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2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Renewing the Family from Within

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/31/18

Renewing the Family from Within:  An Invitation on the Feast of the Holy Family.

          Today on this Sunday within the Octave of Christmas (that is, the Sunday within the eight days beginning with Christmas day through January 1,) the Church celebrates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and ... Read More »

The Greatest of All "Presents"

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/24/18

The Greatest of all Christmas “Presents”:  Jesus Christ

            In just a couple of days we will arrive once again at the celebration of Christmas.  As I extend to you and your family good wishes and many blessings this Christmas, I offer some reflections upon the blessings of Christmas ... Read More »

More on Mortal Sin

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/17/18

Name some mortal sins other than killing, missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (Part 2:  Examining your conscience more effectively and confessing your sins).

           Last week, I began an answer to this question of naming mortal sins beyond those listed in the initial question by reminding all ... Read More »

What is a mortal sin

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/10/18

Name some mortal sins other than killing, missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (Part 1:  Definitions).

           In recent years, when there have been many in the Church who have spent much time and energy explaining away all sin, let alone the reality that there are serious sins ... Read More »


Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/03/18

Advent:  Preparing to Meet the Lord

As we begin our observance of Advent, we are invited to turn our focus to preparing for the coming of Christ – in every sense of His coming.  That is, while it is plain that Advent serves to help us be ready to ... Read More »

Church's view on meditation

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/26/18

What is the Church’s view of meditation (as silent sitting and “connect with your body”)?

          When it comes to “meditation” as described in this question, the Church found it necessary to formally address this question in 1989 by way of a letter to bishops issued from the Congregation ... Read More »

Rule of St. Benedict/ Last Name of the Holy Family

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/19/18

What is the St. Benedict Rule?

           Our parish patron, St. Benedict, is known to be among the earliest in the Church to formally move from a life “in the world” to establish a formal way of religious living within community separated from worldly influences.   The communal way of ... Read More »

Understanding Purgatory

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/12/18

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 of ... Read More »

Vocation Story

Posted by Carol Cyr on 11/05/18

National Vocations Awareness Week Special:  How did you find your vocation?

           Providentially, as this week is National Vocations Awareness Week, I could think of no better time to answer this recently asked question about discovering my vocation.

          My own story of “finding” my vocation goes back to ... Read More »

Burial of Cremated remains

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/29/18

My grandma’s main urn is in the ground already. What does a person do with the [remains] that have been distributed to several family members? We do not have enough money to re-open the ground.

           I first want to acknowledge that this question is a sincere question that ... Read More »


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