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Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings you have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal; our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health;  the love we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen.

ProLifeCorner.com- The 2014 Pro Life Corner is here!   To download your copy of the Pro Life Corner, click on the “2014 Church bulletin inserts” tab at the top in the menu bar.  There you will see a tab so you can download a word doc or a pdf, or simply select and copy the text to insert into your bulletin. Continue reading

The Generation that Ignored Good and Evil?

Will We Go Down in History As the Generation that Ignored Good and Evil?

ProLifeCorner-   By Larry Plachno

         The famous G.K. Chesterton is known for his many insightful quotes. One that is particularly appropriate in our current situation is: “It isn’t that they can’t see the solution. It is that they can’t see the problem.”

         And we do have problems. One recent survey indicated that approximately three out of every four Americans think that our country is heading in the wrong direction. Our social problems are out of control, our families are disintegrating, and our people no longer believe in good and evil. Our society has become so brainwashed and influenced by the liberal media that we can no longer see the cause of our problems. It is increasingly obvious that our society is falling apart because we no longer judge our actions as good or evil and we no longer think about doing what is best for other people and society. Continue reading

For All Who Serve:

Our military forces and all the men and women, firefighters, police officers, paramedics, and those who selflessly serve all of us.

Please God……

Grant them courage, When times seem bleak.

Grant them strength, When they feel weak.

Grant them comfort, When they feel all alone,

And most of all, God, Please bring them, All home. Amen Continue reading

Thanksgiving Prayer

Thanksgiving Prayer

Father in Heaven, Creator of all and source of all goodness and love, please look kindly upon us and receive our heartfelt gratitude in this time of giving thanks.
Thank you for all the graces and blessings you have bestowed upon us, spiritual and temporal; our faith and religious heritage; our food and shelter; our health;  the love we have for one another, our family and friends.
Dear Father, in Your infinite generosity, please grant us continued graces and blessings throughout the coming year.
This we ask in the Name of Jesus, Your Son. Amen.

The Pickup’s interview with Celebrate Life magazine

ProLifeCorner – 11-17-14 – by Staff – Many years ago we were working on material for our Pro Life Corner bulletin quotes when we came across several wonderful pro-life quotes from Mark Pickup.  We did not realize at that time the tribulations he and his wife, LaRee, were experiencing, we only knew his writing was superb and we wanted to share it with others.  As years passed we became more aware of Mark’s condition and just some of the trials he has endured.  We have corresponded with him for quite some time and were so thrilled at the wonderful news he shared with us when he was able to take a few steps.  What joy!  Please take time to read the story of a most remarkable and faithful pro-life couple.  If only our world contained more couples like them, it would be a much better place to live. Continue reading

Parable of the Talents

ProLifeCorner-  Sunday, November 16th, 2014-  Matthew 25: 14-30

“For to anyone who has more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”

Since May, the Ebola virus has devastated many countries in Africa. Thousands of people have died of the disease.

Among the many anonymous heroes are nurses like Jose­phine Finda Sellu. Josephine – age 42, is the deputy nurse matron at the government-run hospital in Kenema in Sierra Leone. Kenema has been Sierra Leone’s biggest death trap since the virus struck. Josephine is part of a select club: she is one of three sur­viving nurses of the original staff who did not become infected. They watched their patients die and their colleagues die, but they carried on. Continue reading

Let’s Thank Our Shepherds!

Too often, too many of us take our shepherds for granted; shepherds who have dedicated their lives in the service of God’s people; shepherds who lead us and guide us along the straight and narrow for the sake of our eternal life; shepherds who share in our grief and loss and hurts and disappointments and family issues; shepherds who are available to us 24/7 – in the wee hours of the night, at our hospital bed, during crisis and at our graveside. When did you last thank your pastor, priest, deacon, nun or religious? When did you last offer some encouragement, do something special, drop them a note or even just say thank you! They may be shepherds, but they are also human, and they too face the challenges of life. The typical parish priest works every weekend and holiday, lives in the same building as their office, gets one day off a week, not to mention they’re being asked to care for more souls and take on more responsibilities and roles than ever before. Here are some suggestions in thanking your priest/Pastors. Continue reading

Rigidity of Self

ProLifeCorner- Nov 14 2014-  Me, myself, and I is a way of selfishness, greed, laziness, revenge, etc.. that leads one to Hell.  The “I know better than God” mentality is an attitude embraced by many young people from the ages of 18 to 35 who do not believe the Bible is truly the Word of God. Continue reading

“Zeal for your house will consume me.”

Many years ago, a little village in Madagascar, off the west coast of Africa, wanted to build a small church. The village was little more than a slum; the nearest church was the cathedral, some several miles  away.

An elderly woman of the village, Madame Denise, the proprietor of a small restaurant, was revered by the town for her kindness and generosity. After talking with the priests of the cathedral (who served 30 parishes in a 200-mile area), she secured a promise that, if the villagers could build the structure, they would see that a priest was available to celebrate Mass every Friday evening. Continue reading

Any “Choice” But Life

  Pro Life Corner – Freeport, Il – 11-9-2004 – by Annarae – Pro-Life sign has been vandalized! 

Proponents of the “pro-choice” movement have spread their poison for many years under the guise of “everyone has the right to make the choice for abortion, euthanasia, etc.”  That implies that a choice is actually available and given as much publicity and credence as the “choices” of abortion.  In reality if one opposes the choice movement they are not given a public voice with equality nor is an opposition voice tolerated.  Planned Parenthood is one of the largest, if not the largest, abortion provider in the U.S.  They have received, over the last 10 years, over 4 (four) billion dollars in taxpayer money from the US government!  That’s you and I supporting, against the will of so many of us, an agency that kills babies in the womb without regard to the safety and health of the women and young girls that go through the abortion procedure.  Continue reading

Dedicated to God

ProLifeCorner – Lena, Il – 10-29-14 -Dedicated to God is the title of a book written by Abbie Reese . She has spent the last 10 years visiting with the sisters of the Poor Clares in Rockford, Illinois.  These sisters are cloistered and have dedicated their lives to prayer and service to our lord.  Abbie has been traveling far and wide, sharing with all who will listen what she has learned about these wonderful sisters over the past 10 years.  She will be at Saint Joseph’s Church hall in Lena on November 6 at 7:00 PM. St Joseph is located at 410 West Lena Street, in Lena, Illinois. Continue reading