St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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IV domingo de cuaresma ciclo C 2019

Si hay una palabra que resuma el mensaje de la Cuaresma de este año es ésta: “misericordia”. Normalmente identificamos la misericordia con el perdón o la compasión. Pero tiene también otros significados: en la parábola del Buen Samaritano se identifica con lo que hoy llamamos “solidaridad”. El origen etimológico de la palabra revela un sentido más rico y profundo. En hebreo “rahanim” expresa el apego de un ser a otro. Para la mentalidad semita este apego nace en el seno materno o útero, es decir en las entrañas. Nosotros diríamos que significa que una persona está en el corazón de otra: es el cariño, la ternura que se traduce en compasión y perdón ante el fallo de un hijo o de un hermano. El padre del “hijo pródigo” fue ciertamente misericordioso, porque llevaba a su hijo en el corazón, en sus entrañas más profundas. Demostró que le quería porque formaba parte de su ser. Por eso recibió a su hijo con los brazos abiertos, sin reprocharle nada. Le había perdonado incluso antes de que su hijo se lo pidiera. Así actúa Dios con nosotros. Espera que volvamos a su encuentro, porque es en su regazo, acogiéndonos a sus entrañas amorosas, como podemos ser felices. Continue reading


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Abortion-Expansion in Illinois Update

Many people in the parish are still worried about the horrific bills that are coming up in the Illinois House 2495 and 2467 and in the senate 1594 and 1942. These bills would make abortion at any stage (even if the baby’s head is the only part of the body still in the womb) and for any reason a must-do from medical personnel and insurance to our tax dollars. The law does not require anybody to feed a person who needs food, but abortion must be supplied to anybody who asks with no exceptions. I have called Andrew Chesney and Brian Stewart about these bills. They have committed to a “no vote” and reject these bills. I plan on having a meeting with them both very soon, as the House bill is under consideration on the day I write this. All parishioners will be invited to come along to lend support for a “no vote” on these bills. I do not have a day and time set up for this as of yet. Rumor is that these bills have the full support of the democrat party, who has the majority, though there are some on the fence. We are all citizens of Illinois, and I encourage those concerned to find those sitting on the fence on this issue and to convince them to vote no on bills 2495, 2467, 1942 and 1594. Please read up on these bills, be polite, and ask them to commit to vote no. — God Bless You! Fr. Timothy Barr

Photos from the trip to Springfield, IL on March 20 to meet with legislators, personally asking them to “Vote No” on these bills.


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Planned Parenthood HQ Has Sent 15 Women in 26 Months to Hospital After Botched Abortions

Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility, located in the heart of Manhattan, has apparently injured another woman, who required ambulance transport to a nearby hospital.

On March 6, 2019, two ambulances arrived at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood, located at 26 Bleecker Street. One pro-life witness told Operation Rescue that the first emergency crew entered the Planned Parenthood high-rise with a gurney.
However, since…

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/03/28/planned-parenthood-hq-has-sent-15-women-in-26-months-to-hospital-after-botched-abortions/


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Symbolism in the Church #9

In St Joseph Church, there is a special feature that you would not find in many places. Above the tabernacle, where many times we place a crucifix, is what is called a rotunda. It is part of the façade of the reredos that changes according to the season. I call it a rotunda because in the reredos, the rotunda spins around to show three different facades: one for ordinary time, one for advent and lent, and another for Christmas and Easter time. So the rotunda adds to the diversity of the reredos to apply to the various times of the year. When we first got this high altar and reredos in 2011, it had many different layers of paint on it. These layers were carefully taken off in order to find out what the original design of the painting was. This is what we attempted to paint on it. There were a few adaptations to it, but for the most part it was done the same way it was originally painted for St Mary’s Church in Dubuque, which is now closed. Continue reading


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Cardinal Cupich Warns Against ‘Radical’ Illinois Abortion Bills

One bill would remove many regulations, including a ban on partial-birth abortion; other bill would repeal the state parental-notification law.

Catholic News Agency
CHICAGO — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has spoken out against a pair of Illinois abortion bills, calling them a radical and disturbing movement away from the common good.
In a March 23 letter to the people of his archdiocese, Cupich encouraged Catholics to take a stand against the legislation.
One of the bills — introduced as House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 — “seeks to strip unborn persons of any protection — or even consideration — under the law and declares abortion to be a ‘fundamental right’ and matter of health care,” he warned. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-cupich-warns-against-radical-illinois-abortion-bills