St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Many Roads, One Path

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Dear Parishioner,

Each year, our Diocesan Appeal helps thousands in our diocese to grow in their Catholic faith. Recently, our Holy Father, Pope Francis, emphasized the heart of the Gospel message by crying out to the world, “The only path is Jesus.”

In life, people walk many roads. In our day, we sometimes see friends, relatives; even members of our families leave the path to Jesus and walk a different road. How can we help them see the light of Jesus and follow His way? We also see the needy, the homeless, those whose family lives are challenged and many who have not come to know Jesus. How can we minister to all of them as we live our own commitment to the Church?

Our Diocesan Appeal supports the ministries that give us the ability to help people see that path to Christ. As Bishop of Rockford, I ask you to join me in being a part of our Diocesan Appeal this year to bring the lost sheep back to the Church and to feed the hungry and clothe the naked.

There are so many roads, but only One Path that will lead the world to salvation! That Path is Jesus Christ. Please prayerfully consider what you can give to help strengthen and grow our Catholic Faith in the Diocese of Rockford.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

Author: stjosephstmary

We are two Catholic Churches close to downtown Freeport, IL. Our communities are over 150 years old and have been dedicated to our lord Jesus Christ since our inception. We believe in God the Father almighty, creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was concieved by the Holy Spirit, born of ythe Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilot, was crucified, died and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead; he ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the father almighty; from there he will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.

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