St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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

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Divine Mercy Message

As I was trying to make my Holy Hour, I saw the suffering Jesus, who spoke these words to me: My daughter, do not pay so much attention to the vessel of grace as to the grace itself which I give you, because you are not always pleased with the vessel, and then the graces, too, become deficient. I want to guard you from that, and I want you never to pay attention to the vessel in which I send you My grace. Let all the attention of your soul be concentrated on responding to My grace as faithfully as possible (Diary, 1599).

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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)

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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

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Carl Anderson, CEO and supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, announces new initiatives and showcases highlights of past fraternal year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members of the Knights of Columbus at the Order’s 137th Supreme Convention. In his speech during the business session, Supreme Knight Anderson highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.
The theme of his speech was “Knights of Unity.”
“Through our unity, we will continue to rise in charity and fraternity. And as we extend the hand of brotherhood, we will continue to transform the world around us — a world that needs more, not less, of the truth and witness that define all those who call themselves Knights of Columbus.”
“Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last moments, Kendrick Castillo did both.”