St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Visiting Missionary July 27-28

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Fr. Marco César Riveros, of Salesian Missions, will be visiting and celebrating Masses at St Joseph and St Mary Church next weekend. Fr. Marcos was born in 1973 in Cúcuta, Colombia. He made his first vows in 1992, and after ordination in 2003 he served as the youth minister at the Colegio San Medardo, Neiva, Colombia. While there he organized retreats for the students, and organized the religion curriculum for the school. In 2006 he became the provincial delegate for youth ministry for the Bogota province. Later he was made the provincial delegate for Vocation ministry and for the Salesian Family.

Fr. Marco has served as the pastor, director of the Salesian parish in Contratación, and assumed the responsibilities as rector of the Salesian school there as well. After a visit to the United States in summer of 2016, he worked in the ministry to street children in Medellín.
Fr. Marco is presently assigned to St. John Bosco Parish in Chicago. He oversees the parish social outreach, Caridades de Cristo Resucitado, which feeds and clothes homeless people in the city, and serves families in need of food assistance. He teaches catechist training classes, as well as serving the sacramental needs of the parishioners.

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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