St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Christmas Play

RE Christmas PlayDecember 8, 2018 5:30pm at the Holy Family Community Center
THE RELIGIOUS EDUCATION STUDENTS WILL BE TELLING THE STORY OF JESUS’ BIRTH

Everyone is invited to come for a night filled with food and worship as you listen to our students tell the story. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (The Blue Nuns) will also be entertaining us with songs from their Native Land.
Beverages will be provided, but everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. This is a potluck meal, so please bring enough to share.
Also, the students are doing a food drive for the local FACC food pantry. Please consider bringing a boxed or canned food to this drive.
We hope to see you there.


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Jane Roe of Roe v. Wade Never Had An Abortion, Her Daughter is 48

There is a 48-year-old woman, born in Texas, who should be dead right now. In fact, she should have never been born. Forty-three years ago, the Supreme Court decided that the Texas law that prevented Jane Roe from ending the life of her unborn daughter was unconstitutional. But by the time the Supreme Court issued its decision in 1973, she had already been born and adopted by a family—likely not knowing that all that ink spilled in Roe v. Wade was about her.
Norma McCorvey was “Jane Roe.” She claimed then that her pregnancy was the result of a rape, although she became outspokenly pro-life and publicly admitted that this, and virtually every fact on which her case was built, was a lie. Both McCorvey and Sandra Cano, the Doe of Doe v. Bolton—Roe’s companion case from Georgia decided the same day—became outspoken pro-life advocates who swore that their cases were built on lies. …

http://www.lifenews.com/2018/01/15/jane-roe-of-roe-v-wade-never-had-an-abortion-her-daughter-is-48/


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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:

adoration of the maji by paolo
 (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