St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Novena to the Holy Spirit Begins Today

We begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit asking for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Novena will be leading up to Pentecost Sunday, which is the day the Apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to preach the Good News, to heal physical ailments, to raise the dead and to baptize thousands into the Church Jesus founded.

The Holy Spirit has given Himself to all those who have been baptized. This novena is a great way to renew that gift in you. Ask Him to live in you anew.

A limited amount of Novena booklets are on the heat registers in St Joseph Church. Or you can go on this link for the Novena:

https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm


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Prayer

When reviewing the surveys we took a little over a month ago, one request was to learn more about prayer and how to pray. There are many aspects to prayer, so I will do articles on prayer from time to time.

There is no real book that is meant for all, other than the Bible. Prayer, and our life in prayer, is different for every person. God reveals himself to each person in a different way. Most people expect that priests know everything about prayer. But there are things that you know about God that I do not. That is because your relationship with God is different than mine, or anybody else’s. God offers each and every one of us a unique relationship with Him. Continue reading


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The Necessity of Music

The Necessity of Music


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Pope Praying That Sacraments, Scripture Turn Christians Into Evangelizers

Pope Praying That Sacraments, Scripture Turn Christians Into Evangelizers


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When I Pray ‘Father,’ It Gets to Roots of My Christian Identity, Says Pope

When I Pray ‘Father,’ It Gets to Roots of My Christian Identity, Says Pope


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A Cry for Help From Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo

A Cry for Help From Carmelite Nuns in Aleppo