St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venerable-fulton-sheens-beatification-postponed?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-_bwhrbVwzx2zK9AXYfUUfpaEwZsBPINVO3XzskyKkhRVgGBiAMZn94dpVCFKGWjMy3jBBeADt-9lbGufDsaHoFyTU_fg&_hsmi=80306655


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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.’ … 

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venerable-fulton-sheen-to-be-beatified-dec.-21-in-peoria?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9wgp0fQ6P0WbQZy-VDdYr4fyd0WRGNtDlvukQPGgaM1Szfr05bA4Sii4BBkn0qRtdt86JFLAvJS1kVpscxE23hYTBkeg&_hsmi=79605842


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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. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/father-damien-of-molokai-and-the-holy-face?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9HuYhbwjThrAhWfucfCwsPNVqmwEIZgLFhVNUot2MC5fG7EuO_j2nuYtxB998m2SbGcxVVw_n8OpME1RuVFgJ-kuVLcw&_hsmi=79104422


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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


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Keeping the Faith

We are asking all Catholics in Stephenson County to join together with us, The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County, on Facebook. Only through unification can all Catholic men, women and children join together to build and strengthen our church and beliefs.
Joining with us provides a platform where you can see how we are impacting our community at each council, each church and school. We are asking you to help make our Catholic Family strong and it only takes two minutes to like and follow us on The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County Facebook page.
We are inviting you as Catholics to post what you do for volunteering: births, to baptisms, and marriages, from church and school events to information which impacts Catholics in our community. Our strength comes from our God, our Church, our Catholic families, our Catholic community, and sharing what we do, as Catholics in action.


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Keeping the Faith

We are asking all Catholics in Stephenson County to join together with us, The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County, on Facebook. Only through unification can all Catholic men, women and children join together to build and strengthen our church and beliefs.
Joining with us provides a platform where you can see how we are impacting our community at each council, each church and school. We are asking you to help make our Catholic Family strong and it only takes two minutes to like and follow us on The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County Facebook page.
We are inviting you as Catholics to post what you do from volunteering, births, to baptisms, and marriages. From church and school events to information which impacts Catholics in our community. Our strength comes from our God, our Church, our Catholic families, our Catholic community, and sharing what we do, as Catholics in action.


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APERUIT ILLIS

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared the third Sunday of Ordinary time as a special feast day in honor of the Bible whose official name is “The Sunday of the Word of God.” This is great news. This coming year, it will be on January 26, 2020. Pope Francis wrote a new Motu Proprio (Aperuit Illis) to go with this new feast day. It is a great read you can find at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio-20190930_aperuit-illis.html.
Pope Francis wanted to stress some things that are particular to the Bible that we do not find in any other written text. The first is that the Bible is the word of God, and not just some words of men or wise sayings (1 Thess 2:13). The Bible is not something we can change or try to twist into what we want it to mean. It is something we should live by and consult every day. In the Bible, God instructs how we are to live, tells us who God is and how we can get to know Him, and strengthens us in times when life gets hard. But the desires of our Supreme Pontiff are marked best by the end of the second paragraph of the Motu Proprio, “It is fitting that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to His bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness.” The Bible is a place where we can get to know our savior more. He even quotes the famous quote from St Jerome, “ignorance of scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” Without the Bible, we could hardly get to know Jesus. Continue reading