St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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APERUIT ILLIS

On September 30, 2019, Pope Francis declared the third Sunday of Ordinary time as a special feast day in honor of the Bible whose official name is “The Sunday of the Word of God.” This is great news. This coming year, it will be on January 26, 2020. Pope Francis wrote a new Motu Proprio (Aperuit Illis) to go with this new feast day. It is a great read you can find at: http://w2.vatican.va/content/francesco/en/motu_proprio/documents/papa-francesco-motu-proprio-20190930_aperuit-illis.html.
Pope Francis wanted to stress some things that are particular to the Bible that we do not find in any other written text. The first is that the Bible is the word of God, and not just some words of men or wise sayings (1 Thess 2:13). The Bible is not something we can change or try to twist into what we want it to mean. It is something we should live by and consult every day. In the Bible, God instructs how we are to live, tells us who God is and how we can get to know Him, and strengthens us in times when life gets hard. But the desires of our Supreme Pontiff are marked best by the end of the second paragraph of the Motu Proprio, “It is fitting that the life of our people be constantly marked by this decisive relationship with the living word that the Lord never tires of speaking to His bride, that she may grow in love and faithful witness.” The Bible is a place where we can get to know our savior more. He even quotes the famous quote from St Jerome, “ignorance of scripture is Ignorance of Christ.” Without the Bible, we could hardly get to know Jesus. Continue reading


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Education in Our Faith is Our Strength

So many times, we take our faith for granted. We dip our fingers in the holy water font subconsciously as we bless ourselves. We say the Our Father during Mass and most of us probably do not even think about what we are saying. The responses of the Mass can be like the teacher in Charlie Brown, “Wa, wa wa wa wa waa,” and before we know it, we are at another part of the Mass and have no idea how we got there. It gets really scary when this happens when we drive! Not that it has ever happened to me. Auto pilot kicks in and away we go. Continue reading


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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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Early Registration for Religious Education Classes

We would like to extend a special invitation to you to register your child/children early for Religious Education Classes. We will have registration on Tuesday June 18, 2019, from 4:30 to 7:30pm, at the Holy Family Community Center. You do not need to pay for classes at this time; however, we must have payment for classes on or before September 8, 2019, which is the first day of class. There will be a 10% discount for all who pay at the registration in June.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions at 815-232-8271 x5.
Thank you for your cooperation. — Ann Peters, CRE