St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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FORMED now Available for our Parishioners

FORMED is a Catholic Service that lets you view many catholic books, audios, Movies and various studies about the Catholic faith. They contain video studies about each of the sacraments, the bible and various Catholic Teachings. Now we have many movies about the saints and audios to listen to on your way to work. Can’t get to bed at night? We have many books you can read about the faith or if you just simply need a source of inspiration, FORMED has it for you.

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Pub-crawler to Penitent: Ven. Matthew Talbot Is an Inspiration to Alcoholics

Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of 12 children. His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.
Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a…

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Enduring Faith Amid Horror: The Priests of Dachau

On July 20, 1933, six months after Hitler rose to power, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, and the German vice chancellor, Franz von Papen, signed a concordat — a sort of peace treaty between the six-month-old Nazi regime and the Roman Catholic Church.
To those…

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Bible: Acts of the Apostles #21

As we get near the end of the Acts of the Apostles, we learn more about the shipwreck that Paul experiences (2 Cor 11:25; Acts 27). Even though Paul is held bound as a prisoner, it seems he feels like part of the team to make sure they have safe voyage. Paul does nothing to escape injustice. He has visitors who tell him that everyone will be safe on the ship. Continue reading

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XI domingo del tiempo ordinario ciclo B 2018

Ezequiel anuncia en la primera lectura el restablecimiento de la dinastía de David. Yahvé mismo trasplantará un retoño y éste crecerá en el más alto monte de Israel, en Sion, hasta convertirse en un cedro frondoso en el que anidarán toda clase de aves. Se trata, pues, de una profecía mesiánica, alusión a un señorío universal a cuyo amparo acudirán todos los pueblos. Esta imagen la encontramos de nuevo en la parábola evangélica del grano de mostaza del evangelio de hoy. El soberbio árbol del imperio de Babilonia será humillado por Yahvé, que ensalzará al humilde árbol de la casa de David. De un renuevo suyo nacerá el liberador de Israel. Continue reading