St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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God is Our Help

The Resurrection is our triumph over suffering. We no longer have to run away from it, but by the grace of God, we are freed from the worldliness of our culture and the it’s fruits; more suffering. Now we are free to be the people we want to be; a people of goodness, virtue and holiness as opposed to selfishness, vice and worldliness. We are free at last!

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Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

1. In the Gospel of this radiant night of the Easter Vigil, we first meet the women who go the tomb of Jesus with spices to anoint his body (cf. Lk 24:1-3). They go to perform an act of compassion, a traditional act of affection and love for a dear departed person, just as we would. They had followed Jesus, they had listened to his words, they had felt understood by him in their dignity and they had accompanied him to the very end, to Calvary and to the moment when he was taken down from the cross. We can imagine their feelings as they make their way to the tomb: …–3?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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Father Cantalamessa’s Good Friday Homily

Here is a translation of the homily that the preacher of the Pontifical Household, Capuchin Father Raniero Cantalamessa, gave during the celebration of the Passion of the Lord today in St. Peter’s Basilica.



2013 Good Friday Sermon in St. Peter’s Basilica

“All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, but they are now justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God put forward as a sacrifice of atonement by his blood, effective through faith in his blood. He did this to show his righteousness […] to prove at the present time that he is righteous and that he justifies the one who has faith in Jesus”(Rom 3:23-26). …–6?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch

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Pope Francis’ Palm Sunday Homily

Here is the translation of Pope Francis’ homily for Palm Sunday which was held at St. Peter’s Square earlier today.

1. Jesus enters into Jerusalem. The crowd of disciples accompanies him in celebration, cloaks are placed on the road before him, his miracles are spoken of, a shout of praise goes up: “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord, the king. Peace in heaven and glory in the highest heaven” (Luke 19:38).

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Stations and Lent

                Those St Bridget prayers are harder that I thought! But they have been good!! I may even keep praying them for a whole year as suggested. I have had to make time in the morning to make sure I do those prayers.  I heard St Thomas was doing a chaplet of Divine Mercy every day. Maybe we can do it next year. There are so many devotions and overall tools we have that bring us closer to our Lord Jesus. Continue reading