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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Use of bells in the Church

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/18/18

What is the meaning behind the ringing of the bells during Mass, and why are they at the specific moments they are (especially the 3rd ring)?

     The ringing of bells within the Mass has been around for many years. To expand this question to bells in general, ... Read More »

Boys and Girls as altar servers

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/11/18

Why do some parishes only allow boys to be altar servers?

     Let me begin by giving some clarity on the sources for whether or not girls are permitted to serve at the altar. There is no little confusion on “who” can decide whether or not altar serving ... Read More »

Why a final judgement? Why is Peter shown with a chicken?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 6/04/18

If through the Sacrament of Penance we are absolved from sin, why the Final Judgement?

     Earlier this year (in February, to be precise), I answered a similar question about judgement, acknowledging that each of us in the moment of death is judged as either worthy of heaven ... Read More »

Sacred Heart Novena

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/30/18

June is the month of the Sacred Heart: Have you ever tried the Sacred Heart Novena?

     As we draw near to the month of June, we approach the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. This designation has its source primarily in the fact that the ... Read More »

Reader or Lector?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/21/18

I have noticed that some parishes refer to lay persons reading Scripture in the Mass as “Readers” will others refer to them as “Lectors.” What is a lector and whom does the Church permit to be a lector?

     This is a good question regarding ministries of the ... Read More »

How old was Mary when she rose into heaven?

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/14/18

Happy Mother’s Day.

     I want to begin my words today by giving a special greeting to all mothers today on this Mother’s Day. As the Church devotes the whole month of May to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, may this particular day within May on which our ... Read More »


Posted by Cassi Beamer on 5/07/18

Why were Pilate and Caiaphas enemies? Then became friends?

First, for clarification: the reference to two men having been enemies to only later (during Jesus’ trial) become friends is given in Luke’s telling of the passion, when he refers to Pilate (Roman procurator/governor over Jerusalem and its locale) and ... Read More »

United Catholic Appeal

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/30/18

Today I offer my words of “Pastor’s Ponderings” to ask your help with our parish efforts for a successful 2018 United Catholic Appeal. Your gift to UCA supports programs and services which benefit you, your neighbor, your parish, and people throughout the diocese. This year, our goal for St. ... Read More »

"Bosom of Abraham", "Son of Man", and "rejoice in His consolation"

Posted by Cassi Beamer on 4/23/18

Where is the bosom of Abraham?

     This expression of the “bosom of Abraham” is used by Jesus in His parable about the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. He says that when Lazarus died, he was carried off to the bosom of Abraham, ... Read More »

Why is Easter is a movable feast? Why are the Gloria and Alleluia gone before Lent in the EF Mass?

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 »


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