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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Red Rose Rescues

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/05/18

What does the Church say in her social doctrine about civil disobedience for the cause of life as practiced by the Franciscan Friars of Renewal and Priests for Life in the nationally coordinated Red Rose Rescues?

         “Red Rose Rescues” are recent actions sponsored by some pro-life organizations wherein ... Read More »

"Praying the Mass", distraction in prayer, and receiving communion when late for Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/29/18

What is “praying the Mass?”

      As the Holy Mass is our greatest act of worship, filled with ritual, symbols, gestures, and the like, it certainly is different from other types of prayer that may contain only one or a few of these elements. Within the Mass, ... Read More »

Crying babies

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/22/18

Could you say something about when it is appropriate to take crying babies out of the church?

     This is admittedly a delicate question that cannot be answered without attention to several nuances, such as our own varying preferences and senses as individuals on “what is that point ... Read More »

Kneeling for communion

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/15/18

Is it acceptable to kneel when I receive Holy Communion?

     Perhaps you (all readers of this column) have noticed during your participation in the Mass in recent months that more and more people (especially youth) are choosing to fall to their knees when they arrive at the ... Read More »

Significance of the number of candles lit on the altar

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/09/18

What is the significance of the number of candles on the altar?  Is there any significance with the number lit?

     As with many of the visible elements of the liturgy, the presence of candles has long been both practical (as a source of light) and symbolic.

  ... Read More »

New year...new beginnings in faith

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/02/18

Start of the New Year is opportunity for new beginnings in faith…

     Tonight (that is, Sunday night) and tomorrow, while the whole world celebrates the beginning of the new year, we additionally celebrate the 8th (or Octave) day of Christmas. This day is designated by the present ... Read More »

Extending Christmas

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/27/17

Extending Christmas to every day.

     As today’s bulletin is that for the Fourth Sunday of Advent that also happens this year to be Christmas eve, I offer early though timely wishes for all to have a blessed Christmas.

     Truly this final Sunday of our Advent ... Read More »

Integral Confession

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/18/17

Advent Review:  The importance of an “integral confession.”

         As we draw nearer to the coming of the Lord, all are encouraged to receive the Sacrament of Penance as proper preparation for Christmas. In today’s bulletin there is a list of all the scheduled times for confession in the ... Read More »

Children's Questions

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/11/17

Children’s Questions: Is God and Jesus real?

     Sometimes, it may seem like God is not real because we cannot see or hear Him in the way that we see and hear each other. However, even without seeing or hearing Him we can know that God is real ... Read More »

Does one Mass on Christmas Eve count for Sunday and Christmas?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/04/17

Since Christmas Eve is on a Sunday, will one Mass count for both Sunday and Christmas?

     This important question has a clear and direct answer – that 4th Sunday of Advent and Christmas are two separate days and, therefore, we are to participate in two separate Masses. ... Read More »

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