St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Benedict XVI: Truth is Not Given Up in the Name of a Desire for Peace

Vatican City, October 23, 2014 ( Staff Reporter | 932 hits

The Pontifical Urbaniana University dedicated its Aula Magna to Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI, as “a gesture of gratitude for what he has done for the Church as a conciliar expert, with his teaching as professor, as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith and, finally, the Magisterium.”

…The message highlighted the “universality” that reigns in the life of the Pontifical Urbaniana University, and it reminded the academic community that the Church “has never been about only one people or one culture,” but from the beginning she has been “destined to humanity.” …

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Pope at Santa Marta: Our Own Forces Are Weak, We Need God

Vatican City, October 23, 2014

At this morning’s Mass at Casa Santa Marta, Pope Francis said that left to ourselves, we are weak, but he encouraged the faithful to turn to God and the Holy Spirit, who not only have the power to strengthen us, but also to do the unthinkable.

Reflecting on St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the Pope recalled how St. Paul’s experience of Jesus “led him to leave everything behind” because “he was in love with Christ.” …

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“God Is” Retreat November 1

GOD Is-Day of Renewal

There will be a God Is day of renewal on Saturday, November 1 from 7:30am and closing with the 4pm Mass in St Mary Church in Freeport, IL. The event will be held at the Holy Family Community Center. It will be available in English and Spanish.

There will be adoration time, discussion sessions, talks, skits, Mass, Confessions and good fellowship in this retreat. It will renew your relationship with Jesus in a fun way and help you find a new appreciation of the Sacraments. Come with us and discover our faith in a new way!

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Today Is Comment Deadline for Contraception Mandate’s New Adjustments

Washington, D.C., October 21, 2014

The deadline is today for submitting comments to the Obama administration regarding the Health and Human Services mandate on contraception, sterilization and abortifacient drugs.

At 11:59 Eastern time this evening, the window for comments closes.

The Administration’s contraceptive mandate requires health plans to cover abortifacient drugs and devices, contraceptives, and sterilization procedures for women. The Administration recently issued two new rules on the mandate. …

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Marriage on the Downturn

Rome, October 20, 2014

A significant amount of the media coverage about the deliberations of the Synod on the Family was about whether those who are divorced and re-married outside of the Church could receive Communion.

No data has been forthcoming on the number of people who are in this situation, but some recent reports show a significant trend away from marriage in the first place. Thus, while divorce is without doubt a serious problem, if people do not even marry at all then the institutions of marriage and the family are in trouble. …


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