St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pub-crawler to Penitent: Ven. Matthew Talbot Is an Inspiration to Alcoholics

Matthew Talbot was born in 1856 to a poor family in the North Strand area of Dublin, Ireland—the second of 12 children. His father was a heavy drinker, as were most of his brothers.
Matthew left school at the age of 12 to work in a…

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Enduring Faith Amid Horror: The Priests of Dachau

On July 20, 1933, six months after Hitler rose to power, Cardinal Eugenio Pacelli, the future Pope Pius XII, and the German vice chancellor, Franz von Papen, signed a concordat — a sort of peace treaty between the six-month-old Nazi regime and the Roman Catholic Church.
To those…

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XI domingo del tiempo ordinario ciclo B 2018

Ezequiel anuncia en la primera lectura el restablecimiento de la dinastía de David. Yahvé mismo trasplantará un retoño y éste crecerá en el más alto monte de Israel, en Sion, hasta convertirse en un cedro frondoso en el que anidarán toda clase de aves. Se trata, pues, de una profecía mesiánica, alusión a un señorío universal a cuyo amparo acudirán todos los pueblos. Esta imagen la encontramos de nuevo en la parábola evangélica del grano de mostaza del evangelio de hoy. El soberbio árbol del imperio de Babilonia será humillado por Yahvé, que ensalzará al humilde árbol de la casa de David. De un renuevo suyo nacerá el liberador de Israel. Continue reading

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She Found Jesus in a New Age Temple

Sitting lotus style, inhaling the cool lake air and listening to the serene sounds of a flowing waterfall, Jess Echeverry sought to calm her spirit. She was on a journey to healing at the Self-Realization Fellowship Temple in Pacific Palisades, California. By 2006, Jess had experienced a certain amount of healing, but there was still a hole that hungered to be filled. …

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Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry

The Mobile Food Pantry truck will be at St Joseph Church on Wednesday, June 20th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. A parishioner of St Joseph has made this gift to our community. We need at least twenty volunteers to help unload and distribute the free groceries. Workers will need to check in at the breezeway before 12:45pm. If you can help, please call Mary Koppi at 815 232-4687.