St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

 Are you interested in a peaceful, meditative and spiritual uplift during the holidays by doing something for someone else through prayer? The Novena begins on November 30, (the month of all souls, and the feast day of St. Andrew), and it ends on December 24. It is piously believed that whoever does this will obtain what is asked. What a beautiful way to pray for someone special, a relative, a friend, or holy soul in Purgatory. Just believe. If you devoutly pray for a poor holy soul, Christ grants them entrance into the Eden of Heaven on HIS birthday, December 25. What a great gift for that poor soul. It is said if you help a holy soul, that soul will never forget you, and that soul will pray and will always be there for you. Pretty neat don’t you think? Here is the Novena:

adoration of the maji by paolo
 (CHRISTMAS NOVENA)

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


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Protecting God’s Children Requirements

This article was published in the bulletin for the weekend of July 15-16.

The month of July starts the tightening of the belt in protecting God’s children in our diocese and throughout the United States. This is all part of the promise the bishops have made to the faithful for accountability, transparency and in making a difference in the safety of our children. The Bishops now ask us to do our part in making the Church the safest place on earth, as it should be. Continue reading


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Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court

A major battle against a pro-abortion law is heading to the United States Supreme Court. The pro-life lawsuit against a California statute that requires pregnancy centers to promote abortions is heading to the nation’s highest court.
The California law, upheld by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals in October, forces pro-life pregnancy centers to promote abortions. Tom Glessner, president and CEO of the National Institute of Family and Life Advocates, said his group was appealing the case to the Supreme Court,  arguing that the law violates both free speech and religious freedom. …

Battle to Stop California Law Forcing Pregnancy Centers to Promote Abortions Heads to Supreme Court


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Bible: Gospel of Mark

The Gospel of Mark is the shortest of all the Gospels. It is sixteen chapters long. However, that does not mean that it covers fewer events or provides less information. Mark goes through each event very briefly; sort of like a condensed version of what is recorded in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. Yet, at the same time it records things not recorded in Matthew and Luke. Many biblical scholars sense an urgency in the tone of Mark’s writings. Though Mark was not an apostle himself, it is believed that he worked directly with Peter. Continue reading


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Domingo XXXII Tiempo ordinario ciclo A 2017

La Iglesia celebra hoy la dedicación de la Basílica de Letrán, iglesia-madre, catedral de la ciudad de Roma desde el 9 de noviembre del año 324. La primera lectura, del profeta Ezequiel, recuerda otro templo, el de Jerusalén, símbolo de la presencia de Dios en medio del pueblo. Salomón construyó el santuario, que ya había querido realizar su padre, David. Con el final de estas obras se cierra la gran etapa de peregrinación por el desierto desde tierras de Egipto. El Dios peregrino instaura su morada entre los habitantes de la ciudad. La Nube que dirigió al pueblo por el desierto mora en el templo. Con la deportación a Babilonia, el sacerdote y profeta Ezequiel vio “que venía del norte un viento huracanado, una gran nube y zigzagueo de relámpagos…”. La Gloria del Señor, su Nube abandona el templo de Jerusalén para morar entre los desterrados de Babilonia. Es la infidelidad del pueblo a Dios lo que ocasiona su ruina. Con el abandono del templo por Dios se consuma el destierro. Pero el seguirá presente en medio del pueblo, porque no puede encerrarse en unos muros. Continue reading


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Catholic Cardinal and Evangelical Pastor: Quit Forcing Americans to Pay for or Participate in Abortions

An op-ed that ran this week in USA Today was an example of ecumenism at its best.
Appearing under the headline, “To be really pro-choice, you must protect each doctor’s choice to not perform abortions,” Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Russell Moore, president of the Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention, eloquently made the case for passage of the “Conscience Protection Act of 2017.” Current federal law does not sufficiently protect the conscience rights of health care professionals and others. …

Catholic Cardinal and Evangelical Pastor: Quit Forcing Americans to Pay for or Participate in Abortions


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Our New St Joseph Piano

Have you been enjoying the beautiful sounds coming from the choir loft? It is our new Yamaha NU-1 Hybrid piano. A hybrid piano is an electronic piano that has hammers that make the touch still feel like you are playing a real piano. The hammers actually hit sensors instead of strings, so there is no need to ever have it tuned. With the touch of a button, it will sound like an organ, a harpsichord, or a piano. Another button will have it instantly playing in a different key, which is a great benefit when accompanying a soloist who needs to sing in a higher or lower key. This wonderful piano was purchased for St Joseph Church by generous parishioners. The pianists/organists thank you so much!!