ProLifeCorner.com- Pastor Timothy Barr’s homily today cautions us to not to interpret reality through our emotions. He explains that passions are not a bad thing but they must be guided by the truth. That truth is Jesus Christ. When we are obedient to the truth there is great joy. He further stated that the man is the head of the family but the woman is the heart of the family sharing equal responsibility and, hopefully through their teachings and actions, are leading their children to heaven. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- – Freeport, Il – It’s here! For several weeks we have been waiting for a special car to arrive so we can present it to everyone. That day has arrived!
First let’s get a little background to let you know why all of us involved with the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) are so excited about this car. After all, a car is just a car-right? Wrong! This car is a vintage automobile donated to the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary so they can raffle it off. This will mean a wonderful contribution to the restoration of the Madonna Renewal Center. The donor wishes to remain anonymous so we respect his/her wishes and can only say “Thank you and God bless you” whoever you may be. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois - The Feast of Corpus Christi (Body of Christ) celebrates the belief in the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ and His Real Presence in the Eucharist. After Mass was celebrated by Father Timothy Barr and Deacon Paul Ranney, there was a procession escorted by the Knights of Columbus and some parishioners of St. Joseph and St. Mary’s parishes, and the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ.
This group of worshipers proceeded from St. Joseph’s church, traveled up Galena Street and turned easterly up Pleasant Street until they arrived at State Street and turned to arrive at St. Mary’s parish. There they celebrated a brief Benediction honoring our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- To our dear friends who do not understand the prayer which is called the Holy Rosary. Some only hear the repetitive prayers of the Hail Mary; however the Rosary is a meditative prayer. It consists of four different mysteries: The Joyful Mysteries, the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Glorious Mysteries, and more recently the Luminous Mysteries, which were added by Pope John Paul II.
We like to say “to Jesus through Mary.” The prayers of the Rosary should be said while meditating upon the life of our Lord, given to us through Holy Scripture and sacred tradition.
In saying the Rosary, Mary invites us to join her on a journey through the life of Jesus.
We are placing these Rosary videos on our prayer page for the convenience of those who like to pray the Rosary. It is also our sincere desire that Christians of other denominations can be exposed to these mysteries and realize that the Rosary is just not a series of repetitive prayers, but a means that will draw us closer to the Lord and hopefully inspire us with a strong desire to turn to the Holy Bible in order to see what else our Lord wants to reveal to us through the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the printed words of the Bible. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport, Il – by Annarae - On Tuesday, February 17, over two hundred people braved the icy cold winds to enjoy good food, fellowship, and to help a worthy cause, the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital. This event was held in the lovely facilities of the First Lutheran Church in Freeport. We are grateful to Pastor Keith Johnson and to the First Lutheran Church community for allowing us to use their facilities, not only for this event but for graciously allowing the Sisters and the various committees to hold their monthly meetings there.
The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), our “Blue Nuns” held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their project, the Madonna Renewal Center, which will be a place of healing and hope to women. To say this event was a success would be an understatement! A steady stream of hungry folks kept all the volunteer kitchen crew busy the entire time. Everyone raved about how wonderful everything tasted and many asked when the next dinner would be held. Spaghetti, meat balls or sauce, salad with a tasty Italian style dressing, garlic bread and a beverage made a filling and oh, so enjoyable meal, or perhaps I should say feast. This was all topped off with an array of desserts that filled over two long tables from which one could pick a generous portion of cakes, cookies, or pies. Trust me, no one went away hungry! Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Freeport Illinois- By Fr. Timothy Barr- I am sure we have all heard about the marijuana plantations going up all over in Illinois, and especially in Freeport. There seems to be a rush to get everything up and going, but maybe we should really look at what the effects of something like this will be. The Church does not teach that marijuana is an intrinsic evil, but it is a mind altering drug. It should be treated with great care. Continue reading →
ProLifeCorner- Today is a very special person’s birthday; Jesus our Lord! God has walked among us. He became one of us! He comes to save us in the form of a little baby. This baby can change your life! He really is in your life giving you grace if you recognize Him. But He wants change your life. He wants you to experience His love in a new way, in a way that can make you the person you want to be! Continue reading →
Pro Life Corner – Christmas 2014 – Have we prepared the way of the Lord? Are we willing to follow the way of Mary to say yes to God’s will in our lives? Are we willing to allow Him into our homes? Mary said ‘yes’ to God physically living within her. Mary was a holy and sacred temple of God in the truest sense. So are we. God wants to live in our hearts and our souls and our homes. He really wants to live in us. He really wants to make an effect in our life just like he made an incredible effect in Mary’s Life and in Joseph’s life. He really wants to give you His peace. He really wants to give you His mercy. He really wants to give you His love. What should be our response to that? To follow Mary’s example, and say I am a handmaid of the Lord. Let it be done to me according to your Word.
ProLifeCorner- Chicago- Eric Scheidler of the pro-life action league in Chicago just gave us some wonderful news, an abortionist in Oklahoma has been arrested and his killing center is closed. Eric had this to say. Last week notorious Oklahoma abortionist Naresh Patel was arrested at his abortion clinic for selling abortion drugs to women who weren’t really pregnant. Continue reading →