St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Democrats’ New Bill Would Overturn Trump Order and Force Christians to Pay for Abortion Drugs

Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), along with 35 of her Democratic colleagues in the Senate, introduced a bill Thursday that would repeal the Trump Administration’s recent broadening of exemptions from the Obamacare contraceptive mandate for employers with religious and moral objections.
The “Protect Access to Birth Control Act” is brief, stating that the religious and moral exemptions “shall have no force or effect, and shall be treated as though such rules had never taken effect.” …

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/10/20/democrats-new-bill-would-overturn-trump-order-and-force-christians-to-pay-for-abortion-drugs/


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Catholic Bishop: You Can’t be Catholic and Support Abortion

From our Catholic readers around the world, but especially in the United States, one of the biggest complaints we often hear is that fellow Catholics do not follow the pro-life teachings of the Catholic Church. Politicians who are Catholic but support abortion produce significant anger from readers.
And one of the biggest requests we receive frequently here at LifeNews.com from pro-life readers is a request for Catholic leaders to speak out more strongly about those Catholics who do not adhere to those pro-life teachings. One Catholic bishop in…

Catholic Bishop: You Can’t be Catholic and Support Abortion


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100 Year Fatima Celebration

Fatima 100 yearsMany people came to the 100 Year Anniversary of the Miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal. Everything started in May of 1917. Three children saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, who encouraged people to pray the Rosary and wear their scapular of Mount Carmel. She asked for people to go to confession and for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.  Continue reading


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Hundredfold Workshop for Vocations Awareness

The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.


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Carlotta and Pat Davis Estate Sale

Before Carlotta and Pat Davis’ unfortunate death, they left their mark in our parish community by the friendships they developed and the inspiration they embodied. Their daughters are now trying to liquidate their things and sell the house before the bills pile up too much. So they are having an estate sale and hope to finally put everything to rest.

Large Estate Sale- Carlotta and Pat Davis
Many household items, beautiful seasonal decorations,  lots of furniture , outdoor items and miscellaneous items.
Friday October 13 Saturday October 14  8-5
105 Park Crest Drive
Everything must go!
Contact Colleen Fenn 815-275-6378 for more information.
All proceeds will be used to pay off remaining debts.


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Aquin Homecoming

Aquin Schools will be celebrating Homecoming 2017 beginning Sunday, September 24 and running through Saturday, September 30. This year’s theme is ‘The Avengers of Aquin’. Aquin’s Annual Homecoming Parade will be held on Sunday, September 24 at 3:00pm with line-up starting at 2:30pm. If you–or the business you work for, the team you coach, or someone you know–are interested in participating, please contact the Communications Office at 815.235.3154 x 226 to register. You can also register online by going to the school’s website at: http://www.aquinschools.org/about/homecoming.cfm. Registration Deadline is Thursday, September 21.