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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Hundredfold Workshop for Vocations Awareness

The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.


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FEATURE: Journey to Lagiewniki, Capital of Divine Mercy

FEATURE: Journey to Lagiewniki, Capital of Divine Mercy


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Pope at Audience: Families Are Gyms Where One Trains How to Give, Forgive

Vatican City, November 04, 2015

Pope Francis says the family is a great gym where one trains in mutual giving and forgiveness.

During today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square, the Pope said he wanted to underline this point as he reflected on the importance of the family as the place where…

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During Angelus, Pope Suggests We Can Be Saints Too

Vatican City State, November 02, 2015     

We are all children of God! Are we aware of this great gift?  Yesterday, on the Solemnity of All Saints, Pope Francis asked this during his Angelus address at noon in St. Peter’s Square, as he reflected on the saints who watch over us, those in our midst, and those we are meant to become. …

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Pope Begins US Trip Virtually

Pope Francis Converses with Americans through media.

Vatican City, September 07, 2015   

As previously announced, a special edition of the US television channel ABC’s program 20/20 featured Pope Francis last Friday night.

Audiences were gathered in Chicago, Los Angeles, and McAllen, Texas, and had a “virtual audience” with the Pope through…

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