High school students: Want to join a community of fun, meaningful conversation, service, and worship? We meet every Wednesday in the NEW Youth Room at St Thomas from 7-9pm. Text Benjy Miller (Youth Minister) at 815.348.7785 for more info or if you just want to talk or hangout.
The Devil has a plan to take you down. What is your strategy
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. (Matthew 7:21)
The Book of Malachi is three chapters long. The Name Malachi means “My Messenger”. It is believed to be written sometime before Nehemiah came to town around 455 BC. The people of God returned from exile, but their hearts were still not turned back to Him. The priests were still offering blemished sacrifices, but the prophecy in Chapter 1 verse 11 tells of the Sacrifice of the Mass. Chapter Three, verses two and three states, “But who will endure the day of his coming, and who can stand when he appears? For he is like a refiner’s fire, or like the fuller’s lye. He will sit refining and purifying [silver], and he will purify the sons of Levi, refining them like gold or silver that they may offer the due sacrifice to the Lord.” This is in reference to Zechariah 13:9 and Isaiah 1:25. But, all the Old testament references are pointing to the coming of Jesus. Jesus will offer the true sacrifice; the source of our worship at Mass. He will purify us with the once and for all sacrifice that comes to us in the Mass and whose power comes to us in Baptism, confession and anointing of the sick. Malachi sets the stage for the coming Messiah. Continue reading
En el texto de Isaías de este domingo se anuncia un festín de manjares suculentos “para todos los pueblos”. La invitación de Dios es, pues, universal. No hay duda de que Dios no hace acepción de personas, para El todos somos iguales, a todos nos invita a participar en su fiesta. Continue reading
Today is the 100 year anniversary of the Miracle of the Son. Praise God!
(Cynthia Saar sings the Ave Maria)
The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.
A representative of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host an informative meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30pm, in the O’Neill Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport, IL. Parishioners of all three Freeport parishes as well as nearby parishes are invited and encouraged to attend. Carol Giambalvo, director of cemeteries, will present a history of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, its responsibilities as operator of the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, management and financing of cemetery operations, and cemetery services and products. She will also discuss the Cemetery Oversight Act, which changed certain cemetery procedures and mandated maps, invoicing procedures, and cemetery authorities. Additional current and future topics include installation of military flagpoles this fall, the need to update records and maps, new area to be developed in Calvary Cemetery, possible cremation area at St Joseph Cemetery, and maintenance issues such as repair of roads, spraying for weeds, adding litter barrels and more. Also, rules and regulations regarding plantings and trimmings of evergreens, use of shepherd hooks, explanation of types of flower vases permitted and proximity to gravestones. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.