St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Light of Christ in Our Priests and Religious Sisters and Brothers


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Our Sisters Need our Help

I just got this email this morning from Coleen Fenn. If anybody could be generous enough to help these lovely ladies. There is a lot more than the boiler that needs to be fixed at the convent. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Good morning. This recent frigid weather has been a nuisance for many of us, but our beautiful blue nuns have been especially affected. The boiler which heats their convent has died and no repair can bring it back to life. They have worked out a deal with an area supplier to have a new boiler installed, but the cost is close to $16,000. As you may or may not know, these wonderful women are not assisted by the diocese. They make their living just like all of us, working in our communities. This expense has put a terrible strain on their already meager budget. If you can assist monetarily or through prayer, this would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute and assist them to pay this bill, please send your check to; IHM Sisters 1209 S. Walnut Ave Freeport Ill 61032. Please share this information with everyone you know. Lets show them that we appreciate their presence in our community.

God Bless You.


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Nuns Given Temporary Relief From US Government’s Contraception Mandate

United States of America, August 21, 2015     

Today, the Tenth Circuit Court issued an order temporarily safeguarding the Little Sisters of the Poor and other ministries from being forced to violate their faith by complying with the Health and Human Services mandate, which requires insurance coverage of abortifacients, contraception and sterilization.

The court’s order means that the protection that the Supreme Court granted the Little Sisters last year will remain in place until…

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/nuns-given-temporary-relief-from-us-government-s-contraception-mandate?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch


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Pope: ‘If There Is No Witness, No Coherence, There Will Be No Vocations’

Vatican City, April 13, 2015

“It is a privilege to participate in the work of the Father who forms the heart of the Son in those whom the Spirit has called.”

With these words, Pope Francis encouraged participants in an international congress for formators of consecrated men and women to carry on in their work. The congress was held in Rome last week on the theme “To Live in Christ According to the Way of Life of the Gospel.” …

http://www.zenit.org/en/articles/pope-if-there-is-no-witness-no-coherence-there-will-be-no-vocations?utm_campaign=dailyhtml&utm_medium=email&utm_source=dispatch