St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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FORMED

FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform that gives St Joseph’s and St Mary’s parishioners unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. Available in English and Spanish, this valuable evangelization tool is rich in Catholic content that contains video-based study programs, feature films and movies, audio presentations and eBooks. FORMED provides Catholics of all ages access to excellent Catholic resources 24/7. Our new FORMED Parish Program will officially launch on April 14 & 15, but parishioners are encouraged to engage in this online platform by logging onto http://www.stjosephstmary.formed.org Our unique Parish Access Code is Z2YWCF — The Be Bold Be Catholic Committee


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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 9

Chapter 14 shows how hard it can be when you bring Christ to others. There were people who constantly told lies about Paul and Barnabas that conditioned people not to believe. They became violent against them. Paul heals a crippled man by the power of Jesus. The people think that they are gods. They start to offer sacrifices for them. Paul and Barnabas tear their garments and tell the people not to do this, but they would not listen. Instead, a group of people from Iconium (the previous town) that did not believe in what they preached came to town (Lystra), and the people believed those who opposed Paul and Barnabas. What a strange turn of events. Paul heals a man and they think he is a god. Paul then tries to correct them. They don’t listen to Paul, but those who lie about him and end up stoning him think he is dead. Continue reading


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CD of the Month: The Fourth Cup

Fifth Week of Lent 2018- The Fourth Cup (This Lighthouse CD can be found in the CD rack) Well-known Catholic theologian Dr. Scott Hahn explains Christ’s Paschal Sacrifice on the cross as the fulfillment of the traditional fourth cup used in the celebration of the Jewish Passover meal. He draws a symbolic parallel to the Last Supper and Christ’s death on Calvary. Through his scholarly insights and important biblical connections, Mass will come alive for you as never before!
Parishioner Comments: Thank you! This put all the pieces of the puzzle together concerning the Holy Eucharist. The Mass has come alive for me and my family! Joe – Kettering, OH We now have a deeper understanding of the institution of the Eucharist and its deeply-rooted nature in the Passover. Kent – Mena, AZ


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If You Give Everything, You’ll Gain Everything

Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Being brought up in a Bible-believing Protestant home, I had to memorize verses from the King James Version of the Bible. I’m glad I did. Not only did I learn God’s word by heart, but the words were written in my heart. They’re in there. Down deep.
One of the verse I had to learn was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” It is a question of priorities, and it is really very simple: Put God first and everything else falls into its proper place. Put God first and you shall have all things according to their worth.
The converse is therefore also true: Put something else first and you will lose all things, and the surprising thing is that you will eventually also lose the thing that you put first. Here are some examples:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/if-you-give-everything-youll-gain-everything


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Catholic Bishop Denies Communion to Pro-Abortion Democrat Sen. Dick Durbin: “Until He Repents of His Sin”

Pro-life Catholics who wish Catholic Church leaders would step up and deny communion to leading politicians who support abortion are getting good news today.
One Catholic bishop is denying communion to pro-abortion Democrat Dick Durbin, a top Democrat in the Senate who has long supported and promoted abortion. Durbin joined other Democrats to block a bill banning abortions after 20 weeks. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/02/22/catholic-bishop-denies-communion-to-pro-abortion-democrat-sen-dick-durbin-until-he-repents-of-his-sin/


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Questions and Answers About Lent and Lenten Practices

Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent? When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.
A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.” Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.
Q. So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays? …

https://zenit.org/articles/questions-and-answers-about-lent-and-lenten-practices/