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October 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

October 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

Revelation of indulgences

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/16/17

What “revelation” tells us how we receive indulgences?

     The granting of indulgences is a part of Church’s life that is closely linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the forgiveness of sins. The proper authority of the Church to grant indulgences (insofar as this question asks for ... Read More »

Explain the Last Supper's correspondence to the Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/09/17

Explain the teaching: the Last Supper Mass is our ongoing Mass.

     In our ongoing efforts toward growing in right understanding of our Catholic faith, the words that are used in defining and describing the truths of faith must be as clear and precise as possible. That said, ... Read More »

What to do during your holy hour/ Sister or nun? Monastery or convent?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/02/17

Help with your Holy Hour

     I am grateful and excited by how many have committed to a regular hour of prayer during our 24-hour Eucharistic Adoration on Wednesdays into Thursday mornings. As many may be charting this course for the first time, I’d like to offer a ... Read More »


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