St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles 11

Chapter 16 is where Paul meets Timothy who later gets ordained a bishop by Paul (2 Tm 1:6). Paul starts with a town called Derbe. It is close to his old stomping grounds where he grew up (Tarsus). It is on the northeast corner of the Mediterranean Sea. He gradually goes west and ends up in Macedonia, which is in the northwest part of Greece. Continue reading

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Patriarch Younan: We Are So Proud to Model Ourselves on the Suffering One

Here is the Easter message of  Ignatius Youssef III Younan, Patriarch of Antioch for Syriac Catholic Church.

To our brothers Archbishops and Bishops, Fathers of our Holy Synod of Antioch,

To the Priests, Deacons, religious and consecrated men and women,

To all the faithful people in Lebanon, the Middle East and the Church of Extension 

CHRIST’S Resurrection from the dead is the basis of our faith, the pillar of our hope and the aim of loving God and the neighbor.

THE Twelve as well the first Christian community had such a deep living experience in the Paschal Mystery, proven by the New Testament, and enhanced through the apostolic Tradition, that neither human knowledge nor spiritual experience could surpass. …

Patriarch Younan: We Are So Proud to Model Ourselves on the Suffering One

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The Hour Has Come: Prelate Makes Final Plea Before Sunday’s Black Mass

Washington, D.C., September 18

Here is an article from the Sooner Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, regarding the black mass scheduled at the city’s civic center for this Sunday.

Archbishop Paul Coakley has used various tacticts over the last three months to protest the black Mass. He was successful in legal proceedings that asserted the consecrated Host to be used for the mass was stolen property and thus couldn’t be defamed or abused in any way. A representative for the satanic group returned the Host to a priest of the archdiocese after a judge ordered a stay.

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Oklahoma Archbishop Responds to Plans for Black Mass

A ticketed “Black Mass” is slated to occur Sept. 21 at the Oklahoma City Civic Center, according to the Civic Center website.

Archbishop Paul Coakley released a statement expressing his “astonishment and disappointment” at this event and calling on community leaders to reconsider whether it is an appropriate use of public space. …