St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Bible: Gospel of Matthew

The Gospel of Matthew is the first book of the New Testament. It gives an account of the life of Jesus in 28 chapters. It is the longest of all the four Gospel books. Scripture experts tell us that it was originally written in Hebrew, though we have no original Hebrew texts. There are a couple of reasons why we believe this. First of all, the experts tell us the way it was written was as if it was a translation. Secondly, the things they say are things that belong more naturally in the Hebrew language as it was spoken then. The way it was written also indicates that it was meant for people native to the Hebrew language and culture. For example, the Book of Matthew does not take the time to explain the Hebrew culture like the other Gospels do (except for the cry on the cross “Eli, Eli, lema Sabachthani”). Even then, the witnesses of the event assume that Jesus is calling upon Elijah, which is a Jewish thought. Matthew also assumes the strong patriarchal role of St Joseph in the birth account of Jesus. Even when Joseph is not the blood father, he uses the bloodline of Joseph to establish Jesus’ heritage to King David, whereas Luke uses the lineage of Mary. Continue reading


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Fatima Cd

Picture1We have new cd racks in the back of both St Mary and St Joseph Churches. These racks hold cds, books and other materials for you to use. They are free, but a donation is appreciated to cover our costs. These cds and books are for you to help with any need you may have. We now have a couple of volunteers to help us with the upkeep, and maintaining a steady flow of changing things according to the time of year and current needs. If there is anything you may be interested in learning about that may help you in your faith life, please let us know.

For the coming weeks we will be featuring some cds that may interest you at this time of year. Our first feature is on Our Lady of Fatima. I hope you enjoy all these materials. May they help you grow in faith and bring you closer to Jesus our Lord.