St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Just Jesus and Me is a Lie

Fr Barr explains how Jesus came to die on the cross for us, but His ministry was to establish His Church for our good. As the Bible says in Genesis; “It is not good for man to be alone” (2:18). God established His Church to be a means of grace for each other. You are the Body of Christ. You are a means of grace to each other as well as the hierarchy and the sacraments.


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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading


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Scholarships to Aquin

Aquin logoIllinois’ New Investment in Kids An Aquin Catholic School Education Could Be Possible The State of Illinois has passed the Invest in Kids Act— a new way for families to receive scholarships for those who choose to attend Catholic schools like Aquin in Freeport. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100% of tuition for the next school year for those who qualify. Apply for financial support through Empower Illinois @ empowerillinois.org. Scholarships will be granted on a first come first serve basis. Empower Illinois will begin accepting applications on January 24, 2018. Visit empowerillinois.org early and often to be one of the first to apply!
For more information: Contact Mrs. Rosemarie Brubaker at the Aquin Catholic Schools – rosemarie.brubaker@aquinschools.org or 815-235-3154.
Come and See if Aquin Catholic Schools is Right for Your Family! Next Parent Open House: – February 1, 2018 or Call us at 815-235-3154 to set up a tour. Email : aquinschools.org
Want to Donate to the Fund for a Tax Credit? Beginning January 2, 2018, you can donate to the Invest in Kids Act Scholarship and receive a state income tax credit of 75%. Visit: empowerillinois.org for a step-by-step guide about the program.


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Our Sisters Need our Help

I just got this email this morning from Coleen Fenn. If anybody could be generous enough to help these lovely ladies. There is a lot more than the boiler that needs to be fixed at the convent. Any help would be greatly appreciated. 

Good morning. This recent frigid weather has been a nuisance for many of us, but our beautiful blue nuns have been especially affected. The boiler which heats their convent has died and no repair can bring it back to life. They have worked out a deal with an area supplier to have a new boiler installed, but the cost is close to $16,000. As you may or may not know, these wonderful women are not assisted by the diocese. They make their living just like all of us, working in our communities. This expense has put a terrible strain on their already meager budget. If you can assist monetarily or through prayer, this would be greatly appreciated. If you would like to contribute and assist them to pay this bill, please send your check to; IHM Sisters 1209 S. Walnut Ave Freeport Ill 61032. Please share this information with everyone you know. Lets show them that we appreciate their presence in our community.

God Bless You.


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Bible, Acts of the Apostles 2

In the last article starting the Acts of the Apostles, we discovered how the Apostles assumed the authority Jesus established in them. Just by a casting of Peter’s shadow, which would be considered superstitious or idolatry by denominations, is a means of God’s Grace, chosen by God. The authority of the Apostles is real and is lived and experienced by the people. It was something celebrated by the people. The hierarchy of the Church is well under way and common knowledge in its time. Continue reading