Ask Father/Bishop

Why does the priest break the host?

Q: At Mass, why does the priest break the consecrated host, and why is it done so subtly? Surely there’s a meaning there, but if so, why is the congregation not engaged when it is broken?

Did Jesus intend to start a church?

Q: Where does the concept of a “church” arise among Jesus and the apostles? I don’t remember hearing about “churches” in Jewish history and I’m wondering if Jesus intended to start a new church or if his primary intention was to reform the Jewish faith.