St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pub-crawler to Penitent: Ven. Matthew Talbot Is an Inspiration to Alcoholics

Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of 12 children. His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.
Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a…

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/kschiffer/pub-crawler-to-penitent-ven.-matthew-talbot-is-an-inspiration-to-alcoholics


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Are You Being Called? Have You Been Chosen?

The National Council of Catholic Women Leadership Training and Development Team is coming to Peoria for a day of learning, prayer and formation. This event is for women all across the state of Illinois! Leadership does not come with a title or position; it is in our actions. We are all called to be servant leaders in our families, in our parishes, and in our communities. This event will be held in Peoria on Saturday June 23. Early Bird Registration is $25 by May 15. Further details will be forthcoming. 


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Bible, Acts of the Apostles 13

Chapter 17 begins with Paul getting to Thessalonica. I find it interesting the argument against Christianity is that the Apostles and early Christians were against women and their rights – that somehow they were suppressing women. Yet in verse 4 a great number of “prominent women” were converting. Not only were there many women, but they specifically say that they were prominent women who converted. Because they were prominent, these women were educated and had a sense of independence. It makes me think about what could have made these women take notice of the Christian faith. What would make independent women think about believing in Jesus and joining the Church? Perhaps they never felt suppressed. In fact, at that time, the Faith in Jesus honored women.
Women in the church were treated as equals and understood to be equals. But equality may not be the same as the agenda driven critics of the Catholic Church. Today, many with agendas may think equality as the same, so in order for there to be equality between men and women, they must be the same. But when you look at the definition of “equals,” you will not find the idea of “same.” Rather, equal refers to value, not same. So women and men are in fact different. That is why many think men are from Mars and women are from Venus. How men and women think is very different, but they both have the same value. Both are necessary for the betterment of society. There are so many people with so many gifts. Continue reading


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FORMED now Available for our Parishioners

FORMED is a Catholic Service that lets you view many catholic books, audios, Movies and various studies about the Catholic faith. They contain video studies about each of the sacraments, the bible and various Catholic Teachings. Now we have many movies about the saints and audios to listen to on your way to work. Can’t get to bed at night? We have many books you can read about the faith or if you just simply need a source of inspiration, FORMED has it for you.


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Stubenville Youth Conference

St. Paul here we come! We’re heading back to Minnesota this year for the Steubenville Youth Conference, being held from July 27-29. This conference is open to grades 9-12.
Steubenville is a fun-filled, energetic, and life-changing weekend getaway filled with Mass, speakers, and Adoration. It’s a weekend you won’t want to miss!
For more information, contact Gabby at 815-277-9722, or email her at gwilliams@stthomasfreeport.org.