St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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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The Diocese of Rockford Vocation Office is Sponsoring our Annual Spring Nun Run

The Vocation Office will be hosting a vocational discernment “Nun Run” for women 18 years of age, college age and older who are interested in a religious vocation. We will be visiting Sisters and Nuns of different orders with different apostolates, this will include talks on discernment and religious life, time in prayer with our Lord, as well as many opportunities to meet, share and pray with the sisters. We will be visiting various religious communities, in Indiana and Kentucky. Cost is only $90.00. Date of the trip will be March 8 – 12, 2019. Deadline for registration is February 22, 2019, space is limited. You can contact the Vocation Office at 815/399-4300 ext. 375, our web-site http://www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations Women or dbarger@rockforddiocese.org for more information.


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The Symbolism in St Joseph Church #3

Jesus leads us through the storms of this life: all our uncertainties, sufferings and joys, both individually and communally. Sometimes we “see how strong the wind {is, we} become frightened” (Mt 14:30) and start wondering why He is leading us to such turbulent territory. We question if He is even leading us or if He cares. But He has the helm. He has His boat under control. He is leading His Church to the safety of the dock. The winds and the waves may be pushing this old barc and our very lives around, but we still have nothing to fear as Jesus is the one who leads us. He is the one who saves us (Mt 14:30-31). Continue reading


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Dear St Joseph Parishioners

On behalf of the residents of Presence Saint Joseph Center and the Activity Department, I wanted to thank you so much for your kind and generous Christmas gifts!! It is always very helpful to us to be able to provide Christmas gifts for all of our residents and without your assistance that would not be possible. Thank you!! — Patti Moore, Activity Directo


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STEUBENVILLE 2019 REGISTRATION INFORMATION

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We’re going back to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for our Steubenville conference this summer from July 26-28, 2019. Steubenville is the highlight of our summer ministry: it’s a weekend filled with amazing speakers, great music, loads of prayer, and of course, fun! … Continue reading


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Meals on Wheels

 A huge THANK YOU to Ron and Roberta Schradermeier, who braved the snow and cold on Friday, February 1, to deliver Meals on Wheels for the St Joseph/St Mary parishes! Because of the snowstorm and deep freeze that followed, Meals on Wheels had to cancel deliveries for most of our scheduled week. I want to thank our new team members, Pat Weigel and Karen Hildebrandt. Also, our other volunteers, Jim Full, and Jane and Jacob O’Connor, who were unable to deliver due to the weather cancellations.
We are so grateful for your willingness to be a part of this wonderful ministry! Our next delivery week will be mid-May when the weather will be more cooperative! If you would like to be a part of this amazing group of caring and selfless people, please call Joanie Williams at 815-298-9705.