Easter Triduum

Easter Triduum

Easter Triduum  Latin:  Triduum Paschale,  Holy Triduum  Latin: Triduum SacrumPaschal Triduum, or The Three Days  is the period of three days that begins with the liturgy on the evening of Maundy Thursday  Holy Thursday  and ends with Evening Prayer on Easter Sunday.  It recalls the passiondeathburial, and resurrection of Jesus, as portrayed in the Gospels.

Over the past several years I have found much peace and joy while listening to these audio presentations. I listen to these on and off throughout the year, however these talks are especially prepared for the Lenten season.  May I suggest that you listen to these presentations as part of your Easter preparation.

(Audio, listen while you work)

Holy Thursday


Good Friday


Holy Saturday, leading to His glorious Resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Saint John Vianney Coming to Freeport Illinois

Saint John Vianney Coming to Freeport Illinois

VIANNEY Freeport, IL 160x600 BannerFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Vianney Drama Captivates Audiences and Renews the Heart of the Church Event: Vianney, the live theatrical production performed by acclaimed actor and producer Leonardo Defilippis of Saint Luke Productions.

Details:  Monday, February 26, 2018 at 7:00pm  229 W Washington Place, Freeport, IL 61032

Admission: $12 each pre-sale,  $15 each at the door, Free for ages 17 and under Suitable for Ages 10 & Up Tickets & Information: Cynthia Saar, (815) 232-7400   www.stjosephstmary.com

About the Production: Vianney, a popular live production, filled with all of the elements of professional theater, a moving musical score, full theatrical lighting, and a video backdrop offering a full cast of characters, creating a fast-paced and engaging drama. More than 100,000 people have seen over 200 performances of this gripping drama, which began touring the U.S. as a part of the worldwide celebration of the Year for Priests. Since then it has been the centerpiece for celebrations in parishes, seminaries, universities, schools, and pastoral conventions. The response has been overwhelming – young men have felt the call to the priesthood, audiences have a new appreciation for the Sacraments, and thousands of priests have been renewed and encouraged in their priestly vocations. After years of devastating scandals and of attacks on the priesthood in the Catholic Church, a renewal and revival of respect for the role of the priests is needed all over the world. To reinvigorate and inspire fervent prayer for vocations and a new and deeper understanding of this most important calling, Benedict XVI chose the beloved Saint John Vianney as the model of all priests. The one-man drama Vianney is not only a perfect introduction to the saint, but is a riveting performance which gives a new and encouraging answer to the question, “What is a priest?” Continue reading

Jesus Can Heal our Fevers, Too

Jesus Can Heal our Fevers, Too

“[Jesus] approached, grasped her hand, and helped her up. Then the fever left her and she waited on them.”

A story by Thomas Farragher, from The Boston Globe, in November of 2017.

The way to Ender’s Island off Mystic, Connecticut, is a tiny one-lane bridge. But for the teens and young adults whose lives have been wrecked by drugs and alcohol, who have left behind a trail of betrayal and defeat, of hopelessness and paralyzing fear, it’s nothing less than the passage of a lifetime.

On the other side of that bridge, they are met by Father Tom Hoar. He asks a simple question: “Have you had enough?”

It’s a question he’s had to confront himself a long time ago. Now it’s a question that he helps others answer, step by step, day by day.

I’m grateful for God’s blessing in my life and in the life of the folks who come across that causeway,” Father Hoar says. “Because people who come across that causeway are looking for hope.” Continue reading

Jesus is stronger than the devil

Jesus is stronger than the devil

“Jesus rebuked him and said, ‘Quiet, come out of him!’ The unclean spirit convulsed him and with a loud cry came out of him.”

