St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Knights of Columbus Helping the Madonna Renewal Center

Knights of Columbus Madonna House Pork Chop dinner Saturday, October 6th, from 5-7

The Freeport and Shannon Knights of Columbus councils will be holding a Pork Chop dinner benefitting the Madonna House @ St. Thomas in Freeport from 5-7 Saturday, October 6th. Served will be boneless Porkchop; Mashed Potato; Corn; salad; desert and drink. Cost is $10 for one chop; $12 for two chops. Tickets sold at the door. For information contact Tom Willison at 815-275-7111 or Phil Hoppenjan @ 847-340-1891.

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Giving and Worship

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Guadalupe Documentary Highlights Our Lady as Bridge-Builder

United States of America, November 03, 2015     

A new documentary film narrated by actor Jim Caviezel offers original insights into the details, story and impact of the 16th century apparition of Our Lady of Guadalupe — one of the most recognizable religious icons in the American hemisphere. …

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Rockford Goes to DC

Freeport will be going on the bus with the Diocese of Rockford to Washington DC. We will be voices for those who have no voice.

The 2016 March for Life will be taking place on Friday, January 22nd in Washington, DC, and you and your parish/school are invited to attend.  Promotional materials and registration forms for the Diocese of Rockford pilgrimage are attached. 
This pilgrimage is a powerful way to engage our young people in life and dignity issues, and evangelize and inspire them through this encounter with Christ and His universal Church.  Please see the attached flyer for pricing information.
Here is a brief itinerary of the trip:
–          1/20 (Wed PM): Depart Diocese of Rockford for Washington, DC
–          1/21 (Thurs): Arrive in DC around midday; spend afternoon in Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate and attend Vigil Mass that evening
–          1/22 (Fri): Youth Rally & Mass for Life and March for Life
–          1/23 (Sat): Explore DC; depart for return trip Saturday evening
–          1/24 (Sun AM): Arrive in Diocese of Rockford
*Based on the day of the week on which the March will take place this year, students will be out of town for two school days this year, instead of the usual three days. We do recognize missing two days of school is significant, but this year presents the best-case scenario for missing the least amount of class time.

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Pope Thanks Knights for Defense of Marriage

United States of America, August 05, 2015     

Here is the text of a letter sent on Pope Francis’ behalf by his secretary of state, Cardinal Pietro Parolin. The Knights of Columbus are meeting in Philadelphia through Thursday for the 133rd Supreme Convention.

Mr. Carl Anderson, Supreme Knight

The Knights of Columbus

From the Vatican, 1 August 2015

Dear Mr Anderson,

His Holiness Pope Francis has been informed that from 4 to 6 August 2015, the 133rd Supreme Convention of the Knights of Columbus will be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  He has asked me to convey his warm good wishes to all present, together with the assurance of his closeness in prayer. …