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2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

2018 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Why did Jesus let Mary not help Martha in her labor

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/13/18


In the Gospel when Jesus visited Martha and Mary, Martha did all the work while Mary sat and watched.  And Jesus said Mary has chosen the better portion and she shall not be deprived.  Why did he not expect Mary to toil and labor like he wants Martha ... Read More »

Liturgy of the Hours explained

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/06/18

Please explain the Liturgy of the Hours.  Is there a specific prayer?  Why was it for priests and religious alone?


The Liturgy of the Hours is recognized as the “official prayer of the Church.”  It consists mainly of the praying of the Psalms at particular times (or hours) ... Read More »

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 »

Rogation and Ember Days

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/25/18




What exactly are rogation days and ember days? What can we do as individuals and as a parish on these days to pay them proper respect?

         The presence “Rogation Days” and “Ember Days” have long existed in the Church’s liturgical calendar – though in present ... Read More »

Use of bells in the Church

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/18/18

What is the meaning behind the ringing of the bells during Mass, and why are they at the specific moments they are (especially the 3rd ring)?

     The ringing of bells within the Mass has been around for many years. To expand this question to bells in general, ... Read More »

Boys and Girls as altar servers

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/11/18

Why do some parishes only allow boys to be altar servers?

     Let me begin by giving some clarity on the sources for whether or not girls are permitted to serve at the altar. There is no little confusion on “who” can decide whether or not altar serving ... Read More »


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