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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Fatima Prayers

The second apparition (June 13, 1917) Our Lady of Fatima reiterated the importance of the rosary and added a devotion to her Immaculate Heart in reparation of the offenses to her Immaculate Heart. In the July apparition, again was reiterated the importance of the 5 decade rosary prayed daily and offered to Our Lady of the Rosary to obtain Peace in the world.


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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)


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Cd of the week: The Rosary

Praying the Rosary Like Never Before (This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally sought Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN, and is a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). In this discussion of his book “The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying the Twenty Mysteries” (Servant Books), Dr. Sri shares John Paul II’s practical strategies for praying the Rosary better, so that you can encounter Jesus more deeply in prayer.
Parishioner Comments
Awesome! Dr. Sri covers this subject in depth. I’ll need to listen to it two or three times to find all the golden nuggets hidden in this talk. Richard – Simi Valley, CA The rosary is all about Jesus… from now on, ‘praying’ the Rosary will be much more than ‘reciting’ the Rosary! Jane, Kansas City, MO


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Pope Invites Newlyweds, Families to Pray the Rosary

Pope Invites Newlyweds, Families to Pray the Rosary