St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Seeking God’s Will

~By Fr. Keith Romke, Vocations Director Another year has gone by and yet another one has started. We have once again reached this point where even those who aren’t seeking to grow closer to God seem to want to grow, to improve themselves, and to become better people. Hopefully this will go well for them. But what about those of us who are committed to living for God? Well, we have two big things going for us. First, that we aren’t on our own to fulfill whatever we discover needs to be worked on. We have the help of the Holy Spirit and the aid of God’s Grace in everything that we do so long as we ask for it! Secondly, if we are doing things right, then we aren’t left wondering what a good resolution might be. You see, God already know exactly what He wants for you to work on, because He knows what you are capable of and who He is calling you to be! If you want for this year to be better than the last, or for this year to be the best year of your life, it all starts with letting God plan it out for you, which requires letting go and letting Him show you what steps to take. We all need to give God just a little more control (actually a lot more, but we’ll start small so as not to overwhelm anyone!) of our day to day lives so that He can maximize our potential for a great year. So what are you waiting for? Only 358 days left, so get praying!


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


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Prayer for Vocations

We have so much to be grateful for; our family, friends and our parish. Jesus has been so generous to have given us many priests and religious to help us as we grew to become the people we are today. Now is our time to pray for them and for new men and women to join the ranks of such holy people to continue to be an inspiration to us and our families. We will end Novena for Holy Vocations on Friday, on January 7, the Feast Day of the Epiphany, we will begin to pray for Holy Vocations at the end of every Mass. Please pray this prayer every day.

Dear Jesus, I arise today knowing the you are with me, that you see me and that you hear me. I offer to you this day, though the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my aches and pains, sorrows and humiliations: the cross I have this day. I desire to carry it with you like Simon of Cyrene, and I offer it to for all intentions of your Sacred Heart, especially that you bless your Church with an abundance of holy priests, religious sisters and brothers to work for the good of your kingdom. I trust in you, Lord, and pray that many young people also trust in you and say “Yes” to your call to follow you wherever you lead, since you are Love and goodness itself. Amen.


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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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Knights of Columbus to Benefit Seminarians

The Knights of Columbus are spearheading a fund drive to benefit the seminarians for the dioceses of Illinois. Various council members are selling tickets that will give out $20,000 in cash awards.

1st prize: $10,000
2nd prize: $2,500
3rd-6th prize: $1,000 each
7th-10th prize: $500 each
11-15th Prize $200 each
16-20th Prize $100 each

It is a state wide event. All the monies will go to the State Council for distribution to all the prize winners. The drawing ends November 24. The drawing is December 2, 2017.

The proceeds go directly to the seminarians to help defer costs and for some extra money to celebrate their birthdays and such.


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FEATURE: Journey to Lagiewniki, Capital of Divine Mercy

FEATURE: Journey to Lagiewniki, Capital of Divine Mercy