St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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DECEMBER EARLY BULLETIN DEADLINES

 The Dec. 9 bulletin has been sent to the printer.

Articles for the Dec. 16 bulletin must in in the office on Monday, Dec. 3.

Articles for the Dec. 23 bulletin must be in the office on Monday, Dec 10.

Articles for the Dec. 30 bulletin must be in the office on Monday, Dec. 17.

The printers have early submission deadlines. Thank you for your understanding!
~ THE ST JOSEPH/ST MARY OFFICE STAFF


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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Solemnidad de Cristo Rey del universo ciclo B 2018

La fiesta de Cristo Rey, se trasladó su celebración del último domingo de octubre al último domingo del Año Litúrgico, para significar la culminación de nuestra salvación. ¿Tiene sentido celebrar hoy esta fiesta? Por supuesto que sí, porque lo que queremos celebrar es que Jesucristo debe ser lo más importante de nuestra vida, debe reinar en nuestro corazón. Sólo así le seguiremos con todas nuestras fuerzas y podremos gozar de su amor. Un rey existe para servir a su pueblo, el espíritu de servicio a la comunidad es lo que justifica su ser. Así lo hizo Jesús, que tuvo como trono la cruz, como cetro una simple caña, como manto una ridícula túnica de color púrpura y coronó su cabeza con una corona de espinas. ¿Podía ser Él el rey de los judíos? Indudablemente, su reino no era de este mundo, pero sí para este mundo. El escepticismo de Pilato ante la verdad coincide con el agnosticismo que muchos dicen profesar en nuestro tiempo. ¿Es que es imposible encontrar la verdad? Sin embargo, la verdad se encuentra dentro de ti, como testimonió el gran buscador de la verdad Agustín de Hipona. No te desparrames, entra en ti mismo y la encontrarás. La Verdad es el propio Jesucristo, deja que El ilumine tu oscuridad y se disiparán todas tus dudas. Continue reading


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Bible, Romans #16

Chapter eleven challenges both Jews and Gentiles. God will graft into His fold whomever He chooses, according to the faith they live. Neither should be “haughty” (v20) over the other because they have been chosen by God. They can lose it on account of losing their faith. We too should be careful about being prideful of our faith. Sometimes we can think ourselves better than the other and assume our salvation. Continue reading


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Who Will You Bow Down To?

When we get to the end of our life, we will bow down to one or the other; Satan or Jesus. Satan offers us to do whatever we want, whereas Jesus gave us a way to follow, namely the Ten Commandments and the cross in this life. At the end of our life comes our final judgement. If we do what we want, we will be serving Satan and suffer eternity from him. If we follow Jesus, He will offer infinite love, joy and peace.


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Frank Runyeon to Present Advent Mission

Frank Runyeon will return to St Joseph to present an Advent Mission, LET THERE BE LIGHT, on November 26, 27 and 28. Frank is a nationally known translator and performer of Biblical texts. He is perhaps best known for his many roles on television and was recently nominated for a Daytime Emmy.

He has translated and adapted seven Biblical texts for performance as one-man dramas. He will perform SIGNS: The Gospel of John on Nov. 26, LUKE: Stories on the Road on Nov. 27, and THE LETTER OF JAMES on Nov. 28. All performances will be at 7:00pm in St Joseph Church. Mark your calendars as you will not want to miss the opportunity to explore Scripture in this unique manner.