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Venerable Fr Jerzy: Video

Here is a brief story of a great martyr. I was at the church he served at the time of his death and place of burial. Believe it or not, that was the place that sticks out in my mind the most. I could sense a holy presence there.

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Fr Jerzy

Poland was great, but it is great to be back. As a priest, I find it hard to be away from parish life. It is what I was ordained for. It will be a while before I go on vacation again. There were many things to see and places to go in Poland. As in all countries in Europe, there is a lot of history there.

                One of the places that struck me was the Church and burial-place of Fr Jerzy Popieƚuszko. His first name is pronounced Yerze. Unless you are polish, do not even try to pronounce the last name. Fr Jerzy was born in 1947 in Poland. He was a good and holy priest. He spoke out against the communist regime that Stalin established in Poland. Poland was behind the “Iron Curtain” of communism till 1989. I did not think about it too much. As Americans, it is hard to imagine what it would be like to be under such rule. Twenty years have gone by in Poland, and they have not forgotten. They fought long and hard to gain their freedom. It took many generations to establish themselves and they continue in this process. Continue reading

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Novena For the Holy Souls in Purgatory Started

The feast day for the Holy Souls in Purgatory started yesterday. The holy day is on November 2 (friday of next week). This is  a great day and preparation time to pray for our loved ones who have passed before us. Please take advantage of these prayers.

Prayer to Our Suffering Savior for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

O most sweet Jesus, through the bloody sweat which Thou didst suffer in the Garden of Gethsemane, have mercy on these Blessed Souls. Have mercy on them.
R. Have mercy on them, O Lord
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Local Rockford Politicians Recieving Money From Planned Parenthood

If we believe what the church teaches about abortion; namely that abortion kills innocent babies,  then to we not only have a right to tell people that they cannot do abortions (kill babies), its an obligation. If we wonder why the German people did not do anything about all the Jews being killed, how can we ignore the babies being killed? Over 3600 of them daily in America alone! Here is the news on our local politicians: