St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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VI domingo de pascua ciclo C 2019

La Iglesia está amenazada de quedarse en los medios, los ritos, y olvidarse de lo fundamental, la interioridad de la fe. También nosotros corremos el riesgo de confundir las tradiciones con la verdad, de afirmar como eterno e inmutable lo que es fruto de una época, de hacer apología de nuestra fe con una filosofía ya superada, de imponer cargas y obligaciones que alejan de lo fundamental, de sostener que viene de Dios lo que viene del hombre. Necesitamos vino nuevo en odres nuevos, recuperar la sintonía con la cultura y con el hombre de nuestro tiempo.. El Papa Francisco constantemente nos hace una llamada a recuperar la frescura del evangelio, a valorar lo esencial en el seguimiento de Jesucristo. Continue reading


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ST MARY CHURCH NEEDS EVERYONE’S HELP!

The end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be here soon!!
On June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the Diocese will match the amount that has been raised this year to reduce the St Mary debt.
They will match the total amount that has been raised ONLY if the money received in the weekend collections and debt envelopes meets the base amount the Diocese set at the beginning of the Debt Reduction Campaign. That amount is $156,706.
To reach that goal, we need another $17,225 contributed in the weekend collections and debt envelopes before June 30, 2019.
Thank you for your generosity.
Please keep St Mary Church in your prayers
as many work hard to reduce the debt.


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Pictures of St Joseph Church

I am looking for anyone who has pictures of weddings, baptisms, or any other events in St Joseph Church here in Freeport. After writing about all the symbolism in this Church building, I hope to write about the families involved in this Church Community. I hope to get information on the families who are memorialized in the windows, those who helped build this building and contributed to the artwork in the building. I also plan on putting this together in a book, but not rewriting the book Paul Fry wonderfully put together. This book will be focusing on specifically the Church building, since it will be the 150-year anniversary of this Church building. Continue reading


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Symbolism in the Church # 13

How good it is to have the protection and patronage of St Joseph as our namesake. He is always at our side as community and individually. Thank God He gave us such a wonderful friend in Christ Jesus. If that were not enough, at his side is his wife Mary. So between Jesus, Mary and Joseph, we have the entire Holy family in our parish family, this building, and in our homes. Imagine that, God Himself in Jesus, and then Joseph and Mary as our family. We truly do belong. This is Home. Continue reading