St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Corpus Christi Novena Explanation

June 23 is the Feast Day of Corpus Christi, where we as Catholics honor Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. All are invited to pray the novena prayer below. You can cut it out and pray it for the nine days of the novena. The Novena starts Friday, June 14.
Novena prayers are great for opening us up for the graces of special feast days like this. We look forward to honoring our savior Jesus and the graces He wants to give us.

~ Daily Novena Prayers ~

O Lord, You have given us this Sacred Banquet, in which Christ is received, the memory of His Passion is renewed, the mind is filled with grace, and a pledge of future glory is given to us.
V: You have given them bread from Heaven. 
R: Having all sweetness within it.
Let us pray. God our Father, for Your glory and our salvation You appointed Jesus Christ eternal High Priest. May the people He gained for You by His Blood come to share in the power of His Cross and Resurrection by celebrating His Memorial in this Eucharist, for He lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever. Amen. 
O Jesus, since You have left us a remembrance of Your Passion beneath the veils of this Sacrament, grant us, we pray, so to venerate the sacred mysteries of Your Body and Blood that we may always enjoy the fruits of Your Redemption, for You live and reign forever. Amen.

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Marian Society Meeting

The St Joseph Marian Society will meet on Thursday, June 13, at 7:00pm in Berg Hall. Traveler extraordinaire, Ann Young, will present a program on Budapest, The Queen of The Danube. Budapest is the capital of Hungary, and is considered to be one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Hostesses for the evening are Jan Ackerman, Toni Ginger and Stephanie Helms. All ladies of the parish are invited to attend.

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~ Thank You/Gracias ~

This thank you is long overdue. We just wanted to thank Fr. Diego and The Hispanic Community for the statues they purchased for the Easter Vigil. If you were unable to attend the Visitation at St Mary Church, it was the utmost humbling experience. So serene and absolutely beautiful. These are some of the pictures of the statutes they purchased. A thank you seems so small for all you do for St Mary Church. God Bless all of you.

Este agradecimiento es un poco tarde, Queremos darle las gracias al Padre Diego y a la comunidad hispana de  la Iglesia de Santa María, por la compra de las estatuas que donaron para nuestra iglesia.

Si no tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a la visitación en la iglesia de Santa María fue la mejor experiencia espiritual, muy serena y hermosa. Aquí  podrás ver algunas fotos de las estatuas que se compraron. Unas gracias parecen algo pequeño por todo lo que hacen por nuestra iglesia de Santa María, Dios los bendiga.


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Thank you so much…

It was a great day for May Fest. The weather was a little rainy early, but then the sun came out and so did the people.
Thank you to all who came out and supported our event and enjoyed great food, music, dancing, facing painting, and fellowship. What a beautiful day for an outdoor event. 
A special thank you to everyone that helped set up, cook, clean up, and everything else you did. It is all the little things you did that made the event a success. Thank you to everyone who donated their time, food, and talent. All food and drinks were donated by individuals and restaurants.
Jose Jimenez won the 50/50 raffle. He received $213.
May Fest raised $3,192 to help reduce the St Mary debt.

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Guest Hospitality Needed

Hospitality is such an important part of being Christian. Unfortunately, it has been getting harder to find the time to prepare for guests. We need your help.
We are looking for parishioners who are willing to occasionally prepare the guest room when we have priests, speakers, or just simply guests coming to stay at St Joseph’s rectory. It would entail making sure the bedding is fresh, and the bathroom has clean towels and washcloths, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, floss, decorations and scents. You can be as creative as you want to make things fun! You will also let the office know if something needs fixing (lights, TV, heat, cooling and such). After the guest
has left, you will need to wash the sheets, towels and washcloths. We will take care of having the rooms cleaned.
We will need at least two people or teams to make sure of availability. This might be a fun opportunity to help our guests feel welcome. Are you willing to help out?
— Father Barr