St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Schedule during the Corona Virus

The Mass schedule will go on, even though they will not be celebrated publicly. The Masses will be streamed live on the Facebook pages respective to where the Mass is celebrated. That means that if the Mass is celebrated at St Mary Church, it will be streamed live on the St Mary Facebook and vice versa. The stations of the cross will also be streamend live as well as many other prayers that I pray as a priest every day. You can call in for confessions and set up a time. I am offering confessions at the regular times standing at the curb at St Mary’s church and St Joseph I will be at the Holy Family Statue in the courtyard area between the Church and the rectory. I do not want the virus to be spread by contact in the confesional with so many people coming in and out. I am looking at being in that same courtyard area at St Joseph Church for the previously scheduled “Be Reconciled Day”, Wednesday,  April 1. You may come and join me and go to confession. I plan on being out there all day. (Click more for the updated schedule) Continue reading

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Pius XII Archives Offer More Than the Pontificate’s War Record

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican today opened archives relating to Pope Pius XII’s pontificate, and as historians and researchers begin to scour some 2 million documents for information, most attention will be paid to what they reveal about Pius’ actions and attitudes toward the Jews and the Nazis during the Second World War.
But it is what is disclosed about other historical matters that might ultimately be more significant. …–kqr0-zkvHRFwA0k2bb8OsHK4Kn7m–OKbjBnKZvuNZGrM98zt3KspqXSSknkG3wDUh0XKoFTC5hAOLumw-3ALS2XY2w&_hsmi=84197743

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Asia Bibi: ‘Freed Because of Jesus’

PARIS, France — Asia Bibi is a Pakistani Catholic woman who was sentenced to death in 2010 for blasphemy against Islam. After more than eight years in prison, she was acquitted by the Supreme Court of Pakistan in 2018.
“I was accused because of the name of Jesus and I knew I would be freed because of Jesus,” Bibi said at a Paris press conference last week.
Bibi said that during her time on death row, her faith…

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Venerable Fulton Sheen’s Beatification Postponed

PEORIA, Ill. — The scheduled beatification of Venerable Servant of God Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen has been postponed after several U.S. bishops asked that the cause be given more time for examination. The Diocese of Peoria announced the delay on Dec. 3.
Archbishop Sheen’s beatification was set to take place on Dec. 21.
“With deep regret, Bishop Daniel Jenky, C.S.C, Bishop of Peoria, announces that he has been informed by the Holy See that the beatification of Fulton Sheen will be postponed,” said the press release from the diocese.
The diocese originally received word from the Vatican on Nov. 18 that the beatification had been approved to take place…

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Venerable Fulton Sheen to Be Beatified Dec. 21 in Peoria

The Diocese of Peoria, Ill., said, ‘It seems entirely fitting that the Beatification will take place at the end of this 100-year anniversary of his ordination to the priesthood.’ …

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Father Damien of Molokai and the Holy Face

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

It is a little-known fact that Father Damien labored to established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament among his lepers.
There’s a beautiful little scene in the film about St. Damien of Molokai. The saint has volunteered to be the one priest to serve the lepers on the island colony of Molokai.
Knowing that he is likely to contract the disease, Father Damien sails to the island and enters the village. He finds the lepers are abandoned, depressed, alcoholic and fighting among themselves. Then he goes into the tiny church only to find that it is a wreck. …

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Government forcing churches to pay for abortions again

A California church is standing up against a state law that forces churches to fund the killing of unborn babies in abortions.

On Monday, lawyers for Skyline Wesleyan Church in La Mesa urged the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals to uphold religious freedom and stop the government from forcing the church to cover abortions in its employee health insurance plans, City News Service reports. …

Church Fights in Court to Stop California Mandate Forcing Churches to Fund Abortions