples after his resurrection, which was particularly meaningful to the disciples because they were fisherman. Jesus told his disciples that they were to become “fishers of men” as a means of encouraging them to go out and tell the world the Good News/Gospel of our Lord. Few Catholics today keep the tradition of eating fish on Friday because for many it has lost its meaning especially because many people opted for more expensive seafoods like lobster, crabs, mussels, etc. The point of eating fish on Friday is to live sacrificially and simply while being reminded of the sacrifice made by Christ for us and that is truly the most important part of Lenten practice. For more information on why do Catholics eat Fish on Friday and other interesting stories about Catholics see: Why Do Catholics Eat Fish on Friday?, by Michael P. Foley; published by Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.

Do Catholics worship Mary?

No. Catholics venerate Mary because she is the mother of Jesus Christ. Veneration is not the same as adoration. Adoration is reserved only for the Holy Trinity. Catholics affirm that Mary is in an exalted place because she was chosen by God to be the Christ-bearer. Mary is still like any other human person because she too was saved by the mercy of God. The Roman Catholic Church affirms that Mary was preserved by God from experiencing the stain of original sin at the moment of her birth which is called Immaculate Conception. God choosing to become incarnate in the form of a human (John 1:1, 14) means that Christ had a special relationship with humanity and Mary was a critical part of this plan, which is why she is venerated but not adored.