St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Citizens Coming Together in Solidarity

In light of the incidents of Racism and violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA, a city-wide vigil is being organized for this coming Sunday.  The “Vigil Against Hate” will take place at Debate Square on 8/20/2017 beginning at 8:00.


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In Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishops Sound the Alarm

The bishops of the Democratic Republic have issued an urgent warning that rising violence and political unrest are threatening the nation with “unraveling and chaos.” The bishops expressed sorrow for “thousands” who have lost their lives in recent months, including many minors enlisted by various militias. The bishops also expressed concern that the crisis might trigger a famine and even the breaking up of the nation.

In Democratic Republic of Congo, Bishops Sound the Alarm


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‘To Kill in the Name of God Is Satanic,’ Says Pope

‘To Kill in the Name of God Is Satanic,’ Says Pope


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Bishop Malloys Response to the Tragedy In Orlando, Florida

SUNDAY, JUNE 13, 2016 PRESS RELEASE  Bishop Malloy asks for prayers to end  violence and terrorism Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford, David J. Malloy, issued a statement in reaction to the horrific shooting in Orlando, Florida on June 12. 
STATEMENT FROM BISHOP DAVID MALLOY: 
I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that  “Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is. Our prayers are with the victims, their families and all those affected by this terrible act. The merciful love of Christ calls us to solidarity with the suffering and to ever greater resolve in protecting the life and dignity of every person.”   As Bishop of Rockford I ask all Catholics as they attend Mass or spend time in silent prayer to remember all those affected by violence and terrorism and to pray vigorously for its end.


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Chick-Fil-A and the Correct Response to the Orlando Shooting

I was looking at my Facebook this morning and found an article about Chick Filet and their response to the Orlando shooting. Evidently they decided to offer free food to those who donated blood for the victims. I tried to repost the article with my own comments when I tried to repost it, somehow it refreshed and everything was lost. Did not spend much time trying to find the article due to time constraints, but could not even find it on the internet on my computer. So I decided to rewrite this on the web site. Here are my comments.

Chick-Fil-A’s response is the true Christian response to such a tragedy. These people who’s lives were snuffed out were not just the sum of their sexual preferences. They had their talents  and gifts to offer our society. They brought a light to the world, each one of them, that no one person can replace. They too are a holy and sacred Temple of God. Now the light they bore to the world is gone. It is a time of mourning.

For each person who died are parents, siblings and friends who knew the light they bore most personally. No longer can their full potential of goodness and virtue be realized. For those who mourn their loss, this Christian supports them with his prayers and words as little as they may seem. Jesus loves them and you. May the consolation of the Holy Spirit be with you always.