St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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100 Year Fatima Celebration

Fatima 100 yearsMany people came to the 100 Year Anniversary of the Miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal. Everything started in May of 1917. Three children saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, who encouraged people to pray the Rosary and wear their scapular of Mount Carmel. She asked for people to go to confession and for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.  Continue reading

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Living the Moral Life 61

As Catholics, we have many weapons to protect us from evil, but we also have many tools to help grow in our relationship with God, and therefore, grow in holiness. We already discovered how some of the sacraments help us, but we have a plethora of sacramentals, holy traditions, prayers, devotions, angels, saints and the souls in purgatory. God has given them to us to use and grow closer to. First we will look at the sacramentals. Continue reading

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Honoring Mary “Too Much”?

An Evangelical friend wrote me in the course of an Internet conversation about Catholic piety toward the saints and said, “If some church had set up a statue to John the Baptist, and was sacrificing doves to it, then smashing that idol to rubble would be an act of honor and respect for John, not one of dishonor.” …

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Want a Happy, Successful 2016? Pope Suggests Keeping Your Eyes on Mary

During his homily at First Vespers, his last public event of the year, the Holy Father reminded those to follow the Virgin Mary’s example of doing good, even if it goes under the radar.

“How many gestures of kindness, of love and solidarity have filled the days of this year, even if they did not make television news,” he said, observing, “Good things do not make news. …

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Guadalupe Documentary Highlights Our Lady as Bridge-Builder

United States of America, November 03, 2015     

A new documentary film narrated by actor Jim Caviezel offers original insights into the details, story and impact of the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of the most recognizable religious icons in the American hemisphere. …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Without Motherhood, Church Becomes ‘Rigid Association’

Rome, September 15, 2015     

The Church, without its motherhood, becomes a rigid association that lacks human warmth.

This was the central theme of Pope Francis’ homily today at Casa Santa Marta. According to Vatican Radio, the Holy Father reflected on the motherhood of the Blessed Virgin Mary and…