St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Lighthouse CD Series, The Truth

(This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
What is the meaning of life? Fr. Larry Richards tackles life’s biggest question with straightforward, timeless, and often jolting answers. In this one-of-a-kind, life-affirming reality check, he unlocks the mysteries of our existence and opens our hearts and souls to the meaning of life. The Truth will give you concrete answers on how to live.
Parishioner Comments

This was probably the most beneficial CD our family has ever heard! It had a profound effect on several family members and I will be forever grateful!! Toni – Peachtree City, GA
I work in the Prison Ministry for Spanish inmates, and Fr. Larry’s presentation has provided me with great material to share in my ministry.

Esteban 


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Why Do We Do That? Catholic Traditions Explained

Question: Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
Answer: The mission of the church reflects the mission of Jesus to teach, preach, heal, and forgive. Through these acts, Jesus shares the good news of salvation and invites all people to share in the life and love of God. The church continues this mission in all its ministries, but especially, and perhaps most importantly, through catechesis.
We will celebrate Catechetical Sunday next week. The task of handing on the Gospel is entrusted to the whole community, who by word and example, form young and new members in the way of the Gospel. Parish programs assist parents in teaching the basics of faith through liturgical experience, instruction, and faith formation. This ministry is essential for the parish to grow, for individuals to develop as believers, and for the ongoing spiritual formation of the whole community. It reminds the church that preaching the Gospel and growing in faith are essential to our sacramental practice and our liturgical prayer. On this Sunday, we recognize those who are called to be teachers and ask for God’s blessing and grace.


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Questions and Answers

Earlier this year we took a parish survey and had hoped to report the responses right away. The devastating blow of losing Pat and Carlotta Davis delayed our goal, but parishioners from Be Bold, Be Catholic formed a team to tally responses to be sure everyone’s concerns and interests could be addressed. While we wait for this full report, right now we can consider certain questions about the Bible or Catholic teachings, about which many parishioners indicated a strong interest in learning more. Continue reading


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Pope Lunches With WYD Volunteers

Pope Lunches With WYD Volunteers


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Science and Faith

Fr Spitzer S.J. has some great information on this web site.

SCIENCE, GOD & CREATION VIDEO


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“Risen” and the Reality of the Resurrection

When I saw the coming attractions for the new film Risen – which deals with a Roman tribune searching for the body of Jesus after reports of the resurrection – I thought that it would leave the audience in suspense, intrigued but unsure whether these reports were justified or not. I was surprised and delighted to discover that the movie is, in fact, robustly Christian and substantially faithful to the Biblical account of what transpired after the death of Jesus. …

https://zenit.org/articles/risen-and-the-reality-of-the-resurrection/?utm_source=ZENIT+English&utm_campaign=859044467f-English_Daily_Newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_9d61d53235-859044467f-42039977


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Is There a Queen in the Kingdom of Heaven? Pt. II

As I wrote in an earlier blog post, Pope Pius XII summarized the core reasons Christians ought to honor Mary with the title of Queen of Heaven and Earth in Ad Caeli Reginam, 34:

According to ancient tradition and the sacred liturgy, the main principle on which the royal dignity of Mary rests is without doubt her divine motherhood. In holy writ, concerning the son…

http://www.catholic.com/blog/tim-staples/is-there-a-queen-in-the-kingdom-of-heaven-pt-ii