St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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One of my privileges of being a pastor is getting to know the people of the parish. We have such a diversity of people and cultures; I find it fascinating to hear the stories from them all. Everyone is so precious in God’s eyes and this reality never escapes me. In the time that I have been here, I have gotten to know some people well, but not all. This is my own fault. I need to get to know the rest of you better. In order to do this, I will be involved in all sacraments, especially marriage and baptism. Diocesan Policy requires you to get my permission to use another priest.  I will be conducting the preparation work for all weddings and baptisms, even when I allow another priest to celebrate the sacraments.

One way for me to get to know you better would be to have me bless your home. I am always available after Mass and would love to talk with you and give you a blessing. I look forward to getting to know more of you and offer my prayers for you. God bless you!

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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