February 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/27/17
Our Lenten Pilgrimage
This Wednesday, we observe our official beginning of Lent with a day of fasting and penance called Ash Wednesday. While we may look upon this day as beginning of a difficult season, truly this season is an opportunity for real and lasting spiritual renewal—a springtime of sorts.
The word Lent comes from the Latin word for “spring.” In our faith, Lent is a season of spring. Just as the season of spring in nature draws us into new life, so Lent is a spiritual springtime, leading us to the new life of Easter Sunday, when Jesus rose from the dead, giving new ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/21/17
Does a Saturday funeral Mass or wedding Mass suffice for the Sunday Mass obligation?
In truth, the Mass for Sunday is normally to be celebrated using the prayers and readings given for the particular Sunday. In addition, the designated time of 4:00 PM on Saturday is the ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/13/17
Can a Catholic receive Communion at a non-Catholic worship service?
In this age of many Protestant denominations, it regularly happens that members of the Catholic faithful while attending a wedding, funeral, or another service in a Protestant church may be confronted by the invitation to receive “communion.” ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/07/17
While 44 Years of Abortion belongs to us, Jesus’ healing is more powerful.
Today marks the 44th Anniversary of the tragic and unjust U.S. Supreme Court decision on Roe vs. Wade, allowing abortion. While we might be tempted to sit back and say, “yup, that’s really too ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/06/17
Can you explain Jesus’ human soul?
As today is the Solemnity of the Epiphany of the Lord (and as we are still the Christmas season, I will say to you again, “Merry Christmas”), we have a fitting opportunity to explore this question of theology of “who” Jesus ... Read More »