St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Bethlehem Arts – July 20 & 21

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We will host representatives of the Catholic Christian Community from Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Holy Land on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. Handcrafted olive wood religious figurines and articles will be on display and available for purchase after the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, and after all three Masses on Sunday.
Due to the political conflict and the reduction of tourism, the Catholic Community has come to depend more on the sale of these articles abroad to survive. The woodcarvings are beautiful and reflect the faith and love for the Lord. Please consider purchasing a gift that will be remembered and cherished for yourself or someone dear to you, and help our sisters and brothers in Christ to keep their Christian identity and presence in the Holy Land.

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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