St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Lenten Almsgiving

Lent Almsgiving This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul label. According to custom, you are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU. Thank you for your generosity.

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The Marian Society will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00pm, in Berg Hall. Members are reminded that yearly dues of $10.00 are payable at this time. The program will be presented by Kerrylynn Whalen Rodriguez. Kerrylynn has been a pharmacist for nearly forty years and has gone on twenty-six humanitarian/medical trips to Peru and the Amazon. She recruits, trains and escorts volunteers through her organization Casa de Salud Peru (House of Health Peru). She will be leaving on another mission to South America in July. She is in need of the following items: colored pencils, girls’ hair accessories, toothbrushes, dish towels, handmade baby hats and blankets and pot holders. We will be collecting these items at the meeting — please be generous. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary are invited to attend.

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Doubting Sola Scriptura: My Road to Rome, Part 1

Steven D. Greydanus

As a young Evangelical in college, I wasn’t impressed with the Catholic arguments I encountered. On one point, though, I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my own answers either.

Two of the most important books in my journey from Evangelicalism to Catholicism were a pair of older apologetical works — one anti-Catholic and one Catholic — which I found laughably unconvincing when I first encountered them in college some 30 years ago, and which I set out to refute at length. …

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Aquin Open House for ages 3-5

Be an Aquin Puppy!

On Sunday, March 11, our Preschool programs at St. Joe’s will host an Open House for new and prospective students. If you have–or know someone who has–students who will be 3-5 next fall, please plan to attend and help us spread the word. Our doors will be open from 11am-1pm and our enthusiastic Mrs. Veitch and Mrs. White will be there to welcome any guests. Older students–who are interested in coming to St. Joe’s in Kindergarten through Grade 6–are welcome also!

If you can’t make it, check out the Preschool Facebook page for…