St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Diocese of Rockford Vocation Office is Sponsoring our 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 Indiana and Kentucky. Cost is only $90.00. Date of the trip will be March 8 – 12, 2019. Deadline for registration is February 22, 2019, space is limited. You can contact the Vocation Office at 815/399-4300 ext. 375, our web-site Women or for more information.

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We’re going back to the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota for our Steubenville conference this summer from July 26-28, 2019. Steubenville is the highlight of our summer ministry: it’s a weekend filled with amazing speakers, great music, loads of prayer, and of course, fun! … Continue reading

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Genesis to Jesus Bible Study During Lent

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is offering a FREE video Bible Study this coming Lent 2019 titled: Genesis to Jesus!
This program usually is not offered free, and it originates from St. Paul University Steubenville with Dr. Scott Hahn and multiple theologians. This study presents the whole sweep of salvation history, and helps you make sense of the Bible, literally.

If you have internet, you may register by contacting and have it streamed into your homes.

We will also be studying and discussing Genesis to Jesus during our Saturday morning bible study beginning on March 2 at 10:30am in the Holy Family Community Center. This will be led by Fr. Barr and Joanie Williams. Please feel free to join us as we journey through Lent together.

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New Mens Group

We are starting a new mens group here in Freeport. St Joseph Church will be hosting the new group on the first and third Wednsdays of the month. They will officially begin at 7pm, but the doors will be open by 6:30pm. It is a time for men in the community to support each other in the issues that men face today. … Continue reading

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Having Faith Should Not Be Held Against Us

By Bishop David J. Malloy
We live in a time in which it is no secret that faith is being challenged by the ideology of secularism.

Public, especially governmental, support for religion and faith has diminished. In fact, a case can be made that there is even opposition to faith that is growing in circles of our government and our public discourse.

This anti-religious sentiment presents a particular and, in some ways, purifying challenge to every believer. In the past, the practice of religion was taken for granted; it was even fashionable. Everyone did it.

There was a common recognition that even if there were creedal and religious differences, the practice of religion makes us better, as a nation and as individuals. …

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The Symbolism in St Joseph Church #3

Jesus leads us through the storms of this life: all our uncertainties, sufferings and joys, both individually and communally. Sometimes we “see how strong the wind {is, we} become frightened” (Mt 14:30) and start wondering why He is leading us to such turbulent territory. We question if He is even leading us or if He cares. But He has the helm. He has His boat under control. He is leading His Church to the safety of the dock. The winds and the waves may be pushing this old barc and our very lives around, but we still have nothing to fear as Jesus is the one who leads us. He is the one who saves us (Mt 14:30-31). Continue reading

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V domingo tiempo ordinario Ciclo C 2019

Dios nos da a todos y cada uno de nosotros una vocación común: la vocación a la santidad. Esta vocación común a todas las personas debe realizarla después cada uno mediante el cumplimiento concreto de las vocaciones temporales que también nos da el Señor. Nosotros podemos aceptar la vocación y las vocaciones que nos da el Señor, pero también podemos rechazarlas. Aceptar o no aceptar esta vocación a la santidad que Dios nos da, supone colaborar o no colaborar con Dios en la edificación de nuestro yo interior, para que se parezca lo más posible al Yo de Cristo. Colaborar con Dios supone siempre reconocer nuestra imperfección radical y aceptar que sea Dios mismo el verdadero autor de nuestra santidad. Colaborar con Dios en la construcción de nuestra propia santidad supone, pues, siempre un acto de humildad y un ejercicio de oración. La humildad es siempre el primer paso hacia la santidad; sin humildad no avanzaremos nunca hacia la santidad. Pero, a la humildad debe seguir siempre la oración transformadora para que sea Él el autor de una santidad que por nosotros mismos no podríamos conseguir nunca. En la vida interior hay que bregar y trabajar, hay que sembrar y regar, pero sabiendo siempre que es Dios el que da el verdadero incremento. En las lecturas de este domingo tenemos tres modelos de personas que aceptaron la vocación a la santidad que Dios les dio, reconociendo inicialmente su incapacidad para conseguirlo. Estas tres personas -Pedro, Isaías y san Pablo- fueron llamadas por Dios a conseguir la santidad mediante la predicación de la palabra de Dios. Las tres respondieron positivamente a la llamada de Dios, a la vocación; cada una desde sus concretas y particulares circunstancias personales. Continue reading

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Dear St Joseph Parishioners

On behalf of the residents of Presence Saint Joseph Center and the Activity Department, I wanted to thank you so much for your kind and generous Christmas gifts!! It is always very helpful to us to be able to provide Christmas gifts for all of our residents and without your assistance that would not be possible. Thank you!! — Patti Moore, Activity Directo