Fr. Joel Hastings
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/14/18
Happy Mother’s Day.
I want to begin my words today by giving a special greeting to all mothers today on this Mother’s Day. As the Church devotes the whole month of May to honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, may this particular day within May on which our ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 5/07/18
Why were Pilate and Caiaphas enemies? Then became friends?
First, for clarification: the reference to two men having been enemies to only later (during Jesus’ trial) become friends is given in Luke’s telling of the passion, when he refers to Pilate (Roman procurator/governor over Jerusalem and its locale) and ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/30/18
Today I offer my words of “Pastor’s Ponderings” to ask your help with our parish efforts for a successful 2018 United Catholic Appeal. Your gift to UCA supports programs and services which benefit you, your neighbor, your parish, and people throughout the diocese. This year, our goal for St. ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/23/18
Where is the bosom of Abraham?
This expression of the “bosom of Abraham” is used by Jesus in His parable about the rich man and the poor beggar Lazarus in Luke 16:19-31. He says that when Lazarus died, he was carried off to the bosom of Abraham, ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/16/18
Why is Easter a “movable” feast? I know it needs to be on a Sunday, but how does the Church decide which Sunday?
There are three key elements to the Easter story that form the basis for Easter taking place as it does each year – each based ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/09/18
Divine Mercy Sunday and the Eucharist.
Today, on this 2nd Sunday of Easter, or 8th day of Easter (also called the “octave,” as in “eight”), the Church celebrates Divine Mercy Sunday. Today, as we celebrate this Feast of Mercy, there are several important realities and moments that are present ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 4/03/18
“Do not be afraid! I know that you are seeking Jesus the crucified. He is not here, for he has been raised just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay” (Matthew 28:5-6).
These words of the angel at the ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/26/18
The blessings of Holy Week
Today we begin the holiest of weeks when our Lord Jesus Christ, out of love for us and obedience to His heavenly Father, accepted death so as to give new life. It is in this act of love that our whole life ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/19/18
When I was young, every time we crossed the altar we genuflected toward the tabernacle, acknowledging God’s presence therein. Why today do persons crossing the altar bow toward the front of the altar rather than genuflect toward the tabernacle?
The answer to this question of bowing and genuflecting ... Read More »
Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/12/18
Could you explain why Zechariah was punished for questioning the angel Gabriel’s message while Mary was not?
This is a great question about the events of the conception and birth of John the Baptist and of the Lord Jesus Christ. While there are definite parallels to the ... Read More »