St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Light of Christ in Our Priests and Religious Sisters and Brothers

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Hundredfold Workshop for Vocations Awareness

The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at

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Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!

In Sacred Scripture, God’s mercy is present throughout the history of the people of Israel.

The Lord accompanies, with His mercy, the path of the Patriarchs; He gives them children despite the condition of sterility, He leads them by ways of grace and reconciliation, as the story of Joseph and his brothers shows (Cf. Genesis 37-50). And I think of how many brothers who have estranged themselves from their family and do not speak to one another. But this Year of Mercy is a good occasion to meet again, to embrace and forgive one another and to forget the bad things. However, as we know, life in…


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Pope at Audience: Families Are Gyms Where One Trains How to Give, Forgive

Vatican City, November 04, 2015

Pope Francis says the family is a great gym where one trains in mutual giving and forgiveness.

During today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said he wanted to underline this point as he reflected on the importance of the family as the place where…

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During Angelus, Pope Suggests We Can Be Saints Too

Vatican City State, November 02, 2015     

We are all children of God! Are we aware of this great gift?  Yesterday, on the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis asked this during his Angelus address at noon in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on the saints who watch over us, those in our midst, and those we are meant to become. …

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Pope to Inmates: ‘I Come Not Only as a Pastor, But as a Brother’

Rome, September 27, 2015

Meeting with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, Pope Francis said that he came to visit them not only as a pastor but as a brother.

Immediately following his meeting with Bishops…