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2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

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 »

Eucharistic prayer choice and C.S. Lewis

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/25/17

Using Eucharistic Prayer I instead of II or III:  it is about opportunity for more intentional prayer.

     You may have noticed recently at Mass that I have frequently chosen to pray Eucharistic Prayer I (also known as the “Roman Canon”).  I would like to explain my motivation ... Read More »

Can I receive communion if I'm late to Mass?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/18/17

Is there a requirement for a person to be present for a portion of the Mass before you can receive the Eucharist during a week day Mass?  In other words, if a person was to come to a daily Mass, let us say at the Our Father, can a ... Read More »

Conflicts in scripture?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/11/17

Explain conflicts in Scripture: Jesus suffered once for all; when man sins the whole community suffers.

     The verses that are being considered here include the following: that Jesus suffered once for all is related to us through 1 Peter 3:18, with similar words being found in Romans ... Read More »

The rapture and our heavenly bodies

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/05/17

What does the Catholic Church say about the rapture?

          For those who may be unfamiliar, some groups of non-Catholic Christians believe in a “rapture” event (or perhaps multiple events) which they see as a future event that happens before the “final tribulation” (as their perspective also sees it) ... Read More »

Mass in heaven? Holy water use protocol.

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/28/17

Do saints go to Mass in heaven?

     This question is a good follow-up from the recent article on whether there are many religions in heaven. You may recall from that column that there is no need for religion in heaven, as all will be in perfect union ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/21/17

Could you say something about the importance of the role of godparents for baptism? 

     Perhaps you have had this experience: you have chosen godparents for your own children whom you believed to be good choices but who have not stayed connected with your children’s faith journey as ... Read More »

Gossiping vs. sharing news AND holding hands for prayer

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/14/17

What’s the difference between sharing news and gossiping? Like…criminals; or people in the news?

         In a time when the term “fake news” has come into common use by some to describe information that is put forth by members of the press that in many cases seeks to slander ... Read More »


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