St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #39

s1290035.jpgOn the left side, as you are looking at the altar there is one of the round windows closer to the choir loft that has a heart with the anchor on one side and a cross on the other side of the heart. The heart is depicted as having a fire coming from the top of it, but it is not the full image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The fire depicts God’s love for us in the heart. The anchor on the left side of the heart reminds us of Peter, our first pope, but also the anchor of God’s love for us. It brings peace, comfort and strength in faith when we know how much God was willing to do for us. His love for us is not here today and gone tomorrow. His love is steadfast. It does not depend on how He feels for the day, nor does it go away if we do the wrong thing. His love is an anchor we can depend on in holding us fast so we do not get taken away by the storms of life. Even when we do the wrong thing, He still calls us back and extends His mercy. The anchor wraps its hook around the cross on the right side of the heart. It embraces that cross of mercy for us. The heart, the anchor and the cross are one in Jesus Christ. We really can trust in Him, His mercy and His love. We just might have hope yet. Continue reading


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St Mary Pancake Breakfast

Thank you for your wonderful support of the amazing Blue Nuns in helping to purchase a new boiler for their convent! To continue to help, we are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 4, from 9:00am – 12:30pm, at Holy Family Community Center. Menu: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and beverages Adults: $8 – Children Age 5-12: $5 – Under 4 years: Free


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Our Sisters Need our Help

I just got this email this morning from Coleen Fenn. If anybody could be generous enough to help these lovely ladies. There is a lot more than the boiler that needs to be fixed at the convent. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Good morning. This recent frigid weather has been a nuisance for many of us, but our beautiful blue nuns have been especially affected. The boiler which heats their convent has died and no repair can bring it back to life. They have worked out a deal with an area supplier to have a new boiler installed, but the cost is close to $16,000. As you may or may not know, these wonderful women are not assisted by the diocese. They make their living just like all of us, working in our communities. This expense has put a terrible strain on their already meager budget. If you can assist monetarily or through prayer, this would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute and assist them to pay this bill, please send your check to; IHM Sisters 1209 S. Walnut Ave Freeport Ill 61032. Please share this information with everyone you know. Lets show them that we appreciate their presence in our community.

God Bless You.