4th of July Mass

The United States of America was founded on the principles of God who is perfect, yet founded with imperfect men. It is the great risk of allowing all humans to live as God created us, with free will, calling us to love one another and to bring the Kingdom of God and all its graces here on earth. This freedom allows us to be a light to the world. We hope to continue to walk ever closer to Jesus as we bring His light to the world.

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Register Now for the 2019 Women of Christ Conference

The 11th annual WOMEN OF CHRIST® CONFERENCE will be held November 9, 2019 at Washington County Fair Park, West Bend. Come and See, He Delights in you is the theme. Conference concludes with 4:00pm Mass celebrated by Archbishop Jerome Listecki. Outstanding speakers include Bishop Donald Hying, Steve Ray, Kimberly Hahn, and Derya Little. Confession and Adoration is available all day. Group (5 or more) and online discounts apply. If you want to reserve a seat on the bus, please contact Cynthia Saar, your Parish Liaison for WOCC at (815) 232-7400 or cell: (815) 990-2371.
Register: womenofchrist.net Phone: 262-384-8414
E-Mail: womenofchrist@gmail.com

Venerable Augustus Tolton Puts Focus on Black Catholic Insight Into Holiness

Peter Jesserer Smith
CHICAGO — Pope Francis’ June 12 decree declaring Father Augustus Tolton “Venerable,” signifying that the priest’s heroic virtues are worthy of honor by the universal Church, struck Jim Coleman as both “unbelievable, yet believable.”
For the past six months, Coleman, an acting veteran of 30 years, has been taking up the role of Father Augustus Tolton for St. Luke Productions. Coleman, who’s immersed himself in Venerable Tolton’s life to prepare for…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/venerable-augustus-tolton-puts-focus-on-black-catholic-insight-into-holines

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. …

http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=875

The Symbolism in St Joseph Church #3

Jesus leads us through the storms of this life: all our uncertainties, sufferings and joys, both individually and communally. Sometimes we “see how strong the wind {is, we} become frightened” (Mt 14:30) and start wondering why He is leading us to such turbulent territory. We question if He is even leading us or if He cares. But He has the helm. He has His boat under control. He is leading His Church to the safety of the dock. The winds and the waves may be pushing this old barc and our very lives around, but we still have nothing to fear as Jesus is the one who leads us. He is the one who saves us (Mt 14:30-31). Continue reading “The Symbolism in St Joseph Church #3”

Genesis to Jesus Bible Study During Lent

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is offering a FREE video Bible Study this coming Lent 2019 titled: Genesis to Jesus!
This program usually is not offered free, and it originates from St. Paul University Steubenville with Dr. Scott Hahn and multiple theologians. This study presents the whole sweep of salvation history, and helps you make sense of the Bible, literally.

If you have internet, you may register by contacting mail@stpaulcenter.com and have it streamed into your homes.

We will also be studying and discussing Genesis to Jesus during our Saturday morning bible study beginning on March 2 at 10:30am in the Holy Family Community Center. This will be led by Fr. Barr and Joanie Williams. Please feel free to join us as we journey through Lent together.

Knights of Columbus Gifts Checks

Freeport Knights of Columbus got together on December 12 for their annual Potluck Christmas dinner. The KC’s distributed checks from the Tootsie Roll drive in September to Freeport Special Olympics, represented by Anne Schulz, Freeport Park District; Malcom Eaton, Brian Babcock, Marketing; and Presence St. Vincent, Diane Cushman. Fun was had by all and we are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. Nils Sandstrom and Todd McKenna represented the Knights of Columbus.