St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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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It’s been tough to be Catholic these last few weeks

ProLifeCorner- by Broderick Hooker
Between the Grand Jury findings in Pennsylvania, the disgraced Cardinal Mc Carrick, and the culture of abuse, corruption, cover-up that has implicated so much of hierarchy has me scared for Mother Church and what wicked men have done to her. …

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Religious Education 2018-2019

Registration for Religious Education is open. Forms can be picked up during office hours from the St Joseph – St Mary Parish Office Mon.-Thurs. 8:30-3:30 and Fri. 8:00-Noon. Submit completed forms along with payment and baptism certificate before September 5 to facilitate proper class assignment. Remember that Confirmation and First Holy Communion preparation requirement is a minimum of two years. Help Needed: We need teacher aids and office assistants. You can assist in the classroom or volunteer to help make phone calls, plan events, help to file and document data, offer one-on-one tutoring or teach a class. If you volunteer, you must take the Protecting God’s Children course, which is an online course, or if we have enough signing up we can schedule a class and someone will come here and teach the class. The Diocese requires all volunteers to take this course. The first day of class is September 9, 2018. This will be a Family Session and a welcome breakfast. All classes are held in the Holy Family Community Center from 9:00am until 10:15am. For more information, please contact the Parish Office at 815-232-8271. 

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Becoming Catholic

For all those who are interested in becoming Catholic or for those Catholic adults who have yet to be confirmed, RCIA classes will begin September 9 from 12:30pm till 2:00pm. The classes will be in the Daleiden Room in the basement of St Joseph rectory. All are welcome to attend. We will talk about the basic teachings of the Catholic Church and what we practice.