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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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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July Food Truck

On a hot sweltering day, one hundred twenty-nine persons lined up to receive free groceries from the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry. Approximately 7,300 pounds of free groceries were distributed, which fed four hundred and fourteen family members.
Many thanks to the following volunteers: Jan Ackerman; Kim Alber; Paul Brown; Candy Daacon; Heather, Anna, Grace and Clare Dailey; Don Davis; Steve and Peg Ehlbeck; Ruth Geary; Joe Ginger; John Guenther; Karen Hildebrand; Mike Kavran; Charles Koppi; Jan Krieger; Betty McKenna; Laverne Mensen; Laura and Asea Mills; Carol Mullens; Donna Nevenhoven; Bobbi Nicklaus; Ann Sauer; Lana Schuck; Frank and Sandra Steiner; Pat Weigel; and Millie Whitford.
I am very grateful to all who gave of their time to help those in our community who are in need of a helping hand. God Bless. — Mary Koppi