4th of July Mass

The United States of America was founded on the principles of God who is perfect, yet founded with imperfect men. It is the great risk of allowing all humans to live as God created us, with free will, calling us to love one another and to bring the Kingdom of God and all its graces here on earth. This freedom allows us to be a light to the world. We hope to continue to walk ever closer to Jesus as we bring His light to the world.

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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is quite clear in his message: “bear fruit or be cut down.” This Lent we are called to cultivate and fertilize our spiritual lives through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

THROUGH YOUR ALMSGIVING TO ST VINCENT de PAUL, YOU ARE PERFORMING A GOOD WORK. CHOOSING TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING WILL FILL YOUR HEART WITH THE BLESSING OF JESUS.

Illinois Thinking about expanding Abortions to Partial-Birth

Help us set our State of Illinois right.

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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

Pro-Life Corner

“The state has an interest (responsibility) in protecting the poor, the elderly and disabled persons. The lives of the disabled and elderly must be no less valuable than the lives of young and healthy … The difficulty in defining terminal illness and the risk that a dying patient’s request for assistance in ending his or her life might not be truly voluntary justifies the prohibitions on assisted suicide we uphold here.” – Chief Justice William Rehnquist

Pennsylvania: Court Releases Report on Abuse in Six Dioceses

We have a long way to go yet. Weeding out the evil takes a lot of work. 

The much-anticipated grand jury report on clerical abuse in six Pennsylvania dioceses was released August 14, 2018.
The document – more than 1,350 pages long – cites credible accusations of abuse against more than 300 priests, with more than 1,000 victims involved. The study took two years and was overseen by Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.
“The cover-up was sophisticated. And all the while, shockingly, church leadership kept records of the abuse and the cover-up. These documents, from the dioceses’ own ‘Secret Archives,’ formed the backbone of this investigation,” he said at a news conference in Harrisburg, according to Associated Press.
“Most of the victims were…

Pennsylvania: Court Releases Report on Abuse in Six Dioceses

Is Jesus Coming Again?

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