St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Jesus Calls Us To Be A Light To The World

Deacon Paul Ranney gives a homily reminding us to be a light to the world and giving us some advice on how to do just that.

 


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The Epiphany

Today we celebrate the Feast day of the Epiphany. Out of curiosity, I looked up the definition of epiphany outside the meaning that Jesus gives to the meaning of this word. One dictionary said, “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and another added, “an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity”. In the latter definition, we understand that a physical manifestation happens. In the first definition, what happens is in the mind. Continue reading


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 6

It takes supernatural faith to go out and help others in these times when we ourselves are dealing with financial burdens. This is the kind of stuff saints are made of. These days are opportunities to come closer to Jesus in ways that otherwise one could not. It is through our trials in the darkness that we become a brighter light. Continue reading


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O Happy Fault


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Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily

Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis delivered at the Easter Vigil.

“Peter ran to the tomb” (Lk 24:12). What thoughts crossed Peter’s mind and stirred his heart as he ran to the tomb? The Gospel tells us that the eleven, including Peter, had not believed the testimony of the women, their Easter proclamation.   Quite the contrary, “these words seemed to them an idle tale” (v. 11). Thus there was doubt in Peter’s heart, together with many other worries: sadness at the death of the beloved Master and disillusionment for having denied him three times during his Passion. …

Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily


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ANGELUS ADDRESS Jan. 17: On Accepting Miracles

Dear brothers and sisters, Good morning!

This Sunday’s Gospel presents the miraculous event which took place in Cana, a village in Galilee, during a wedding party in which also Mary, Jesus, and His first disciples were present (cf. Jn 2,1-11). The mother, Mary, makes her Son notice that the wine ran out, and Jesus, after having said to her that His hour has not yet come, however, grants her request and gives the spouses the best wine of the entire celebration. The Evangelist notes that, “Jesus did this as…

http://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-jan-17-on-accepting-miracles/