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July 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

July 2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Cremation - accepted by the Church?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/25/16

Why was cremation not accepted by the Church and now it is?

     While the reality of cremation has existed for many centuries, the Church’s own allowance of cremation of the deceased is recent, and the permission to offer a funeral with cremated remains present is even more ... Read More »

Why is life unfair?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/18/16

Why life is so unfair when innocent children born with heavy diseases and kind people suffer from them as well while murderers, killers, terrorists, and child molesters are living normally without any payment for their sins?

     This question is very timely – especially with the nationally reported ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/11/16

What is the significance of candles?  There’s so many different uses.

     Most certainly, the use of candles has taken on a very important place in the liturgy of the Church. When we consider that prior to the discovery and use of electricity to produce light the use ... Read More »

Bend a knee - when, where, how?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/05/16

When I am in the Church, when should I bow and when should I genuflect?

    To review, a genuflection is the gesture of bending our knees to God in reverence. We bend to genuflect by bringing our left foot one step ahead of our right foot, and ... Read More »

Song Selection

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/05/16

Why do we sing the hymns that we do at Mass? Does the choir just arbitrarily pick the songs that we do? Sometimes I like a different song better than the song they pick.

      Perhaps it can appear as though the music selections for Mass are ... Read More »


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