St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Story of the Man Closest to Christ

The Women’s Group cordially invites everyone to a
WEDNESDAY NIGHT MOVIE
March 11 • 6:00 pm • St Joseph Daleiden Room
We will also begin a 9-day Novena to St Joseph.

We will also celebrate the feast day of St Joseph
on Thursday, March 19, with pizza and spaghetti at the Holy Family Community Center from 5:00-6:00pm.
Please bring something for the meal.
We are in need of desserts, drinks and salads.


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Light of the World Retreat

An invitation especially for you….
to be part of a special faith journey – to hear amazing talks – to reflect during quiet moments – to engage in rich fellowship and to connect with The Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
•You are the one who will receive a precious gift by participating in Light of the World!
•For the Lord delights in you and makes your land his spouse. As a young man marries a virgin, your Builder shall marry you; and as a bridegroom rejoices in his bride, so shall your God rejoice in you. (Book of the Prophet Isaiah) Continue reading


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Bible Study Refuting Lies about the Catholic Church

Fr Barr is giving a talk on the Bible and the Catholic Teachings based on a letter placed on the windshields after the 10;30 Mass a month ago. Jesus is calling us to learn more about the faith and be able to “Venerate the Lord, that is, Christ in your hearts. Should anyone ask you the reason for this hope of yours, be ever ready to reply, but speak gently and respectfully. Keep your conscience clear, so that, whenever you are defamed, those who libel your way of life in Christ may be shamed” (1 Peter 3:15-16). Come and larn more about the beauty of the Catholic faith and why we do the starnge things we do.

The talk will be given Saturday, January 25 at 10:30am in the Holy Family Community Center. 725 State Ave, Freeport IL. All are welcome. 


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LET’S DANCE!!

5th Annual Benefit Dance for the
Madonna Renewal Center —
Nov 16, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a dance from 7:00-10:00pm on November 16 at the Eagle’s Club. The group “Maddmen” will donate their time for this event. In addition to the dance, baked goods as well as other items will be for sale, and two door prizes will be given away.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Someone from the MRC team will be selling tickets after Mass on Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10.


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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.