St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Mary, Mother of God

10:30am Mass (1.1.19):

8am Mass (1.1.19):

4pm Vigil Mass (12.31.18):

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‘Church Denounces Anti-Semitism in All Its Forms,’ Pope Tells Anti-Defamation League

The Church denounces Anti-Semitism in all its forms, noting it is “completely contrary to Christian principles and every vision worthy of the human person.”

Pope Francis stressed this to a delegation from the Anti-Defamation League, an organization which has maintained relations with the Holy See since the Second Vatican Council, which he received this morning in the Vatican’s Apostolic Palace.

Founded in 1913, the Anti-Defamation League’s goal was “to stop the defamation of the Jewish people and to secure justice and fair treatment to all.” Now, according to the civil rights/human relations agency’s website, ADL fights anti-Semitism and all forms of bigotry, defends democratic ideals and protects civil rights for all. …

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‘Sports Are to Be Training Ground for Virtue,’ Says Pope

Pope Francis encouraged this in his appeal toward the end of today’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square this morning, recalling that today marks the Third International Day of Sport for Development and Peace, proclaimed by the United Nations. …

‘Sports Are to Be Training Ground for Virtue,’ Says Pope

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Thank God He Has Risen!

In the crucifixion, Jesus proved His love for us. He was willing to die a gruesome death so that we may be saved. None of this would have taken effect if He had not proved that He has the power to save us and would save us. This proof is in the resurrection. That is why as Catholics, we view the death and resurrection as one act of salvation. Without the resurrection, we would never know of his power to save and without the death, there would have been no saving act. Continue reading

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‘Mother Teresa, Accompany Your Martyr Daughters in Heaven’

Pope Francis has prayed for Mother Teresa to accompany in Heaven the four Missionaries of Charity murdered in Yemen. …

‘Mother Teresa, Accompany Your Martyr Daughters in Heaven’

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Holy Hour and Healing Servce

This is the First Friday of the month. We will have the Holy Hour and Healing service in St Joseph Church at 4:30pm instead of the normal 5pm time. All are welcome and join us in adoration. You need not be Catholic to adore our Lord Jesus. This holy hour focuses especially on those who may need physical, spiritual or emotion healing. If a person cannot attend, another person may stand in their place and ask for the healing of that person.

After the Holy Hour we will meditate on the Stations of the Cross at 5:30pm.