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2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2016 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

The Blessing of Holy Week

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/23/16


As we begin Holy Week, I strongly encourage everyone to enter into the fullness of this week’s beauty as we remember and celebrate the saving work of Jesus Christ.  The liturgy celebrated this week draws us beyond thinking about the passion, death, and resurrection of Jesus to fully ... Read More »

Eucharistic Adoration FAQs

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/14/16

Some Questions Regarding Eucharistic Adoration:

          Today, I want to address some points on Eucharistic Adoration. As I offer these answers, I also want to make clear to all my own desire to promote Eucharistic Adoration both in our opportunity for such here in the parish and in our ... Read More »

When is it ok to stop attending Mass?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/08/16

My parents are elderly.  At what age/point do they no longer need to attend Mass and confession?  (Too hard for them to get out.)

Might I approach this question from two very general directions, with the hope of covering all bases:   first, from the direction of the place of ... Read More »

When is it ok to refuse medical treatment?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/29/16

If a person is on dialysis or taking chemotherapy and decides to stop, is that a form of suicide?

This question is excellent and very important as it requires us to look not only at the particular circumstance of dialysis and chemotherapy, but at the principles that are to ... Read More »

God's Plan

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/22/16

Why do we pray for specific intentions when God already has a ‘plan’ for us?  So if He won’t change the plan, do we truly have free will?

These two questions have at least two separate issues: the nature of God’s plan in relation to our prayer and the ... Read More »

A Fruitful Lent

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/15/16

A Fruitful Lent Begins With God.

Today is the First Sunday of Lent. We hear at today’s Mass (as on every First Sunday of Lent) the account of Jesus’ time in the desert where he undergoes temptation. Mindful of the many significant details that are taught to us in ... Read More »

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 »


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