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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Holy Communion and sin: Who can and cannot receive?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/05/21

The question of reception of Holy Communion by public officials who profess Catholic faith while also openly rejecting Church teaching by their actions and policy decisions has come up again in recent weeks. What is the concern here and why does it matter?

At issue is the proper application ... Read More »

First Friday and First Saturday Devotions

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/28/21

What does First Friday mean, and do Catholics still practice it?

           The tradition of observing the first Friday (of each month) is rooted in the longtime devotion of the Church to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  It is our faith tradition that the Sacred Heart of Jesus, by ... Read More »

Sunday Obligation to Participate in Mass to be Reinstated, beginning in July.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/21/21

          Today I want to speak of the recent decision of the bishops in Minnesota to reinstate our obligation for participation in Mass each Sunday, effect on July 1, 2021.

          In their statement, given on June 2, 2021, the bishops of Minnesota have joined ... Read More »

Feast of Corpus Christi

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/07/21

Today we celebrate the feast of Corpus Christ – the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ.  As on Trinity Sunday last Sunday (when we celebrated a solemn day dedicated to honoring God in His nature as a trinity of persons), we have the occasion on this day to honor ... Read More »

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

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/01/21

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 established day for the Solemnity of the Sacred Heart usually takes place during June – though its date ... Read More »

What is the Catholic Church’s view/teaching on speaking in tongues via the gift of the Spirit? (originally published October 2016)

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/24/21

A reality of our faith in God that is referred to and reflected upon far too rarely is the truth that the Holy Spirit bestows particular gifts upon the baptized.  Indeed, each and every one of us among the baptized has received the outpouring of the Holy Spirit through ... Read More »

Thursday, May 20: Ordination of Bishop-elect Daniel Felton as Bishop of Duluth!

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/17/21

Today I want to write in simple acknowledgement of the upcoming ordination of the 10th bishop for our diocese that will take place this Thursday at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Rosary at 11:00 am.  While it is a definite difficulty and disappointment that this ordination cannot ... Read More »

I thought the Church teaches that saints are humans who have died. Why do we call the archangels “saints”?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/10/21

This question gives good opportunity to express both how the word “saint” can be used in multiple ways, and how the process of declaring persons as saints has developed and changed through the centuries.

While today there is a formal process by which persons who have died are declared ... Read More »

Please clarify the penitential requirement for every Friday. Is it to abstain from meat? What is the gravity of not following this rule of the Church? (Is it a mortal sin? etc.)

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/03/21

This is a great question for us to explore outside of Lent, as the question reminds us of an important truth of faith:  that the Lord Jesus offered himself in death for us on a Friday and therefore every Friday is a day of remembrance of his sacrificial love ... Read More »

2021 United Catholic Appeal

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/26/21

This year’s official kick-off of the Diocese of Duluth United Catholic Appeal will be on May 2, 2021.  As a precursor to this start-up, I want to address our participation in this appeal and encourage your generosity, especially as we welcome our new bishop.

This year, our United Catholic ... Read More »


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