St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Pope Francis: Let Go of Grudges, Complaints

Leave behind grudges and complaints, and let yourselves be consoled by the Lord.

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Dec. 11, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the day’s first reading from the Prophet Isaiah, who says God comes to give us peace.

The Pope observed…

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Angelus Address: On the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Before the Angelus
Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning and happy feast!
Today we contemplate the beauty of Mary Immaculate. The Gospel, which narrates the Annunciation, helps us to understand what we are celebrating, especially through the greeting of the Angel. He addresses Mary with a word that is not easy to translate, which means “filled with grace,” “created by grace,” “full of grace” (Luke 1:28). Before calling her Mary, he calls her full of grace, and he thus reveals the new name that God has given her, which fits her more than the name given to her by her parents. We also call her thus, with every Hail Mary. …

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Our New St Joseph Piano

Have you been enjoying the beautiful sounds coming from the choir loft? It is our new Yamaha NU-1 Hybrid piano. A hybrid piano is an electronic piano that has hammers that make the touch still feel like you are playing a real piano. The hammers actually hit sensors instead of strings, so there is no need to ever have it tuned. With the touch of a button, it will sound like an organ, a harpsichord, or a piano. Another button will have it instantly playing in a different key, which is a great benefit when accompanying a soloist who needs to sing in a higher or lower key. This wonderful piano was purchased for St Joseph Church by generous parishioners. The pianists/organists thank you so much!! 

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Pope Approves Causes of Saints

Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate Decrees regarding several causes for sainthood.  The Holy Father made the announcements in audience with Cardinal Angelo Amato, S.D.B., prefect of the Congregation.
Prominent among the decrees is that for Pope John Paul I.

Pope Approves Causes of Saints

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President Donald Trump Will Issue Executive Order to Repeal Obamacare’s Individual Mandate

President Donald Trump has prepared an executive order that would repeal the Obamacare individual mandate forcing Americans to purchase health insurance. In many states, those Obamacare health insurance plans use taxpayer dollars to fund abortions — and in some states there are no pro-life alternatives to those pro-abortion health care plans. …

President Donald Trump Will Issue Executive Order to Repeal Obamacare’s Individual Mandate