St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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A special Invitation from Bishop Malloy

August 10, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary at Fatima to the three young children, Lucia, Francisco and Jacinta.

Since the appearance of Mary at that moment near the end of the First World War, her message about the need for repentance and penance calls the modern world to conversion to the message of the Gospel. Her words and her motherly care, demonstrated at Fatima, have been taken to heart by the Church, and even the last three Popes have made special visits to Fatima to honor Mary.

The 100th anniversary falls on Friday, October 13th, the date Mary’s final appearance and of the famous Miracle of the Sun witnessed by tens of thousands. In order to leave that date free for any possible local or parish celebrations of the anniversary, I will offer a Mass to commemorate those events on Thursday, October 12, 2017, at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral Parish of St. Peter in Rockford. In the course of that Mass, I will renew the consecration, made by my predecessor Bishop Thomas Doran in 2004, of the Diocese of Rockford to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At that same Mass, I will offer the consecration and service of the priests of this Diocese to Our Blessed Mother as well.

I take this opportunity to invite you to be present for that Mass. Please consider joining me in this special celebration and in offering reparation to Christ and to the Immaculate Heart as requested by Mary at Fatima.

With prayerful best wishes, I am

Sincerely yours in Christ,
Most Reverend David J. Malloy Bishop of Rockford


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Knights of Columbus to Benefit Seminarians

The Knights of Columbus are spearheading a fund drive to benefit the seminarians for the dioceses of Illinois. Various council members are selling tickets that will give out $20,000 in cash awards.

1st prize: $10,000
2nd prize: $2,500
3rd-6th prize: $1,000 each
7th-10th prize: $500 each
11-15th Prize $200 each
16-20th Prize $100 each

It is a state wide event. All the monies will go to the State Council for distribution to all the prize winners. The drawing ends November 24. The drawing is December 2, 2017.

The proceeds go directly to the seminarians to help defer costs and for some extra money to celebrate their birthdays and such.


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PEW SURVEY RESULTSfrom the Be Bold Be Catholic (BBBC) Team

BBBC MISSION: We the Catholic parish communities of Freeport, Illinois, commit to bring all souls to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dear Parishioners:
We, the BBBC Team, thank you for the Pew Survey feedback and your patience. There are currently nine active members under the direction of Fr. Timothy Barr that have been working toward understanding and organizing those results.
As a reminder, there were four questions on the Pew Survey, as follows:
What can your Parish community do to better serve your needs?
• How can your Parish community help you come closer to Jesus’ mercy and love?
• Do you think sharing your time and talent would help you come closer to Jesus? How, or why not?
Are there ministries in which you would like to participate? Circle Yes or No. Please state the name or type of ministry you would like to participate in.
Results/Findings Continue reading


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Protecting God’s Children Requirements

This article was published in the bulletin for the weekend of July 15-16.

The month of July starts the tightening of the belt in protecting God’s children in our diocese and throughout the United States. This is all part of the promise the bishops have made to the faithful for accountability, transparency and in making a difference in the safety of our children. The Bishops now ask us to do our part in making the Church the safest place on earth, as it should be. Continue reading


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An interview with Roger and Louise Nilles.

 Louise and Roger Nilles live in a modest home in the shadow of a high rise apartment.  Roger and Louise are a loving couple who have worked tirelessly, over the years, to help others in the community.  There selfless love for family and community is well known.  Because of devastating health problems, they are now the ones in need of a helping hand.  Louise has worked for a local health care facility for over 20 years, but recently her hours have been cut.
Since our previous article…

An interview with Roger and Louise Nilles.


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Holy Hour with the Sisters

MonstranceCome to the Holy Hour on Friday, June 16 in St Joseph Church. Exposition will be at 6pm. Confessions will be available during the Holy Hour. Sister Theo will be giving short inspirational talks as you contemplate God’s goodness. All are welcome to join in this adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is a great time to get your peace in Christ on your way home from work. Continue reading