St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Confessional Being Built

If you have noticed, in the back of St Mary Church there is a confessional being built. Some people have donated money and designated it be used for a new confessional, so it comes at no cost for this parish community. Praise God we have such generous people. We hope to have it done by Holy Week, but I do have many things on the schedule.


This also makes a great opportunity to stress the importance of going to confession. It is one of the greatest gifts that we have. God’s mercy is only a confession away. It is more important than everything we have. If the Church does not have the forgiveness we find in confession, then we do not have much. Its power comes from the cross and sets us free. It is the kind of freedom money cannot buy. The confessional is the place where evil is conquered by love, justice gives way to mercy and sinner is reconciled to the Divine. The money spent on building such a holy space is well worth the grace received.