St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Bible: Maccabees and Job

The first and second books of Maccabees were originally written as one book, but the Church decided to divide them into two, to make things easier to remember. That happened long before chapter or verse numbers were put into the Bible. The events that took place were during the reign of the Greeks. It is also one of the books that were taken out of the Jewish tradition after the time of Jesus. Continue reading


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The Bible: Tobit, Judith and Esther

The Book of Tobit is another one of those fun stories in the Bible. This story is self-contained. What do I mean by that? You can read the book while not knowing where it fits in the Bible and still get a whole story. It is a story of a very holy man named Tobit. Tobit was a very real person and in the first chapter and a half sets the stage for the story. Continue reading


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Trinity Sunday: Rejoicing in Knowing Who God Is


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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’

Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Ideologies Strip Away the Flesh of the Church’


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Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Catechists is About Key Message of the Faith

Pope’s Homily at Jubilee for Catechists


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Pope: What Happens in Heaven When a Sinner Enters a Confessional?

Pope: What Happens in Heaven When a Sinner Enters a Confessional?


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Pope Francis’ Homily at Canonization of Blessed Teresa

Pope Francis’ Homily at Canonization of Blessed Teresa