St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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FORMED now Available for our Parishioners

FORMED is a Catholic Service that lets you view many catholic books, audios, Movies and various studies about the Catholic faith. They contain video studies about each of the sacraments, the bible and various Catholic Teachings. Now we have many movies about the saints and audios to listen to on your way to work. Can’t get to bed at night? We have many books you can read about the faith or if you just simply need a source of inspiration, FORMED has it for you.


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Why Is There Hell? What You Should Know About It!

(This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
In this moving study on hell, Dr. Scott Hahn shares what scripture teaches about why hell is necessary. What it is like? Who goes there? How can you stay out forever? He explains why Lucifer refused to serve and then responds from a scriptural perspective to the most seductive modern errors about hell. Included are two bonus excerpts from Dr. Hahn’s talk, The Healing Power of Confession.
Parishioner Comments This is a great CD! It gives the theological basis for hell. For me, it also highlighted the need for continued conversion throughout life. Chad – St. Michael, MN
This scriptural approach to the reasons for hell is challenging and enlightening. It put the love of God in our hearts, not fear. Grass Roots Prayer Group – NY


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PEW SURVEY RESULTSfrom the Be Bold Be Catholic (BBBC) Team

BBBC MISSION: We the Catholic parish communities of Freeport, Illinois, commit to bring all souls to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.
Dear Parishioners:
We, the BBBC Team, thank you for the Pew Survey feedback and your patience. There are currently nine active members under the direction of Fr. Timothy Barr that have been working toward understanding and organizing those results.
As a reminder, there were four questions on the Pew Survey, as follows:
What can your Parish community do to better serve your needs?
• How can your Parish community help you come closer to Jesus’ mercy and love?
• Do you think sharing your time and talent would help you come closer to Jesus? How, or why not?
Are there ministries in which you would like to participate? Circle Yes or No. Please state the name or type of ministry you would like to participate in.
Results/Findings Continue reading


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Pope’s Morning Homily: You Can’t Follow Jesus Standing Still

You can’t follow Jesus standing still….

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis stressed this to faithful during his daily morning Mass at Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the Gospel account of the paralytic who is lowered from the roof of the house where Jesus is teaching.

Important Thing: Follow

Francis highlighted how people follow Jesus out of self interest or because they are looking for comfort, conceding that even if no intention is totally pure or perfect, the important thing is to follow Jesus. …

https://zenit.org/articles/popes-morning-homily-you-cant-follow-jesus-standing-still/


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 6

It takes supernatural faith to go out and help others in these times when we ourselves are dealing with financial burdens. This is the kind of stuff saints are made of. These days are opportunities to come closer to Jesus in ways that otherwise one could not. It is through our trials in the darkness that we become a brighter light. Continue reading


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 4

Many Catholics are reluctant to witness about their faith. We have an image in our minds of those who go door to door and tell people that they are going to hell unless they come to their church. This is far from what Catholics do. To witness for Jesus is to tell your story of how Jesus has entered into your life and helped you. Continue reading