Fr. Joel Hastings
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/16/18
Why is Easter a “movable” feast? I know it needs to be on a Sunday, but how does the Church decide which Sunday?
There are three key elements to the Easter story that form the basis for Easter taking place as it does each year – each based ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/09/18
Divine Mercy Sunday and the Eucharist.
Today, on this 2nd Sunday of Easter, or 8th day of Easter (also called the “octave,” as in “eight”), the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Today, as we celebrate this Feast of Mercy, there are several important realities and moments that are present ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/03/18
“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6).
These words of the angel at the ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 3/26/18
The blessings of Holy Week
Today we begin the holiest of weeks when our Lord Jesus Christ, out of love for us and obedience to His heavenly Father, accepted death so as to give new life. It is in this act of love that our whole life ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 3/19/18
When I was young, every time we crossed the altar we genuflected toward the tabernacle, acknowledging God’s presence therein. Why today do persons crossing the altar bow toward the front of the altar rather than genuflect toward the tabernacle?
The answer to this question of bowing and genuflecting ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 3/12/18
Could you explain why Zechariah was punished for questioning the angel Gabriel’s message while Mary was not?
This is a great question about the events of the conception and birth of John the Baptist and of the Lord Jesus Christ. While there are definite parallels to the ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 3/05/18
Next weekend, beginning at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 9, and lasting until 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, our parish will be hosting this year’s 24 Hours for the Lord on behalf of the whole of our diocese. I want to especially encourage all members of our parish ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 2/26/18
What is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, and how can any sin be unforgivable?
As further context for this question, might we first look at the passage from Mark 3:22-30, within which Jesus makes reference to these matters of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit:
“The scribes who ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 2/19/18
Prayer and Openness to God.
As this is the First Sunday of Lent, I am going to make an assumption – albeit one that is pretty safe: that many of us are approaching Lent with the desire to grow in holiness. For some, that desired growth in ... Read More »
Posted by Cassi Beamer on 2/12/18
What is the difference between general and particular judgment? Does God judge us in front of everyone and say our sins aloud? If so I thought we were forgiven in confession. So why would he bring our sins up again?
The distinction between the time of the ... Read More »