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2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

What went wrong with Vatican II?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/27/17

What went wrong with Vatican II?

     I will approach this direct question from both directions: that is, I will both try to answer the question above as given and also will say something about what went right with Vatican II, so that all can see that this ... Read More »

Can a priest deny absolution?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/20/17

Would/could a priest deny absolution to an individual during Reconciliation if they felt the person was not truly sorry? Would the priest, being a sinner himself, be able to judge a person in this regard?

        These questions point to two important realities: what is proper contrition (sorrow) for ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/13/17

Would you explain why it is important to receive a dispensation if you must miss Sunday Mass?

         Let us consider first what a dispensation is and how it is given. Canon Law includes laws governing the necessity of Sunday and Holy Day Masses. Canons 1246-1247 speak of Sundays ... Read More »

Liturgy questions - Antiphons and the great Amen

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/06/17

Does the priest alone, or everyone, say the Entrance and Communion Antiphon at daily Mass?

         A good question that points to multiple options that are possible, mindful that there are varying circumstances that can lead to one or another of the options being chosen.

         The Entrance and ... Read More »

Purgatory reviewed

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/30/17

A review of the Church’s understanding of purgatory.

         During November, our Church offers greater attention to the faithful departed. Through the celebration of All Saints and All Souls, we are invited both to reflect on the virtues and heavenly life of the saints and to intercede on behalf ... Read More »

cremated remains

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/23/17

A conundrum to me: we don’t spread cremated remains because of our respect for the human body but we do have relics of from the bodies of saints (obviously separated from the body of the saint). Please explain.

         This question (in different wording) was submitted not long ago ... Read More »


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