Question of Faith

Fr. Damian Ference and Mike Hayes

A weekly question of faith answered by Cleveland Catholics. Fr. Damian Ference, Vicar of Evangelization and Mike Hayes Director of Young Adult Ministry in the Diocese of Cleveland co-host with frequent guests from the Diocesan Office who join in the conversation.

Should We Still Have Empty Holy Water Fonts?
Jul 26 2022
Should We Still Have Empty Holy Water Fonts?
Brooke Uhelein joins us for this week's cast.1:00:   Mike's story of an old parish where they had a liturgical practice that was not good.2:00:  Ash Wednesday...our story continues.3:00:  Brooke disinfected everything!3:30:  How to keep the fonts free from diseases that are water based.4:16: Flowing water is safe for the fonts.4:40:  Should we re-fill the fonts now that things are safer?5:08: Aqua-nascent is a cool name of an indie band.5:40:  Prudence is a virtue. 7:20:  Maybe YOU can help clean the fonts in your parish.7:45:  Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine in Euclid, OH.8:17: Book Recommendation for kids:   Dont Drink the Holy Water, by Fr. Joe Kempf9:15:  Movie recommendation:  Song of Bernadette9:50:  Brooke's three question ritual and her collection of Holy Water bottles.10:30:  Can I have my own Holy Water bottle instead?11:10:  Timothy O'Malley's books: Becoming  Eucharistic People and Real Presence: What Does it Mean and Why Does It Matter?11:45:  Sacramentals are important! 13:14: USCCB Eucharistic Revival Resources:  What is the Significance and Proper Useage of Holy Water?15:38: Fabulous Flub in Liturgy.17:00  Fr. D's first assignment.17:30:  Church Search: Ss. Robert and William in Euclid, OH.  Mike Cox is their super cool youth minister and amazing musician.18:44:  Free Bluegrass concert THE HILLBILLY Thomists!  August 4, 2022 at 7PM at St. Wendelin Parish.19:34:  Becoming Fire, at the CPL19:50:  Readings for this week can be found here.
Roe v. Wade Is Overturned....Now What?
Jun 28 2022
Roe v. Wade Is Overturned....Now What?
Mary von Carlowicz joins us for this week as we review what the Diocese of Cleveland has planned now that Roe v. Wade is overturned.You can find a number of resources for pregnancy assistance at this link on the Office for Human Life's Diocesan Website.   We'd also like to call attention to these resources below:Homes for Pregnant MothersZelie's HomePhone: 440-886-2620 or 216-282-8053Laura's Home - Cleveland (West)Phone: 216-472-5500Hannah's Home - MentorPhonje: 440-209-9615In an Abusive RelationshipJourney Center for Safety and HealingPhone: 216-391-4357 (HELP)Financial Assistance for those who are pregnant.ProLove MinistriesPhone: 888-550-1588 (call or text)Pregnancy Centers throughout the Diocese of ClevelandAlternatermPhone: 216-371-4848Monday -Thursday 9am-5pm14077 Cedar Road, Suite 100, South EuclidServices: Pregnancy tests, ultrasounds, post-abortive counseling, fatherhood counseling, and community referrals for medical, housing, material assistance, or legal needs.Cleveland Pregnancy CenterPhone: 216-631-0964Monday-Wednesday 9am-4:30pm, Thursday 9am-5pm3924 Lorain Avenue, ClevelandServices: Baby supplies, life coaching, life skills classes for pregnancy and motherhood, life development, CPR training, post-abortive support and counseling, and fatherhood counseling for men.Cornerstone Pregnancy ServicesPhone: 440-284-1010364 Griswold Rd., ElyriaFaith, Wellness & Pregnancy CenterPhone: 216-881-8816Open Saturdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.2355 East 55th Street, ClevelandHealth for HerPhone: 216-371-484814077 Cedar Rd., Suite 100, South EuclidLilli Women's CenterPhone: 216-650-6133Thursdays 1pm-5pm3920 Lorain Avenue, ClevelandServices: Pregnancy testing, assistance with adoption agency placement, ultrasound, abortion education.Oaks Family Care CenterPhone: 330-220-77774196 Center Road (Rte 303), BrunswickOasis of HopePhone: 330-723-3600710 N. Court St., MedinaWomankindPhone: 216-662-5700Monday 9am-7pm, Tuesday-Friday 9am-4pm5350 Transportation Blvd., Suite 18, Garfield HeightsZOE HousePhone: 216-465-903024/7 via phone – No published business hours5454 State Rd., Parma---More show notes:7:20:  Free Street Evangelization Training is available:  July 6 2p-5p St Emeric 1860 W. 22nd Street.Church search goes to St. Cyprian.This week's readings are found here.
Is it Catholic Culture to Engage with Cancel Culture?
May 31 2022
Is it Catholic Culture to Engage with Cancel Culture?
