St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Domingo V de Pascua ciclo B 2018

La viña que no se poda, se ahoga y termina por no dar buen fruto, sólo agrazones. Así nos pasa a las personas humanas: si no podamos nuestros brotes malos, nuestras malas inclinaciones, y si no resistimos con valentía las muchas tentaciones que nos da la vida, terminamos convertidos en personas espiritualmente secas, en simples esclavos de nuestras pasiones. Tenemos que podarnos corporalmente, en la comida y en la bebida, en el ejercicio y en el descanso, y tenemos que podarnos psicológica y espiritualmente, en pensamientos, palabras y obras. Somos sarmientos de la cepa que es Cristo y si no podamos todo lo que sea incompatible con Cristo, nos secamos espiritualmente y terminamos alejados de Dios. Para poder vivir en comunión con Cristo necesitamos purificar diariamente nuestro interior y comportarnos exteriormente de tal manera que nuestro comportamiento sea parecido al comportamiento de Cristo, salvando, naturalmente, las muchas distancias personales, de tiempo y espacio, que inevitablemente existirán siempre entre nosotros y Cristo. Podar, en este caso, significa lo mismo que purificar y sabemos que toda nuestra vida ha de ser un ejercicio continuado de purificación, porque venimos ya a este mundo con inclinaciones y tendencias originalmente malas y pecaminosas. En el evangelio se nos dice que intentemos ser perfectos como nuestro Padre celestial es perfecto, y sin un ejercicio continuado de poda y purificación, nunca podremos acercarnos a este ideal, porque no podremos dar fruto abundante de buenas obras. Continue reading

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The Agonizing Case of Alfie Evans

E. Christian Brugger
Editor’s Note: This is the first article in a new Register series called “Difficult Moral Questions.” Readers are invited to send questions to, putting “Difficult Moral Questions” in the subject line. Please identify your first name (or, if you prefer, a suitable pseudonym) and the state you live in (and country, if not the United States).

QUESTION: Concerning the Alfie Evans case, I have heard three terms used somewhat loosely: 1) People on both sides have spoken about Alfie’s “best interests.” 2) Opponents of care have said that continued treatment would imply “therapeutic obstinacy.” 3) Others have claimed that further care would constitute “overzealous treatment.” How do these terms apply to Alfie’s case?

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After Life Support Withdrawn, Alfie Evans Still Alive & Breathing; Then, Hospital Gives Water & Oxygen

This is old news from a couple days ago. Please pray for these parents and Alfie.

Despite Alfie being given Italian citizenship and two hospitals ready to welcome him and transport him with no cost, Alder Hey Hospital ‘unplugged’ the toddler last night.
They said that Alfie would die within minutes…
Nine hours later, Alfie was still breathing.
Good news arrived…

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Honor our Sheriff, Police, Fire and EMs

Please join the Freeport Knights of Columbus and our Parish communities in honoring our Freeport/Stephenson County and surrounding area first responders on Tuesday night, May 15th for our 4th annual Blue Mass.
Mass will begin at 5:30 PM at St. Josephs in Freeport. Afterwards, there will be refreshments where you can meet those who put their lives on the line every day to protect all of us! We hope to see all of you there to say thanks to all our local first responders!

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Presence St Joseph Auxiliary Spring Luncheon

 Meet your friends! Enjoy great food! Support a worthy cause by attending the Presence St Joseph Auxiliary Annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport, IL.
Tickets are $9.00 and will be sold at the door. Carry-outs will be available. Thank you for your support!