St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Fun Filled Summer Camps

The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Rockford is sponsoring summer camps and retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. St Therese Camp and Retreat for young women in grade 7 thru college, June 24-27 with Sisters from different communities joining us; Jeremiah Days for boys in grades 7 thru 9, July 8-11; and First Call Retreat for young adult males entering grade 10 thru college, July 15-18. Our seminarians studying for our diocese will facilitate, along with Fr. Keith Romke. The cost is only $90.00. More information is available at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations or at the Diocesan Vocation Office, (815) 399-4300 ext. 375.


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Syria: Nuns Have Narrow Escape from Death

A religious Sister in Damascus has told how she, fellow nuns and students narrowly escaped death February 20, 2018, when the sky “turned black” on one of the deadliest days of the conflict in the Syrian capital.
Describing the situation at her convent in the Bab Touma district of Damascus’s Old City, Sister Annie Demerjian said that a rocket landed very close by and that had it exploded she and some of the university students “would have been wounded or killed”. …

https://zenit.org/articles/syria-nuns-have-narrow-escape-from-death/


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5 Religious Sisters with Different Stories but a Shared Love of Christ

Sister Mary Eucharista, Sisters of Mary, Mother of the Church in Spokane, Washington

Sister was once a member of the Religious Congregation of Mary Immaculate Queen (Congregatio Mariae Reginae Immaculate – CMRI) and lived in community at Mount St. Michael (“the Mount”) in Spokane. The CMRIs were initially founded with approval of Church authorities, but went on to embrace sedevacantism and separate from the Church. As sedevacantists, they do not accept the legitimacy of any of the popes since the close of the Second Vatican Council.

Sister and 14 others in her community left the Mount and returned to full communion with the Church. They were told in 2007 by CMRI superior, Bishop Mark Pivarunas, to leave the Mount because of their views. Most stayed in religious life; some began new communities under different Catholic bishops in the U.S. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/jimgraves/5-religious-sisters-with-different-stories-but-a-shared-love-of-christ


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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