St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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A Community of Hope

God called Isiah to bring hope to God’s people. We are called to bring hope to others as an institution and as a community.


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Jesus Serves Us

One reading from the Gospels that always makes me stop and think for a moment is Luke 12:35-37. It states, “Be dressed in readiness, and keep your lamps alight and be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding feast, so that they may immediately open the door to him when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those slaves whom the master shall find on the alert when he comes; truly I say to you, that he will gird himself to serve, and have them recline at the table, and will come up and wait on them.” Continue reading


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St Mary Church Debt Elimination

I know many people have questions about the money situation for St Mary Church. St Mary Church currently has a debt of about $237,000. Because we do not make enough to pay our bills, we are looking at a deeper debt by next July. Some parishioners have come together with me to start a debt elimination strategy. Debt does not go away by itself; there must be a plan, and we need everyone to help. Continue reading


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 3

Keeping the light of faith lit takes work and help from our neighbor. We grow in faith by sharing our faith in word and action. The more we share, the stronger our faith becomes. It starts with our interior thoughts about our faith. Then we share what is good and helps what keeps the faith alive in our hearts. We all need a witness of God’s goodness once in a while. We need to hear the stories of little triumphs to help us realize God is there and does listen to our prayers. Continue reading