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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings


Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/19/15

In Sunday's Gospel, we hear about the disciples boldly asking for a prestigious place next to Jesus in Heaven. Jesus does not chastise them as He has in the past on certain issues; rather, He seems to want to grant them their request. What are we to take from ... Read More »

Question Box

Posted by Carol Cyr on 10/12/15

One of my favorite things to do and a charism of mine is to teach. One avenue for me to teach is by answering your questions. There is a box on the table just inside the front doors in the Gathering Space for you to put questions. This can ... Read More »

How do we react in the face of fear?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/21/15

This weekend I explored the two most common reactions to fear: cowardliness or dominance. Neither is the best reaction. I offered insight on how the Apostles reacted to fear in the Gospel reading and how we can approach it best. Listen to my full homily here.

Procession and Ordinary Time

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/14/15

If you missed the Eucharistic Procession, I encourage you to look at pictures and read articles about the day. It was a beautiful, powerful day!

This weekend's homily, though I was tired from the Procession and all the preparation that went into it, is here for your listening pleasure.

Healing and Spiritual protection

Posted by Carol Cyr on 9/08/15

As Christ healed the deaf man with the word "Ephphatha!" so we are called to "be open." Listen to the full homily HERE.

I also recount below my "Pastor's Ponderings" for this week as a way of protection:

In my first days here at St. Ben’s, I learned quickly ... Read More »

Spirituality vs. Religion?

Posted by Carol Cyr on 8/31/15

In this weekend's homily I addressed the notion of people being spiritual but not religious. On the other extreme we encounter people who have a checklist of rituals which I also explored. As Catholics, we must have a both AND attitude. Listen to my full homily HERE.

Autobiography of the new pastor

Posted by Carol Cyr on 7/20/15

My name is Fr. Joel Hastings. You may call me either “Fr. Joel” or “Fr. Hastings” (I do not have a preference). I have been ordained for 16 years, having received ordination to the priesthood on June 30, 1999 from Bishop Roger Schwietz here in Duluth. In answer to ... Read More »


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