St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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EWTN Wins Lawsuit Over HHS Contraception Mandate

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit issued an order Thursday vacating a 2014 district-court decision against the Eternal Word Television Network in its lawsuit against the so-called contraceptive mandate issued by the Department of Health and Human Services. The order follows a settlement between the network and the Department of Justice reached Oct. 5.
Under the terms of the settlement, EWTN will not be required to provide contraception, sterilization or abortifacients through its employee health-care plan.
“This moment has been a long time coming,” said EWTN Chairman and…

http://www.ncregister.com/daily-news/ewtn-wins-lawsuit-over-hhs-contraception-mandate


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Insidious Pro-Abortion Bill in Springfield

Another anti-family abortion-related bill, HB 887 (Amendment 1), passed out of the House Human Services Committee yesterday – the same committee that killed common-sense pro-life bills and a bill to protect students’ privacy in bathrooms and locker rooms (HB 4474), to name just a few. …

Insidious Pro-Abortion Bill in Springfield


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Cardinal Turkson’s Address to Seminar on Health and Sexuality

A message from the president of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace, Cardinal Peter Turkson, was read Tuesday at a  seminar in Rome on health and sexuality in sustainable development goals and in Catholic Church teaching. The seminar, held on International Women’s Day, was co-sponsored by the Council for Justice and Peace, the World youth Alliance (WYA) and its sister organization, FEMM, that deals with women’s health issues. …

Cardinal Turkson’s Address to Seminar on Health and Sexuality


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Holy Hour and Healing Servce

This is the First Friday of the month. We will have the Holy Hour and Healing service in St Joseph Church at 4:30pm instead of the normal 5pm time. All are welcome and join us in adoration. You need not be Catholic to adore our Lord Jesus. This holy hour focuses especially on those who may need physical, spiritual or emotion healing. If a person cannot attend, another person may stand in their place and ask for the healing of that person.

After the Holy Hour we will meditate on the Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm.


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Pope Francis compares Zika abortion-pushers to the Mafia: abortion is ‘a crime, an absolute evil’

ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE, February 18, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) – Pope Francis offered some of his strongest words yet against abortion when asked today if it could be “the lesser of two evils” for a Zika-infected mother bearing a deformed child. …

https://www.lifesitenews.com/news/pope-calls-abortion-mafia-crime-and-absolute-evil-and-no-solution-to-zika-v?utm_source=LifePetitions+petition+signers&utm_campaign=557d4b6f75-Pope_condemns_abortion_issues_confusing_2_18_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_c5c75ce940-557d4b6f75-398996841