St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Dailey Free Lunches to Resume

The Aryl Dailey Free Lunches, sponsored by the Society of ST VINCENT de PAUL, will resume on Saturday, October 20. A hot meal will be available in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm on the third Saturday of the month from October thru March. The April meal will be on the fourth Saturday. Anyone in need of a meal is welcome to attend. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Last year we provided 873 meals.
Your help is needed to continue this ministry. We are in need of fresh fruit, cereal bars and cookies/bars each month. In addition, we need the following personal care products: shampoo, liquid soap and toothbrushes. If you can provide any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Please continue to pray for all those in our community who are struggling and in need of a kind hand. Thank you for your concern.

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Synod Father: Teach Life Issues With Greater Clarity Than Ever

In his latest dispatch from the synod hall Oct. 17, Archbishop Anthony Fisher OP of Sydney, Australia, says the Africans are making “quite a splash” at this Synod.
“Cardinal Napier [archbishop of Durban, South Africa] spoke directly and with passion about how international governments, agencies and aid organisations continue to colonise Africa, by imposing conditions on aid and by cultural interference regarding sexuality, marriage, contraception, abortion right up to birth, and so on. We must teach the young with greater clarity than ever, rather than collaborating by our inaction in a culture that encourages multiple abortions and more in young people’s lives. With St Paul VI interceding for us, we can form young people as apostles for life and love. …

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Is It Morally Licit to Smoke Pot?

This is a very informative article that I am sure many have questions about. I hope it helps. Though it does suggest Yoga to relax at the end, I do not suggest Yoga because of it’s attachment to an entirely other religion. Stretching would be fine.

Q. Pot smoking is legal in my state. I know pot is a bridge drug to other worse drugs. But I was wondering if occasionally smoking it is okay. My parish priest says there’s nothing wrong with it, so long as I don’t get dependent. What do you think? Thanks, Rahl.

A. I think your priest’s advice is misguided. The simple answer to the title question is: Although it is sometimes morally licit to smoke pot for purposes of healing, it is never licit to smoke it to get high?

“Brain Altering Substances” (BAS)
Medicine uses the term “therapeutic” to refer to something related to facilitating good physical or psychological functioning. Using BAS for therapeutic reasons is using them to obtain real human goods. But most BAS also have harmful effects, which mustn’t be the reason we choose them. In the words of moral theology, we mustn’t intend those effects as ends or means.
We all use BAS sometimes for therapeutic reasons, and many of us use them daily. We drink a cup of coffee or cola for an energy boost; we have a glass of wine to calm feelings of stress after a long day at work; we take antidepressants to ameliorate blue mood, or melatonin or Ambien to help quiet the sleep centers in our brain; we take analgesics to assist with back pain; and occasionally we take very powerful narcotics such as morphine to help relieve severe pain. Each of these can be done quite innocently, as each can be a way of realizing genuine human goods.
Marijuana is a BAS, which too, doctors tell us, can have therapeutic effects. Physicians sometimes prescribe it to…

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GENERAL AUDIENCE: On the 5th Commandment ‘Thou Shall Not Kill’ (II) (FULL TEXT)

This morning’s General Audience was held at 9:30 in St. Peter’s Square, where the Holy Father Francis met with groups of pilgrims and faithful from Italy and from all over the world.
Continuing with the series of catecheses on the Commandments, in his address in Italian the Pope focused his meditation on: “Do not kill” according to Jesus (Biblical passage from the Gospel according to Matthew 5:21-24). …