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All this information should have been in a book long ago. Should non-Catholics sit during the Consecration? What should you serve for dinner on a Friday during Lent? Even lifelong Catholics will find the book eminently useful, and newer Catholics will find it indispensable. "Simple, informed, and delightfully engaging, " says Father Richard John Neuhaus. All this information should have been in a book long ago. Should non-Catholics sit during the Consecration? What should you serve for dinner on a Friday during Lent? Even lifelong Catholics will find the book eminently useful, and newer Catholics will find it indispensable. "Simple, informed, and delightfully engaging, " says Father Richard John Neuhaus.


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All this information should have been in a book long ago. Should non-Catholics sit during the Consecration? What should you serve for dinner on a Friday during Lent? Even lifelong Catholics will find the book eminently useful, and newer Catholics will find it indispensable. "Simple, informed, and delightfully engaging, " says Father Richard John Neuhaus. All this information should have been in a book long ago. Should non-Catholics sit during the Consecration? What should you serve for dinner on a Friday during Lent? Even lifelong Catholics will find the book eminently useful, and newer Catholics will find it indispensable. "Simple, informed, and delightfully engaging, " says Father Richard John Neuhaus.

30 review for Catholic Etiquette: What You Need to Know about Catholic Rites and Wrongs

  1. 5 out of 5

    Dennis Phillips

    Kay Lynn Isca was raised a Protestant and is well aware that some Catholic practices and customs may be confusing to new Catholics and to some cradle Catholics as well. For Protestants with close Catholic friend's things can be particularly confusing if they are called on to attend Catholic weddings, funerals, or other events that are particular to the Catholic faith. This book is intended to relieve some of the anxieties of the confused and point out what is correct and what is not. Mrs. Isca wr Kay Lynn Isca was raised a Protestant and is well aware that some Catholic practices and customs may be confusing to new Catholics and to some cradle Catholics as well. For Protestants with close Catholic friend's things can be particularly confusing if they are called on to attend Catholic weddings, funerals, or other events that are particular to the Catholic faith. This book is intended to relieve some of the anxieties of the confused and point out what is correct and what is not. Mrs. Isca writes in a very pleasing way and often makes her point with personal experiences. There is no doctrine or dogma here, just simple etiquette for various situations that may be faced both by Catholics and their friends and relatives. We all wonder sometimes whether a gift is appropriate in a certain situation and if so what kind of gift it should be. Most people are also faced with honorariums for weddings and funerals and have no idea how much should be given. During my former life in the funeral industry I was asked many times, "How much should we pay the preacher?" Those are among the many questions and concerns that the author deals with in this book. I found her chapter on children at Mass to be very informative and would highly recommend that any new parent take the time to read this chapter. Of course I would also recommend this chapter to anybody else who has a tendency to grouch about noisy children in Church. I did find one thing in this book that bothered me and it involves a practice that I and most of the Catholics I know are in the habit of. Mrs. Isca says this practice is wrong and she may well be right but she never explains why it is wrong. It would have helped the author's credibility a great deal had she explained her statement at least a little. This was the only thing in this book that I didn't find to be right on the mark and also very helpful. The author even deals with the proper response for a Catholic caught in several situations that might cause hard feelings if handled incorrectly. For example, if a Catholic attends a dinner party on a Friday during Lent and finds themselves being served a plate of beef should they eat it or leave it and risk offending their non-Catholic host? This book will be helpful to all Catholics who read it but more so for new Catholics. It will be worth it's weight in gold to someone who is planning a mixed wedding or to any non-Catholic who has a close Catholic friend or family member. I know there are going to be times that my Baptist wife may have to rely heavily on this book. There is nothing deep or theological here, just some plain common sense advice on the etiquette of the Catholic Church.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Jordan

    Easy to read book with some good tips. The book is American so things are slightly different for a UK reader (as far as I'm aware) - but not so much that you'll end up doing something completely embarrassing. Easy to read book with some good tips. The book is American so things are slightly different for a UK reader (as far as I'm aware) - but not so much that you'll end up doing something completely embarrassing.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Arthur H. Guinn

    Waisted of your life, go spend time with loved rather than read and contemplate on this rubbish

  4. 5 out of 5

    Scott

    I especially liked this book because of the way it was set up, and the fact that it was written from the perspective of a former Protestant (like myself). She has obviously done quite a bit of research, even going in-depth with the different parts of Mass and each special sacrament. Although there are more books out there that go into deeper detail, this was a quick read, and answered a lot of simple questions that I, or any other non-cradle-Catholic, might have.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Amy Bastien

    Good source of basic etiquette for Catholics. Some areas could have been more thorough and I think regional differences may alter some of these "rules" Good source of basic etiquette for Catholics. Some areas could have been more thorough and I think regional differences may alter some of these "rules"

  6. 4 out of 5

    Don Whitman

    I am thinking of becoming Catholic, and this book was a great introduction and reduced some of my fears of their Mass.

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    Binky

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    L.

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    Bonnie

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    William J Hess

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    Rachel Escobar

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    Helen Bowman

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    Kimberly McGlothlin

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    Wil Roese

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    Eve

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    Barbara J Martinez

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    Gisela

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    Barbara J Martinez

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    Paul Caruso

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    Sharon Allard

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    Raven Lancaster

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    Ellen

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    Ron Hall

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    Megan

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    Dee

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    Rani Myers

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    Marguerite Davenport

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    David Surn

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