St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Bull of Indiction for Jubilee Year of Mercy to be Published on April 11th

Rome, March 31, 2015

“Following the first announcement of the next extraordinary Holy Year by Pope Francis on March 13th, the Holy Father will proceed with the official indiction of the Jubilee of Mercy with the publication of the Bull of Indiction on Saturday 11 April, at 5.30 pm in St. Peter’s Basilica.”

So indicates a communique released by the Holy See Press Office, which said that “the rite of publication will involve the reading of …

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Pope: Saint Teresa of Avila is “A Teacher of Prayer”

Rome, March 30, 2015

In a message sent to the Discalced Carmelites, Pope Francis said that St. Teresa of Avila serves as a model and guide “of total donation to God.” …

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Mercy Part 12

After the Act of Contrition prayer, the priest will give absolution. This is where the forgiveness is given. This is the text of Absolution.

 “God the Father of mercies, through the death and resurrection of His Son, has reconciled the world to Himself and sent the Holy Spirit to be among us for the forgiveness of sins: through the ministry of the Church, may God give you pardon and peace, and I absolve you from your sins in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.” Continue reading

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Marriage and Family

Rome, March 29, 2015

Divorce has a significant impact on family income, the British Marriage Foundation declared in a recent study.

A family that stays together can have the same positive effect on income as having a university degree, they found.

“The negative effect on income of paying for two households, additional transport and increased care costs following the breakup of a family all contribute to the substantial difference in …

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Filipino Cardinal: Catholic Church Cannot Conform Her Teachings on Divorce

Vatican City, March 26, 2015

Manila Archbishop Emeritus, Cardinal Gaudencio Rosales says the Catholic Church cannot conform her teachings about divorce to the world’s wishes.

According to CBCP News, the former archbishop of the Filipino capital stressed that even if a new survey shows that 60 percent of Filipinos want divorce to be made legal, no one can change the teachings of God to suit what people want. Since Church doctrine comes from Divine Law, it cannot be changed, he said. …