A good friend of mine related this true story to me of an older priest he met while working at an inner-city soup kitchen. The older priest recounted a story of an exorcism experience that he encountered early in his priesthood while he was stationed in a diocese on the east coast. This priest, only a few years ordained at the time, was ask to be the exorcist of that particular diocese because of his piety and apparent holiness. At his first experience as an exorcist, he was sent by the diocesan authorities to a home of an elderly woman where he encountered a young man – her son, who was obviously in great emotional distress and anguish of soul. Sometime during the course of the exorcism, the young priest asked the young man why he was so troubled. The young man answered in a shrill-like voice, that he was possessed by an unclean spirit from hell – a demon. The priest then responded with the question directed to the unclean spirit, “Then what is your name or what do you call yourself!” The demon retorted, “My name is hatred for the Mother of God!” .

I don’t mind admitting to you that when my friend first told me this story, I got goose bumps, and the chills ran up and down my spine. Continue reading

Let Jesus Interfere in Your Life

Let Jesus Interfere in Your Life

“Come after me, and I will make you fishers of men!”

Rick was hurrying down the busy street to an important business meeting.

Suddenly, a voice interferes and catches his attention, “Can I have something for my file, mister?”

Rick suddenly and instinctively turned around to see who was talking to him. The grimy box under the man’s arm gave him away immediately. Definitely a crazy, Rick thought. Crazies are always carrying something, usually a shopping bag, or pushing a cart of some sort.

Rick then repeated the old lie that so often came out automatically; “Sorry, no money!”

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Holy Family 23rd Annual Respect Life Banquet

Holy Family 23rd Annual Respect Life Banquet January 26, 2018                                       Keynote Speaker Rev. Phillip Kaim, S.T.L.

Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford Speaking on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Holy Fam 2018Vitae.

There will be a silent & live auction. See Below.

Holy Family Church 4401 Highcrest Road Rockford, IL 61107

Social hour 6:00pm Dinner 7:00pm

Adults $25  Student  $20 

Mail reservations & check to:

Holy Family Respect Life Banquet

Questions: please email  ahintzman@holyfamilyrockford.org

Respect life banquet – January 26 at 6:00pm
The Respect Life Banquet will be held January 26. Fr. Kaim, S.T.L., will be our keynote speaker and will speak on the 50th Anniversary of Humanae Vitae. The social hour will be at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00pm, and Father Kaim speaks at 8:00pm.

There will be a silent & live auction. The cost is $25/adults & $20/students. Reservations are due by January 21.

Checks should be made out to: Holy Family Respect Life Banquet, 4401 Highcrest, Rockford, 61107.   If you would like to pay online please click on link below.
Questions:  ahintzman@holyfamilyrockford.org  or call the parish office at 815-398-4280.

     If you would like to pay for your Respect Life Banquet tickets online or make a donation to the banquet please click on the “Pay Online” Link.  If you have any questions please contact the parish office at 815-398-4280. Continue reading

Listening for the Call

Listening for the Call

“Jesus said to them, ‘What are you looking for? They replied, where are you staying?’ And He said to them, ‘Come and see.’”

A fleet of battleships were out on night maneuvers. The weather was terrible, pea soup fog, high winds and seas. The second night was even worse. The captain of one of the ships stood on the bridge all night, wary of just secondhand reports. He didn’t want to chance colliding with another battleship in the open seas. All night he surveyed the night sky and the dark sea.

Toward dawn, the executive officer shouted, “Light on the starboard side, sir!” Continue reading

Fulfilling Family Responsibilities

Fulfilling Family Responsibilities

“And when they had performed everything according to the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own city, Nazareth.”

[From “Modern Love: Promises That Can Bend Without Breaking” by Robert St. Amant, in The New York Times, May 8, 2014.]

They have been married for 28 years. Theirs has been a happy life, filled with an intense desire to travel. They both had fulfilling careers: he is a college professor, she is an accomplished weaver and textile artist.

Their near-perfect life came to an end a year ago when they sold their home and moved into an independent living apart­ment for the elderly. He is only 50. She is 49.

She is the reason they are now living in this situation. A series of seizures and strokes revealed brain tumors. Over time she became more absent-minded and more forgetful. Her lucid periods have become fewer and fewer. After the two surgeries and a painful recovery, he and she talked about the future and what they would do with their lives — but now with the new, sobering realization that they would not live forever. Continue reading