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The Bible: The Background of The New Testament

All of the Old Testament is a preparation for the coming of Jesus. From the time of Adam and Eve, God has His plan in mind. Humanity falls quickly into every sin imaginable, but God intervenes for humanity by speaking to them and offering a relationship with them, despite their sins. God chooses to love His servants and show them His ways. He protects Noah from the flood. He enters into a deeper covenant with Abraham. Though Abraham muddles through the mud of sin, God still does not leave him. He gives the Ten Commandments in Moses’ time. The people of God fall away in the following centuries while God calls them back through judges, kings and prophets. God was patient with His people then, as He is today. It takes millennia to prepare the people for the Savior. Even then, we humans have hard heads. It continues today, even though Jesus came two thousand years ago. Jesus came at the optimum time to save souls. Continue reading


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Cd of the week: The Rosary

Praying the Rosary Like Never Before (This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally sought Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN, and is a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). In this discussion of his book “The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying the Twenty Mysteries” (Servant Books), Dr. Sri shares John Paul II’s practical strategies for praying the Rosary better, so that you can encounter Jesus more deeply in prayer.
Parishioner Comments
Awesome! Dr. Sri covers this subject in depth. I’ll need to listen to it two or three times to find all the golden nuggets hidden in this talk. Richard – Simi Valley, CA The rosary is all about Jesus… from now on, ‘praying’ the Rosary will be much more than ‘reciting’ the Rosary! Jane, Kansas City, MO


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Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections.
The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” …

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/10/20/democrats-new-bill-would-overturn-trump-order-and-force-christians-to-pay-for-abortion-drugs/


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Diocesan Mission Appeal

This weekend is the Diocesan Mission Appeal. You should have received an envelope in the mail. If you are not able to bring your donation this weekend, you can still drop it in the collection basket next weekend, or donate online at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donate. THANK YOU for your generosity to our missions in the United States, the Church in Latin America, the Propagation of the Faith, the Diocesan Priests’ Pension, and Catholic Elementary School Financial Support. May God richly bless you!


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Catholic Bishop: You Can’t be Catholic and Support Abortion

From our Catholic readers around the world, but especially in the United States, one of the biggest complaints we often hear is that fellow Catholics do not follow the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. Politicians who are Catholic but support abortion produce significant anger from readers.
And one of the biggest requests we receive frequently here at LifeNews.com from pro-life readers is a request for Catholic leaders to speak out more strongly about those Catholics who do not adhere to those pro-life teachings. One Catholic bishop in…

Catholic Bishop: You Can’t be Catholic and Support Abortion


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The Bible: Joel – Jonah

The book of Joel is short, four chapters long, which translates into four pages. It was written about 400 BC. At about that time there was a great famine due to locusts and grasshoppers eating up the food of the land. It sounds like it was similar to one of the ten plagues in Egypt. By the end of this book comes hope and God makes a promise to the people that He will bless them. Continue reading


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The Bible: Daniel

The book of Daniel is 14 chapters long. It is considered an apocalyptic book. It deals with prophecy and stories of the Babylonian exile. Looking at the timeline, Daniel starts half way through the time of Jeremiah and goes just into the time of the return from exile. It was not written by Daniel. The author in unknown. The stories and prophecies revolve around Daniel. Continue reading