St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Hundredfold Workshop for Vocations Awareness

The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.


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Catholic Cemeteries Meeting

A representative of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host an informative meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30pm, in the O’Neill Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport, IL. Parishioners of all three Freeport parishes as well as nearby parishes are invited and encouraged to attend. Carol Giambalvo, director of cemeteries, will present a history of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, its responsibilities as operator of the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, management and financing of cemetery operations, and cemetery services and products. She will also discuss the Cemetery Oversight Act, which changed certain cemetery procedures and mandated maps, invoicing procedures, and cemetery authorities. Additional current and future topics include installation of military flagpoles this fall, the need to update records and maps, new area to be developed in Calvary Cemetery, possible cremation area at St Joseph Cemetery, and maintenance issues such as repair of roads, spraying for weeds, adding litter barrels and more. Also, rules and regulations regarding plantings and trimmings of evergreens, use of shepherd hooks, explanation of types of flower vases permitted and proximity to gravestones. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.


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The Magic of St Mary

We are inviting all of you to join our first Dinner Dance A wonderful night full of surprises! A magic show, DJ, great food and drinks! Let’s share a good time together as a community of faith and help our church with its debt. You can purchase tickets at Mary’s Mantle, the parish office, or after Mass. Questions: Ann Peters 815 235 3628 Fr. Diego Ospina 815 232 3718


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Carlotta and Pat Davis Estate Sale

Before Carlotta and Pat Davis’ unfortunate death, they left their mark in our parish community by the friendships they developed and the inspiration they embodied. Their daughters are now trying to liquidate their things and sell the house before the bills pile up too much. So they are having an estate sale and hope to finally put everything to rest.

Large Estate Sale- Carlotta and Pat Davis
Many household items, beautiful seasonal decorations,  lots of furniture , outdoor items and miscellaneous items.
Friday October 13 Saturday October 14  8-5
105 Park Crest Drive
Everything must go!
Contact Colleen Fenn 815-275-6378 for more information.
All proceeds will be used to pay off remaining debts.


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Everyday Stewardship

Recognize God In Your Ordinary Moments Life was not always easy with my father when I was growing up. Let’s just say he made many decisions along the way that led to fear, anger, and sadness for my family and me. Unfortunately, I was the only one in the family that would years later truly forgive him for his actions. My mother and sister held onto the resentment and anger they felt all their lives. For my father and me, reconciliation led to several years of a deepening relationship before his passing in 2011.
Forgiveness is not easy and I do not consider myself better or stronger because I was able to forgive and my family members could not. However, I can say that the blessings I received due to forgiveness and a renewed relationship with my father were far better than the animosity experienced by others. I also learned that forgiveness benefited me far more than my father.
As good stewards of time, we must realize that each passing day will never come again. What we do with that time is completely up to us. We can be wise and use it to build bridges, heal wounds, and cultivate love where there is hate. We can also choose to waste time in fear, resentment, and anger. I thank God often for the gift of my dad. However, I thank God more for the gift of time spent with him and the ability to see him not with my human eyes, but with the eyes of Jesus. Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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Why Do We Do That? Catholic Traditions Explained

Question: Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
Answer: The mission of the church reflects the mission of Jesus to teach, preach, heal, and forgive. Through these acts, Jesus shares the good news of salvation and invites all people to share in the life and love of God. The church continues this mission in all its ministries, but especially, and perhaps most importantly, through catechesis.
We will celebrate Catechetical Sunday next week. The task of handing on the Gospel is entrusted to the whole community, who by word and example, form young and new members in the way of the Gospel. Parish programs assist parents in teaching the basics of faith through liturgical experience, instruction, and faith formation. This ministry is essential for the parish to grow, for individuals to develop as believers, and for the ongoing spiritual formation of the whole community. It reminds the church that preaching the Gospel and growing in faith are essential to our sacramental practice and our liturgical prayer. On this Sunday, we recognize those who are called to be teachers and ask for God’s blessing and grace.