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I Say to You, Not Seven Times but Seventy-Seven Times.

When Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive seven times he was being generous as that was more than double what was expected at the time.Jesus responded, “…not just seven times, but seventy-seven times.” Forgiving those who trespass against us doesn’t mean to avoid them or merely tolerate them; it goes further, which is the…
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Guidelines on Political Activities for Parishes and Catholic Church Organizations

Catholic Conference of Illinois on Political Activities for Parishes and Catholic Church OrganizationsmFormed in 1969 by the Roman Catholic Bishops of Illinois, the Catholic Conference of Illinois(CCI) is the agent through which the dioceses of Illinois (Belleville, Chicago, Joliet, Peoria, Rockford, and Springfield) may act mutually and cooperatively in matters of interdiocesan and state-wide…
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The Cross Also Reveals God’s Grace and Salvation

Who does not have a cross to carry? In each of our lives at one time or another, there is something painful; it can be either large or small, something that we wish would be different, and it becomes our cross to carry.The cross can be caused by somebody else or we may bring it…
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Ad Resurgendum Cum Christo

Dear Parish Family: On July 22, we received a phone call from another parish in the Diocese in regard to one of our parishioners who died 40 years ago & some random people discovered their ashes in a dumpster. Thank God, next to the ashes was all of the cremation information about that person. One…
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