St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Symbolism in the Church #30

The altar is the main focus point of the Church. It is where Jesus is made present to us in physical form in the Eucharist. We believe that the Eucharist is the body and blood, soul and divinity of Jesus.
In a recent trip to Italy, one of the places we went to was Lanciano. Lanciano is a town that houses what is known to be a “Eucharistic Miracle.” In the ninth century, a priest was celebrating Mass at the altar. As he elevated the host, he doubted for a second that the host was actually Jesus. In that instant that host started to bleed. I was actually able to see this host on my last trip. But why would God have something like that happen? So that we may have faith that the Eucharist is actually Jesus in the flesh. Jesus said, “This is my body, given up for you” (Lk 22:19). The Eucharist is at the same time a meal and a sacrifice. What we see and experience is bread and wine, but at the spiritual level we encounter Jesus, whom we do not see. Continue reading


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Keeping the Faith

We are asking all Catholics in Stephenson County to join together with us, The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County, on Facebook. Only through unification can all Catholic men, women and children join together to build and strengthen our church and beliefs.
Joining with us provides a platform where you can see how we are impacting our community at each council, each church and school. We are asking you to help make our Catholic Family strong and it only takes two minutes to like and follow us on The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County Facebook page.
We are inviting you as Catholics to post what you do from volunteering, births, to baptisms, and marriages. From church and school events to information which impacts Catholics in our community. Our strength comes from our God, our Church, our Catholic families, our Catholic community, and sharing what we do, as Catholics in action.


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Talks on An Amazing Pilgrimage…

Fr Barr will be giving a talk on his amazing pilgrimage to France and Italy. There will be two Sunday evenings, October 27 in St Joseph Church and November 3 at 5:30pm in St Mary Church. He will be talking about all the places he was at. Each place has its own story. The first talk will be about France. In France, he went to Lourdes, then to see the tomb of St Thomas Aquinas (whom Aquin is named after), St Margaret Mary Alacoque (who started the Sacred Heart Devotion) and her incorrupt body, St Claude de la Colombiere, St Bernadette (who had the visions of Mary in Lourdes) and her incorrupt body, then finally to see St John Vianney and his incorrupt body. This was a one-of-a-kind pilgrimage. So many miracles and healings happened along the way as they prayed for St Mary and St Joseph parishes and all those we serve in the community. The Sunday after will be about his experience in Italy. Stay tuned to hear the rest of this incredible story. 


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What she saw changed everything…

Unplanned tells the story of Johnson’s eight-year career at Planned Parenthood and ultimate decision to leave, also detailed in Johnson’s 2011 book of the same title. The film shows Johnson beginning as a volunteer at Planned Parenthood as a college student. As she works her way up to clinic director, she witnesses callous and dangerous treatment of patients – one young woman is left sitting in a recovery room, bleeding into her socks, until Johnson intervenes.
Watch it at AQUIN HIGH SCHOOL
October 21, 2019 at 6:30pm


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Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch

The Dailey Free Lunch Program will commence on Saturday, October 19 and continue through the month of April on the third Saturday of each month.  Serving will be in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  The free meal is sponsored by the Society of St Vincent de Paul and is open to anyone in need of a warm meal.
Meals can also be delivered to shut ins; please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 to make arrangements.
We are in need of the following items: Cereal Bars, Fresh Fruit, Cookies/Brownies, Creamy Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, Paper Napkins, Bottled Water, Plastic Bags such as Cub Food, CVS, etc. (we have enough plastic containers at the present time). We also will be collecting toothbrushes and hand sanitizers. If you can provide any of these items or would like to help prepare and serve the meal, please contact Mary. It takes many hands to prepare, serve and deliver these meals. Thank you to all who have been so supportive in the past. Last year we provided over 800 meals to those in need.