St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Mary, Mother of God

10:30am Mass (1.1.19):

8am Mass (1.1.19):

4pm Vigil Mass (12.31.18):


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Are the Gospels a Myth?

One of the most common pronouncements by the atheists is that “Christianity is a myth.”
Are they right? Is Christianity a myth? Are the gospels myths?
In a sense the gospels function like a myth. However, most of the atheists making this comment do not seem to have a very knowledgeable understanding of myth and how it works. They don’t seem to understand the richness and the ambiguity of the term “myth.” When they say “myth” what they mean is “fairy tale.” Even the term “fairy tale” has far deeper and richer levels of meaning than they are aware of. They use…

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/are-the-gospels-a-myth


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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.


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Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the Rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7, where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain repetition as the pagans do.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/why-the-rosary-is-not-vain-repetition


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Of Courage, Humanae Vitae, and the Martyrdom of Speaking Up

When I got to St. Anthony’s for Mass last Saturday, I noticed the bulletins in the rack had the same cover as the ones at my own parish. “Canonization of Saint Paul VI & Saint Óscar Romero,” they read across the top, “October 14, 2018.” Beneath was a portrait of the two men side by side: Paul with his white papal skullcap (or zucchetto), the bespectacled Archbishop with his episcopal reddish one. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/becker/of-courage-humanae-vitae-and-the-martyrdom-of-speaking-up