St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Check This Out!! Youth Group Snow Party!

Because of the awesome snow cover we have right now, we’ve decided that we should make use of God’s gift of winter and have some sled races, throw some snowballs, and maybe make Father Barr and Father Anderson Snowmen! Join us for a great afternoon of fun, spirituality, and hot cocoa! God is good! The fun will begin at 3:30 and last until 5:30pm this Sunday, February 18, at St Thomas Church. All youth in grades 5-12 are welcome to join us! This will take the place of our normal 6:30-8pm youth group meeting. Dress warm, bring your sled, and prepare for a great time! Any questions? Call or text Gabby at 815-277-9722.

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5 Religious Sisters with Different Stories but a Shared Love of Christ

Sister Mary Eucharista, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church in Spokane, Washington

Sister was once a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculate – CMRI) and lived in community at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane. The CMRIs were initially founded with approval of Church authorities, but went on to embrace sedevacantism and separate from the Church. As sedevacantists, they do not accept the legitimacy of any of the popes since the close of the Second Vatican Council.

Sister and 14 others in her community left the Mount and returned to full communion with the Church. They were told in 2007 by CMRI superior, Bishop Mark Pivarunas, to leave the Mount because of their views. Most stayed in religious life; some began new communities under different Catholic bishops in the U.S. …

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Want to Learn More About the Bible?

 PaulOf course you do!! We all do!! A Ten Lesson Audio Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Matthew from St. Paul Center will be led by Fr. Timothy J. Barr beginning on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. A workbook or Kindle study book is required for the Bible Study. In each class, the audios will be heard during the lesson, and then there will be approximately 30 minutes of study and discussion within your groups to work through chapter questions from the workbook, (which costs approx. $10), or Kindle. If you have any questions or want to sign up and join this Bible Study, please contact Cynthia Saar and/or leave a message for her at (815) 232-7400 by no later than Friday, February 9. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our Faith better!