Madonna Renewal Center Spaghetti Dinner

ProLifeCorner-  Freeport, Il – by Annarae – On Tuesday, February 17, over two hundred people braved the icy cold winds to enjoy good food, fellowship, and to help a worthy cause, the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital.  This event was held in the lovely facilities of the First Lutheran Church in Freeport.  We are grateful to Pastor Keith Johnson and to the First Lutheran Church community for allowing us to use their facilities, not only for this event but for graciously allowing the Sisters and the various committees to hold their monthly meetings there.

The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (IHM), our “Blue Nuns” held a spaghetti dinner to raise funds for their project, the Madonna Renewal Center, which will be a place of healing and hope to women.   To say this event was a success would be an understatement!  A steady stream of hungry folks kept all the volunteer kitchen crew busy the entire time.  Everyone raved about how wonderful everything tasted and many asked when the next dinner would be held.  Spaghetti, meat balls or sauce, salad with a tasty Italian style dressing, garlic bread and a beverage made a filling and oh, so enjoyable meal, or perhaps I should  say feast.  This was all topped off with an array of desserts that filled over two long tables from which one could pick a generous portion of cakes, cookies, or pies.  Trust me, no one went away hungry! Continue reading

Medical Marijuana? Slow Down

ProLifeCorner-  Freeport Illinois-  By Fr. Timothy Barr-    I am sure we have all heard about the marijuana plantations going up all over in Illinois, and especially in Freeport. There seems to be a rush to get everything up and going, but maybe we should really look at what the effects of something like this will be. The Church does not teach that marijuana is an intrinsic evil, but it is a mind altering drug. It should be treated with great care. Continue reading

Long Awaited Tour of the Madonna Renewal Center

ProLifeCorner – Freeport, Il – 10-25-2014 – by Staff –The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ, are pleased to present a brief tour of the building which will house the Madonna Renewal Center.  Some of the restoration has been completed already; for example, the roof has been replaced and the grounds have been restored to their beauty.  While much has been accomplished, there is still much work to be done.  See and hear where the Sisters currently are in their project. Continue reading

ROCKFORD – FREEPORT LIFE CHAINS THIS SUNDAY

ProLifeCorner.com- Rockford/Freeport – 9-29-2014 – Rockford’s Life Chain will take place Sunday Oct 5, from 2-3:30pm at the corner of Alpine and Highcrest. Easy parking and pro-life signs will be available in the parking lot of Holy Family Church. Now more than ever we need to show our country that Christians will stand in public and defend life as long as one child is in danger of abortion.

Please join your Christian neighbors as we stand in prayer and public witness to Christ’s love for every child. Continue reading

Madonna Renewal Center Event Big Success

Freeport, Il – Pro Life Corner – 9-28-2014 – On September 20 the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary held a Bratfest “come and see” event for the community in and around Freeport.  As we reported in our article of 9-13-2014, this was to introduce the renovation of the former St. Francis Hospital/School into the Madonna Renewal Center.

The many people who attended this event were treated to good food, camaraderie, and the music of our “Blue Nuns”.  Please watch the video below and you will see that the music was enjoyed by all and the Sisters really enjoyed sharing their musical heritage with everyone.  You can see Nuns do have fun!  The joy was evident on their smiling faces and it was also seen in the faces of everyone at the Bratfest! Continue reading

Your Help Is Needed For New Billboard

ProLifeCorner.com – Freeport, Il –  9-26-2014 – by Staff –  Late last year Stephenson County Right to Life and the Knights of Columbus began a campaign to erect pro-life billboards in and around the Freeport area.

Pictured below are the four signs already placed in Freeport.  One is at Walnut and Pleasant St.;  a double sided sign has been placed at the old railroad station; the fourth sign is located on Pearl City Road, West of Freeport near Highland Community College.  Continue reading

2014 International Mass and Maryfest

Pro Life Corner – Freeport, IL – 9-17-2014 – St. Mary’s Parish in Freeport recently hosted the fourth annual International Mass and Maryfest.  On August 18th, An International Mass was held at St. Mary Parish at noon. Our Mary Fest was a celebration of ALL nationalities within our church community and  included languages, music & food from: France, Germany, the Philippines, Nigeria, Mexico and America. This was a Patronal Feast for St. Mary. EVERYONE was welcome.  We had music, games, lots of food and fun for this celebration.  Hope you’ll enjoy the video and interviews. Continue reading

Come and See the Future Home of the Madonna Renewal Center

Pro Life Corner – Freeport, Il – 9-14-2014 – by Annarae

Freeport, Il has been blessed to have several Nigerian nuns from the order of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Mother of Christ.  Their presence has been noted not only by their tireless work in the community, but also by their bright blue habits; many of us refer to them as our Blue nuns.  They are now working on a very special project that will help not only women, but the entire community as well.  They have already been teaching at the local Catholic schools, providing care at a local nursing center and many other spiritual and social services for our area.  They were given, for a meager sum, the old St. Francis Hospital building.

St. Francis Hospital closed its doors in the 1960’s, then the building was used for a home for exceptional children.  That operation closed several years ago and the five story building has stood vacant and had been slowly deteriorating. Continue reading

Awesome Church Cookbook Available Now

ProLifeCorner.com – 8-25-2014 – by Annarae – Take advantage of a great new book and be rewarded with some delicious meals. St. Mary’s Church in Freeport, Il is selling cookbooks to benefit the Church.  And note this-they only charge $10 per book!  It would be hard to find a better bargain. Continue reading

Festival Fair Coming to Freeport

Fundraiser Dance and Festival Fair Coming to Freeport

Freeport, Il – (ProLifeCorner.com) – May 6, 2014 – Following is some information concerning an event in Freeport coming up on May 9.  The Fundraiser Dance is being held to help the St. Mary Folkloric Dancers and it promises to be a wonderful time for all.  There will be food, dancing, and prizes offered so please plan to attend and help these young people. Continue reading