St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Our Lady of Fatima is Coming to Our Parishes

We have the special graces that the very statue of Our Lady of Fatima that Sister Lucia had commissioned to be made will be visiting us. Sister Lucia was one of the three children who saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children asking for prayers for the salvation of souls and that the faithful would turn back to her Son, Jesus. Many miracles have happened since this event, but the miracle most known is the miracle of the sun, when on the day of the vision, during a major downpour, the sky suddenly cleared and everybody’s clothes became instantly dry. The sun started to move around the sky, turning people’s heads as they followed the sun going across the sky. It was seen for many miles around. In fact, the local atheist newspaper carried the story the next day. Tens of thousands were witnesses of this event and many people came back to Jesus that day. The people could not see Our Lady as she appeared in Fatima. So after some years Sister Lucia commissioned an artist to have a statue made. She directed the artist on how to make it so that the statue would look like Our Lady of Fatima appeared. In 1952, Pope Pius XII blessed the statue for the purpose of bringing it on holy pilgrimages throughout the world. So we do not have to come to see the statue, the statue comes to us. This very statue will be here from September 27 in the evening till Sunday, September 30 at 3pm. There will be a very busy schedule and many opportunities for the many graces that come from honoring Our Lady. All are invited to take advantage of this awesome event! Here is the rough outline of the schedule.

  • Thursday evening at the Madonna Renewal Center with the Sisters. 
  • Friday in St Joseph church for Aquin Students 
  • Friday evening with the Hispanic Prayer Group 
  • Saturday: 8am Mass followed by adoration and confessions till noon. Presentation will be given at this time. 
  • Saturday: Wedding in the afternoon, viewing not available to public. 
  • Saturday: 4pm Mass 
  • Saturday: After mass private prayer till 9pm in St Joseph church 
  • Saturday: 9pm Adoration and rosary till midnight 
  • Sunday: Vigil with Mary (Private Prayer) 
  • Sunday: 8am Mass in St Mary 
  • Sunday: 10:30am Mass in St Joseph 
  • Sunday: 1pm Mass in St Mary till 3pm

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Where is Jesus in the Midst of the Church’s Sex-Abuse Crisis

Father Thomas Berg is a priest of the Archdiocese of New York, a former Legionary of Christ and professor of moral theology, vice rector and director of admissions at St. Joseph’s Seminary in Dunwoodie, New York. He is author of Hurting in the Church: A Way Forward for Wounded Catholics. He spoke recently with CNA’s Courtney Grogan about the challenges Catholics face amid the Church’s sexual abuse and misconduct scandals. The interview is below, edited for clarity and length. …

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When Science and Technology Ignore a Deeper Truth

BISMARCK, N.D. — The announcement last month from the Nuffield Council on Bioethics in the United Kingdom that changing the DNA of a human embryo could be “morally permissible” is the most recent example of how some applications of science and technology can conflict with Catholic teaching.
The codicil to the U.K. announcement, “if it is in the child’s best interest,” is also an example of the manipulative language used in

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FDA Signs Controversial Contract With Fetal-Tissue Provider

WASHINGTON — Legislators, pro-life groups and ethicists have condemned a new government contract to obtain human tissue from aborted children for use in medical research and in the creation of “humanized mice.”
The Food and Drug Administration signed a $15,900 contract to acquire human fetal tissue for use on mice July 25. The contract was signed with Advanced Bioscience Resources Inc. (ABR), a California based not-for-profit. It is the eighth contract between the FDA and ABR since 2012; seven of the contracts appear to relate to the same or similar programs.
The fetal tissue used in such research is obtained from elective abortions, according to a report from the Congressional Research Service. …

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Holy Hour and Healing Service

Holy Hour of Healing Are you hurting? Do you need quiet reflection time? Time alone with Jesus? Join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with a healing service on Friday, August 3, at 5:00pm in St Mary Church.

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Vatican Draft Alters Catechism Wording on Capital Punishment, Calling It ‘Inadmissible’

VATICAN CITY — The Vatican Thursday altered the Catechism’s wording on the permissibility of the death penalty, which the Church teaches is legitimate in extreme cases, stating it is “inadmissible,” and its elimination will be sought.
A new draft of paragraph 2267 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church was issued by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith Aug. 2, after Pope Francis approved it in May. …