St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Domingo XXXII tiempo ordinario ciclo B 2018

1. – Llama la atención que Jesús no diga: “Esa pobre viuda no debería haber echado nada en el cepillo.” Se refiere, sin embargo, al acto de suprema generosidad, que es entregar para el culto a Dios lo que era necesario y no superfluo. Los pobres, los desheredados, los marginados, los pecadores también deben ayudar a la Iglesia, igual que los ricos, los guapos, los triunfadores o los que se consideran justos y buenos. Igual, unos que otros, en cuanto al gesto de aportar y, obviamente, no igual respecto a la cantidad. Continue reading

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Knights of Coumbus Helping Women Who Need a Little Help

The Knights of Columbus raised money for the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) to help pregnant women who need some help getting on their own. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from Nigeria, completed their first phase of the old St Francis Hospital in Freeport IL. They can now take in up to ten women who are pregnant for up to two years after the birth of their child. Stipulations do apply. They will interview anybody who can make it to their doorstep, but please call ahead of time. at 1-815-297-8287. 

The purpose of the MRC is to help pregnant bring their children to birth and teach them how to be independent with their child. They will learn how to take care of themselves, their children and get them on the road to developing job skills. The vision the sisters have is that all this will be done with a feel of home. Home is a place of security and family. They are not an institution of hand outs where the suffering continues after the handout. They really want to make the lives of these women better for the rest of their lives. 

The Knights of Columbus are proud to help the Sisters in their ministries. The MRC is a special ministry in saving lives, saving souls and in protecting the most vulnerable. Being pregnant and abandoned is a vulnerable position to be in for these women. We all will look forward for them to receive what they need and never have to fall into that same vulnerability again. If you are a Catholic Man and would be interested in being part of the Knights, you can check out this web site:

Coleen Fenn received the check for the knights for the Sisters.

The MRC will be having dance this Saturday night (11/10/18) at the Eagles Club. 

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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.” …

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Bible: Romans #13

From Verse 13 on, in Chapter 7 of Romans, Paul talks about how he hates the sin he does. The law made him aware of the sinfulness of his actions and the suffering it causes him and others. He now hates it, but has not yet gained the habit of changing these actions. Paul states, “What I do, I do not understand. For I do not do want I want, but I do what I hate” (v15). Continue reading

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Domingo XXXI del Tiempo Ordinario ciclo B 2018

El Vaticano II nos recordó que todos estamos llamados a la santidad. La Iglesia, sin embargo es santa y pecadora a la vez. Santa por su fundador, Jesucristo, y por ser instrumento universal de salvación. Muchas veces los árboles no dejan ver el bosque. Se critica a la Iglesia-institución, sin apreciar los raudales de santidad que han derrochado muchos de sus miembros a lo largo de la historia. Personas que han dedicado todas sus energías al evangelio, héroes anónimos que se desvivieron por los más necesitados, misioneros que dejaron su patria y familia para ayudar a gentes de tierras lejanas. Pero los santos no son de otras épocas, hoy sigue habiendo santos. No hace falta que realicen milagros, la madre Teresa de Calcuta no necesita hechos extraordinarios para ser proclamada santa, el principal milagro es su propia vida. El pueblo de Dios testifica la santidad de muchas personas, con eso basta. Continue reading

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How to Help Free the Souls in Purgatory

We can wield unimaginable power for the souls in purgatory during the week of All Souls Day, from Nov. 1-8. If we visit a cemetery and pray for a soul in purgatory, they a can be released by us; one on every one of those days. That is no small thing.
Imagine a soul’s euphoria to be suddenly bailed out of prison and taken to heaven. I know imagination is inadequate to comprehend such a moment, but still, it is a joy to partake in God’s mercy.
All Souls Day commemorates all who have died and are now are in Purgatory, being purified to atone for sins before reaching Heaven—where nothing unclean can enter (Revelation 21:27)…