St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Why the Rosary is Not “Vain Repetition”

Protestants sometimes charge Catholics with “vain repetition” in praying the Rosary. This is a reference to Matthew 6:7, where Jesus instructs, “When you pray to not babble with vain repetition as the pagans do.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/why-the-rosary-is-not-vain-repetition


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Of Courage, Humanae Vitae, and the Martyrdom of Speaking Up

When I got to St. Anthony’s for Mass last Saturday, I noticed the bulletins in the rack had the same cover as the ones at my own parish. “Canonization of Saint Paul VI & Saint Óscar Romero,” they read across the top, “October 14, 2018.” Beneath was a portrait of the two men side by side: Paul with his white papal skullcap (or zucchetto), the bespectacled Archbishop with his episcopal reddish one. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/becker/of-courage-humanae-vitae-and-the-martyrdom-of-speaking-up


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All Souls Day Masses

There is an envelope in your packet for All Souls Masses. Please list your intentions on the back and return it as soon as possible. All the deceased members of the parishes from the past year will be honored. Masses will be at 8:00am at St Joseph Church and 7:00pm (Spanish) at St Mary Church on Nov. 2. Mass will be at 8:00am on Sunday, Nov. 4 at St Mary Church. A form for candles is in the back of the church. You may purchase a candle in memory of other deceased loved ones.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR ORDER WITH PAYMENT TURNED IN BY OCTOBER 21.


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Fatima Prayers

Inspired to offer up all his sufferings to Jesus for the salvation of sinners, Francesco said this prayer, “My God, we offer you all these sufferings and sacrifices! It is an act of reparation for the conversion of Sinners.” At the first apparition, Our Lady of Fatima told the children to Say the rosary every day, to obtain peace for the world, and the end of the war. (5 decade rosary each day)