St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

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All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary churches are invited to join the members of the Marian Society for a Victorian Christmas on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm at the home of Joan Winsel, 708 W Lincoln Blvd. Mrs. Winsel previously directed the Food Services at HCC and now serves private parties in her one hundred plus year old home which will be lavishly decorated in the Victorian manner. The menu will feature the UNICORN open faced hot ham sandwich and grasshopper pie. The cost is $16.00 and reservations with payment are due by December 4. Reservations are limited. Please call Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 for more information or to make a reservation.