St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Building Bridges: the Principles of Just Immigration Policy

This is the latest column from Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Nebraska, reprinted from the Southern Nebraska Register.

A modern pope wanted to make a point about immigration to the people of our country.  He said that he had been worried—preoccupied—with “those who have been forced by revolutions in their own countries, or by unemployment or hunger to leave their homes and live in foreign lands.”

“Devotion to humanity,” the Pope said, “urges that ways of migration be opened to these people.” …

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Sacramental Policy

One of my privileges of being a pastor is getting to know the people of the parish. We have such a diversity of people and cultures; I find it fascinating to hear the stories from them all. Everyone is so precious in God’s eyes and this reality never escapes me. In the time that I have been here, I have gotten to know some people well, but not all. This is my own fault. I need to get to know the rest of you better. In order to do this, I will be involved in all sacraments, especially marriage and baptism. Diocesan Policy requires you to get my permission to use another priest.  I will be conducting the preparation work for all weddings and baptisms, even when I allow another priest to celebrate the sacraments.

One way for me to get to know you better would be to have me bless your home. I am always available after Mass and would love to talk with you and give you a blessing. I look forward to getting to know more of you and offer my prayers for you. God bless you!