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2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Mass questions

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/31/16

If you walk out of Mass and Church with the Host in your mouth, have you heard Mass?

I will answer this question in two ways:  1 – as literally given; and 2 – (at the risk of misinterpreting this question), as a rephrased question to the effect of ... Read More »

Trinity Sunday

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/27/16

From our children:  Two great questions suited well for Trinity Sunday:

 Why do we make the Sign of the Cross and say Amen both before we pray and again after our prayer?

           While it is easy to remember that the “Our Father,” “Hail Mary,” and “Glory be” are ... Read More »

Resurrection of the Body?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/16/16

Please expand on “Resurrection of the Body.”

A central article of our faith is the “incarnation”: That Jesus Christ is God in human flesh. In articulating this mystery, we affirm that Jesus is fully God and fully man, without any loss of His divinity, and with all that is ... Read More »

Authenticity & pinchy fingers

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/12/16

How do we know what the pope really said?

This is a very good question regarding “who” we are to believe when it comes to presenting the messages put forth by Pope Francis. On his own part, the Holy Father has shown a willingness to say what is truly ... Read More »

What should I wear?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/02/16

Can you comment on how people should dress for Church?

           This topic is best approached by considering our call to love God and the necessity of humility in approaching Him. For the Mass is not something we do for Him; it is the sacrifice of Christ by which ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/25/16

Duluth Diocese - United Catholic Appeal

Supporting the Proclamation of the Gospel in the Diocese of Duluth

It is UCA time again, the kick-off our Duluth Diocesan - United Catholic Appeal is Sunday, May 1.  Last year, thanks to your generosity our parish met its assessment without using any ... Read More »

Extraordinary Ministers

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/18/16

What constitutes the necessity of the use of extraordinary ministers at the distribution of Holy Communion?

In describing what determines the need for extraordinary ministers of Holy Communion, it is first necessary to define this title, especially in relationship to other ministries. Whereas most ministries at Mass are “ordinary,” ... Read More »

Why Latin?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/11/16

Why do we value Latin over Hebrew and Greek translating?

I begin by admitting that my answer to this question may not be complete; however, I will at least provide reasons why Latin became the language of the Church, especially when so much original source material (in particular, the ... Read More »

Divine Mercy

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/04/16

On this day, the Second Sunday of Easter, we keep the feast of Divine Mercy. During this Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy as given to us by Pope Francis, today’s feast of mercy comes with great opportunity to both celebrate and receive the mercy of God in the midst ... Read More »

Easter - Newness of Life

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/04/16

May you have a Blessed Easter in receiving the “newness of life”

             On this Easter Sunday, as we celebrate Jesus Christ’s rising from the dead, I wish to extend to all the hope for the greatest Easter blessings in your lives. I welcome all those who are visitors ... Read More »


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