St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #32

The round windows up high in the sanctuary are from left to right: a Chalice and the cross, a skull, the Immaculate Heart of Mary, a scale in the center, a harp, a dove with the olive branch and an ominous eye.   Continue reading


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Father Damien of Molokai and the Holy Face

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

It is a little-known fact that Father Damien labored to established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament among his lepers.
There’s a beautiful little scene in the film about St. Damien of Molokai. The saint has volunteered to be the one priest to serve the lepers on the island colony of Molokai.
Knowing that he is likely to contract the disease, Father Damien sails to the island and enters the village. He finds the lepers are abandoned, depressed, alcoholic and fighting among themselves. Then he goes into the tiny church only to find that it is a wreck. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/father-damien-of-molokai-and-the-holy-face?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9HuYhbwjThrAhWfucfCwsPNVqmwEIZgLFhVNUot2MC5fG7EuO_j2nuYtxB998m2SbGcxVVw_n8OpME1RuVFgJ-kuVLcw&_hsmi=79104422


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Smile Ministry

The Smile Ministry names are in the back of the church. Please take a name and send a Fall greeting!

Do you know someone who can’t get out and needs a smile sent their way to brighten their day? Ask them if they would like to have their name put on our Smile list. They will be sent a greeting at each holiday throughout the year. Call the office to add a name to our list.


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Thought for the Day

Hence it is clear that in the Old Testament alone, we have ample Scriptural warrant for our belief in the angels, and the New Testament is quite as explicit. Our Divine Lord himself alludes to Jacob’s vision when He speaks of angels ascending and descending upon the Son of Man. He also represents to us the angels of the little ones who believe in Him as ever beholding the face of His Father who is in heave, giving us in these words the surest basis for what the Church teaches us with respect to our guardian angels.