St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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XXI Domingo tiempo ordinario ciclo A 2017

Probablemente Jesús formula la pregunta sobre su identidad en Cesarea, ciudad situada en la costa mediterránea y reconstruida por Filipo, hijo de Herodes el Grande. Lo hace en territorio semi-pagano y rodeado de sus discípulos. Estos tratan de dar una respuesta comenzando por lo que opina la gente de fuera de la comunidad. Sólo los que están dentro son capaces de responder adecuadamente. Y lo hace Pedro, como portavoz de los discípulos. Acierta plenamente cuando dice “Tú eres el Mesías, el Hijo de Dios vivo”. Probablemente en aquel momento no sabía lo que decía, pero acierta. También nosotros acertamos cuando repetimos de memoria lo que hemos aprendido en el catecismo sobre la divinidad de Jesús. Pero no es eso lo importante, lo que cuenta de verdad es si sabemos lo que decimos cuando decimos las palabras del Credo relativas al Hijo de Dios. Y sobre todo si lo que decimos con los labios lo seguimos con el corazón. Continue reading


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The Bible: Ezekiel

The book of Ezekiel is one of the longer books of the prophets; it is 48 chapters long. It deals with the time during the exile. He is also a priest and has a prominence in the liturgy. He found his call to be a prophet in the land of Babylon which makes him the first prophet to receive his call outside of the Holy Land (EZ 1:1-3). Continue reading


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Pink Heals and Madonna Renewal Center Golf Balls From Heaven Ball Drop

Help empower women at the 2017 Golf Ball Drop on Wednesday, September 20 and 6pm. It will be at the Freeport Club, though the winner need not be present.
2 for $10                          5 for $20
Purchase tickets at Mary’s Mantle or Cub foods in Freeport.

Prizes include:

  • 1st Prize- 1/2 hog and processing and $100 meat certificate
  • 2nd Prize- 1/2 hog/processing and $50 Harbach Certificate
  • 3rd Prize- Jewelry Package ($300 value)
  • 4th Prize- Dinner at Cimino’s and a one-night for 2 at Country Inn and Suites, Cocktails at Martini’s on Main

Proceeds go to the Madonna Renewal Center. https://madonnarenewalcenter.com/


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The Bible: Lamentations and Baruch

The book of Lamentations is one of the shorter books of the Bible, five chapters long. It was written lamenting the fall of Jerusalem which happened in 587 BC. It was an eyewitness account of all the hardships Jerusalem and its remaining inhabitants suffered. They were decimated. Many times it accounts that they were merely skin and bones. So much were they starving that Mothers would cook their dead children to eat (Lam 2:20 & 4:10). This happened again as it is accounted after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD which was predicted by Jesus (Mt 24:2). Continue reading


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Citizens Coming Together in Solidarity

In light of the incidents of Racism and violence last weekend in Charlottesville, VA, a city-wide vigil is being organized for this coming Sunday.  The “Vigil Against Hate” will take place at Debate Square on 8/20/2017 beginning at 8:00.