St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Women of Christ Conference 2018

 The annual Women of Christ Conference, sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women, will be held in Cedarburg, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 3, 2018. This is a special day of reflection and spiritual growth for all Catholic women and features spiritually uplifting speakers, such as Dr. Scott Hahn. St Joseph Church in Freeport will sponsor a chartered bus for this important event with boarding available at TriState Travel facility in Galena, the Stockton Recreation Park and St Joseph in Freeport. The anticipated cost for the bus is $25.00. Conference reservations will be available online beginning in August. Please watch your bulletin for further information regarding the conference, how to register and how to reserve your bus seat. This is a wonderful opportunity to commune with other Catholic women on this faith journey – please mark your calendar now.
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Pope Francis on homosexual seminarians: This bridge is closed!

At Vatican Insider I spotted something interesting. Each Spring the Italian bishops have a plenary meeting at the Vatican’s Paul VI hall, in the smaller hall where the Synod usually meets. The Pope attends at least part of the meeting. This year was no exception.
This year the Pope told them… my fast translation from the Italian original: …

http://wdtprs.com/blog/2018/05/pope-francis-on-homosexual-seminarians-this-bridge-is-closed/


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Bible, Acts of the Apostles 13

Chapter 17 begins with Paul getting to Thessalonica. I find it interesting the argument against Christianity is that the Apostles and early Christians were against women and their rights – that somehow they were suppressing women. Yet in verse 4 a great number of “prominent women” were converting. Not only were there many women, but they specifically say that they were prominent women who converted. Because they were prominent, these women were educated and had a sense of independence. It makes me think about what could have made these women take notice of the Christian faith. What would make independent women think about believing in Jesus and joining the Church? Perhaps they never felt suppressed. In fact, at that time, the Faith in Jesus honored women.
Women in the church were treated as equals and understood to be equals. But equality may not be the same as the agenda driven critics of the Catholic Church. Today, many with agendas may think equality as the same, so in order for there to be equality between men and women, they must be the same. But when you look at the definition of “equals,” you will not find the idea of “same.” Rather, equal refers to value, not same. So women and men are in fact different. That is why many think men are from Mars and women are from Venus. How men and women think is very different, but they both have the same value. Both are necessary for the betterment of society. There are so many people with so many gifts. Continue reading


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FORMED now Available for our Parishioners

FORMED is a Catholic Service that lets you view many catholic books, audios, Movies and various studies about the Catholic faith. They contain video studies about each of the sacraments, the bible and various Catholic Teachings. Now we have many movies about the saints and audios to listen to on your way to work. Can’t get to bed at night? We have many books you can read about the faith or if you just simply need a source of inspiration, FORMED has it for you.