Registration for Religious Education is open. Forms can be picked up during office hours from the St Joseph – St Mary Parish Office Mon.-Thurs. 8:30-3:30 and Fri. 8:00-Noon. Submit completed forms along with payment and baptism certificate before September 5 to facilitate proper class assignment. Remember that Confirmation and First Holy Communion preparation requirement is a minimum of two years. Help Needed: We need teacher aids and office assistants. You can assist in the classroom or volunteer to help make phone calls, plan events, help to file and document data, offer one-on-one tutoring or teach a class. If you volunteer, you must take the Protecting God’s Children course, which is an online course, or if we have enough signing up we can schedule a class and someone will come here and teach the class. The Diocese requires all volunteers to take this course. The first day of class is September 9, 2018. This will be a Family Session and a welcome breakfast. All classes are held in the Holy Family Community Center from 9:00am until 10:15am. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 815-232-8271.
Last Weeks Homily frmo 8.19.18
Chapter Four of the Letter to the Romans deals with the issue of circumcision, one of the main issues of the letter. Paul is likening works with the flesh, the law, and therefore, condemnation, while faith is spiritual and deals with justification, righteousness and ultimately salvation. Continue reading
El pueblo hebreo se había establecido definitivamente en la tierra prometida, pero los recuerdos de su estancia en Egipto y el contacto con las gentes de su entorno, les había ido pegando costumbres y creencias de la cultura cananea que les rodeaba. Hay cosas que se pueden mezclar, pero que no se pueden diluir, una de ellas es la religiosidad. Como le pasa al agua para el consumo humano, es preciso depurarla, antes de que sea apta del todo para beberla. Continue reading
For all those who are interested in becoming Catholic or for those Catholic adults who have yet to be confirmed, RCIA classes will begin September 9 from 12:30pm till 2:00pm. The classes will be in the Daleiden Room in the basement of St Joseph rectory. All are welcome to attend. We will talk about the basic teachings of the Catholic Church and what we practice.