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“Freedom is the power, rooted in reason and will, to act or not to act, to do this or that, and so to perform deliberate actions on one’s own responsibility. By free will one shapes one’s own life…” (CCC #1732) This of course, is the very reason we need grace! Join us this Tuesday atContinue reading “FREEDOM, MORALITY, AND GRACE”
Homily for Thursday Ordinary Time, 1-21-21, Year BMemorial of St. Agnes – Virgin and MartyrREADINGS: 1st Reading Heb, 7:25, 8:6; Gospel Mk 3:7-12Theme: Love for Christ St. Agnes was born around 291 in Rome, Italy. She was from a wealthy family. From an early age she consecrated herself to God and gave herself to HimContinue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-21-21”
311 1-18-21 2nd WOT Mark 2:18-22 The presence of the Bridegroom, by Bede the Venerable, 672-735 A.D.“From the time that the incarnation of our Savior was first promised to the patriarchs,it was always awaited by many upright souls with tears and mourning – until he came.From that time when, after his resurrection, he ascended to heaven, allContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Homily – 1-18-21”
Homily for Thursday Ordinary Time, 1-14-21, Year BREADINGS: 1st Reading Heb, 3:7-14; Gospel Mk 1:40-45Theme: See the Forest for the Trees We’ve heard the expression; “He cannot see the forest for the trees.” We can be so close to our point of view that all we see are the trees right in front of us.Continue reading “Deacon Steven Johnson’s Homily 1-14-21”
January 11, 2021Homily on the Inch What is an inch? Well, it is one five hundred millionth of the diameter of the earth fromthe north pole to the south pole. Who would know that but the creator? But in whatconstruction was the inch first used, it was used in building the great pyramid, Giza.Some ofContinue reading “Deacon Jim Olson’s Homily – 1-11-21”
Dear Parishioners of St. James: Praised be Jesus Christ! The recent events in Washington, D.C. and the elections that preceded them have shaken us. Few Americans trust our government, and many have taken to violence to express their frustration. My words are not an attempt to throw in my hat with other political voices whoContinue reading “Fr. Geary’s Letter, 1-17-2021”
Estimados feligreses de la Parroquia de Santiago Apóstol: ¡Alabado sea Jesucristo! Los recientes acontecimientos en Washington, D.C. y las elecciones que los precedieron nos han perturbado. Pocos estadounidenses confían en nuestro gobierno, y muchos han llegado a la violencia para expresar su frustración. Mis palabras no son un intento de meterme con otras vocesContinue reading “Carta de P. Geary, 1-17-2021 – Español”
Matrimony is a Sacrament at the Service of Communion, just likeHoly Orders. The grace of the sacrament is orientated to the salvation of one another. Man and wife have a common goal—heaven—and their cooperation with the grace received in the sacrament makes for a fruitful marriage of eternal significance that reflects to all the unionContinue reading “To have and to hold, from this day forward …”
Sponsored by Respect Life CommitteeIn Memory of the Roe v. Wade DecisionWhich Legalized Abortion andTo Prepare For TheFIRST EVER Rockford March for LifeSaturday, January 23, 2021(Backed by Rockford Family Initiative)Date: Friday, January 22, 2021Time: 7:00 pmPlace: St. James—Belvidere Main ChurchFeaturing: AdorationBi-Lingual Rosary with Music, Benediction, and Closing Song
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