St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Liturgy of the Eucharist; Part 10

                In the first Eucharistic prayer, the priest says, “…that you accept and bless these gifts…and unblemished sacrifices, which we offer you firstly for your holy catholic Church.” Notice the priest uses the word “we”. As Catholics, we are to offer our sacrifices for the good of the Church. We are called to pray for our brothers and sisters in Christ and for the hierarchy of the Church.

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The West and Modernity

Rome, March 30, 2014

The unique contribution of Western civilization to world history is the theme of Rodney Stark’s latest book, “How the West Won: The Neglected Story of the Triumph of Modernity,” (ISI Books).

In his previous book, “The Victory of Reason,” Stark examined in detail the contribution made by Christianity to Western civilization. His new book concentrates more on general cultural factors, without ignoring the contribution made by Christianity. …

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Pope Francis: God Never Tires of Forgiving Us

Vatican City, March 28, 2014

God waits for us and never tires of forgiving us. This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta.

The Holy Father reflected on the first reading from the prophet Hosea, which recalls God’s call to conversion and forgiveness for the people of Israel.

“Return, O Israel, to the LORD, your God; you have collapsed through your guilt. Take with you words, and return to the LORD,” the reading states.

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God’s Not Dead

Is a good movie with all its corny protestant very staged, yet effective responses. One thing about being a Catholic is that it is the fullness of what it is to be Christian with all the tools for grace Jesus intended for us to have. We can enjoy a movie like this, not be offended and rejoice in our brothers and sisters in Christ. I am glad I went to this movie, instead of Noah.

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‘Noah’ the Movie

It is just another action movie. It does not stick to the Bible story. Similar to the Divinci Code, they take anything they can conjure up in their minds to twist the meaning of the Bible to their benefit; namely, making money and promoting agendas. They even admit it outright. Here is the promotional ad in the Washington Post about the movie. I would hate to have you spend money on something you were not expecting

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The Old St Mary’s Stations of the Cross

We have sold the old St Mary’s Stations of the Cross to St Rita’s Catholic Church in Rockford. They have had them restored and mounted. The grand unveiling of these stations is tonight, Friday, March 28 at 7pm. Our heritage at St Mary’s church does not stop with us. It continues on at St Rita of Cascia Church.

The Stations of the Cross were donated by the Married Women’s Sodality in 1890 and remained in the church until 1964-65 for the renovation and complete overhaul of the church building at that time. Since that time, they have been in the basement till about two years ago. We thank St Rita Church for saving these great heirlooms of the church. We hope Many more people can benefit from them for years to come!