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Confessions

Posted by St. Joseph

The trifecta of prayer, fasting and penance includes, with the virtue of penance, Sacramental Confession.  EVERY Catholic is obligated by Church law to make a confession as part of the Easter season, particularly if mortal sin is involved.  Please take note from the bulletin of the times for confession ... Read More »

Ash Wednesday and Lent

Posted by St. Joseph

Well, Lent is here!  Are we ready?  Ash Wednesday starts it all and Easter Sunday is the climax.  This is a time of preparation, repentance, almsgiving, fasting and prayer.  We never truly arrive, but are always on the journey.  So, I want to encourage you to strive after the ... Read More »

The Crazy Things

Posted by St. Joseph

I had the fireplace in the rectory repaired which allows me sometime to contemplate my belly button and the crazy things that life and our Faith can bring.  (As an aside, both fire and water can be very mesmerizing and soothing to the soul.)

 One of the crazy things ... Read More »

Confirmation

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Next Saturday, Feb. 18, at 10:00 a.m., our St. Joseph Religious Ed 8th graders will be confirmed by Bishop Malloy.  This celebration will take place at St. Patrick, McHenry, combined with St. Mary, McHenry as well.  Please pray for our young people as they approach this beautiful Sacrament of ... Read More »

Pray for the sick.

Posted by St. Joseph

This coming Saturday, February 11, is designated World Day of Prayer for the Sick.  Pope St. John Paul II instituted this day for the worldwide Church in 1992.  In his letter instituting this day he said, “This is a special time of prayer and sharing, of offering one’s suffering ... Read More »

Blessing of throats

Posted by St. Joseph

This week (Feb. 2) we celebrate the Presentation of the Lord.  This Feast celebrates the circumcision of the Lord in the Temple.  The Feast began in the 4th century in Jerusalem and began the tradition of blessing candles (Candlemas Day) to celebrate Christ as the “Light to the nations”!  ... Read More »

Indulgences

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Many times questions arise regarding Indulgences.  Below are a few quick answers to the most common of misunderstandings and/or questions.

Q.  Aren’t Indulgences “Old Church”?

A.  Simply put, no! “Old Church” and “New Church” have no validity or meaning for Catholic doctrine.  Indulgences are just as important today (and needed) ... Read More »

Purgatory

Posted by St. Joseph

Too often, people have a very lax and casual approach to the articles of Faith.  One such confusion or doubt regards the doctrine of Purgatory.  In the Catechism of the Catholic Church it states, “From the beginning the Church has honored the memory of the dead and offered prayers ... Read More »

The Epiphany of the Lord

Posted by St. Joseph

It was my privilege to visit the Cathedral in Bonn, Germany a few years back.  I was in Germany visiting friends who were studying in country and I remembered that the remains of the Three Wise Men (The Three Kings) were buried behind the High Altar of the Cathedral.  ... Read More »

Happy New Year

Posted by St. Joseph

Another New Year is upon us with promises to diet, exercise, quit smoking and a multitude of other hopes that most likely will result in either never having been tried or failing within a few weeks or a month at most.  Although these physical and mental challenges are noble ... Read More »