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April 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

April 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

United Catholic Appeal

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/30/18

Today I offer my words of “Pastor’s Ponderings” to ask your help with our parish efforts for a successful 2018 United Catholic Appeal. Your gift to UCA supports programs and services which benefit you, your neighbor, your parish, and people throughout the diocese. This year, our goal for St. ... Read More »

"Bosom of Abraham", "Son of Man", and "rejoice in His consolation"

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/23/18

Where is the bosom of Abraham?

     This expression of the “bosom of Abraham” is used by Jesus in His parable about the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. He says that when Lazarus died, he was carried off to the bosom of Abraham, ... Read More »

Why is Easter is a movable feast? Why are the Gloria and Alleluia gone before Lent in the EF Mass?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/16/18

Why is Easter a “movable” feast? I know it needs to be on a Sunday, but how does the Church decide which Sunday?

         There are three key elements to the Easter story that form the basis for  Easter taking place as it does each year – each based ... Read More »

Divine Mercy and the Eucharist

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/09/18

Divine Mercy Sunday and the Eucharist.

         Today, on this 2nd Sunday of Easter, or 8th day of Easter (also called the “octave,” as in “eight”), the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Today, as we celebrate this Feast of Mercy, there are several important realities and moments that are present ... Read More »

Easter Blessings

Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/03/18

Easter Blessings

     “Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6).

     These words of the angel at the ... Read More »


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