St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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First Friday

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This Friday will be the first Friday of the month. Take advantage of the promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Holy Hour and Healing Service will begin at 5pm in St Mary Church this Friday, June 2.

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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  1. Looking forward to being there to pray for so many here who need healing. Sad that so many of our own people don’t seem to understand how really real is this healing, available to us in so many ways as Catholics. There’s a great article on Presentation Ministries (Fr. Al Lauer) which is really a whole course in healing. Here’s the part that might light the fire of interest at
    http://www.presentationministries.com/publications/Healing.asp
    3. The Catholic Church And Clarity About Healing
    To help us deal with all these confusions, the Lord has given us the Church, “the pillar and bulwark of truth” (1 Tm 3:15). The Catholic Church has always clearly and unequivocally recognized healing as part of God’s plan of salvation. The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick testifies to this. Lourdes, France is the greatest healing center in the world. For a saint to be canonized, exceptional physical healings must be medically documented. The Catholic custom of venerating relics remind us of Paul’s dramatic healing ministry at Ephesus. “When handkerchiefs or cloths which had touched his skin were applied to the sick, their diseases were cured and evil spirits departed from them” (Acts 19:12).
    In addition to the sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, the other sacraments bring the Lord’s healing. St. Thomas Aquinas attests to the healing power of the Eucharist in which we receive not just medicine or healing, but the Healer Himself, Jesus Christ.
    The original purpose of having a tabernacle to keep Holy Communion was to have Communion available for the sick or dying. The Sacrament of Reconciliation is also often an occasion for healing. When we feel sick, we may be called to go to Dr. Jesus in Confession (Mk 2:5, 10) before we go to any other doctor (Sir 38:9-12). Also, the Sacrament of Matrimony brings healing. Husbands and wives have an exceptional power to heal each other by praying as a couple. Likewise, parents have a special anointing to heal their children and vice versa. We Catholics repeatedly proclaim that the Lord will heal us. Every time we receive Communion we profess: “Only say the word and I shall be healed” (Mt 8:8, our transl).

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