St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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St Mary’s All Saints Day & All Soul’s Day

Due to the way the calendar dates for All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day fall this year, St Mary’s will be observing these special days as follows:
St Mary’s will have an All Saint’s Day Mass on Friday,
November 1, at 5:00pm.
At the 8:00am Mass on Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate the lives of those who have died this past year, and also have candles lit for those who have paid for candles for their family members.
If you wish to purchase candles for the November 3 celebration for the deceased members at St Mary’s, be sure to have your money into the office by October 20. St Mary’s will purchase the candles for members who have died this past year.
Thank you for your understanding.


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Symbolism in the Church #31

All around the church are the sunlit stained glass windows, gracefully reaching for the sky. High up on the stained glass windows are round images. There are twenty-one of them, with various images, adorning the walls and the pews they shine on.
The round windows symbolize the infinite God. God is the only being that was neither created, nor can be destroyed. He is the being that gave existence to all other things that have existence. He is also the being that sustains everything in existence. He provides us with continued existence until our very physical ends. He gives us food to eat, water to drink, and all the things we need throughout our life. He gives us every breath we take and the ability for our hearts to beat. For us as humans, He is the one who can ensure our continued existence after our physical death in this world. God has no end. He has the ability to not only sustain us in this life, but to sustain us for the rest of time and beyond. He is the one who has the last say on where we will be in our eternity. Continue reading


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Domingo XXX tiempo ordinario ciclo C 2019

El pobre material es el que no tiene los bienes materiales necesarios para vivir con dignidad; el pobre espiritual es, como nos dice san Agustín, el humilde, el que no pone su confianza en sí mismo, sino en Dios. En la parábola de este domingo vemos que el fariseo presumía de sus propios méritos ante Dios y le daba gracias a Dios porque él, el fariseo, era mejor que los demás; además despreciaba al publicano, al que consideraba un pecador. El publicano, en cambio, reconocía que era un pecador, que por sus propios méritos no podía salvarse y, por eso, imploraba la compasión de Dios. Jesús justifica al publicano no porque fuera pobre material, sino porque era humilde, es decir, era pobre en sentido espiritual. Hay pobres materiales buenos y malos, Dios tiene una opción preferencial también por estos pobres materiales, para que dejen de serlo, porque la pobreza material no elegida es un mal y Dios quiere que salgan de su pobreza material y se conviertan, haciéndose pobres en sentido espiritual, a los que san Mateo llama pobres de espíritu, declarándolos bienaventurados. Procuremos cada uno de nosotros tener los bienes materiales que nos son necesarios para vivir con dignidad y ayudemos, en la medida de nuestras posibilidades a los pobres materiales para que salgan de su pobreza. Y confiemos siempre en Dios, que es el único que puede concedernos la salvación espiritual. Continue reading