St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Knights of Columbus Gifts Checks

Freeport Knights of Columbus got together on December 12 for their annual Potluck Christmas dinner. The KC’s distributed checks from the Tootsie Roll drive in September to Freeport Special Olympics, represented by Anne Schulz, Freeport Park District; Malcom Eaton, Brian Babcock, Marketing; and Presence St. Vincent, Diane Cushman. Fun was had by all and we are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. Nils Sandstrom and Todd McKenna represented the Knights of Columbus.


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2022: 150 Years of the St Joseph Church Building

It is hard to imagine, in the year 2022, less than four years from now will be the 150-year anniversary of the St Joseph church building. Just ten years after the official founding of St Joseph parish community, the people of the parish built the church we have today. This community has seen a lot of changes in the world since that time: cars, planes, electricity, phones, computers, and space travel. America looks quite different too. From Jesse James, the purchase of major lands from Mexico, to putting an American flag on the moon, a Catholic president and a German pope. Freeport has changed too. Lots of hard work gave way to prosperity. Now we experience the hard times on Freeport and its residents. Families built this church; many are still here, and many are not. Continue reading


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Domingo de la Epifanía del Señor Ciclo C 2019

Es el nombre que le dieron las iglesias orientales desde el principio. Si la Navidad, fiesta de origen latino, alude al nacimiento: “La Palabra se hizo carne y acampó entre nosotros”, Epifanía significa manifestación y sugiere la idea de alumbramiento o de dar a luz: “y hemos visto su gloria, gloria propia del Hijo del Padre, lleno de gracia y de verdad”. Por consiguiente, la metáfora bíblica de esta fiesta es la luz: “la gloria del Señor que amanece sobre Jerusalén”, “la revelación del misterio escondido”, la estrella de los magos que vienen de oriente… Debemos esforzarnos para rescatar el auténtico significado de la fiesta que celebramos. Como tantas otras, y quizás más que ninguna esta fiesta, llamada vulgarmente día de Reyes ha sido mercantilizada y degradada. Continue reading


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Pope Francis Calls for ‘Renewed and Decisive Approach to Resolving Conflicts’

“Combatting the culture of abuse, the loss of credibility, the resulting bewilderment and confusion, and the discrediting of our mission urgently demands of us a renewed and decisive approach to resolving conflicts,” according to Pope Francis.
His remarks came in a 3600-word letter to the US bishops, who are meeting for a spiritual retreat January 2-8, 2019. The letter, Dated January 1, 2019, was released by the Vatican on January 3.
Preacher to the Papal Household, Capuchin Friar Father Raniero Cantalamessa, O.F.M. Cap., is directing the retreat under the theme of “He appointed Twelve, to be with Him and to Send Out to Preach” based on Mark 3:14. The retreat is taking place at the invitation of Pope Francis who has asked all bishops in the United States to pause in prayer as the Church seeks to respond to the signs of the times.

https://zenit.org/articles/pope-francis-calls-for-renewed-and-decisive-approach-to-resolving-conflicts/