St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Wars and Abortion

“All the wars ever fought, all the holocausts ever perpetrated, all the plagues that ever raged, all the bombs that ever dropped, all the famines that ever laid waste to the land, put together have not killed the number of human beings wiped out by ABORTION.” ~Fr. Frank Pavone


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Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade Never Had An Abortion, Her Daughter is 48

There is a 48-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty-three years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her.
Norma McCorvey was “Jane Roe.” She claimed then that her pregnancy was the result of a rape, although she became outspokenly pro-life and publicly admitted that this, and virtually every fact on which her case was built, was a lie. Both McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the Doe of Doe v. Bolton—Roe’s companion case from Georgia decided the same day—became outspoken pro-life advocates who swore that their cases were built on lies. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/01/15/jane-roe-of-roe-v-wade-never-had-an-abortion-her-daughter-is-48/


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Seeking God’s Will

~By Fr. Keith Romke, Vocations Director Another year has gone by and yet another one has started. We have once again reached this point where even those who aren’t seeking to grow closer to God seem to want to grow, to improve themselves, and to become better people. Hopefully this will go well for them. But what about those of us who are committed to living for God? Well, we have two big things going for us. First, that we aren’t on our own to fulfill whatever we discover needs to be worked on. We have the help of the Holy Spirit and the aid of God’s Grace in everything that we do so long as we ask for it! Secondly, if we are doing things right, then we aren’t left wondering what a good resolution might be. You see, God already know exactly what He wants for you to work on, because He knows what you are capable of and who He is calling you to be! If you want for this year to be better than the last, or for this year to be the best year of your life, it all starts with letting God plan it out for you, which requires letting go and letting Him show you what steps to take. We all need to give God just a little more control (actually a lot more, but we’ll start small so as not to overwhelm anyone!) of our day to day lives so that He can maximize our potential for a great year. So what are you waiting for? Only 358 days left, so get praying!


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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading


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Prayer for Vocations

We have so much to be grateful for; our family, friends and our parish. Jesus has been so generous to have given us many priests and religious to help us as we grew to become the people we are today. Now is our time to pray for them and for new men and women to join the ranks of such holy people to continue to be an inspiration to us and our families. We will end Novena for Holy Vocations on Friday, on January 7, the Feast Day of the Epiphany, we will begin to pray for Holy Vocations at the end of every Mass. Please pray this prayer every day.

Dear Jesus, I arise today knowing the you are with me, that you see me and that you hear me. I offer to you this day, though the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my aches and pains, sorrows and humiliations: the cross I have this day. I desire to carry it with you like Simon of Cyrene, and I offer it to for all intentions of your Sacred Heart, especially that you bless your Church with an abundance of holy priests, religious sisters and brothers to work for the good of your kingdom. I trust in you, Lord, and pray that many young people also trust in you and say “Yes” to your call to follow you wherever you lead, since you are Love and goodness itself. Amen.


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Scholarships to Aquin

Aquin logoIllinois’ New Investment in Kids An Aquin Catholic School Education Could Be Possible The State of Illinois has passed the Invest in Kids Act— a new way for families to receive scholarships for those who choose to attend Catholic schools like Aquin in Freeport. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100% of tuition for the next school year for those who qualify. Apply for financial support through Empower Illinois @ empowerillinois.org. Scholarships will be granted on a first come first serve basis. Empower Illinois will begin accepting applications on January 24, 2018. Visit empowerillinois.org early and often to be one of the first to apply!
For more information: Contact Mrs. Rosemarie Brubaker at the Aquin Catholic Schools – rosemarie.brubaker@aquinschools.org or 815-235-3154.
Come and See if Aquin Catholic Schools is Right for Your Family! Next Parent Open House: – February 1, 2018 or Call us at 815-235-3154 to set up a tour. Email : aquinschools.org
Want to Donate to the Fund for a Tax Credit? Beginning January 2, 2018, you can donate to the Invest in Kids Act Scholarship and receive a state income tax credit of 75%. Visit: empowerillinois.org for a step-by-step guide about the program.


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Mass Times Change

The Mass times change for the Saturday evening Masses will go into effect as of January 20th. The Saturday evening Mass will be at 4pm In St Joseph Church on and after January 20th.

There will no longer be an 8am Mass on Wednesdays in St Mary Church. There is a 9:30am Mass in the Sacred Heart Chapel of Presence Care Center on Wednesdays. All Parishioners are invited to attend.