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July 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

July 2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Different religions in heaven?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/31/17

Are there all kinds of different religions in heaven like there are on earth?

     In order to more effectively give the answer to this simple question, let me begin by speaking to what religion is and to explain its real purpose.

     The very reality of ... Read More »

Are funerals necessary? Who was the first saint? Was Mary an only child?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/24/17

When a person dies is it necessary to have a funeral?

     According to the introduction of the Church’s ritual book called Order of Christian Funerals, “At the death of a Christian, whose life of faith was begun in the waters of baptism and strengthened at the Eucharistic ... Read More »

The Great Amen & communion question

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/17/17

What is the “Great Amen” and what is its importance?

     The “Great Amen,” as it has come to be referred to in some circles, is understood as that “amen” that is sung (or spoken) at the conclusion of the Eucharistic Prayer. The priest concludes the Eucharistic Prayer ... Read More »

Where was Joseph and why isn't the Eucharist mentioned in the Creed?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/10/17

Since Mary was present at Jesus’ passion and Joseph was not, is it assumed that Joseph was dead by then?

     It is correct that Joseph is understood to have already died by the time of Jesus’ arrest, passion, death, and resurrection. 

     That said, in tradition ... Read More »


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