St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Liturgy of the Eucharist: Part 32


The saints are like big brothers and sisters who await the birth of their younger siblings; with excitement and joy. Our big sisters and brothers just can’t wait till we get to be with them in heaven. But it is through Jesus that their intercession is possible. The priest finishes the First Eucharistic Prayer with, “Through whom you continue to make all these good things, O Lord; you sanctify them, fill them with life, bless them, and bestow them upon us”. Continue reading

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The Hour Has Come: Prelate Makes Final Plea Before Sunday’s Black Mass

Washington, D.C., September 18

Here is an article from the Sooner Catholic, the newspaper of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City, regarding the black mass scheduled at the city’s civic center for this Sunday.

Archbishop Paul Coakley has used various tacticts over the last three months to protest the black Mass. He was successful in legal proceedings that asserted the consecrated Host to be used for the mass was stolen property and thus couldn’t be defamed or abused in any way. A representative for the satanic group returned the Host to a priest of the archdiocese after a judge ordered a stay.

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Pope’s Morning Homily: Have Courage to Acknowledge You Are a Sinner


Vatican City, September 18, 2014

Having the courage to acknowledge that we are sinners enables us to receive Christ’s caress, His forgiveness, said Pope Francis Thursday morning during Mass at Santa Marta. …

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Bishops: We Have Long Warned That Obamacare Covered Abortion

Washington, D.C., September 17, 2014

A new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) “confirms the U.S. bishops’ longstanding concern about abortion coverage” in the Affordable Care Act (ACA), said Cardinal Seán O’Malley of Boston, chairman of the Committee on Pro-Life Activities of the U. S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.

 The report, “Health Insurance Exchanges: Coverage of Non-excepted Abortion Services by Qualified Health Plans,” was issued by the GAO, an independent reviewing agency of the U.S. government, on September 15.  …

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Mary Fest; Celebrating Our Faith Across Cultures

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.

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7th Annual Fall Fiesta

The Hispanic Community invites you to the 7th annual Fall Fiesta September 21, 2014 at 1:00pm till 5:30pm. There will be great Mexican and American food, Traditional Mexican dancing by Ballet Quetzalcuatl and our own local Ballet, two musical groups and good company. Come and enjoy the culture of our brothers and sisters from Central America!

The event will be located at St. Mary’s Church, 704 S State, Freeport IL


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