St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Knights of Columbus Helping the Madonna Renewal Center

Knights of Columbus Madonna House Pork Chop dinner Saturday, October 6th, from 5-7

The Freeport and Shannon Knights of Columbus councils will be holding a Pork Chop dinner benefitting the Madonna House @ St. Thomas in Freeport from 5-7 Saturday, October 6th. Served will be boneless Porkchop; Mashed Potato; Corn; salad; desert and drink. Cost is $10 for one chop; $12 for two chops. Tickets sold at the door. For information contact Tom Willison at 815-275-7111 or Phil Hoppenjan @ 847-340-1891.


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Department of Justice Creates ‘Religious Liberty Task Force’

WASHINGTON — The announcement of a “Religious Liberty Task Force” being created at the Department of Justice drew praise from Archbishop Joseph Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, who said that religious freedom is vital to the common good of the United States.
“As Americans we intuitively understand that individuals should be free to live in accordance with what they believe to be true, that is, in accordance one’s conscience,” said Archbishop Kurtz, who chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ religious liberty committee. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/department-of-justice-creates-religious-liberty-task-force


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St Mary Bus Trip to Holy Hill

St Mary Church will sponsor a bus trip to the Basilica & National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill on Saturday, August 18. Holy Hill sits atop the highest peak in southeastern Wisconsin on 435 acres located in the heart of Kettle Moraine Crosses by Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. People come to admire the beautiful architecture, meditate or pray, or simply enjoy the quiet, peaceful environment.
The bus will leave at 8:00am from the St Mary parking lot and return at 6:30pm. There will be a Mass at 11:00am. More information will be coming on the itinerary.
The cost is $35, which includes a tip for the bus driver and donation. Lunch will be on your own. We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please contact Fr. Diego at 815-232-3718 or Ann Peters at 815-235-3628. 


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Special Tank You from the Madonna Renewal Center

Gratitude for Baby Shower for the Blue Nuns
We are sincerely grateful to the Marian Society for organizing the Baby Shower for the Madonna Renewal Center. The beautiful gifts of different baby items to serve this Mission meant so much to us. The items will go a long way to help the guests and their infants to settle in. Thank you for reaching out in love for the UNBORN. God bless you.
Gratitude from IHM Sisters – Blue Nuns
Our Heart is full of gratitude to our Parish Community of St.Joseph-St Mary Freeport. The Blue Nuns and all the MRC Family appreciate all your love and support. Thank you for your encouragement and patience for the past four years. Your participation in our events, deserts provided, individual donations, volunteered time, and the beautiful flowers delivered to us for the OPEN HOUSE EVENT on Saturday, June 23, made our day and added color to our event. We are also grateful to the couple who sponsored our first Come and See event in 2014. Your support, the visit of Bishop David Malloy, the weather, the turn-out made the day a huge success. We thank our pastor, Fr. Timothy Barr, for his prayers, presence and skills used on the project. God bless you all.