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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

What is the Sequence that was sung before the Gospel on Corpus Christi?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/21/17

Guest blogger, Sandy Eller, our music coordinator, shares the following:

I've had a lot of questions this week (and it's only Tuesday!) about the sequence for Corpus Christi on Sunday. Why is it done, why is it optional, what does it all mean? Some have wanted to revisit this ... Read More »

End of life care

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/19/17

Some help with end of life care.

     Last week, I sought to answer how the truth is known when two who both think they are doing God’s will disagree. In giving that answer, I first spoke of our easiest means to know the truth and then appealed ... Read More »

Finding Truth

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/12/17

How can we find and follow the truth when situations arise that two disagreeing people both feel they are following the will of God?

     There are two directions from which we must approach this problem of knowing the truth in lived experience of seeking to follow God’s ... Read More »

angels vs. saints, adoration vs. prayer before the tabernacle, & a word about this column

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/05/17

What is the difference between angels and saints?

     Let me say what angels and saints each are as the way to show how they are different.

     Angels are creatures of God that are both invisible and are pure spirits; that is, they have no physical ... Read More »

Jesus' last name, communion in heaven, and "offering it up"

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/30/17

Did Jesus have a last name?

     We do not think of Jesus having had a last name in the way that people in many cultures of our time typically have a first, middle, and last name. In Jesus’ time, the identifying of one by “surname,” as we ... Read More »

More questions about the Mass

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/23/17

In the Extraordinary Form Mass [that is, the Latin Mass from the Roman Missal of 1962], why do the servers hold up the chasuble sometimes?

         This question is a wonderful observation of an act that happens during the consecration in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass. As the ... Read More »

Explain the St. Michael prayer

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/15/17

Could you explain the St. Michael Prayer?  I have a friend who is bothered by the prayer because she feels that it is sending “sinners to hell;” that it’s a very unmerciful prayer.  Maybe an explanation about what “all the evil spirits” means?

     Thank you for this ... Read More »

Why should I give to UCA?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/08/17

Please be generous in supporting the United Catholic Appeal:

for our good and for the good of the whole Diocese of Duluth

TODAY is the kick-off of the 2017 United Catholic Appeal. I humbly ask you to please be generous in supporting the United Catholic Appeal.

In the mail, you ... Read More »

Why do Lutherans profess a belief in "catholic"? And how can Jesus be everywhere at once?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/01/17

Why do Lutherans profess a belief in “one, holy, catholic, and apostolic” church?

     Without claiming to know and understand the theology held by those who follow Lutheranism, I propose three possible reasons why Lutherans profess these words, all of which are based primarily upon Church history. The ... Read More »

Call no man father?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/24/17

In the bible it says “you shall not call anyone on earth Father because you have but one Father in Heaven.” Why then are priests and dads called father? I actually feel guilty calling anyone father but my heavenly Father. What else is appropriate to call priests other than Father?

         Might I approach the main part of the question from three angles – noting that after my three angles I hope that the question of “what else” to call the priest will hopefully not need an ... Read More »


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