The Family; A Means of Grace to the World
Christmas Day 2017
No Other Day in the Year like This Day
Gaudete Sunday- The third Sunday in Advent
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
Politics Cannot Save
ProLifeCorner- Annarae- After all the tension, frustration and emotion that the recent election caused so many people, Father Timothy Barr brings everything into proper perspective. That is that Jesus is our true King and Savior, not the government or political leaders. This video is only 6 min. long and well worth viewing.
ProLifeCorner- “Resorting to violence is not the teachings of Jesus the Christ. Christians everywhere need to claim Jesus for our country and demand that prayer be allowed in our schools.”
These words were the subject of a recent homily given by Father Timothy Barr. In his homily he decried the violence and lack of moral values that has pervaded our nation in the last several years. The tragic events in Baltimore would not have been tolerated years ago when we were allowed prayer in schools and freedom of religion; freedom of religion to practice our faith, not just freedom to worship. Take a few minutes to listen to this excellent talk given by a most courageous priest. Continue reading
ProLifeCorner.com- Freeport Il.- Father Timothy Barr and the parishioners of St. Joseph and St. Mary’s parishes in Freeport, Illinois wish you all a Joyous Christmas season. May you and your family have a prosperous and happy 2014. Continue reading
ProLifeCorner.com- Today is Rejoice Sunday; rejoice in the mercy and compassion of the Lord Jesus Christ. Let us also remember it is the third Sunday of Advent. A time of preparation and repentance in preparation for the coming of our Lord and Savior into our lives, our homes, our hearts and our minds. Continue reading
ProLifeCorner.com- Freeport IL.- Oct 15 2013- 50 people, including 2 priests, showed up at St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Freeport Illinois on October 13, 2013 to pray the Rosary and consecrate Russia to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. We would like to thank Father Ken Anderson and Father Timothy Barr for leading us in prayer.
We are pleased to present to you a short video commemorating this event. Before you view our video, please read the following report from (ANF ) America Needs Fatima. It was gratifying to us to be part of this nationwide effort to petition our loving Father to spare America through the intercession of Holy Mary, Our Mother. Continue reading