St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Repent and Believe

The Mass is on the St Mary Facebook. Bulletins are available in the Breezway at St Joseph Church and in a plastic box by the handicap ramp at St Mary church. If you would like, i can put one in your maibox, or bring to your door. Call me< Fr Barr and leave a message with your name and address. If you would like to have communion brought to you, give me a call and leave a message. God Bless you!

Fr Barr

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Schedule during the Corona Virus

The Mass schedule will go on, even though they will not be celebrated publicly. The Masses will be streamed live on the Facebook pages respective to where the Mass is celebrated. That means that if the Mass is celebrated at St Mary Church, it will be streamed live on the St Mary Facebook and vice versa. The stations of the cross will also be streamend live as well as many other prayers that I pray as a priest every day. You can call in for confessions and set up a time. I am offering confessions at the regular times standing at the curb at St Mary’s church and St Joseph I will be at the Holy Family Statue in the courtyard area between the Church and the rectory. I do not want the virus to be spread by contact in the confesional with so many people coming in and out. I am looking at being in that same courtyard area at St Joseph Church for the previously scheduled “Be Reconciled Day”, Wednesday,  April 1. You may come and join me and go to confession. I plan on being out there all day. (Click more for the updated schedule) Continue reading

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Special Note of Gratitude

The IHM Sisters, Staff and Volunteers of Madonna Renewal Center are deeply grateful to the Parish Priests, and the faithful of St Joseph and St Mary Catholic Church, Freeport, for all your contributions toward the success of our recent spaghetti dinner. The success of this event could not have been possible without your unparalleled support to us and to our MRC mission for the support of pregnant mothers and their babies.
We thank all who sold tickets, bought tickets, donated cookies, desserts and other items for the spaghetti dinner. May you be richly replenished by the Most High God.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. – Sr. Marilyn Umunnakwe, IHM North American Regional Superior

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Lent Almsgiving: What Is It?

Almsgiving is the gift of self. It is based on CHARITY, to love God and others as oneself. It is the action that leads us to see our fellow man, love them, listen to them, and give them our time, help, advice, money, shelter, company, and affection. To give alms is to be united to God in his poverty. Continue reading

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MRC Spaghetti Dinner

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at St Thomas Catholic Church in Freeport. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.
The pre-sale tickets will be $8.00, and tickets at the door will be $9.00. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Davis at

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Who Dunnit ? ? ?

A Baby Shower for the Blue Nuns… a Pizza Party for the Sleezer Home girls… Ladies’ Civil War-era Fashions on display… a Night of Cedarville History featuring Jane Addams…
WHO DUNNIT? None other than the St Joseph Marian Society!
During 2019 the Society also donated over $700 to assist charitable organizations in Freeport, hosted a reception for Deacon Timmerman and family, and in cooperation with St Mary Guild provided warm hats, gloves and Christmas gifts for twenty-five needy children.
The St Joseph Marian Society meets on the second Thursday of the month, March through December (no meeting in August) at 7:00pm in Berg Hall of the Aquin Elementary School. All ladies of the parish are invited to join; yearly dues are only $10.00. It is the responsibility of the Marian Society to provide desserts and serve funeral meals, organize the May Crowning of the Blessed Virgin, host one of the monthly birthday parties at Presence, and provide other services to the parish as needed.
Please consider joining with other ladies of St Joseph once a month for interesting and informative programs, service to church and community, and fellowship. The first meeting of 2020 will be Thursday, March 12; please watch the bulletin for details. If you have any questions, contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687.