St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Project Rachel:

Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

Healing after Abortion – Do you know someone who is carrying the grief, sorrow, and regret of abortion? The Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry provides confidential referrals to a priest and/or counselor. Contact (815) 387-3379 or All inquiries are confidential.

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Pope Francis Will Beatify These Martyred Greek-Catholic Bishops in Romania

ROME — On Sunday in Blaj, Pope Francis will beatify seven Greek-Catholic bishops of Romania who were killed by the communist regime between 1950 and 1970.
These martyrs “have given all to defend the Church. And at the cost of their lives, they did not accept the situation; they did not deny their very faith,” a Romanian Greek-Catholic priest told CNA.
Father Vasile Man, the postulator of the bishops’ causes for…

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Remember the Fallen and Live a Life Worthy of Such a Great Sacrifice

Memorial Day tribute 2019
ProLifeCorner- A tribute to the countless millions of men and women who have valiantly served and died for our freedoms. The title of this short talk is a lesson in patriotism itself. “Remember the Fallen and Live a Life Worthy of Such a Great Sacrifice”. May we always remember the sacrifices of not only those who have died, but the pain, suffering and sacrifices of the families who were left behind. May God bless all of them, may God bless America.

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Pro-Life Corner

“The hairsplitting difference between formed and unformed makes no difference to us. Whoever deliberately commits abortion is subject to the penalty for homicide.” -Saint Basil

In the time of St Basil, the pagan Romans were practicing abortion, but Christians could not conceive of doing such a thing. Christianity has rejected abortion from it’s inception. We do not wish the women today to be put in jail, they suffer enough from their abortion. But any doctor who goes against the Hippocratic Oath goes against their very profession and purpose in life. They will most certainly suffer the detainment of eternity if they do not suffer it here.

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A Huge Thank You…

to our St Joseph & St Mary Meals on Wheels delivery teams for bringing smiles and food to our brothers and sisters in Freeport. We thank Pat Weigel & Karen Hildebrandt, Ron & Roberta Schradermeier, Jim Full & John Shippert, Jane & Jacob O’Connor, and Gabby & Kimmy Williams for their service this month. May God bless you all for your gift to this wonderful ministry! Our next delivery run will be the week of August 26. If you would like to join our team, please call Joanie Williams at 815-298-9705.

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Symbolism in the Church #14

Yes, Mary is our Mother. While Jesus was on earth, she was His earthly mother. But now she is our heavenly Mother. She looks on us from above, bringing the heart of her Son Jesus to us. That is why we must take care to honor her as Jesus did. The statue of Our Lady of Grace was refurbished most recently in 2011. John Shippert touched up some paint and put her finger back on. It has been repaired a couple of times. It is a natural habit to want to pick her up by the hands when moving her. That is where this statue typically breaks. During the Month of May, we crown her as our mother, but also as our Queen. She is the Queen Mother as is attested to in Jewish tradition and scripture (Kings 2:17-20, Jer 13:18-20 & 2 Kings 24:12-15). We are baptized into a great family. Jesus invites each and every one of us to participate in such a great family. His Mother is part of that family. Like any mother, there is no replacement. Continue reading