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Little known Catholic facts, knowledge and trivia

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss facts of Catholicism not widely known, including everything from historical facts to modern pop culture references about the Church.

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April 16th, 2014

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer describe the Chrism Mass, a Mass typically tied to Holy Thursday that celebrates the Priesthood and blessing the oils used throughout the year.…

April 8th, 2014

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP discuss a Lenten tradition in Rome and on the web. Also, Fr. Larry reveals a tasty treat related to the Stations of the Cross.…

April 1st, 2014

What is the proper way to get rid of objects that have been blessed? Fr. Dave and Fr. Larry tackle this question, discussing objects ranging from rosaries and relics to icons and blessed cars.…

March 25th, 2014

Father Larry Rice and Father Dave Dwyer discuss the many unique hats hanging on the papal hat rack.…

July 11th, 2013

Father Dave Dwyer, CSP and Father Larry Rice discuss the “vanilla” season of ordinary time and how this calmer part of the calendar calls us to be better disciples.…

April 23rd, 2013

We’ve all heard about the image of Mary in the grilled cheese or the image of Christ underneath the highway overpass.  What does the church make of these things?  Fr. Larry comes loaded with some new vocab words to tell us all about these phenomena.
Originally published on August 5, 2010…

April 9th, 2013

Fr. Larry has all the questions and Fr. Dave has all the answers about the rare hybrid order within the Catholic Church.
 
Originally posted on October 19, 2010…

April 2nd, 2013

Easter is more than just a single day — it’s 50! Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the difference between the Easter season and Lent. Because this Church season is longer than Lent it shows the emphasis in our faith on the great goodness and mercy of God, new life and resurrection. The Season of Resurrection calls us into the deeper mystery of God and all God is doing in the world today. Happy Easter Season!
 
Originally Published on April 9, 2012…

March 5th, 2013

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss the history and functions of the Pope’s secret service – The Swiss Guard. Also, find out what qualifications are needed to be a member of the Swiss Guard.
Originally posted in April 17, 2012…

February 26th, 2013

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave discuss the obligation of keeping the Sabbath holy, especially when one is on a vacation.  Tips on how to find a church, how to contextualize differences in mass, and good Catholic etiquette are all included.  Perfect for the summer!
Originally published on June 15, 2010…

February 12th, 2013

Who was St. Valentine? Was there really a St. Valentine? Fr. Larry Rice uncovers the mystery.

February 7th, 2013

Fr. Larry Rice and Fr. Dave Dwyer explain the biblical foundations of Ash Wednesday, where the ashes come from, and whether or not Ash Wednesday is a Holy Day of Obligation.…

June 26th, 2012

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP, discuss facts of Catholicism not widely known, including everything from historical facts to modern pop culture references about the Church.

June 12th, 2012

Our Facts of Faith podcast series looks at J.R.R. Tolkien.

June 5th, 2012

Father Dave Dwyer, CSP and Father Larry Rice discuss the “vanilla” season of ordinary time and how this calmer part of the calendar calls us to be better disciples.…

May 22nd, 2012

Fr. Dave Dwyer C.S.P. and Fr. Larry Rice C.S.P. discuss the creation of the Earth. Can religion and science coexist?…

April 30th, 2012

Fr. Dave Dwyer CSP and Father Larry Rice CSP discuss the secret archives of the Vatican. Find out what it takes to gain access to the archives and what type of famous works can be found there, such as the trial of Galileo.…

April 2nd, 2012

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP explore the clouded origin of the English name for Easter. Many interesting facts are revealed along the way — including the origin of the Easter Bunny.…

March 19th, 2012

Father Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP discuss famous Catholics ranging from classical composers to comic book superheroes. Also, find out which groundbreaking astronomer was a Catholic priest.…

February 27th, 2012

Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP and Fr. Larry Rice, CSP discuss the interesting connection between coffee, the papacy, and social justice. Find out how your cup of joe can support a good cause.…

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