St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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MRC Spaghetti Dinner

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at St Thomas Catholic Church in Freeport. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.
The pre-sale tickets will be $8.00, and tickets at the door will be $9.00. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Davis at

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Symbolism in the Church #40

The round window with the simple triumphant lamb is a little different than the others. This one is standing and holding a flag with the cross. The lamb is looking at the flag with the cross and has a halo with a similar cross with it. The halo does not come without a cross. Unfortunately for us, this is also true. When we are able to carry crosses, we are able to grow in holiness. It is how we learn to love as He has loved us. When we love in the same way Jesus has loved us, grace enters in and transforms our suffering into opportunity. Opportunity for us to be all the closer to Jesus. We grow in intimacy with Jesus when we learn to “offer it up.” Jesus then shares with us His joy and peace. So even in the suffering, we can still be at peace. 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.