St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Iraq’s Christians Grapple With New Threat From Iran-Backed Militias

After surviving the genocidal campaign of Islamic State militants, Iraq’s Christians are facing new challenges as they attempt to rebuild their lives in their ancestral homeland.
Carl Anderson, the supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, returned from a recent visit to the Nineveh province in northern Iraq, warning that Iranian-backed militias, or Popular Mobilization Forces (PMF), have “made life nearly unbearable for Christians attempting to return to towns” where they “have stripped Christian family homes of plumbing, wiring and other metal” and are also credibly accused of violent crimes. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/iraqs-christians-grapple-with-new-threat-from-iran-backed-militias


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Blue Mass

Please join the Freeport Knights of Columbus and our Parish communities in honoring our Freeport/Stephenson County and surrounding area first responders on Tuesday night, May 14, for our 5th Annual Blue Mass.

Mass will begin at 5:30pm at St Joseph Church in Freeport. Afterwards, there will be refreshments where you can meet those who put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us! We hope to see all of you there to say thanks to all our local first responders!


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Venezuelan National Guard Attacks Church During Mass

SAN CRISTOBAL – Members of the Venezuelan National Guard attacked a Catholic church in San Cristobal Wednesday, amid nationwide protests against the government of president Nicolas Maduro.
Bishop Mario del Valle Moronta Rodriguez of San Cristóbal de Venezuela said May 1 that “this afternoon a horde of Bolivarian National Guardsmen attacked Our Lady of Fatima church in Barrio Sucre of San Cristóbal.”
A Mass was ending, he said, “when two (members of) the GNB entered the church on a motorcycle.” …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venezuelan-national-guard-attacks-church-during-mass


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Abortion-Expansion in Illinois Update

Many people in the parish are still worried about the horrific bills that are coming up in the Illinois House 2495 and 2467 and in the senate 1594 and 1942. These bills would make abortion at any stage (even if the baby’s head is the only part of the body still in the womb) and for any reason a must-do from medical personnel and insurance to our tax dollars. The law does not require anybody to feed a person who needs food, but abortion must be supplied to anybody who asks with no exceptions. I have called Andrew Chesney and Brian Stewart about these bills. They have committed to a “no vote” and reject these bills. I plan on having a meeting with them both very soon, as the House bill is under consideration on the day I write this. All parishioners will be invited to come along to lend support for a “no vote” on these bills. I do not have a day and time set up for this as of yet. Rumor is that these bills have the full support of the democrat party, who has the majority, though there are some on the fence. We are all citizens of Illinois, and I encourage those concerned to find those sitting on the fence on this issue and to convince them to vote no on bills 2495, 2467, 1942 and 1594. Please read up on these bills, be polite, and ask them to commit to vote no. — God Bless You! Fr. Timothy Barr

Photos from the trip to Springfield, IL on March 20 to meet with legislators, personally asking them to “Vote No” on these bills.


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Planned Parenthood HQ Has Sent 15 Women in 26 Months to Hospital After Botched Abortions

Planned Parenthood’s flagship abortion facility, located in the heart of Manhattan, has apparently injured another woman, who required ambulance transport to a nearby hospital.

On March 6, 2019, two ambulances arrived at the Margaret Sanger Center Planned Parenthood, located at 26 Bleecker Street. One pro-life witness told Operation Rescue that the first emergency crew entered the Planned Parenthood high-rise with a gurney.
However, since…

https://www.lifenews.com/2019/03/28/planned-parenthood-hq-has-sent-15-women-in-26-months-to-hospital-after-botched-abortions/


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Cardinal Cupich Warns Against ‘Radical’ Illinois Abortion Bills

One bill would remove many regulations, including a ban on partial-birth abortion; other bill would repeal the state parental-notification law.

Catholic News Agency
CHICAGO — Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago has spoken out against a pair of Illinois abortion bills, calling them a radical and disturbing movement away from the common good.
In a March 23 letter to the people of his archdiocese, Cupich encouraged Catholics to take a stand against the legislation.
One of the bills — introduced as House Bill 2495 and Senate Bill 1942 — “seeks to strip unborn persons of any protection — or even consideration — under the law and declares abortion to be a ‘fundamental right’ and matter of health care,” he warned. …

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/cardinal-cupich-warns-against-radical-illinois-abortion-bills


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A Letter from an Elected Legislator

This is the response by Senator Dick Durbin about the bill S.311. Evidently he does not even recognize a baby outside of the womb as a human being. Just another disagreement, not many more millions murdered. S.311 protects babies born! It is not abortion, it is infanticide! No excuses! If you are willing to protect the LGTBQ community with laws that are already in place that protect them, then why not protect these living babies in the same way? Let Senator Durbin know that you disagree. 

 

 

March 7, 2019
Mr. Timothy Barr
229 Washington Place
Freeport, IL 61032-5171
Dear Mr. Barr:

Thank you for contacting me about the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act (S. 311). Though we disagree on this issue, I respect your deeply held views.
I believe that abortion should be safe and legal, consistent with Roe v. Wade. A decision that personal is best left to a woman, her family, her doctor, and her conscience. Although abortion is an issue that has divided Americans, I believe we can acknowledge a woman’s right to access safe reproductive health care services, while working to reduce the number of abortions.
The Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, introduced by Senator Ben Sasse of Nebraska, was introduced with the stated purpose of ensuring that infants born alive during a failed abortion were not subsequently killed. … Continue reading