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Fr. Joel Hastings

Fr. Joel Hastings

Basics of Catholicism -Introduction

Posted by Carol Cyr on 2/04/19

 Introduction

 As I begin this new teaching endeavor in the “Pastor’s Ponderings” section of our weekly parish bulletin, I want to first express why this series is being offered and what the end goal of this review of basics of Catholicism truly is.

          As a backdrop, might I ... Read More »

Rules on fasting before communion

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/28/19

What is the current rule on fasting before communion?

           Among the disciplines that we keep in practicing our Catholic faith, one discipline that most people keep habitually, quite possibly without thinking about its deeper significance, is the practice of fasting from food and drink prior to receiving Holy ... Read More »

Tithing/Catholic Campaign for Human Developement

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/21/19

What is tithing?  Does the Church require it? Can the money be given to a nonprofit or other good cause?

           The practice of tithing (that is, of giving away a set percentage of one’s income as a return to God of the “first fruits”) is found in various ... Read More »

Latin Mass/ Wearing veils

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/14/19

I have noticed more and more females of all ages wearing veils.  Please explain the importance and reason of this.

           The recent increase of women and girls wearing veils (or dignified hats, for that matter) may be attributed to several factors.  One may be simply the presence of ... Read More »

Saint questions/ The Mystery of the Eucharist

Posted by Carol Cyr on 1/07/19

Why does the statue of St. Paul have a sword?

           Often, statues or other art works that show saints will include things that tell us more about their life, or as it is with Paul, their death.  For example, you may have also noticed how the statue of ... Read More »

Renewing the Family from Within

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/31/18

Renewing the Family from Within:  An Invitation on the Feast of the Holy Family.

          Today on this Sunday within the Octave of Christmas (that is, the Sunday within the eight days beginning with Christmas day through January 1,) the Church celebrates the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary, and ... Read More »

The Greatest of All "Presents"

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/24/18

The Greatest of all Christmas “Presents”:  Jesus Christ

            In just a couple of days we will arrive once again at the celebration of Christmas.  As I extend to you and your family good wishes and many blessings this Christmas, I offer some reflections upon the blessings of Christmas ... Read More »

More on Mortal Sin

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/17/18

Name some mortal sins other than killing, missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (Part 2:  Examining your conscience more effectively and confessing your sins).

           Last week, I began an answer to this question of naming mortal sins beyond those listed in the initial question by reminding all ... Read More »

What is a mortal sin

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/10/18

Name some mortal sins other than killing, missing Mass on Sundays and Holy Days (Part 1:  Definitions).

           In recent years, when there have been many in the Church who have spent much time and energy explaining away all sin, let alone the reality that there are serious sins ... Read More »

Advent-Prepare

Posted by Carol Cyr on 12/03/18

Advent:  Preparing to Meet the Lord

As we begin our observance of Advent, we are invited to turn our focus to preparing for the coming of Christ – in every sense of His coming.  That is, while it is plain that Advent serves to help us be ready to ... Read More »

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