St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights

The Holy See says Pope Francis is following the crisis in Venezuela very closely and has issued urgent appeals for all political actors, especially the government, to guarantee rights and freedoms, and for the society, as a whole, to avoid violence.  It also called for a suspension of the new Constituent Assembly, tasked, by President Nicolas Maduro, with rewriting the constitution while possessing almost absolute powers. …

Holy See Makes ‘Urgent’ Appeals for Venezuela to Avoid Violence, Guarantee Rights


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Protecting God’s Children Requirements

This article was published in the bulletin for the weekend of July 15-16.

The month of July starts the tightening of the belt in protecting God’s children in our diocese and throughout the United States. This is all part of the promise the bishops have made to the faithful for accountability, transparency and in making a difference in the safety of our children. The Bishops now ask us to do our part in making the Church the safest place on earth, as it should be. Continue reading


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Truth in Goodness and Beauty

Truth , goodness and beauty, they go together. Most young adults have an aversion to truth. They experience truth as an instrument to control, manipulation and evil. So how can we see truth as not just logical, but as a good and as something beautiful to behold. When we see Gods ways and laws as an act of love for us, we see it as something beautiful. We benefit from it and so experience it as good. God calls us to follow in His ways and in doing so, we experience His goodness towards us.