St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Genesis to Jesus Bible Study During Lent

St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology is offering a FREE video Bible Study this coming Lent 2019 titled: Genesis to Jesus!
This program usually is not offered free, and it originates from St. Paul University Steubenville with Dr. Scott Hahn and multiple theologians. This study presents the whole sweep of salvation history, and helps you make sense of the Bible, literally.

If you have internet, you may register by contacting and have it streamed into your homes.

We will also be studying and discussing Genesis to Jesus during our Saturday morning bible study beginning on March 2 at 10:30am in the Holy Family Community Center. This will be led by Fr. Barr and Joanie Williams. Please feel free to join us as we journey through Lent together.

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New Mens Group

We are starting a new mens group here in Freeport. St Joseph Church will be hosting the new group on the first and third Wednsdays of the month. They will officially begin at 7pm, but the doors will be open by 6:30pm. It is a time for men in the community to support each other in the issues that men face today. … Continue reading

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Christmas Play

RE Christmas PlayDecember 8, 2018 5:30pm at the Holy Family Community Center

Everyone is invited to come for a night filled with food and worship as you listen to our students tell the story. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (The Blue Nuns) will also be entertaining us with songs from their Native Land.
Beverages will be provided, but everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. This is a potluck meal, so please bring enough to share.
Also, the students are doing a food drive for the local FACC food pantry. Please consider bringing a boxed or canned food to this drive.
We hope to see you there.

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WHEN: October 28, 2018 9:00 – 4:00
WHERE: Rock Valley College – Rockford Illinois
WHO: Teens Grade 8 -12
WHAT IS INCLUDED: A fantastic day of Faith, fun, and fellowship. Lunch and Tee shirt are included in the $25.00 fee.
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH $25.00 ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 14 to Ann Peters at the Religious Education Office.

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Holy Hour and Healing Service at Sacred Heart Chapel (Presence Care Center)

The Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is coming to Presence Care Center in the Sacred Heart Chapel on Friday, September 28 at 3pm (the hour Jesus died on the cross for us). There will be a Holy hour and healing service while Our Lady is present.
What is a Holy Hour and Healing Service? It is a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. During the “Benediction” when the priest blesses the people with Jesus in the Eucharist at the altar, he then comes out from behind the altar and makes the sign of the cross over each person individually. That is the time of healing for the adoration. Mary’s presence will be there asking God for healings.
What’s the big deal about this statue? This statue was made in 1947 by a Dominican Priest from America that was commissioned by Cardinal Spellman of New York to bring the message of Fatima here to the United States. His goal was to make the statue according to what sister Lucia saw in the vision at Fatima. Lucia was able to even use some utensils to shape this very statue. It was blessed by Pope Pius the XII and was sent out on pilgrimages to parishes throughout the world. It will be in Freeport for three days! Many miracles have been attributed to this statue. Some physical healings, some miracles of conversions of the most hardened hearts.
Come and experience the profound message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Presence Care Center

Sacred Heart Chapel

Beginning 3pm

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Food Trucks for 2018

We will have the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry Truck at St Joseph on Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 to 3:00pm and Wednesday, July 18 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. We will need at least twenty volunteers each day to assist in unloading and distributing the free groceries. Please mark your calendar and watch the bulletin for more information.