St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Fr Chris Alar Homily on the Parish Mission

Divine Mercy is one of the most wonderful devotions we have for our times. Come and find out why by coming to the parish mission these three days, Tonight, Monday night and Tuesday night at 7pm in St Joseph Church in Freeport, IL.

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Mercy; Part 7

Before we enter into the confessional, we have to do what they cal “an Examination of Conscience”. This is where we as Catholics go through our actions and try to discern if there are any sins we may have committed that we need to be forgiven of by Jesus. We usually start with the Ten Commandments. These commandments God had given to Moses on Mount Sinai. Some other religions may have similar rules, but there are some things that are different about the Ten Commandments. Continue reading

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Pope at Angelus: the Path of Jesus Always Brings Us to Happiness

Vatican City, March 01, 2015

Even if we face trials, if we follow the way of Jesus, we will find happiness. With this message, Pope Francis addressed the faithful gathered in a sunny St. Peter’s Square on the Second Sunday of Lent.

The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel, which recounts the event of the Transfiguration, when Jesus gives Peter, James, and John a glimpse of his glory, to confirm them in the faith and encourage them to follow Him and the path of the Cross.

“Jesus doesn’t deceive us,” Pope Francis told the faithful. …

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The Joy of the Gospel Fills the Heart and Life

Rome, February 27, 2015

The theme of Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s first Lenten homily is Evangelii Gaudium, in which the Papal Household Preacher points out first of all the thread that unites several post-Council Popes on the subject of evangelization.

In his Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis reminds that the starting point of any sort of evangelization is Baptism: an affirmation that is “not new” said Blessed Paul VI …

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“Indissoluble Marriage Is Not A Threat to Human Freedom”

Rome, February 26, 2015

“Fidelity” and “indissolubility” remain indispensable conditions of Christian marriage, confirmed Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during a conference …

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Why should I go to Confession?

Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) was given to us by Christ to help us reconcile with Christ and his Church when we have committed harm. Through the Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins, express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done and resolve to do better in the future.

During his public life, Jesus both forgave sins and reintegrated the sinners into the community. This is the goal of the Sacrament of Confession: to forgive sins and …

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Is Marijuana Really intended for Medical Use Only In Illinois?

We need to challenge our Politicians to put a stop to the full legalization of Marijuana. Please read what the Illinois Family Institute has to say about this problem. Please pray that our Lord Jesus prevent this atrocity from happening.


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