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July 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

July 2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Masses for the Assumption/What is the Holy Spirit

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/30/18

Masses for the Solemnity of the Assumption:

           It is not too early to remind you that Wednesday, August 15, is the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary into Heaven, a holy day of obligation.  Masses on that day will be offered according to our normal holy day schedule:  ... Read More »

Does it matter if I am Catholic or Protestant?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/23/18


How should I respond to those who claim “all religions are the same” or “it doesn’t matter if you are Catholic or Protestant because they believe in the same God?”

           To answer this question well, I must be direct. On the claim that “all religions are the ... Read More »

Reconciling an all-knowing Jesus and our free will choices

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/16/18

If Jesus knows what will happen, and he lets us control (ourselves), how does he know (what we will do)?

    A good question – which by the looks of how it was written likely came from a young person.  Thus, I will attempt a very simple answer for ... Read More »

Can an animal be put down/ An appropriate prayer for Adoration

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/09/18

As a Catholic, is it right to put a pet down if it is suffering?  Or is it against the commandment “thou shall not kill?”

     When it comes to the sad and often difficult moments of seeing pets grow weak with years or become seriously ill, it is ... Read More »

Jesus and the coming of the Holy Spirit/Discerning God's call

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/02/18

Why did Jesus have to leave for the Paraclete to come?

           In the mystery of the salvation, it is revealed to us by Jesus that He must return to the Father before the Paraclete (the Holy Spirit) is able to come (John 16:7). However, in the mystery of ... Read More »


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