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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Holy Doors

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/08/16

My children and I made a pilgrimage to the Cathedral's Holy Door after Mass on Christmas Eve (and after going to confession that same day).  We received the plenary indulgence but wonder exactly what that means.  Could you shed some light on that please?

The granting of indulgences is a part ... Read More »

Fasting after Communion?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/01/16

Since we have a Eucharistic fast before Communion, why don’t we have one after Mass?

     In Mark 2:18-22, Jesus is questioned as to why His disciples do not fast (whereas those of John the Baptist do). In response, Jesus says “Can the wedding guests fast while the ... Read More »

Why does Jesus say He is forsaken?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/25/16

When Jesus asked “Why have you forsaken me?”…   Can you expand on that please?

          This is a great question in reference to Jesus’ words as He was being crucified – especially since at their face value, these words may seem as though Jesus was filled with doubt or ... Read More »

Why do we call you Father?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/18/16

Why do we call a priest Father?

      This very good question is one that all of us ought to know how to answer, especially because it is one of the first issues that many non-Catholics will cite either as something curious or as to why they ... Read More »

Merry Christmas!

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/04/16

Merry Christmas! (no, this is not a misprint) :)

          Today, we celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord – that occasion when the Lord was made known to the world.  Do we, however, know the significance of the timing of this feast in connection to Christmas? That we might ... Read More »

Christmas Blessing

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/28/15

“‘Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel,’ which means ‘God is with us.’” (Matthew 1:23).

These words of the Gospel, simple as they are, speak to the depth of the great gift of Christmas, which I pray all of ... Read More »

New homily

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/21/15

The homily from the 4th Sunday of Advent is now available HERE.

Sin enters the world

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/21/15

Would there be sin in the world if Lucifer didn’t want to be as great as God?

           Good question about the roots and nature of sin and evil in the world – especially because it shows understanding that Lucifer, the greatest of all the angels ... Read More »

Music Selections at Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/14/15

Can we bring back the “Gather” hymnals (more familiar hymns)?

          In an effort to give this question/request the attention and substantive answer it deserves, I need to first say a few things about my own entering into the present situation.  First of all, I am very aware that ... Read More »

Is Yoga for Catholics?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/07/15

At a pain clinic it was advised that we do Yoga. Since Yoga is rooted in Eastern religions and includes meditation as well as exercise, are we, as Catholics, permitted to do it?

This particular question about yoga contains a deeper, more general issue that is worthy of reflecting ... Read More »

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