St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Bible: Maccabees and Job

The first and second books of Maccabees were originally written as one book, but the Church decided to divide them into two, to make things easier to remember. That happened long before chapter or verse numbers were put into the Bible. The events that took place were during the reign of the Greeks. It is also one of the books that were taken out of the Jewish tradition after the time of Jesus. Continue reading


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The Bible: Tobit, Judith and Esther

The Book of Tobit is another one of those fun stories in the Bible. This story is self-contained. What do I mean by that? You can read the book while not knowing where it fits in the Bible and still get a whole story. It is a story of a very holy man named Tobit. Tobit was a very real person and in the first chapter and a half sets the stage for the story. Continue reading


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Trinity Sunday: Rejoicing in Knowing Who God Is


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Holy Hour with the Sisters

MonstranceCome to the Holy Hour on Friday, June 16 in St Joseph Church. Exposition will be at 6pm. Confessions will be available during the Holy Hour. Sister Theo will be giving short inspirational talks as you contemplate God’s goodness. All are welcome to join in this adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is a great time to get your peace in Christ on your way home from work. Continue reading


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The Bible and the Books

The Bible is a collection of many books. We started with the first five books called the Pentateuch. Then come the historical, the wisdom, and the prophetic books. The Bible was not written with this in mind. This is how we organize the books to help us remember what goes where and how to use them. Continue reading