St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Magic of St Mary

We are inviting all of you to join our first Dinner Dance A wonderful night full of surprises! A magic show, DJ, great food and drinks! Let’s share a good time together as a community of faith and help our church with its debt. You can purchase tickets at Mary’s Mantle, the parish office, or after Mass. Questions: Ann Peters 815 235 3628 Fr. Diego Ospina 815 232 3718

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Bible: Micah Through Zechariah

Micah is seven chapters long. Micah lived at the same time as Isaiah. He challenged all those in authority within Judaism when they did wrong. It is noted that the reforms of Hezekiah were influenced by Micah and what he had to say. Micah prophesies doom and gloom with a little hope. That little hope that some are familiar with, is from Chapter 10:1-4 “But you, Bethlehem-Ephrathah, too small to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler over Israel; Whose origin is from of old, from ancient times. Therefore, the Lord will give them up, until the time when she who is to give birth has born, and the rest of his brothers shall return to the children of Israel. He shall stand firm and shepherd his flock by the strength of the Lord, in the majestic name of the Lord, his God; and they shall remain, for now his greatness shall reach to the ends of the earth; he shall be peace.” It is a prophecy of the coming of Jesus. Jesus is the Messiah, the long-awaited King of Israel! Continue reading

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Domingo XXVII Tiempo ordinario ciclo A 2017

El Señor espera que demos frutos de amor. Tanto el profeta Isaías como el evangelio de Mateo utilizan la imagen de la viña para resaltar la relación de Dios con su pueblo. La viña era la casa de Israel. Yahvé la plantó, arregló y preparó con todo esmero para que diera fruto. Derrochó en ella todo su amor. Sólo esperaba de ella una cosa: que diera uvas, el fruto de la vid. En el pacto de la Alianza en el Sinaí quedó claro el compromiso de ambas partes: “vosotros seréis mi pueblo y yo seré vuestro Dios”. El Señor fue fiel, pero el pueblo olvidó su juramento. Dios sólo deseaba que diera frutos de amor, por su propio bien, por su propia felicidad. A pesar de todo, envió a sus mensajeros los profetas (los criados de la parábola) para recordárselo, pero no sólo no les escucharon sino que les apedrearon o les mataron. ¿Qué más podía hacer por su viña que no haya hecho? Lo impensable: envió a su propio hijo. Pero los labradores acabaron con su vida para quedarse con la viña. Continue reading

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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

FATIMA COLORCome and honor Our Lady of Fatima by joining the Rosary Crusade to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun on Saturday, October 14. We will meet at St Joseph Church, where a procession begins at 11:45am to the Madonna Renewal Center,1209 S Walnut, or meet us there at noon when the celebration continues.

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Holy Hour and Healing Service

Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour of Healing Are you hurting? Do you need quiet reflection time? Time alone with Jesus? Join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with a healing service on Friday, October 6, at 5:00pm in St Mary Church.

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2017 Youth Summit

belongingThe Diocesan Youth Summit is upon us once again! Join SCY as we attend BELONGING on October 29 at Rock Valley College. Registration and more info can be found at or by contacting Benjy Miller at St Thomas Youth Ministry. Registration ends October 16. You don’t want to miss this!