St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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. …

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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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Knights of Columbus Tootsie Roll

The Knights of Columbus Council #12120 and the Knights of Columbus Council #653 are having their annual Tootsie Roll Drive the weekend of Sept. 15,16, and 17, 2017. Please support this cause to help local individuals with intellectual disabilities right here in our Freeport area. Presence St Vincent, Special Olympics, and Malcom Eaton Enterprises will receive your donations. If you would like to volunteer to work a two hour shift or have questions, call Nils Sandstrom 815-233-5712 or Phil Hoppenjan 815-2351357.

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Knights of Columbus to Benefit Seminarians

The Knights of Columbus are spearheading a fund drive to benefit the seminarians for the dioceses of Illinois. Various council members are selling tickets that will give out $20,000 in cash awards.

1st prize: $10,000
2nd prize: $2,500
3rd-6th prize: $1,000 each
7th-10th prize: $500 each
11-15th Prize $200 each
16-20th Prize $100 each

It is a state wide event. All the monies will go to the State Council for distribution to all the prize winners. The drawing ends November 24. The drawing is December 2, 2017.

The proceeds go directly to the seminarians to help defer costs and for some extra money to celebrate their birthdays and such.

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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.