St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Almsgiving: What the Bible Says

Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD,
and he will reward them for what they have done.
– Proverbs 19:17
In your bulletin this weekend is an almsgiving envelope. As in years past, our Lent Almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul, to help them help those in need.
The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates
with the generosity of YOU.
Keep your almsgiving envelope somewhere you will notice it. Let it serve as a reminder that during Lent, we are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one, and placing the difference of the cost into our almsgiving offering.
Your gift to the Society of St Vincent de Paul will help the poor to celebrate the grace of God’s love this Easter.

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1. Ash Wednesday: February 26, 8:00am School Mass at St Joseph, 9:30am Mass at Presence, 12:00pm Mass at St Mary, 5:30pm Mass at St Joseph, 7:00pm Mass at St Mary (Spanish)
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 Joseph, First Sundays after the 8:00am Mass at St Mary
3. Stations of the Cross: Thursdays 7:30pm in Spanish at St Mary, Fridays 12:10pm in English at St Mary, 6:00pm at St Joseph
4. St Mary’s Fish Fry: Every Friday during Lent, from 5:00-7:00pm in the Holy Family Community Center
5. Men’s Group: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays, 7:00pm at St Joseph
6. Women’s Group: 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 6:00pm at St Joseph
7. St Joseph Feast Day: Thursday, March 19, 8:00am School Mass at St Joseph & Blessing with St Joseph Healing Oil, 6:00pm Adoration at St Joseph & Blessing with St Joseph Healing Oil
8. LOTW (Light of the World) Retreat: March 20-23 at St Thomas, in English
9. Be Reconciled: Wednesday, April 1, 8:30-10:30 am at St Mary, 10:30-11:45am at Presence St Joseph, Noon-1:30pm at St Joseph, 6:00-8:30pm at St Joseph, and 6:00-8:00pm at St Mary
LIVING STATIONS OF THE CROSS: Good Friday (April 10) following the Veneration of the Cross at St Mary
• • • SAVE THE DATE • • • PAUL KOLESKY will return to St Joseph Church on April 21 & 22 • • •

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SAVE THE DATES • • • St Mary Fish Fry – Every Friday During Lent

St Mary Church will host a Fish Fry each Friday during Lent from 5:00-7:00pm at the Holy Family Community Center.
The menu will feature fish, potato, vegetables, a roll, beverage and dessert. The cost is $10.00 per person.
Our Fish Fry will be held on February 28, March 6, 13, 20 & 27, and April 3.
Bring your friends and join us for some great food and fellowship! Proceeds will benefit St Mary Church.

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The Diocese of Rockford Vocation Office Annual Spring Nun Run

The Vocation Office will be hosting a vocational discernment “Nun Run” for women 18 years of age, college age and older who are interested in a religious vocation. We will be visiting Sisters and Nuns of different orders with different apostolates; this will include talks on discernment and religious life, time in prayer with our Lord, as well as many opportunities to meet, share and pray with the sisters. We will be visiting various religious communities, in Missouri and Illinois. Continue reading

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Light of the World Retreat

An invitation especially for you….
to be part of a special faith journey – to hear amazing talks – to reflect during quiet moments – to engage in rich fellowship and to connect with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
•You are the one who will receive a precious gift by participating in Light of the World!
•For the Lord delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you. (Book of the Prophet Isaiah) Continue reading

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Watch The Bible and the Church Fathers this Lent!

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Lent Almsgiving: What Is It?

Almsgiving is the gift of self. It is based on CHARITY, to love God and others as oneself. It is the action that leads us to see our fellow man, love them, listen to them, and give them our time, help, advice, money, shelter, company, and affection. To give alms is to be united to God in his poverty. Continue reading