St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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


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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


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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. …

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


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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