St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Mass for Father Cahill

A Mass in honor of Father John Cahill, former pastor, who died earlier this summer will be offered on Sunday, September 7th at 10:30am. Father served at St. Joseph Church from 1995 to 2006. During his tenure the Sanctuary was enlarged, the outside of the church was painted, the inside redecorated and Berg Hall was renovated. Father suffered a very serious heart attack in November of 2003 and still was able to return to care for the people of the parish until his retirement in 2006. A luncheon will be served in Berg Hall following the Mass. Several of Father’s family members plan to be in attendance. As many of our parishioners were not able to attend the Visitation and Funeral Mass for Father, this will be your opportunity to pay your respects to his family and to honor Father for the many years of service to St Joseph Parish. Father William Budden will con-celebrate and be the homilist.

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Pope Francis: It is Sad to See ‘Watered Down Christians’

Vatican City, August 31, 2014

The Gospel, the Eucharist and Prayer are the three gifts that allows us to walk the path of Christ and not of the world. This was the theme of Pope Francis’ address during Sunday’s Angelus.

The Holy Father reflected on today’s Gospel from St. Matthew, where Jesus tells his disciples that He must go to Jerusalem to suffer, die and rise from the dead. When Peter rebukes Him, Jesus in turn reproaches him saying “Get behind me, Satan! You are an obstacle to me. You are thinking not as God does, but as human beings do.”

This critical moment, the Holy Father noted, speaks to the reality of Christians today who run the risk of becoming worldly, or “watered down.” ..

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Cardinal Veglio: Church Must Defend Poor and Voiceless in Middle East

Vatican City, August 29, 2014

Pope Francis met Cardinal Antonio Maria Vegliò, the President of the Pontifical Council for the Pastoral Care of Migrants, on Thursday to discuss the plight of those fleeing the Islamist violence in Iraq.

Cardinal Vegliò told Vatican Radio the Pope said the Church must be at the forefront of efforts to defend the weak. 

“The Church must help those most in need, because their rights are being trampled upon,” he told Vatican Radio.  “The Church is for the poor and the voiceless.  We must be present and never tire …


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