St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #22

We have some flags in our Church. They are the Papal flag (also known as the Vatican flag), two American flags and the flag of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus are a group of men that got together in response to the Catholic Irish persecutions about the turn of the century (1900). Irish Catholics were having a hard time finding jobs here in America. They left the persecutions in Ireland as they were denied the ability to purchase food there. At least they could eat if they could find work and get the food. There were many signs in windows at the time that read, “Irish Catholics need not apply,” meaning they would not get the job. Various organizations would work hard at making sure Catholics could not work. The only jobs that were available were jobs with high death rates. These jobs were particularly working on the high wires and police. Many Irish Catholics died hanging wires on the power lines. This is before the unions were established. So many men were dying, it is said that the life expectancy for Irish males was 35 years of age. So Father McGivney helped establish the Knights by offering fellowship and life insurance. The Knights promised to help each other’s families when the father died. They quickly grew because of the great need. God, country and family are their priorities, in that order. Today they have grown so much and offer so much more. They do a super amount of good with all the fundraising and offering events for the handicap, church and women’s health by offering ultra-sounds for other non-profit organizations. This group of faithful men do more than we can appreciate. This is their flag, and we are proud of what they have done for the community. Continue reading


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Carl Anderson, CEO and supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, announces new initiatives and showcases highlights of past fraternal year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members of the Knights of Columbus at the Order’s 137th Supreme Convention. In his speech during the business session, Supreme Knight Anderson highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.
The theme of his speech was “Knights of Unity.”
KNIGHTS OF UNITY
“Through our unity, we will continue to rise in charity and fraternity. And as we extend the hand of brotherhood, we will continue to transform the world around us — a world that needs more, not less, of the truth and witness that define all those who call themselves Knights of Columbus.”
KENDRICK CASTILLO POSTHUMOUSLY DECLARED A KNIGHT
“Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last moments, Kendrick Castillo did both.”

https://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/supreme-knight-delivers-annual-report.html


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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=875


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Knights of Columbus Gifts Checks

Freeport Knights of Columbus got together on December 12 for their annual Potluck Christmas dinner. The KC’s distributed checks from the Tootsie Roll drive in September to Freeport Special Olympics, represented by Anne Schulz, Freeport Park District; Malcom Eaton, Brian Babcock, Marketing; and Presence St. Vincent, Diane Cushman. Fun was had by all and we are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. Nils Sandstrom and Todd McKenna represented the Knights of Columbus.


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Knights of Coumbus Helping Women Who Need a Little Help

The Knights of Columbus raised money for the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) to help pregnant women who need some help getting on their own. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from Nigeria, completed their first phase of the old St Francis Hospital in Freeport IL. They can now take in up to ten women who are pregnant for up to two years after the birth of their child. Stipulations do apply. They will interview anybody who can make it to their doorstep, but please call ahead of time. at 1-815-297-8287. 

The purpose of the MRC is to help pregnant bring their children to birth and teach them how to be independent with their child. They will learn how to take care of themselves, their children and get them on the road to developing job skills. The vision the sisters have is that all this will be done with a feel of home. Home is a place of security and family. They are not an institution of hand outs where the suffering continues after the handout. They really want to make the lives of these women better for the rest of their lives. 

The Knights of Columbus are proud to help the Sisters in their ministries. The MRC is a special ministry in saving lives, saving souls and in protecting the most vulnerable. Being pregnant and abandoned is a vulnerable position to be in for these women. We all will look forward for them to receive what they need and never have to fall into that same vulnerability again. If you are a Catholic Man and would be interested in being part of the Knights, you can check out this web site:

Coleen Fenn received the check for the knights for the Sisters.

The MRC will be having dance this Saturday night (11/10/18) at the Eagles Club. 


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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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Pope’s Morning Homily: Salvation Doesn’t Come Through Power and Riches

God is not interested in the great accomplishments of the rich and powerful, but in the loving fidelity of day-to-day. …

Pope’s Morning Homily: Salvation Doesn’t Come Through Power and Riches