St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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4pm Christmas Eve Mass:


10:30am Christmas Day Mass:

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Pope Gives 400 Sleeping Bags to Rome’s Homeless

Rome, December 18, 2014

Most people celebrate their birthdays by receiving gifts, but Pope Francis did the opposite. To celebrate his 78th birthday on Wednesday, he gave 400 sleeping bags to Rome’s poor.

Some 400 homeless people of Rome now have a sleeping bag with the papal coat of arms on it.

This initiative, as all of the Pope’s charitable endeavors, was organized by Polish Bishop Konrad Krajedwski, the papal almoner.

A group of volunteers of the Swiss Guard handed out 300 sleeping bags, while the remaining 100 were given to Roman institutions working with the underprivileged.

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Birthday Cards for Jesus

This year we will have the children make Birthday Cards for Jesus in the Religious Education Program. These children will be able to bring their birthday cards up to Jesus during the Masses celebrated for Christmas (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). If any children would like to bring their birthday cards up to Jesus during Mass on Christmas, they may do so with the other children. Happy Birthday Jesus!