St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Acts of the Apostles 4

Chapter Eight of the Acts of the Apostles contains the story of the apostle Phillip who converts the Eunuch from Ethiopia. What is a eunuch? A eunuch is one who is castrated because they are to serve the queen. They are men who dedicate their lives to serve the queen of any given country. This eunuch serves the Queen of Ethiopia. Eunuchs are typically very smart and well read. They serve as a sort of ambassador for the queen. They can handle all the money or property, be a legal consultant, or do other tasks that require complete trust. This particular man is in charge of the entire treasury of the queen (8:27). Notice, this eunuch is well read because he is, in fact, reading (8:28). Continue reading


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Why Does Mass Last an Hour?

Why Does Mass Last an Hour?


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Fr. Robert Barron: Sheer and Shocking Grace

By Bishop Robert Barron

In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul tells the community his own story and how he came to Christian faith. It didn’t happen through study or through someone else’s tutoring. It came as a sheer and shocking grace to the most unlikely of people.In his letter to the Galatians, St. Paul tells the community his own story and how he came to Christian faith. It didn’t happen through study or through someone else’s tutoring. It came as a sheer and shocking grace to the most unlikely of people.

Fr. Robert Barron: Sheer and Shocking Grace


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Pope at Angelus: Merciful, Tender Love Awaits Us

Even if we were naive enough to think we could do without God and create distance, His love awaits us for when we return. …

Pope at Angelus: Merciful, Tender Love Awaits Us


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The Father’s Mercy and His Sons


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Beauty of the Mass

Fr Barr has a new book out called “The Beauty of the Mass”. It is a compilation of 47 bulletin articles explaining the Eucharistic worship of the Catholic Mass. He explains how the graces of the Mass apply to our everyday life and what stake we have in our offerings we bring to our worship.

This book is great for those who have a hard time focusing on the Mass while attending. Every word we speak demands our attention and love for Jesus and what He has done for us on the cross. The Mass becomes a reason why our lives are changed not just on Sundays, but every day God has given us.

Find out why.

Kindle:http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Mass-What-Means-You-ebook/dp/B019G6D50U/ref=sr_1_fkmr2_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450649378&sr=1-1-fkmr2&keywords=Fr+Timothy+Barr%2C+The+Beauty+of+the+Mass%2C+kindle

Paper Back: http://www.amazon.com/Beauty-Mass-What-Means-You/dp/1518798489/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1450649179&sr=1-1&keywords=Fr+Timothy+Barr%2C+The+Beauty+of+the+Mass