St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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New Mens Group

We are starting a new mens group here in Freeport. St Joseph Church will be hosting the new group on the first and third Wednsdays of the month. They will officially begin at 7pm, but the doors will be open by 6:30pm. It is a time for men in the community to support each other in the issues that men face today. … Continue reading


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Knights of Columbus Gifts Checks

Freeport Knights of Columbus got together on December 12 for their annual Potluck Christmas dinner. The KC’s distributed checks from the Tootsie Roll drive in September to Freeport Special Olympics, represented by Anne Schulz, Freeport Park District; Malcom Eaton, Brian Babcock, Marketing; and Presence St. Vincent, Diane Cushman. Fun was had by all and we are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. Nils Sandstrom and Todd McKenna represented the Knights of Columbus.


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NFL Player Ben Watson: “Abortion Will Not End Until Men Stand Up” for Women and Children

Human Coalition has launched two resources aimed at equipping men for their role in ending abortion. 

Abortion: The Ultimate Exploitation of Women, by Human Coalition President Brian E. Fisher, examines men’s role in subjugating women with abortion, challenging men to engage in the pro-life cause. Alongside the book, Human Coalition created an online resource center: AbortionExploitsWomen.com. The resources will equip men to fight for life in a sex-obsessed culture which has accepted abortion as “a women’s issue.”

http://www.lifenews.com/2017/01/10/nfl-player-ben-watson-abortion-will-not-end-until-men-stand-up-for-women-and-children/


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Pope Decrees That Holy Thursday Foot Washing Ceremony Can Include Women

The Holy Father has written a letter, dated 20 December and published today, to Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments, in which he decrees that from now on, the people chosen for the washing of the feet in the liturgy of Holy Thursday may be selected from all the People of God, and not only men and boys.

The Pope writes to the cardinal that he has for some time reflected on…

Pope Decrees That Holy Thursday Foot Washing Ceremony Can Include Women


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US Bishops Approve Formal Statement on Pornography

United States of America, November 18, 2015

The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) approved a formal statement, “Create in Me a Clean Heart: A Pastoral Response to Pornography,” at their annual Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Tuesday.

The statement was approved by the full body of bishops, with 230 votes in favor, 4 against and 1 abstaining. …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/us-bishops-approve-formal-statement-on-pornography?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_content=%5BZE151118%5D%20The%20world%20seen%20from%20Rome&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch&utm_term=Image