St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Looking Forward

As we look forward to the future of these parishes, we ask God to help us discern what His will is for us as individuals and as a community. Jesus has given us His mission; to bring others closer to Jesus. But what does that mean? It takes time to listen to God and discern the specifics of His plan for us.

Prayer and meditation are the first things we should avail ourselves to. When we come to Mass or adoration, this should be one of our intentions; to discover God’s will for us, especially in this community. Pay attention to what God has put into your heart. Do you find yourself thinking about helping in one way or another while at Mass, adoration or praying the rosary? Can you envision yourself bringing communion to the homebound or helping in the liturgy? Maybe helping the poor? Maybe using your skills in a ministry not yet developed? How is God calling you to participate in this community? What you discern directly affects this community. Continue reading

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Pope: How to Defend Yourself From Illusions of World? Hope in God

A recipe for an empty life: keep being worldly.

Pope Francis expressed this advice during this morning’s General Audience in the Vatican’s Paul VI Hall, as he continued his series of catecheses on the theme of Christian hope. 

The Holy Father drew inspiration from the Scriptures teaching that along with authentic hope, born of trust in God’s word, we can be tempted by false hopes and worldly idols, like money, power or physical beauty. …

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Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Convert Every Day’

Pope’s Morning Homily: ‘Convert Every Day’

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Pope to Young People: Get Back Up on Your Feet

Pope to Young People: Get Back Up on Your Feet

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I Was Born Alive at 26 Weeks and the Abortionist Wanted to Kill Me, But Something Amazing Happened

This is a story I would rather not tell. If I could, I would hide it away in my memory bank forever. However, I know it needs to be told it because it is the truth. And truth, these days, is very unpopular.

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Courage to Speak the Truth Is a Grace of the Holy Spirit

Vatican City, April 13, 2015

In preaching, the Church’s message must always be spoken with frankness and courage, without fear of announcing the truth.

These were the words of Pope Francis in his morning homily at Casa Santa Marta. The Holy Father reflected on today’s first reading in which Peter and John who continued to preach despite being jailed and threatened by the High Priests. …