St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Joy of the Gospel Fills the Heart and Life

Rome, February 27, 2015

The theme of Father Raniero Cantalamessa’s first Lenten homily is Evangelii Gaudium, in which the Papal Household Preacher points out first of all the thread that unites several post-Council Popes on the subject of evangelization.

In his Apostolic Exhortation, Pope Francis reminds that the starting point of any sort of evangelization is Baptism: an affirmation that is “not new” said Blessed Paul VI …

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“Indissoluble Marriage Is Not A Threat to Human Freedom”

Rome, February 26, 2015

“Fidelity” and “indissolubility” remain indispensable conditions of Christian marriage, confirmed Cardinal Kurt Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, during a conference …

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Why should I go to Confession?

Every time we sin, we hurt ourselves, other people and God. The Sacrament of Reconciliation (also called Penance or Confession) was given to us by Christ to help us reconcile with Christ and his Church when we have committed harm. Through the Sacrament, we acknowledge our sins, express our sorrow in a meaningful way, receive the forgiveness of Christ and his Church, make reparation for what we have done and resolve to do better in the future.

During his public life, Jesus both forgave sins and reintegrated the sinners into the community. This is the goal of the Sacrament of Confession: to forgive sins and …

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Is Marijuana Really intended for Medical Use Only In Illinois?

We need to challenge our Politicians to put a stop to the full legalization of Marijuana. Please read what the Illinois Family Institute has to say about this problem. Please pray that our Lord Jesus prevent this atrocity from happening.

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The Third Way

How the Catholic Church loves all sinners. Mother Church is leading those with same-sex attraction to chastity and to live the way Jesus would have them live. It is a life of freedom. It is a life where they experience the fullness of love in Jesus.

The Third Way from Blackstone Films on Vimeo.

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ISIS Captures Christian Communities in Syria

New York, February 24, 2015

Forces of ISIS have attacked Christian Assyrian villages in north-eastern Syria, in the region of Khabour in the Hassake governorate.

Archimandrite Emanuel Youkhana, who heads a Christian aid program (CIPNA) in Dohuk, Iraq, told international Catholic charity Aid to the Church in Need that he spoke by telephone to a prelate in Hassake city, where around 400 families have fled following the Feb. 23 assault of ISIS fighters. …