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Fr. Joel Hastings

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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 »

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 »


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