St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Scholarships to Aquin

Aquin logoIllinois’ New Investment in Kids An Aquin Catholic School Education Could Be Possible The State of Illinois has passed the Invest in Kids Act— a new way for families to receive scholarships for those who choose to attend Catholic schools like Aquin in Freeport. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100% of tuition for the next school year for those who qualify. Apply for financial support through Empower Illinois @ empowerillinois.org. Scholarships will be granted on a first come first serve basis. Empower Illinois will begin accepting applications on January 24, 2018. Visit empowerillinois.org early and often to be one of the first to apply!
For more information: Contact Mrs. Rosemarie Brubaker at the Aquin Catholic Schools – rosemarie.brubaker@aquinschools.org or 815-235-3154.
Come and See if Aquin Catholic Schools is Right for Your Family! Next Parent Open House: – February 1, 2018 or Call us at 815-235-3154 to set up a tour. Email : aquinschools.org
Want to Donate to the Fund for a Tax Credit? Beginning January 2, 2018, you can donate to the Invest in Kids Act Scholarship and receive a state income tax credit of 75%. Visit: empowerillinois.org for a step-by-step guide about the program.


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Madonna Renewal Center

The Madonna Renewal Center is the future home for expectant mothers so they may have a warm and nurturing environment to bring their child to birth while they learn how to take care of their child, themselves and give them the ability of being self sufficient.

The Madonna Renewal Center is offering an opportunity for donors to participate in this work of God. They have categorized the donations by rooms of various needs. The chapel has just been done, but there are plenty of these opportunities. Here is how they are broken down.

SUMMARY OF FIRST FLOOR ESTIMATE BY ROOMS. FIRST FLOOR is a General Utility Space for: Prayer, Dining, Consulting, Cooking…

Totals For MAIN HALLWAY …………………………………  $7,386.14

Totals For MECHANICAL ROOM …………………………… $1,764.01

Totals For KITCHEN ………………………………………… $15,763.23 Continue reading


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Pope’s Morning Homily: As God’s Children, We Have His DNA

Remember you have God’s DNA.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this to faithful during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on how ‘God created us as children in His image.’

Drawing inspiration from the Book of Genesis’ account of the Creation of man and woman, Francis recalled how God has given us His DNA and spoke about the first of three great gifts, which God gave humanity in Creation. …

Pope’s Morning Homily: As God’s Children, We Have His DNA


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NFL Player Ben Watson: “Abortion Will Not End Until Men Stand Up” for Women and Children

Human Coalition has launched two resources aimed at equipping men for their role in ending abortion. 

Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women, by Human Coalition President Brian E. Fisher, examines men’s role in subjugating women with abortion, challenging men to engage in the pro-life cause. Alongside the book, Human Coalition created an online resource center: AbortionExploitsWomen.com. The resources will equip men to fight for life in a sex-obsessed culture which has accepted abortion as “a women’s issue.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/10/nfl-player-ben-watson-abortion-will-not-end-until-men-stand-up-for-women-and-children/


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Pope Baptizes 28 Babies in Sistine Chapel (Full Text of Homily)

For the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, Pope Francis has baptized 28 babies (15 baby boys and 13 baby girls) during the Mass he celebrated this morning in the Sistine Chapel. During his homily, he reminded the parents of the importance of passing on the faith to their children and the great responsibility it entails. He also acknowledged the cries which resonated in the chapel, and recognizing that some of the babies could be hungry, reminded mothers to feel free to nurse their children as they normally would do.

Below is a ZENIT translation of the Pope’s brief off-the-cuff homily:

Dear parents,

You have asked for your children faith. The faith that will be given in…

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-homily-at-baptism-of-28-babies-in-sistine-chapel/