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2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2017 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Dress code for Mass?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/07/17

I’m new to the Extraordinary Form (EF) Mass [that is, the Latin Mass offered according to the 1962 Roman Missal].  I heard a group of people in the narthex discussing a “dress code” for the EF Mass.  Could you explain please?

     I thank the questioner for an ... Read More »

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 »

What is the nature of God's emotions?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/26/17

What is the nature of God’s emotions? Does He experience sadness for our sin or joy when we glorify Him?

     I appeal first to the definitions of St. Thomas Aquinas, who considers our human emotions (or what he calls “passions”) as those movements of our “sensitive appetite” ... Read More »

What is the Sequence that was sung before the Gospel on Corpus Christi?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/21/17

Guest blogger, Sandy Eller, our music coordinator, shares the following:

I've had a lot of questions this week (and it's only Tuesday!) about the sequence for Corpus Christi on Sunday. Why is it done, why is it optional, what does it all mean? Some have wanted to revisit this ... Read More »

End of life care

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/19/17

Some help with end of life care.

     Last week, I sought to answer how the truth is known when two who both think they are doing God’s will disagree. In giving that answer, I first spoke of our easiest means to know the truth and then appealed ... Read More »

Finding Truth

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/12/17

How can we find and follow the truth when situations arise that two disagreeing people both feel they are following the will of God?

     There are two directions from which we must approach this problem of knowing the truth in lived experience of seeking to follow God’s ... Read More »

angels vs. saints, adoration vs. prayer before the tabernacle, & a word about this column

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/05/17

What is the difference between angels and saints?

     Let me say what angels and saints each are as the way to show how they are different.

     Angels are creatures of God that are both invisible and are pure spirits; that is, they have no physical ... Read More »


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