St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Souls in Purgatory

This week will begin the month of November. We end October with a secular holiday of Halloween and begin the new month of November with All Saints Day, a Holy Day of Obligation. Halloween started as a pagan feast day that demanded a sacrifice to the pagan gods. The priests of the old Irish pagan religion demanded a sacrifice from the harvest. They would knock on every door demanding the food for sacrificing to the pagan gods. When the person opened the door they would say, “trick or treat,” meaning, get us the food for sacrifice or we will put a curse on you. Not my idea of a great holiday. Continue reading


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Domingo XXX del Tiempo Ordinario ciclo B 2018

El libro de la Consolación del profeta Jeremías es un canto a la esperanza. El pueblo en el exilio recibe el anuncio de que se acerca su liberación: una gran multitud retorna: cojos, ciegos, preñadas y paridas…. El Señor es fiel a su pueblo, es un padre para Israel. ¡Qué anuncio más gozoso, qué gran noticia! La alegría del pueblo será inmensa. Por eso, cuando se hace realidad la promesa del regreso a casa entona el salmo 125 “El Señor ha estado grande con nosotros, y estamos alegres”. ¡Cómo no estarlo si sabemos que Dios camina a nuestro lado pase lo que pase! Brota espontáneamente la alabanza en el “resto de Israel”. También en nosotros, que hemos recibido la gracia de la fe y de saber que Dios nos ama y es misericordioso. Continue reading


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Of Courage, Humanae Vitae, and the Martyrdom of Speaking Up

When I got to St. Anthony’s for Mass last Saturday, I noticed the bulletins in the rack had the same cover as the ones at my own parish. “Canonization of Saint Paul VI & Saint Óscar Romero,” they read across the top, “October 14, 2018.” Beneath was a portrait of the two men side by side: Paul with his white papal skullcap (or zucchetto), the bespectacled Archbishop with his episcopal reddish one. …

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