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January 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

January 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

"Praying the Mass", distraction in prayer, and receiving communion when late for Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/29/18

What is “praying the Mass?”

      As the Holy Mass is our greatest act of worship, filled with ritual, symbols, gestures, and the like, it certainly is different from other types of prayer that may contain only one or a few of these elements. Within the Mass, ... Read More »

Crying babies

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/22/18

Could you say something about when it is appropriate to take crying babies out of the church?

     This is admittedly a delicate question that cannot be answered without attention to several nuances, such as our own varying preferences and senses as individuals on “what is that point ... Read More »

Kneeling for communion

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/15/18

Is it acceptable to kneel when I receive Holy Communion?

     Perhaps you (all readers of this column) have noticed during your participation in the Mass in recent months that more and more people (especially youth) are choosing to fall to their knees when they arrive at the ... Read More »

Significance of the number of candles lit on the altar

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/09/18

What is the significance of the number of candles on the altar?  Is there any significance with the number lit?

     As with many of the visible elements of the liturgy, the presence of candles has long been both practical (as a source of light) and symbolic.

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New year...new beginnings in faith

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/02/18

Start of the New Year is opportunity for new beginnings in faith…

     Tonight (that is, Sunday night) and tomorrow, while the whole world celebrates the beginning of the new year, we additionally celebrate the 8th (or Octave) day of Christmas. This day is designated by the present ... Read More »


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