St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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One Day Left

One more day and Christmas is here! Depending on when you read this, it may be only hours away or have already come! I hope you have benefited from this Advent season in preparation for the coming of Jesus. If not, there is still time to invite Jesus into your home and hearts.

Maybe you can do it before you go to bed on Christmas Eve. The night Jesus is born, you can welcome Him into your home. If you do not know what to say, just say: Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping! 1/2 price sale!

Just in time for Christmas! Everything 50% off! Furniture, Games, Knick Knacks, Christmas Decorations, Dishes, Blankets, Craft Supplies and much more! Some new, or gently used. All priced to sell! Madonna Renewal Center – 1509 Walnut St. Friday, Dec. 15, 8-4 and Saturday, Dec. 16, 8-12

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St Mary Christmas Flowers

Did you know the spiritual benefits of the flowers can go to a person of your choosing when you order your Christmas flowers? The decorations for Christmas benefit many who come here for the Christmas season. It inspires people in faith. The gratitude Jesus has for your gift can go towards the person of your choosing. What a great way to give twice. It is a great way to give to those who are no longer with us.

To order your Christmas Flowers look for the order form insert in the bulletin this week. There will also be forms left at the back of the church. Please have your orders turned in by December 12!

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Jesus is the reason for the Season! Where would we be if it were not for Him!? – The novena begins Thursday, November 30, on St. Andrew’s Feast Day. It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) until Christmas, will obtain what is asked. Thank you Jesus for becoming one of us!


HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.