St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Education in Our Faith is Our Strength

So many times, we take our faith for granted. We dip our fingers in the holy water font subconsciously as we bless ourselves. We say the Our Father during Mass and most of us probably do not even think about what we are saying. The responses of the Mass can be like the teacher in Charlie Brown, “Wa, wa wa wa wa waa,” and before we know it, we are at another part of the Mass and have no idea how we got there. It gets really scary when this happens when we drive! Not that it has ever happened to me. Auto pilot kicks in and away we go. Continue reading


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September Marian Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, September 11, as we “take a step back in time.” We will meet at 6:00pm at the Stephenson Co. Historical Museum, 1440 S Carroll Ave.,
for a private tour of the Taylor Mansion and the Toy Museum. Some exhibits of special interest are items from the Time Capsule removed from Freeport City Hall, the ten-foot replica of the Arcade doll house, and Charissa Taylor Bass’ richly illuminated book, “Songs of the Centuries.” Those who do not wish to go to the second floor will have the opportunity to browse the gift shop or further enjoy the illuminated book which has been digitized. There will be plenty of seating available and we will be in small groups so that hearing should not be a problem.
Parking is available in the rear of the museum grounds. A guide will meet us at the back door of the home. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Koppi, 815-232-4687.


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Missionary Sunday

The Propagation of the Faith office of our diocese has invited the diocese of Kumbakonam, India, to speak to us about their missionary activities and challenges. Accordingly, Fr. David Kulandaisamy will be speaking to us during all Masses on the weekend of September 7 & 8.
This diocese, started in 1899 in the State of Tamil Nadu, India, has an area of 7824 sq. km. and a Catholic population of 213,000 (6% of the population). It is served by 212 diocesan and 63 religious priests, 580 nuns and 12 trained lay catechists. The diocese has certain concrete and meaningful goals for a New Evangelization, including:
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Symbolism in the Church #25

On the high altar we have throughout the year the statues of the angels on one knee on each side of the tabernacle. From time to time we will put out angel stands for plants, candles, or other things to set on. These statues should remind us of God’s army, ready to help us. But this army is different than any human army. I do not think we really appreciate the graces we get from these heavenly creatures. I was recently telling some people about the history of these creatures of God. Many people came to me afterwards to tell me they never heard about that. So here is the long story short. Continue reading