St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Holy Day of Obligation Schedule

January first is a holy day of obligation, the feast day of Holy Mary Mother of God. Missing Mass is considered a mortal sin for Catholics. Here is the schedule which starts this evening.

Thursday, December 31

  • 4pm Mass in St Mary Church, Freeport
  • 5:30pm Mass in St Joseph Church, Freeport
  • 11:30pm Adoration in St Joseph Church, Freeport (1 hour long)
Friday, January 1, 2016
  • 8am Mass in St Mary Church, Freeport
  • 10:30am Mass in St Joseph Church, Freeport
  • 12 noon Mass in St Mary Church, Freeport (Spanish)
  • 5pm Holy Hour and Healing Service in St Joseph Church, Freeport


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Founder of Feminist Group That Goes Topless to Protest Abortion Becomes Pro-Life, Apologizes

Chances are you’ve heard of the pro-abortion feminists who protest topless for abortion at The Vatican or infiltrate Catholic Churches to push their radical abortion agenda. In Spain, once time, as the Spanish government pushes a pro-life proposal to roll back some of Europe’s most pro-abortion laws, extreme feminists from Femen showed their anger by hurling objects at Cardinal Antonio Maria Rouco Varela as he attempted to enter a local Catholic Church before Mass.


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11-Year-Old Bravely Rejected Abortion After Rape, She Has No Regrets 22 Years Later

But what about cases of rape or incest? It’s the ultimate comeback when anyone who supports legal abortions debates the issue with someone who is pro-life. Why sometimes such arguments or debates seems as if they’re taking place in a vacuum with what if figures with no name or face, these situations do exist. And the faces and names of the people who survived abortion are very real. 

Like Jora Trang and her daughter Meggy.

Jora is now a 33-year-old civil rights attorney from San Francisco. But 22 years ago, something horrible happened to her. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2015/12/29/11-year-old-bravely-rejected-abortion-after-rape-she-has-no-regrets-22-years-later/


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Living the Moral Life 35

              The Book of Exodus says, “You shall not steal” (20:15). Sounds really simple doesn’t it? It really is that simple. The only problem is that we humans like to justify ourselves. Obviously we have no right to what others have and what they worked for. Stealing is a kind of violence against the dignity of the person and their work. Continue reading


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Leader of US Bishops Responds to Failure to Pass ‘Abortion Non-Discrimination Act’

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, the president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, today released a statement in response to the government’s failure to pass legislation to protect conscience rights. Here is the full text of his statement:

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The bishops of the United States are gravely disappointed that the 2016 omnibus funding bill did not include the Abortion Non-Discrimination Act (ANDA). While the omnibus bill certainly addresses other critical issues, the modest reform that ANDA represents — to make federal conscience laws on abortion workable and enforceable — was an urgent legislative priority in these final months of the year.

Many Catholic and other institutions, including those that provide health care and other human services to the poor and vulnerable, have joined in our support of ANDA. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/leader-of-us-bishops-responds-to-failure-to-pass-abortion-non-discrimination-act?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_content=%5BZE151223%5D%20The%20world%20seen%20from%20Rome&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch&utm_term=Image