St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Trust in God, Not Men

Trusting in humanity only sets us up for disappointments. How hard it is to keep promises either out of lack of respect or because of circumstances that are out of our control. ON top of that, we may have our plans, but did we consult God? Reminding ourselves that God has to put up with others just as much as we do. So every time i sin, i am conflating God’s will. Now imagine this; He has to put up with this in every person on earth. Just because an evil happens, it does not mean it is God’s will. God Himself also has to deal with it. He also suffers from it. Yet He allows it because He is patient with us all equally.

So many people will leave the Church because “so and so” did some evil. But what does that have to do with the fact that Jesus is God and loves you? How does so and sos actions disprove that Jesus died on the cross for us? Who is it we are trusting in, Man or God? Are we not all sinners? So why deny yourself God’s grace because of “so and so”? That would be illogical and hurtful only to yourself. 

God made us promises that would only be fulfilled in the next life (Gospel reading). Until then, we have to put up with each other and pray that those who harm us may fully change their lives and realize God’s plan for themselves.IN this process we must remind ourselves that though we may have to put u with each other, God has to put up with us. But even then, He does so much more, He died for us.

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VI domingo del tiempo ordinario ciclo C 2019

La fe en Cristo resucitado nos da paz, alegría interior y confianza en su presencia permanente entre nosotros. La fe cristiana nace del corazón, pero corre el peligro de transformarse en religión de ritos. Los judíos “religiosos” quieren imponer la circuncisión. La Iglesia está amenazada de quedarse en los medios, los ritos, y olvidarse de lo fundamental, la interioridad de la fe. También nosotros corremos el riesgo de confundir las tradiciones con la verdad, de afirmar como eterno e inmutable lo que es fruto de una época, de hacer apología de nuestra fe con una filosofía ya superada, de imponer cargas y obligaciones que alejan de lo fundamental, de sostener que viene de Dios lo que viene del hombre. El Espíritu nos ayudará a no quedarnos en lo superficial para llegar a identificarnos con el Padre que nos ama, viene a nuestra vida y hace morada en nosotros. El Papa Francisco constantemente nos hace una llamada a recuperar la frescura del evangelio, a valorar lo esencial en el seguimiento de Jesucristo. Continue reading

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Genesis to Jesus Bible Study During Lent

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is offering a FREE video Bible Study this coming Lent 2019 titled: Genesis to Jesus!
This program usually is not offered free, and it originates from St. Paul University Steubenville with Dr. Scott Hahn and multiple theologians. This study presents the whole sweep of salvation history, and helps you make sense of the Bible, literally.

If you have internet, you may register by contacting and have it streamed into your homes.

We will also be studying and discussing Genesis to Jesus during our Saturday morning bible study beginning on March 2 at 10:30am in the Holy Family Community Center. This will be led by Fr. Barr and Joanie Williams. Please feel free to join us as we journey through Lent together.