St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Archdiocese of the Military

Serving Those Who Serve
Next weekend our parish will take up the Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Established by St John Paul II in 1985, the AMS is the only US diocese responsible for providing pastoral care to men and women serving in the US Armed Forces, enrolled at a US Military Academy, being treated as a patient at any of the 153 US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, or working for the federal government beyond US borders – including those from our own parish and diocese. AMS priests and deacons serve approximately 1.8 million Catholics, including families, who hail from 50 states and US territories. While the salaries and retirement of Catholic military chaplains are paid for by the US Government, the AMS does not receive any funding from the government or military for program and administrative costs. To learn more about the AMS, go to Please give generously.


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Because Our Children Are Worth It

Many people will ask me why there are so many rules and regulations in the Catholic Church. Some people assume some things are rules. Most people think Ash Wednesday is a holy day of obligation, but it is not. Some people think praying the rosary every day is a rule of the church. It is something we promote, but it is not a rule. In fact, there are a lot of traditions that we as Catholics do that are not rules. We find that they help us in faith.
Most rules are there to help us in faith too. Requiring everybody to go to Mass on weekends and going to confession at least once a year are great examples of faith building regulations. At times it may not feel like it, but sometimes we need that nudge to remind us of something better. Our faith in Jesus. Continue reading

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Domingo XXXI tiempo ordinario ciclo C 2019

Hay muchos árboles a los que podemos encaramarnos para ver más allá de nosotros mismos. Los cristianos, desde aquel primer Jueves Santo, tenemos el árbol de la Eucaristía. En ella, con un valor infinito, nos encontramos cara a cara con la Palabra de Dios y, por si fuera poco, con el mismísimo Cuerpo y Sangre de Jesucristo. ¿Qué nuestros sentidos no lo perciben? ¿Qué nuestra vista no lo ve del todo claro? ¿Qué nuestro foro interno no se siente transformado cuando escuchamos el mensaje, siempre profundo e interpelante de la Palabra del Señor? 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 for 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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5th Annual Benefit Dance for the
Madonna Renewal Center —
Nov 16, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a dance from 7:00-10:00pm on November 16 at the Eagle’s Club. The group “Maddmen” will donate their time for this event. In addition to the dance, baked goods as well as other items will be for sale, and two door prizes will be given away.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Someone from the MRC team will be selling tickets after Mass on Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10.