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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 28: HOLY COMMUNION PART 1: PREPARING TO RECEIVE

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/06/20

While the Mass is primarily the re-presenting of the sacrifice of Christ in the sacramental manner of the Last Supper, the partaking of the Eucharist as Holy Communion offers us to receive the effects of His sacrifice: including union with God and with all who faithfully partake of the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 27. THE SACRIFICE OF THE MASS: PART 1: WHY A SACRIFICE?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/22/20

            In this installment, an overview is given of “why” the Mass is understood to be a sacrifice, or the “re-presentation” of the one-time sacrifice of Christ for our salvation while acknowledging that the sacrifice of Christ was necessary for our salvation and that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. THE HOLY EUCHARIST: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/08/20

         Having looked at the origins, a brief history, the necessary ritual elements, and the sacramental effects of the Eucharist, we now turn to the very clear and straight forward teaching on the minister and recipient of the Eucharist.  We look to the Code of Canon ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 26. THE HOLY EUCHARIST: PART 2: THE RITE AND THE EFFECTS OF THE SACRAMENT

Posted by Carol Cyr on 6/02/20

In our first part on the Eucharist, we looked briefly at its origins and history – that it was at His Last Supper that our Lord Jesus took the bread and wine and offered them as His own Body and Blood.  It is this fundamental act of offering that ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATION – THE AGE OF CONFIRMATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/19/20

We have looked at the basic truths about the sacrament of confirmation:  that it confers the Holy Spirit, completing what was first given in baptism and increasing the life of God within the recipient, making one a “soldier of Christ.”  Confirmation is typically conferred by a bishop who prays ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/11/20

Confirmation is the completion of or “confirming” of baptismal grace through the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon the recipient.  This sacrament is given through the anointing on the forehead with “chrism,” or the holy oil used by the Church in her sacraments that symbolizes and confers the ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 2: THE RITE AND EFFECTS OF CONFIRMATION

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/23/20

         Having reflected last time upon the origins and some key historical truths regarding confirmation, we turn our attention to the rite of confirmation and its effects.

          Acknowledging again that the history of confirmation is difficult to fully trace, the essential elements to the rite ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 25. CONFIRMATION: PART 1: ORIGINS AND HISTORY

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/16/20

Among the effects of baptism is the initial reception of the Holy Spirit by the newly baptized.  This first reception opens us to even greater gifts from God toward His dwelling fully within each of us, strengthening us with His abiding presence.  It is by way of the sacrament ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 4: SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/09/20

 To conclude our treatment of baptism, it is important to speak to some frequently asked questions regarding baptism.  Noting that baptism is necessary for salvation (as there is no impurity in heaven, including no souls that remain stained with original sin) two frequent questions that come to mind are:  ... Read More »

BASICS OF CATHOLICISM: 24. BAPTISM: PART 3: MINISTER AND RECIPIENTS

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/02/20

 In our look at baptism, we have covered its origins, history, the ritual, and the effects or graces that it gives.  As every sacrament is to be rightly ministered by the Church and is intended for reception by those who are rightly meant to receive it, in this installment ... Read More »

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