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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

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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 »

Merry Christmas

Posted by St. Joseph

The greatest gift of Love, Christmas, the Incarnation, God become Man is here.  After 4 weeks of Advent preparation and joyous anticipation of the Spiritual coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ, the Day has arrived.  So, what does it mean to you?  Is your Faith strengthened, deepened or edified?  ... Read More »

Fourth Sunday of Advent

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When we were much younger, we used to crowd on the big couch in our living room—all 8 of us—and have a contest looking at the lights of the Christmas tree and crossing our eyes.  By blurring our vision in such an unusual way,  it would feel as if ... Read More »

Third Sunday of Advent--Holy Things for Holy Days

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Well, Christmas is just around the corner.  How has this Advent been different from other years?  Still the same old hustle and bustle—the baking and buying, the parties and fatigue?  There is a cure!  There is a solution to the same old, tired and haggard Christmas rush:  Reflection and Reconciliation.

Have you taken time to reflect on why the rush and push?  Is it all being done for Christ or for others without a thought of Him?  Are you feeling tired and worn out?  If you are, stop and reflect on the meaning of this Advent Season.  Invite Christ in and allow peace and joy to rule your activities and events.  Jesus is the reason for the Season.  Through solid, prayerful reflection we are able to center ourselves on what is most important.  By doing this the baking and parties and presents make more sense and become rooted on our Christmas ... Read More »