Miguel Chavez, Director of Missionary Discipleship joins the conversation on Cancel culture.(0:35) Miguel had recoved from Covid.(1:00 - 3:50)   We talk about our experience with understanding what Cancel Culture means.(3:50-5:25 ) References:   Pope Francis on Cancel Culture, the need for Dialogue, Dangers in Social Media. (5:25 -6:20) Thomas Aquinas on laying our arguments via dialogue.  (6:25- 7:25)   Fr. D talks about "Admonish the Sinner" vs. "Scapegoating."(7:25-7:40) Fr Mike Schmitz on Cancel Culture(7:40 -8:40)   Do I reject people whose ideas are contrary to mine or do I stay  in relationship?(8:45 - 13:20 )  Miguel and Mike point out the importance of listening and how many people have a mistaken notion of the synod.(13:20 -14:30)   Fr. D notes that when we listen we enter into the Paschal Mystery and learning from our mistakes and our experience of mercy.(14:30- 14:55) Miguel talks about accompanying others.  15:00 - 15:55  Forgiveness vs. Reconciliation16:00 - 16:55   Ariel Castro and Michelle Knight's forgiveness of him for kidnapping her.  Here's a youtube interview with Michelle.17:00 - 19:05 Mike's car accident and his forgiveness of a 10 second mistake.19:05 - 19:20   The Golden rule...how would you want to be treated?19:25 - 20:05   You can't give mercy if you haven't received it.20:05 - 21:25 Church Search goes to Blessed Trinity in Akron21:25-21:50 Readings for Pentecost can be found here and here's a lovely lyric video on the Pentecost Sequence.21:50- 23:00    Miguel offers his image of the Holy Spirit.
Is Talking with Jesus a Violation of "Stranger Danger" with Kids?
May 24 2022
Is Talking with Jesus a Violation of "Stranger Danger" with Kids?
Question comes from one of the participants in our Grandparent Workshop.Guest: Brooke Uehlein joins us from the Communications Dept. once again.0:25   Happy Anniversary, Brooke.0:40:  Latest trends:  Lemons?1:30:  Mike's not trendy, even his wife knows it.1:55:  So what's up with this week's question?2:30:  The Comforts of Friendship3:25:  Share the big Catholic celebrations with your kids/grandkids.4:00:  Qualifying question:  But what if I'm a grandparent and the parents don't introduce their kids to Jesus?4:30:   Brooke's nephew and the Crucifix.5:30:  A creative Christmas Card project that can be done all year from Brooke's friends.6:00:    |  | Home - Catholic All Year Three new candle designs for 2022 are available individually as PDFs, and one design is available as a professionally printed tissue paper sheet that will ship, and as a completed pillar candle that will ship out!Note: CAY Lent + Triduum + Easter mega boxes include one 2022 Paschal candle. catholicallyear.com6:55:  Celebrating Saint Days7:40:  Introducing things like Spy Wednesday and Holy Week to Children.8:00:  Fr. Damian discusses the liturgical year.8:30;  What are some theological questions around this topic?10:00:  Goal: Intorudce people to Jesus11:05:  Friendship is fun:  St. Patrick's Day13:50:   Using the Ignatian Examen:  Colloquoy14:30:   Seeing Mass like a date.15:05:  Relational vs. Transactional foci.15:30:  Use the pictures on the Missal.16:10:   Magnifikid:  Get a subscription here.17:40:   Holy Trinity Parish18:00:  Catholics use all their senses in prayer.18:50:  Role of Science in Faith19:00:  Frozen Spinoff:  Olaf's Frozen Adventure21:00:  Brooke's friend who stopped taking the Lord's name in vain.22:35:  Church Search: Our Lady Of Grace, Hinkley, OH24:00: Readings for Sunday can be found here.25:00 :  Send your questions:  mhayes@dioceseofcleveland.org25:25:   Rate and review our podcast so others can find us.
How Do You Approach Friends Who Have Had a Bad Experience with the Catholic Church?
May 19 2022
How Do You Approach Friends Who Have Had a Bad Experience with the Catholic Church?
Diocesan Archivist Emily Ahlin joins Mike and Fr. Damian for this week's discussion.   Emily was a Focus Missionary at Slippery Rock University in Pennsylvannia before coming to the Diocese of Cleveland.0:50:   Our ad for open positions in the diocese, featuring our colleague Dene Hummon.1:00:   What is a Focus Missionary?   2:00:  Mike makes a reference to the Gross Anatomy Lab at the Medical School where he served as a chaplain at the State University of New York at Buffalo.3:30:   Missionaries and Campus Ministers often face rejection.7:00:  Why don't many college students go to Mass?  Mike's results from his unscientific experiment.10:00:  How do we talk about faith with people that we meet outside of work?11:00   Mike and Emily often have to explain what it means to work in lay ministry and administration in the Catholic Church.12:00:  But every encounter is an opportunity.14:00:  Emily talks about drawing people into the church.15:00 :  Mike talks about the "Plus 1 Mass" that they created at Canisius College.16:00:   Pope Francis' invitation to people alienated from the church...read the Acts of the Apostles.18:00:  Who are we most surprised by when we get an acceptance of our invitations?19:30:  Fr. Damian talks about the importance of praying for people who we try to evangelize.21:10:   St. Augustine Parish in Tremont.22:00:   Gospel for the 6th Sunday of Easter.