St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

What's new for St Joseph and St Mary Parishes!


Leave a comment

Domingo XX tiempo ordinario ciclo C 2019

Son múltiples los textos en los que se nos dice que Cristo sí vino al mundo a traernos la paz. Por citar sólo algunos textos que sabemos de memoria todos los cristianos, podemos recordar lo que todos los días oímos en nuestras eucaristías. Después del Padrenuestro, rezamos siempre: Señor Jesucristo que dijiste a tus apóstoles <la paz os dejo, mi paz os doy> e inmediatamente después el sacerdote desea a todos los fieles que <la paz del Señor esté con todos vosotros> e invita a todos los fieles a darse mutuamente la paz. Al terminar nuestras eucaristías despedimos a los fieles diciéndoles: <Podéis ir en paz>. El mismo Cristo cuando se hace presente entre sus discípulos, después de la resurrección, siempre les saluda diciendo: <la paz esté con vosotros>. Podríamos añadir textos y textos del evangelio, de san Pablo y de los santos Padres, en los que se dice muy claramente que Cristo es nuestra paz, pero no es necesario. ¿Cómo explicar entonces este texto del evangelio según san Lucas en el que el mismo Cristo nos dice que él no ha venido al mundo a traer la paz, sino la división? La explicación más clara la tenemos en un texto del evangelio según san Juan en el que se nos dice literalmente: <os dejo la paz, mi paz os doy; no os la doy como la da el mundo> (Jn 14, 27). La paz que nos da Cristo no es simple ausencia de guerras, o simple sumisión a las autoridades, es, sobre todo, lucha esforzada contra la injusticia. La justicia y la paz se besan, como se nos dice en distintos textos de la Biblia, dándonos a indicar que sin justicia social y moral no puede haber paz evangélica. Mirando a la vida de Cristo esto lo vemos muy claramente: Cristo no vivió en paz con las autoridades sociales y religiosas de su tiempo, sino en franca oposición. Por eso le mataron, porque denunció la injusticia de los injustos y criticó valiente y públicamente a los que querían hacer de su interesada y mundana justicia un arma con la que hacer callar a los que vivían explotados y marginados. La paz de Cristo, la paz del evangelio es enemiga muchas veces de la paz del mundo. Continue reading


Leave a comment

St Mary – St Joseph Religious Education 2019 – 2020

Registration for Religious Education is underway. Forms can be picked up Monday-Friday during office hours at the St Joseph – St Mary Parish office, or at the Religious Education office Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:30am until noon. Please return the completed forms along with payment as soon as possible. For all children preparing for First Holy Communion, we must have a copy of their Baptism Certificate. Continue reading


Leave a comment

Holy Day of Obligation, August 15

August 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation. All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass for the feast day of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass times are as follows:

  • 8am Mass in St Joseph Church
  • 8am Mass in St Mary Church
  • 5:30opm Mass in Joseph Church
  • 7pm Mass in St Mary Church (Spanish)


Leave a comment

Symbolism in the Church #22

We have some flags in our Church. They are the Papal flag (also known as the Vatican flag), two American flags and the flag of the Knights of Columbus. The Knights of Columbus are a group of men that got together in response to the Catholic Irish persecutions about the turn of the century (1900). Irish Catholics were having a hard time finding jobs here in America. They left the persecutions in Ireland as they were denied the ability to purchase food there. At least they could eat if they could find work and get the food. There were many signs in windows at the time that read, “Irish Catholics need not apply,” meaning they would not get the job. Various organizations would work hard at making sure Catholics could not work. The only jobs that were available were jobs with high death rates. These jobs were particularly working on the high wires and police. Many Irish Catholics died hanging wires on the power lines. This is before the unions were established. So many men were dying, it is said that the life expectancy for Irish males was 35 years of age. So Father McGivney helped establish the Knights by offering fellowship and life insurance. The Knights promised to help each other’s families when the father died. They quickly grew because of the great need. God, country and family are their priorities, in that order. Today they have grown so much and offer so much more. They do a super amount of good with all the fundraising and offering events for the handicap, church and women’s health by offering ultra-sounds for other non-profit organizations. This group of faithful men do more than we can appreciate. This is their flag, and we are proud of what they have done for the community. Continue reading