St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Aryl Dailey Free Lunch

We wish to thank the ladies from St Thomas for supplying
all of the homemade cookies and the ladies from St Mary
for the fruit and cereal bars for the February lunch. We
provided 133 meals on that Saturday. The generous
donation of personal items and warm clothing was
overwhelming and greatly appreciated by the recipients.
The next luncheon will be Saturday, March 16. We will
serve Sloppy Joe Sandwiches, Chips, Fresh Vegetables,
Fruit, and Dessert. We will be collecting hand soap and
small boxes of facial tissue. We are always in need of
women’s and men’s socks. Donations of apples and oranges
would be welcome.
These items may be brought to Berg Hall after 9:00am on
March 16, or contact Mary Koppi at 815 232-4687. Thank
you for your concern for our friends in need.

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Symbolism in the Church #6

The high altar does not stand alone like the front altar. Most noticeably, it has what is known as the reredos. They are decorations that extend from the back of the altar to help focus on the sacrifice on the altar, the same sacrifice that lives in the tabernacle. Ours here at St Joseph is very rich in symbolism and teaching moments, more than in most I find.
First, the gold reminds us of the majesty of God. It is most evidently a golden palace. How many grandparents take their grandchildren to church here and the kids get it? It’s a great castle! Yes, a great golden castle for Jesus. That is truly where He lives, at the very center, the tabernacle. And in this majestic castle, we are invited to live, too, because in this castle there are many rooms for us (John 14:2-3). Jesus has prepared a room for you. Which room is it? Are you like the foundation or pillars and sturdy? Are you close to the heart of God, in the center? Has God risen you to lofty heights? Or are you by the arms of the reredos, always in His embrace? Or are you by the slain lamb from the long suffering of this life? … Continue reading

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More Biblical Support for Bodily Mortification

In Part One, I gave an overview of the penitential practices of bodily mortification (particularly, use of the hair shirt or biblical sackcloth). Here I provide the relevant Scriptures (RSV), so that Catholics may substantiate the biblical nature of their practices.

Use of Sackcloth as a Sign of Repentance or Penitence
Matthew 11:21 Woe to you, Chora’zin! woe to you, Beth-sa’ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. (cf. Lk 10:13) …