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Pope Francis Reflects on the Nature of Hope

Vatican City,      October 29, 2013

During his morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta today, Pope Francis reflected on the nature of hope, saying that it is not optimism but rather “an eager expectation towards the revelation of the Son of God.” The Holy Father drew his words from the first reading of St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans. …

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Francis to Families: Don’t Ever Let the Sun Set Without Reconciling

Vatican City,      October 28, 2013

This weekend, more than 150,000 people from across the globe gathered in St. Peter’s Square for the Year of Faith Pilgrimage for Families. The pilgrimage, which was titled “Family: Live the Joy of Faith”, was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Before addressing the crowds gathered, the Holy Father listened to the experiences of several couples, both married and engaged. …

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Novena Prayer for Priests

Jesus, Good Shepherd, You sent us the Holy Spirit to guide Your Church and lead her faithful to You through the ministry of Your priests.
Through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, grant to Your priests wisdom in leading, faithfulness in teaching, and holiness in guarding Your sacred Mysteries.
As they cry out with all the faithful, “Abba Father!” may Your priests be ever more closely identified with You in Your divine Sonship and offer their own lives with You, the one saving Victim.
Make them helpful brothers of one another, and understanding fathers of all Your people.
Renew in Your priests deeper faith, greater trust in You, childlike reliance on our Mother Mary, and unwavering fidelity to the Holy Father and his Bishops.
Holy Mary, intercede for your priests. St. Joseph, protect them. St. Michael, defend them. St. John Vianney, pray for them.  


With Ecclesiastical Approval Most Reverend Daniel R. Jenky, C.S.C. Bishop of Peoria

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The Ironies of October and November

October is almost over and November is around the corner. As we wind down on the month of the Holy Rosary and respect life month, we will welcome the month where we pray for the souls in purgatory.

We have the crosses out this month along Galena. Each cross equals one million abortions committed since Roe v Wade in 1973. We are also starting the Spiritual Adoption program October 25. It was initiated by Fulton Sheen years ago. … Continue reading