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USCCB Announces 2013 Fortnight for Freedom

Immaculate ConceptionThe USCCB recently announced it's promotion of a second Fortnight for Freedom. It will be held June 21st through July 4th, 2013.

Below is an excerpt from the News Release on May 13, 2013

Fortnight For Freedom Planned For June 21 To July 4

May 13, 2013

Baltimore and Washington Masses planned to open and close 2013 Fortnight Threats to religious liberty at home and abroad remain

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WASHINGTON—The second annual Fortnight for Freedom will take place from June 21 to July 4, and will consist of national and local efforts to educate Americans on challenges to religious liberty both at home and abroad. As with last year's Fortnight, the event will begin and end with a special Mass.

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Prayer to End the Death Penalty

 Last September as we approached the Year of Faith the USCCB issued a beautiful prayer calling for an end to the death penalty:

Prison Cell on Alcatraz"Merciful Father, we ask your blessing on all we do to build a culture of life. Hear our prayers for those impacted by the death penalty. We pray for all people, that their lives and dignity as children of a loving God may be

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Memorial of Our Lady of Fatima


Our Lady of Fatima

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Today is the memorial of Our Lady of Fatima.

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Saint Francis Medical Center Chapel Organ Renovation

Recently we have begun a renovation project on the organ which is in the Chapel at our main(and largest) hospital, OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria, IL. I am really excited to hear it when it is completely finished!

Here is an article on the website of a local news station WEEK, "WEEK-Almost century old instrument being restored at OSF".

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Come for our Discernment Retreat

We hope you'll be able to join us for our discernment retreat, June 6-8, 2013, at our Motherhouse.

It will start Thursday evening with Rosary and Evening Prayer at 4:45pm and end after the noon meal on Saturday. Friday is the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and First Friday too. We will be having our usual monthly day of recollection that day, so there will be silence and Expostition of the Blessed Sacrament after morning Mass until after Evening Prayer. We will also have confessions that day. Saturday is the Memorial of the Immaculate Heart of Mary and First Saturday. We will have Mass, a morning conference with Monsignor Stanley Deptula and Marian devotions. There will be a few talks by the Sisters and an opportunity for a private conference with a Sister.

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