St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Reminder for Voting This Weekend

A reminder that we will be voting on the new Saturday evening Mass times and location. Here is the information on why and what we will vote on.

This is the full transcript of what was presented at all the Masses last weekend. I do know that many people will be concerned as if the Diocese will close down St Mary Church. At this time I have had no mention of this by the Diocese of Rockford.

We always give thanks to God for all the graces He has bestowed upon us. I am always grateful for the roof over our heads, the food we eat and the families and friends that support us. I also pray for those who go without the blessings we have. How blessed we are! Continue reading


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Domingo II de adviento ciclo B 2017

Sólo es capaz de esperar aquél que está despierto y vigilante. Hoy suena el despertador en nuestra vida para sacarnos del adormecimiento. Pasamos casi un tercio de nuestra vida durmiendo, añádase a esto el tiempo en que vivimos adormilados y obnubilados. Nuestra mente está embotada por la rutina, la dispersión, el cansancio, el vacío. ¡Velad!, ¡Vigilad!, nos dice el Señor. ¿Cómo velar? Ante todo, sabemos que vela bien precisamente el que ama. Lo sabe la esposa que espera al marido que se ha quedado hasta tarde en el trabajo o que debe volver de lejos después de un viaje; lo sabe la madre que está intranquila porque el hijo todavía no ha vuelto a casa; lo sabe el enamorado que no ve la hora de encontrarse con su amada… El que ama sabe esperar también cuando el otro tarda. Esperamos a Jesús si lo amamos y deseamos ardientemente encontrarnos con Él. Se le espera amando concretamente, sirviéndolo, por ejemplo, en el que está cerca de nosotros, o comprometiéndose en la construcción de una sociedad más justa. Hoy Dios nos acucia para que velemos, para que no dejemos escapar la oportunidad de “vivir nuestra vida” con plenitud. Dios nos regala a raudales su Amor, viene a nuestra vida y quiere aprovechemos a tope los dones que nos da. Estamos a tiempo de hacer que nuestra vida merezca la pena. Continue reading


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Journey Through Advent:

Liturgical Cycle B Get the most out of Advent by following along with Bishop Robert Barron’s homilies as he unpacks these profound scripture readings. The homilies presented on this CD will correspond to the Scriptures for Sunday Masses throughout Advent and Christmas 2017. Prepare your heart for His coming!


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St Joseph Christmas Flowers

St Joseph Christmas Decoration Donation Please help us celebrate the birth of our Lord this Christmas by providing a beautiful worship place. In the pews are envelopes to put your Christmas decoration donation. If you would like to honor a loved one, put their name on the envelope and we will include it in our Christmas bulletin. Envelopes should be returned in the collection by December 10. Thank you and Merry Christmas!


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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. …

https://zenit.org/articles/angelus-address-on-the-feast-of-the-immaculate-conception/