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Illinois Thinking about expanding Abortions to Partial-Birth

Help us set our State of Illinois right.

Is what is said accurate? What do these House Bills say? House Bill 2467House Bill 2495

Go to this web site to let our legislators in Springfield know of your opposition to Abortion and support for rights to conscience and parental rights. 

https://www.ilcatholic.org/take-action/action-center/?vvsrc=%2fCampaigns%2f63778%2fRespond

This is information from Bishop Malloy with his letter to the faithful from this weekend (3/3/19) and the Diocese of Rockford. https://www.rockforddiocese.org/article/?id=659

This is an earlier article from the observer about the bills being introduced by the IL government: http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/article?id=1479

Go on the Bus trip to Springfield with the diocese: https://www.rockforddiocese.org/life/life-dignity/current-events-life-issues/life-advocacy-day/


At the federal level there were two bills put forward S.130 and S.311 per the request of President Trump. S.311 was rejected. For S.130 discussions were made then it was shelved.

https://catholiccitizens.org/news/84267/senate-democrats-block-bill-to-stop-infanticide-and-care-for-babies-born-alive-after-abortions/

https://www.patheos.com/blogs/deaconsbench/2019/02/catholic-bishops-dismayed-and-outraged-at-senator-tim-kaines-vote-on-born-alive-bill/

To let our legislators know where we stand in Washington:

Take Action: https://www.votervoice.net/USCCB/Campaigns/63809/Respond (in response to the vote)
– USCCB’s Official Statement 2/27/19: http://www.usccb.org/news/2019/19-040.cfm


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Finally, Lent is Beginning!

Ok, maybe people don’t think such thoughts, but this priest is not normal. I love lent. Every year I experience God’s grace in this special time of the year. Don’t get me wrong, I do have to get myself geared up to give up my favorites (sugar, sugar and did I say sugar?). The reward Jesus gives every year is always there. I know He gives it to you too because I see it. I love seeing God giving you those graces. I only hope you have the eyes to see it too. Continue reading


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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=875


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What is Love?

Listen to all three. Each Homily has the same base information, but was persented differently as there is so much to talk about on this issue. Still, there is more about love tha what is presented here.

Saturday 4pm Mass:

Sunday 8am Mass:

Sunday 10:30 Mass: 

There is an appropriate way in which God wants us to share His love for each other, based on the nature of our relationships. Mothers are to love their children in a way that is appropriate for mothers to love their chidren. Priests need to love their people in a way that is appropriate to the way God calls them to love, with chastity. Their is an appropriate way in which men are called to love men. Men are indeed called to love each other; God demands it! But this love is called to be chaste and ccording to God’s plan. … Continue reading