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.

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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

Now We Matter

Merry Christmas and a Blessed 2018 New Year! 

Now We Matter

“For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Christ and Lord.”

It’s roughly 100 miles from Nazareth to Bethlehem. According to Google Maps, it would take about 34 hours to travel the dis­tance on foot, not counting stops for rest — nor does it consider marauding bandits, flash floods, washed away roads, and a full-term pregnancy.

But this is the journey that St. Joseph, the foster father of the Son of God, and the Virgin Mary, the Mother of God, this is the journey they make.

The journey is not their choice. Caesar Augustus has spoken, and, like it or not, impending birth notwithstanding, they make the exhausting 100-mile trek to fill out some government forms. St. Joseph and the Virgin Mary are, like poor and defenseless people of every place and time, at the whim of whatever Caesar or compassion-less bureaucracy directs. Continue reading

Christmas Eve 2017

Christmas Eve 2017

ProLifecorner-  “At length,” says Saint Peter Damian, in his Sermon for this holy Eve, “at length we have got from the stormy sea into the tranquil port; hitherto it was the promise, now it is the prize; hitherto labour, now rest; hitherto despair, now hope; hitherto the way, now our home. The heralds of the divine promise came to us; but they gave us nothing but rich pro- mises. Hence, our Psalmist himself grew wearied, and slept, and, with a seeming reproachful tone, thus sings his lamentation to God: But you hast rejected and despised us; you have deferred the coming of your Christ. At another time he assumes a tone of demand, and thus prays: you that sittest upon the Cherubim, shoiv yourself! Seated on your high throne, with myriads of adoring Angels around you, look down upon the children of men, who are victims of that sin, which was committed indeed by Adam, but permitted by your justice. Remember what my substance is; you didst make it to the likeness of your own; for though every living man is vanity, yet inasmuch as he is made to your Image, he is not a passing vanity} Bend your heavens and come down, and turn the eyes of your mercy upon us your miserable suppliants, and forget us not unto the end!

IMG_0689“Isaias, also, in the vehemence of his desire, thus spoke: For Sion’s sake I will not hold my peace, and for the sake of Jerusalem I will not rest, till her Just One come forth as brightness. Oh! that you wouldst rend the heavens, and wouldst come down! So, too, all the Prophets, tired of the long delay of the Coming, have prayed to you, now with supplication, now with lamentation, and now with cries of impatience. We have listened to these their prayers; we have made use of them as our own, and now, nothing can give us joy or gladness, till our Savior come to us, and, kissing us with the kiss of his lips, say to us, I have heard and granted your prayers. Continue reading

The third Sunday in Advent

Gaudete Sunday- The third Sunday in Advent

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The third Sunday in Advent, so named from the opening word of the Introit in the Mass, “Gaudete” (Rejoice). When obtainable, rose-colored vestments are used, to symbolize the fact that the penitential observances of the season are suspended for the day in order to rejoice in the Redemption which is so near at hand.

Though each of those who are called have his own station in life, though the sons of the Church are separated from each other by the passage of the years, yet the entire body of the faithful, having a common origin in the baptismal font, are crucified together with Christ in His passion, are raised up in His resurrection, and in His ascension are placed with Him at the Father’s right hand — and so likewise are they all with Him born in this Nativity. For every believer, in whatever part of the world he may be, who is reborn in Christ, quits the evil path of his first origin, and by being born again is changed into a new man. For no longer is he considered as an offspring merely of an earthly father, but as belonging now to the seed of the Savior, who for this reason became the Son of man that we might have the power of becoming sons of God.  – Pope Saint Leo the Great

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Using Your God-Given Talents to Witness to Christ

Using Your God-Given Talents and Resources to Witness to Christ

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John was sent from God … He was not the light, but came to testify to the light.”

Thousands of French Jews during World War II owe their lives to a dry cleaner’s teenage apprentice.

Adolfo Kaminsky was 18. Barely escaping internment in a French concentration camp, his father had arranged for his family to adopt false identities and go underground. He sent Adolfo to pick up their new papers from a member of the French resistance. When the resistance member learned that Adolfo had worked at a dry cleaner’s, he asked Adolfo if he knew how to “bleach” ink. Adolfo said he did: with lactic acid. Adolfo showed him how to erase the permanent blue ink that marked official documents with the word “Jew.”

And so began the career of one of the greatest forgers in France during the war. Kaminsky forged perfect identity cards, passports, food ration cards, and birth and marriage certificates. Kaminsky went on to form a team of forgers who created a lab right under the nose of the Nazis in a narrow attic in Paris. The neighbors thought they were all painters. Continue reading