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2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Coming back to the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/22/18

What steps would a non-practicing but fully initiated Catholic have to take to come back to the Church?

           This question, while it accounts in a general way for the place of the many people who have gone away from the Church after their confirmation, is not answered with ... Read More »

Is the end time near/How can lay people help with the recent scandal

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/15/18

Since all the things going on in the Catholic Church, do you think the end will come soon?

           When the subject of the end of the world comes up, it is always important to remember two key truths, both of which Jesus addresses openly and directly in the ... Read More »

Veils at Mass/ Salvation through the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/08/18

If, as a woman, I attend the Extraordinary Form Latin Mass, should I wear a veil?

          You (that is, all readers of this column) may have noticed a recent trend:  that many women and girls are once more covering their heads whenever they are in the presence of ... Read More »

Angels / Why 12 apostles

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/01/18

What is the difference between cherubim and seraphim?  Are they both angels?

           There are said to be nine “choirs of angels,” within which two of these choirs are the cherubim and seraphim – and it is these two choirs that are of the highest rank in the hierarchy ... Read More »

Candles at Mass/ Miracles

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/24/18

Why are all of the candles lit on some feast days but fewer on others?

           The number of candles that are lit on the altar can depend on the Mass of the day and its level of solemnity.  As the two forms of the Mass (that is, the ... Read More »

Plenary indulgences

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/17/18

What is a plenary indulgence?

          The granting of indulgences is a part of the Church’s life that is closely linked to the Sacrament of Reconciliation and the forgiveness of sins.  According to the Catechism, which takes its explanation from the apostolic constitution of Pope Paul VI entitled The ... Read More »

Use of Eucharistic Prayer I

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/10/18

Using Eucharistic Prayer I instead of II or III:  it is about opportunity for more intentional prayer.

           A full year has passed since I began the nearly exclusive use of Eucharistic Prayer I (also known as the “Roman Canon”) at offerings of Mass.  Accordingly, I think it is ... Read More »

Prayer and Support in Trying Times

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/04/18

Mutual support in the midst of trying times

           I want to make use of this article, in the interest of giving encouragement and support as we all persevere together through this difficult time in the Church, to speak of an opportunity at the parish for all of us ... Read More »

Penance gives power to prayer

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/27/18

I was watching a program on EWTN.  The priest was talking about the Sacrament of Penance.  He said, “Penance gives power to prayer.”  I didn’t hear the explanation because I was unable to finish watching the program.  What would be your opinion to this phrase?

           Honestly, this question ... Read More »

The universality of the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/20/18

One of the chief marks of the Church is universality.  Is this true of the Church today?

           In our profession of faith each Sunday, we recite “we believe in one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church.”  In this statement are the four marks of the Church:  that it is ... Read More »


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