St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Talks on An Amazing Pilgrimage…

Fr Barr will be giving a talk on his amazing pilgrimage to France and Italy. There will be two Sunday evenings, October 27 in St Joseph Church and November 3 at 5:30pm in St Mary Church. He will be talking about all the places he was at. Each place has its own story. The first talk will be about France. In France, he went to Lourdes, then to see the tomb of St Thomas Aquinas (whom Aquin is named after), St Margaret Mary Alacoque (who started the Sacred Heart Devotion) and her incorrupt body, St Claude de la Colombiere, St Bernadette (who had the visions of Mary in Lourdes) and her incorrupt body, then finally to see St John Vianney and his incorrupt body. This was a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage. So many miracles and healings happened along the way as they prayed for St Mary and St Joseph parishes and all those we serve in the community. The Sunday after will be about his experience in Italy. Stay tuned to hear the rest of this incredible story. 


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What she saw changed everything…

Unplanned tells the story of Johnson’s eight-year career at Planned Parenthood and ultimate decision to leave, also detailed in Johnson’s 2011 book of the same title. The film shows Johnson beginning as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood as a college student. As she works her way up to clinic director, she witnesses callous and dangerous treatment of patients – one young woman is left sitting in a recovery room, bleeding into her socks, until Johnson intervenes.
Watch it at AQUIN HIGH SCHOOL
October 21, 2019 at 6:30pm


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Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch

The Dailey Free Lunch Program will commence on Saturday, October 19 and continue through the month of April on the third Saturday of each month.  Serving will be in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  The free meal is sponsored by the Society of St Vincent de Paul and is open to anyone in need of a warm meal.
Meals can also be delivered to shut ins; please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 to make arrangements.
We are in need of the following items: Cereal Bars, Fresh Fruit, Cookies/Brownies, Creamy Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, Paper Napkins, Bottled Water, Plastic Bags such as Cub Food, CVS, etc. (we have enough plastic containers at the present time). We also will be collecting toothbrushes and hand sanitizers. If you can provide any of these items or would like to help prepare and serve the meal, please contact Mary. It takes many hands to prepare, serve and deliver these meals. Thank you to all who have been so supportive in the past. Last year we provided over 800 meals to those in need.  


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All Souls Day Masses

NOTE: Dates & Times Have Changed
There is an envelope in your packet for All Souls Masses. Please list your intentions on the back and return it as soon as possible. All the deceased members of the parishes from the past year will be honored.
Mass at St Joseph Church will be on Saturday, Nov. 2, at 4:00pm. Masses at St Mary Church will be on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 8:00am and 12:00 noon (Spanish).
A form for candles is in the back of the church. You may purchase a candle in memory of other deceased loved ones. PLEASE HAVE YOUR ORDER WITH PAYMENT TURNED IN BY OCTOBER 20.


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APERUIT ILLIS

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared the third Sunday of Ordinary time as a special feast day in honor of the Bible whose official name is “The Sunday of the Word of God.” This is great news. This coming year, it will be on January 26, 2020. Pope Francis wrote a new Motu Proprio (Aperuit Illis) to go with this new feast day. It is a great read you can find at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio-20190930_aperuit-illis.html.
Pope Francis wanted to stress some things that are particular to the Bible that we do not find in any other written text. The first is that the Bible is the word of God, and not just some words of men or wise sayings (1 Thess 2:13). The Bible is not something we can change or try to twist into what we want it to mean. It is something we should live by and consult every day. In the Bible, God instructs how we are to live, tells us who God is and how we can get to know Him, and strengthens us in times when life gets hard. But the desires of our Supreme Pontiff are marked best by the end of the second paragraph of the Motu Proprio, “It is fitting that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to His bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness.” The Bible is a place where we can get to know our savior more. He even quotes the famous quote from St Jerome, “ignorance of scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” Without the Bible, we could hardly get to know Jesus. Continue reading


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“APERUIT ILLIS”

APOSTOLIC LETTER
ISSUED “MOTU PROPRIO”
BY THE SUPREME PONTIFF
FRANCIS
“APERUIT ILLIS”
INSTITUTING THE
SUNDAY OF THE WORD OF GOD

1. “He opened their minds to understand the Scriptures” (Lk 24:45). This was one of the final acts of the risen Lord before his Ascension. Jesus appeared to the assembled disciples, broke bread with them and opened their minds to the understanding of the sacred Scriptures. To them, amid their fear and bewilderment, he unveiled the meaning of the paschal mystery: that in accordance with the Father’s eternal plan he had to suffer and rise from the dead, in order to bring repentance and the forgiveness of sins (cf. Lk 24:26.46-47). He then promised to send the Holy Spirit, who would give them strength to be witnesses of this saving mystery (cf. Lk 24:49).
The relationship between the Risen Lord, the community of believers and sacred Scripture is essential to our identity as Christians. Without the Lord who opens our minds to them, it is impossible to understand the Scriptures in depth. Yet the contrary is equally true: without the Scriptures, the events of the mission of Jesus and of his Church in this world would remain incomprehensible. Hence, Saint Jerome could rightly claim: “Ignorance of the Scriptures is ignorance of Christ” (Commentary on the Book of Isaiah, Prologue: PL 24,17B). Continue reading