St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Mission Appeal

This weekend is the Diocesan Mission Appeal. You should have received an envelope in the mail. If you weren’t able to bring your donation this weekend, you can still drop it in the collection basket next weekend, or donate online at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/ donate.
THANK YOU for your generosity to our missions in the United States, the Church in Latin America, the Church in Africa, the Propagation of the Faith, the Diocesan Priests’ Pension, and Catholic Elementary School Financial Support. May God richly bless you! 


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Dailey Free Lunches to Resume

The Aryl Dailey Free Lunches, sponsored by the Society of ST VINCENT de PAUL, will resume on Saturday, October 20. A hot meal will be available in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm on the third Saturday of the month from October thru March. The April meal will be on the fourth Saturday. Anyone in need of a meal is welcome to attend. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Last year we provided 873 meals.
Your help is needed to continue this ministry. We are in need of fresh fruit, cereal bars and cookies/bars each month. In addition, we need the following personal care products: shampoo, liquid soap and toothbrushes. If you can provide any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Please continue to pray for all those in our community who are struggling and in need of a kind hand. Thank you for your concern.


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All Souls Day Masses

There is an envelope in your packet for All Souls Masses. Please list your intentions on the back and return it as soon as possible. All the deceased members of the parishes from the past year will be honored. Masses will be at 8:00am at St Joseph Church and 7:00pm (Spanish) at St Mary Church on Nov. 2. Mass will be at 8:00am on Sunday, Nov. 4 at St Mary Church. A form for candles is in the back of the church. You may purchase a candle in memory of other deceased loved ones.
PLEASE HAVE YOUR ORDER WITH PAYMENT TURNED IN BY OCTOBER 21.


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Gosnell Movie Challenges Us All

The movie “Gosnell” challenges us to rethink the idea of “Pro-choice”. Have I seen the movie yet? No, but I know the story. You may remember some of the news covering the most prolific abortionist of the last twenty years, Kermit Gosnell. It was mostly covered by Pro-life advocates and totally ignored by mainstream media.

http://prolifecorner.com/gosnell-on-trial-for-running-a-house-of-horrors/

Here is an explanation of another place that did similar things. It seems the issue of Gosnell is not so rare as we would like to think. The witness accounts are disturbing by themselves, children should use parents discretion for this web site. https://www.lifenews.com/2013/05/15/another-gosnell-report-shows-texas-abortion-doc-kills-babies-born-alive/

Gosnell is now in jail for many crimes. The movie tells the shocking story of an abortionist who killed babies outside the womb and was responsible for the deaths of many women under his care due to the abortions he provided. The movie is rated PG13. It will be showing at 7:10pm this Thursday, October 18 in the AMC Showplace Rockford 16. I, Father Barr, plan on attending this movie and welcome all parishioners to join me. If you cannot make this time, I encourage you to watch this movie set on the trail of Dr Gosnell. Weather you are pro-life or pro-choice, it will challenge you of the depth of this huge social sin. It has been so engrained into our sense of identity, like that of slavery, that we must look at the consequences of our culture and to make a willed decision to change and get rid of any such atrocities in our time and in times to come. 


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2018 YOUTH SUMMIT

 

WHEN: October 28, 2018 9:00 – 4:00
WHERE: Rock Valley College – Rockford Illinois
WHO: Teens Grade 8 -12
WHAT IS INCLUDED: A fantastic day of Faith, fun, and fellowship. Lunch and Tee shirt are included in the $25.00 fee.
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH $25.00 ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 14 to Ann Peters at the Religious Education Office.


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Public Square Rosary Rally

I want to invite you to join in a Public Square Rosary Rally on Saturday, October 13, at 12:00 noon in front of the Stephenson County Courthouse located at 15 N. Galena Avenue in Freeport, Illinois. This Public Square Rosary, sponsored by America Needs Fatima, will be one of over 23,000 rallies that will take place all across the United States on that day. Please join us in offering reparation for the sins and offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and to fervently pray for the conversion of the United States. Will you be able to join me and other Catholics on that very important day? Please contact Cynthia Saar at (815) 232-7400.


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October Marian Society Meeting

The St Joseph Marian Society will meet at 7:00pm in Berg Hall on Thursday, October 11. A member of the Freeport Police Department will discuss the latest scams that are prevalent in the Freeport area. We will also learn the procedures to take if we fear our identity has been stolen or if we are notified that our credit card information has been compromised. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary parishes are invited to attend this important meeting. Hostesses for the evening are: Barbara Feiner, Ruth Geary, Helen Toelle and Dolores Weinand.