St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Corpus Christi Novena Explanation

June 23 is the Feast Day of Corpus Christi, where we as Catholics honor Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to pray the novena prayer below. You can cut it out and pray it for the nine days of the novena. The Novena starts Friday, June 14.
Novena prayers are great for opening us up for the graces of special feast days like this. We look forward to honoring our savior Jesus and the graces He wants to give us.

~ Daily Novena Prayers ~

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
V: You have given them bread from Heaven. 
R: Having all sweetness within it.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen. 
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

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Project Rachel:

Post-Abortion Healing Ministry

Healing after Abortion – Do you know someone who is carrying the grief, sorrow, and regret of abortion? The Project Rachel Post-Abortion Healing Ministry provides confidential referrals to a priest and/or counselor. Contact (815) 387-3379 or All inquiries are confidential.

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Early Registration for Religious Education Classes

We would like to extend a special invitation to you to register your child/children early for Religious Education Classes. We will have registration on Tuesday June 18, 2019, from 4:30 to 7:30pm, at the Holy Family Community Center. You do not need to pay for classes at this time; however, we must have payment for classes on or before September 8, 2019, which is the first day of class. There will be a 10% discount for all who pay at the registration in June.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 815-232-8271 x5.
Thank you for your cooperation. — Ann Peters, CRE

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Marian Society Meeting

The St Joseph Marian Society will meet on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00pm in Berg Hall. Traveler extraordinaire, Ann Young, will present a program on Budapest, The Queen of The Danube. Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Hostesses for the evening are Jan Ackerman, Toni Ginger and Stephanie Helms. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend.

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~ Thank You/Gracias ~

This thank you is long overdue. We just wanted to thank Fr. Diego and The Hispanic Community for the statues they purchased for the Easter Vigil. If you were unable to attend the Visitation at St Mary Church, it was the utmost humbling experience. So serene and absolutely beautiful. These are some of the pictures of the statutes they purchased. A thank you seems so small for all you do for St Mary Church. God Bless all of you.

Este agradecimiento es un poco tarde, Queremos darle las gracias al Padre Diego y a la comunidad hispana de  la Iglesia de Santa María, por la compra de las estatuas que donaron para nuestra iglesia.

Si no tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a la visitación en la iglesia de Santa María fue la mejor experiencia espiritual, muy serena y hermosa. Aquí  podrás ver algunas fotos de las estatuas que se compraron. Unas gracias parecen algo pequeño por todo lo que hacen por nuestra iglesia de Santa María, Dios los bendiga.


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Symbolism in the Church #15

The Divine Mercy image is one of two images that Jesus explicitly said He wanted made of Him. The other image is the Sacred Heart. The Divine Mercy Image is much newer. It was made in the 1930s, whereas the Sacred Heart image was made in the 1600s. The two images have similarities; both images are of the risen Lord. Continue reading

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Domingo de Pentecostés ciclo C 2019

El domingo pasado al ascender a los cielos Jesús encargaba a los discípulos una misión: guardar todo lo que les había enseñado y predicar el Evangelio por todo el mundo. Tarea ardua y difícil, pero a la vez apasionante. Tienen fe, están juntos, pero tienen miedo a salir fuera por temor a los judíos, necesitan un empujón. Estando juntos, reunidos, compartiendo los miedos y las ilusiones, compartiendo el recuerdo de Jesús, el Espíritu los sacudió como un vendaval violento y como unas llamas de fuego. Es el gran desconocido en la Iglesia, pero su fuerza y su impulso siguen actuando en el interior del creyente. Hoy es el día grande en que Jesús Resucitado nos envía su Espíritu. Es Pentecostés, el punto de inicio de la Iglesia. Juntos, en comunidad y con la fuerza del Espíritu, podemos hacer realidad y mostrar a todos el amor, la misericordia, la comunión entre todos los hombres. Continue reading