St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #30

The altar is the main focus point of the Church. It is where Jesus is made present to us in physical form in the Eucharist. We believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus.
In a recent trip to Italy, one of the places we went to was Lanciano. Lanciano is a town that houses what is known to be a “Eucharistic Miracle.” In the ninth century, a priest was celebrating Mass at the altar. As he elevated the host, he doubted for a second that the host was actually Jesus. In that instant that host started to bleed. I was actually able to see this host on my last trip. But why would God have something like that happen? So that we may have faith that the Eucharist is actually Jesus in the flesh. Jesus said, “This is my body, given up for you” (Lk 22:19). The Eucharist is at the same time a meal and a sacrifice. What we see and experience is bread and wine, but at the spiritual level we encounter Jesus, whom we do not see. Continue reading


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Keeping the Faith

We are asking all Catholics in Stephenson County to join together with us, The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County, on Facebook. Only through unification can all Catholic men, women and children join together to build and strengthen our church and beliefs.
Joining with us provides a platform where you can see how we are impacting our community at each council, each church and school. We are asking you to help make our Catholic Family strong and it only takes two minutes to like and follow us on The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County Facebook page.
We are inviting you as Catholics to post what you do from volunteering, births, to baptisms, and marriages. From church and school events to information which impacts Catholics in our community. Our strength comes from our God, our Church, our Catholic families, our Catholic community, and sharing what we do, as Catholics in action.


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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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The Anti Mary Exposed

10/12.19

10.13.19

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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