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January 2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

January 2019 archive of Fr. Joel Hastings

Rules on fasting before communion

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/28/19

What is the current rule on fasting before communion?

           Among the disciplines that we keep in practicing our Catholic faith, one discipline that most people keep habitually, quite possibly without thinking about its deeper significance, is the practice of fasting from food and drink prior to receiving Holy ... Read More »

Tithing/Catholic Campaign for Human Developement

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/21/19

What is tithing?  Does the Church require it? Can the money be given to a nonprofit or other good cause?

           The practice of tithing (that is, of giving away a set percentage of one’s income as a return to God of the “first fruits”) is found in various ... Read More »

Latin Mass/ Wearing veils

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/14/19

I have noticed more and more females of all ages wearing veils.  Please explain the importance and reason of this.

           The recent increase of women and girls wearing veils (or dignified hats, for that matter) may be attributed to several factors.  One may be simply the presence of ... Read More »

Saint questions/ The Mystery of the Eucharist

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/07/19

Why does the statue of St. Paul have a sword?

           Often, statues or other art works that show saints will include things that tell us more about their life, or as it is with Paul, their death.  For example, you may have also noticed how the statue of ... Read More »


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