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May 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

May 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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

Posted by Carol Cyr 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 Carol Cyr 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 Carol Cyr 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 Carol Cyr 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 Carol Cyr 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 »

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