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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

 Are you interested in a peaceful, meditative and spiritual uplift during the holidays by doing something for someone else through prayer? The Novena begins on November 30, (the month of all souls, and the feast day of St. Andrew), and it ends on December 24. It is piously believed that whoever does this will obtain what is asked. What a beautiful way to pray for someone special, a relative, a friend, or holy soul in Purgatory. Just believe. If you devoutly pray for a poor holy soul, Christ grants them entrance into the Eden of Heaven on HIS birthday, December 25. What a great gift for that poor soul. It is said if you help a holy soul, that soul will never forget you, and that soul will pray and will always be there for you. Pretty neat don’t you think? Here is the Novena:

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 (CHRISTMAS NOVENA)

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


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The Epiphany

Today we celebrate the Feast day of the Epiphany. Out of curiosity, I looked up the definition of epiphany outside the meaning that Jesus gives to the meaning of this word. One dictionary said, “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and another added, “an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity”. In the latter definition, we understand that a physical manifestation happens. In the first definition, what happens is in the mind. Continue reading


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The Quest for a Motherless Society

Washington, D.C., November 12, 2014

We read in Genesis that God created a man and a woman. Listen as Adam speaks of Eve: “This at last is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman for she was taken out of Man.” (Gn 2:23)

Since the beginning there has never been any intimation that Woman was a lesser creature. Adam and Eve were distinct in their genders but equal in their dignity. Both were fully created in the image of God.

Unfortunately, the current culture rejects this equality and views the fullness of femininity as a curse. In order to …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/the-quest-for-a-motherless-society?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Come and See the Future Home of the Madonna Renewal Center

Posted on September 13, 2014 by

9-14-2014 – by Annarae

Freeport, Il has been blessed to have several Nigerian nuns from the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ.  Their presence has been noted not only by their tireless work in the community, but also by their bright blue habits; many of us refer to them as our Blue nuns.  They are now working on a very special project that will help not only women, but the entire community as well.  They have already been teaching at the local Catholic schools, providing care at a local nursing center and many other spiritual and social services for our area.  They were given, for a meager sum, the old St. Francis Hospital building.

St. Francis Hospital closed its doors in the 1960′s, then the building was used for a home for exceptional children.  That operation closed several years ago and the five story building has stood vacant and had been slowly deteriorating.

Having  this building and grounds, the Sisters pondered what they should do with it.  After much prayer they discerned it should be renovated and used as a center to help pregnant women in need of shelter and aid.  The goal is to restore the dignity of women by showing them parenting skills, assisting in education for them, mentoring them spiritually and providing them with a sense of self-worth and confidence to face the future.  The facility will provide shelter for a woman before and after the birth of her baby for up to two years.  It is the goal of Sisters to help restore the dignity women deserve, one woman at a time, until once more women are recognized as nurturing loving people, not objects.

At this point in time, women are regarded as mere objects to be used and discarded, thanks in part to the abortion mentality.  If a woman becomes pregnant, she is told or believes she needs an abortion, not realizing the pain she will suffer physically, emotionally, and spiritually down the road.  Her dignity is destroyed and her life can become one of all types of abuse; self-inflicted by drug or alcohol use or by allowing herself to be used and abused by many men.

Restoration of the former St. Francis Hospital to become the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) will take time, money, and the help of many people.  The work has already begun.  The leaking roof has been replaced and has a 20 year guarantee.  The next step will be to rid the building of mold and asbestos.

A fundraising project will take place on September 20 at the MRC campus located at 1209 S. Walnut Ave. in Freeport, Il.  It’s being called the “Come and See” event and will feature food for purchase, door prizes, music by the Sisters, and a story board of the history of the building.  This will introduce the MRC project to the community at large as well as other areas who want to contribute to a fund that will improve conditions for women and their babies.

A home similar to the MRC is already  being used in the Chicago area and the Sisters have spoken and visited with them to learn what has succeeded in their work and what problems might have occurred.  Many of the Blue Nuns are furthering their already extensive educational backgrounds by attending various classes and seminars that will aid them in their goals.

To donate to this worthy cause, please contact:

Sister Mary Theonilla Chuckwa

guadaluperegion@gmail.com

FYI:  We will be producing a video tour of the inside and outside of the MRC campus as it sits today.  We will keep you up to date as to the progress of the renewal of MRC as it takes place.  Check back often.

 

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Sweden’s Aggressive Attack on Conscience Challenged Before the Council of Europe

Rome, June 04, 2014 (Zenit.org) | 166 hits

By Roger Kiska of Alliance Defending Freedom

Sweden, a nation often associated with human rights protection, has in recent years become one of the globe’s most aggressive violators of rights of conscience for medical personnel who wish not to assist in performing abortions. Take for example, the recent case of midwife Ellinor Grimmark who was not only fired from her position as a midwife for asking not to have to perform abortions because of her belief that human life begins from conception, but who was offered her position back under the condition that she agree to psychological counseling to coerce her into accepting abortion as a “right.” …

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