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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

“24 Hours for the Lord”– Pope Francis’ initiative for confession will be held at St. Benedict’s!

Posted by Carol Cyr on 3/05/18

Next weekend, beginning at 12:00 pm on Friday, March 9, and lasting until 12:00 pm on Saturday, March 10, our parish will be hosting this year’s 24 Hours for the Lord on behalf of the whole of our diocese. I want to especially encourage all members of our parish ... Read More »

What is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/26/18

What is blaspheming against the Holy Spirit, and how can any sin be unforgivable?

         As further context for this question, might we first look at the passage from Mark 3:22-30, within which Jesus makes reference to these matters of blaspheming against the Holy Spirit:

        “The scribes who ... Read More »

Prayer and Openness to God

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/19/18

Prayer and Openness to God.

     As this is the First Sunday of Lent, I am going to make an assumption – albeit one that is pretty safe: that many of us are approaching Lent with the desire to grow in holiness. For some, that desired growth in ... Read More »

General and Particular Judgment

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/12/18

What is the difference between general and particular judgment? Does God judge us in front of everyone and say our sins aloud? If so I thought we were forgiven in confession. So why would he bring our sins up again?

     The distinction between the time of the ... Read More »

Red Rose Rescues

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/05/18

What does the Church say in her social doctrine about civil disobedience for the cause of life as practiced by the Franciscan Friars of Renewal and Priests for Life in the nationally coordinated Red Rose Rescues?

         “Red Rose Rescues” are recent actions sponsored by some pro-life organizations wherein ... Read More »

"Praying the Mass", distraction in prayer, and receiving communion when late for Mass

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/29/18

What is “praying the Mass?”

      As the Holy Mass is our greatest act of worship, filled with ritual, symbols, gestures, and the like, it certainly is different from other types of prayer that may contain only one or a few of these elements. Within the Mass, ... Read More »

Crying babies

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/22/18

Could you say something about when it is appropriate to take crying babies out of the church?

     This is admittedly a delicate question that cannot be answered without attention to several nuances, such as our own varying preferences and senses as individuals on “what is that point ... Read More »

Kneeling for communion

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/15/18

Is it acceptable to kneel when I receive Holy Communion?

     Perhaps you (all readers of this column) have noticed during your participation in the Mass in recent months that more and more people (especially youth) are choosing to fall to their knees when they arrive at the ... Read More »

Significance of the number of candles lit on the altar

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/09/18

What is the significance of the number of candles on the altar?  Is there any significance with the number lit?

     As with many of the visible elements of the liturgy, the presence of candles has long been both practical (as a source of light) and symbolic.

  ... Read More »

New year...new beginnings in faith

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/02/18

Start of the New Year is opportunity for new beginnings in faith…

     Tonight (that is, Sunday night) and tomorrow, while the whole world celebrates the beginning of the new year, we additionally celebrate the 8th (or Octave) day of Christmas. This day is designated by the present ... Read More »


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