St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Events this Lent and Beyond 2017


  1. Stations of the Cross: Thursdays 7:30pm in Spanish at St Mary, Friday 12:10pm in English at St Mary, 5:30pm at St Joseph
  2. Confessions: Tuesday after the 8:00am Mass at St Mary, 4:30pm at St Joseph, Thursday 6:00pm at St Mary. Saturday after the 8:00am Mass at St Joseph, 3:00pm at St Mary, and 4:30pm at St Joseph
  3. Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy: Sunday, March 5, 4:00pm at St Joseph
  4. St Joseph Feast Day: Sunday, March 19, after the 10:30 Mass, in Berg Hall
  5. Roger Nilles Benefit: Saturday, March 25, 5:00pm, at Holy Family Community Center. A chicken dinner and silent auction of gift baskets to benefit the Roger Nilles family.
  6. Be Bold, Be Catholic Mobile Blood Drive: Thursday, March 30, 2:00 to 7:00pm. The mobile donor coach will be parked behind the St Joseph Rectory. Parking will be available in the parking lot next to the playground.
  7. Be Reconciled: Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 – 10:30am at St Mary, Noon – 1:30pm at St Joseph, 5:30-8:00pm at St Joseph, and 6:00-8:00pm at St Mary
  8. Grilled Salmon Dinner: Friday, April 7, 4:30-7:30pm, at Holy Family Community Center
  9. Palm Sunday: April 9
  10. Holy Thursday: April 13, No morning Mass, 5:30pm Mass at St Joseph, 7:00pm Mass at St Mary (Spanish)
  11. Veneration of the Cross on Good Friday: April 14, No morning Mass, 12:10pm at St Joseph, 7:00pm at St Mary (Spanish)
  12. Passion of the Christ Movie: Good Friday, April 14, 3:00pm at Holy Family Community Center
  13. Easter Vigil: Saturday, April 15, No morning Mass, 5:30pm at St Joseph, 7:00pm at St Mary (Spanish)
  14. Easter Sunday: April 16, 8:00am at St Mary, 10:30am at St Joseph, 1:00pm at St Mary (Spanish)
  15. Divine Mercy Sunday: April 23, 1:00-3:00pm Confession with 3:00pm Mass at St Joseph

Events This Lent and Beyond-2017

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Trip to Springfield

HB 40 is heating up — it could be called for a vote any day!  If passed, the bill will allow for public funding of abortions, coverage for abortions in state health plans, funding of organizations that perform abortions (like Planned Parenthood), among other things.  We must make our voice heard!

There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to “Vote NO” on HB 40. The Diocese of Rockford will be heading to Springfield for a day of lobbying on March 29, 2017: …

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Help the Madonna Renewal Center to Rebuild Their Chapel

A group of Catholic Men called St Joseph & Sons are coming together to help the Sisters at the Madonna Renewal Center. They will be remodeling the chapel on the first floor. They are calling for other Catholic Men to come and help them and the Sisters to make their dream of helping others come true.  

As Catholic Men, we are called to help those in need, to honor the dignity of women, and lead others to Christ. Join them in this essential role of spiritual leadership as Catholic Men. They will be working at the Madonna Renewal Center every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with April 8 as their target date for completion.

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Lenten Movie Nights




Holy Family Community Center

Friday, March 24….. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“The 13th Day”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

The 13th Day dramatizes the incredible true story of three shepherd children
from the v
illage of Fatima in Portugal who experienced six apparitions with a
“Lady from Heaven” between May and October 1917, which culminated in the
final prophesied miracle

Friday, March 31.. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“Full of Grace”

Presented-in English with English/Spanish notes

There is one person in the gospel that had the experience of living thirty years
with Jesus–from birth through His resurrection
: Mary, His Mother. Mary lives
her final earthly days in reflection. This movie is a celebration of faith
Friday, April 7.…. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7…..7:00-9:00p.m.

“Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

Steve Ray takes you on an exciting journey to the Roman Empire and the world
of the first Christians. Youll sit at the feet of the apostles, celebrate the
Eucharist in hiding, and tremble at the suffering they endured for Jesus Christ.
Retrace their steps through Israel
, Turkey, France and Italy.


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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