St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Protecting God’s Children Requirements

This article was published in the bulletin for the weekend of July 15-16.

The month of July starts the tightening of the belt in protecting God’s children in our diocese and throughout the United States. This is all part of the promise the bishops have made to the faithful for accountability, transparency and in making a difference in the safety of our children. The Bishops now ask us to do our part in making the Church the safest place on earth, as it should be. Continue reading


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An interview with Roger and Louise Nilles.

 Louise and Roger Nilles live in a modest home in the shadow of a high rise apartment.  Roger and Louise are a loving couple who have worked tirelessly, over the years, to help others in the community.  There selfless love for family and community is well known.  Because of devastating health problems, they are now the ones in need of a helping hand.  Louise has worked for a local health care facility for over 20 years, but recently her hours have been cut.
Since our previous article…

An interview with Roger and Louise Nilles.


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Questions and Answers

Earlier this year we took a parish survey and had hoped to report the responses right away. The devastating blow of losing Pat and Carlotta Davis delayed our goal, but parishioners from Be Bold, Be Catholic formed a team to tally responses to be sure everyone’s concerns and interests could be addressed. While we wait for this full report, right now we can consider certain questions about the Bible or Catholic teachings, about which many parishioners indicated a strong interest in learning more. Continue reading


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Madonna Renewal Center

The Madonna Renewal Center is the future home for expectant mothers so they may have a warm and nurturing environment to bring their child to birth while they learn how to take care of their child, themselves and give them the ability of being self sufficient.

The Madonna Renewal Center is offering an opportunity for donors to participate in this work of God. They have categorized the donations by rooms of various needs. The chapel has just been done, but there are plenty of these opportunities. Here is how they are broken down.

SUMMARY OF FIRST FLOOR ESTIMATE BY ROOMS. FIRST FLOOR is a General Utility Space for: Prayer, Dining, Consulting, Cooking…

Totals For MAIN HALLWAY …………………………………  $7,386.14

Totals For MECHANICAL ROOM …………………………… $1,764.01

Totals For KITCHEN ………………………………………… $15,763.23 Continue reading


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New Parish App

St Mary and St Joseph Churches have an App! What is an app? App is short for application. It is a program that is downloaded onto a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. The parish app is a small program for all smart phones and tablets that allows the parishioners access to better communication, events, payers, and spiritual life.

 We currently have on our app the church bulletins, calendar of events, daily readings, link to our blog site (web site), prayers, contact info, instant messages on events, reminders when it is your weekend to serve at the Mass, information on the sacraments, and a brief introduction of our staff. We hope to add more information for you, such as the weekend homilies, and teachings of the Church.

You can also download the App by the following instructions:

Text oneinfaith1 to 555888 for Apple devices
Text oneinfaith2 to 555888 for Android devices

You can also find the apps using the following links.
Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weconnect.josephmary
iTunes Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-in-faith-st.-joseph-st./id1182017572?ls=1&mt=8

 To stay connected to our parishes, just do a search on the app store of your device. For Android, it is the “Play Store”. For an iPhone or iPad it is the “App Store”. Do a search on the search bar by typing in, “St Joseph and St Mary Parishes”. The parish app should be close to the top on the list. The icon is a blue triangle with an inner triangle that glows in a different color. When you click on that icon, the left side of the Triangle should say “St. Mary’s” and the right side should say “St. Joseph’s”, while the middle glowing part should say “One in Christ”. This is the correct app, so you can tap on the “Install” button. The app should install onto your smart phone or tablet. A similar screen will pop up with a button that says, “Open”. Tap on the “Open” button and the app program will open.

 

 The services that are current should be in the squares below the circle with the triangle in it. We are working on getting more available to you. One such service is Messages. To keep connected to the community, we suggest you select those areas of communication for which you would like to receive messages for. To do this, you will notice three horizontal lines on the top left corner of the screen. Tap on those lines and a short menu will open. Tap on the “Notifications” tab. These are the selections available for you to receive notifications: Events, Funerals, General, Holiday Mass Schedule, Liturgy Volunteers, Religious Education, Spirituality, and Youth. To turn on or off the notifications for any of the options, simply tap the right side of the screen that corresponds with the service you wish to be notified of. The switch on the screen should turn blue when you turn it on.

 We hope you will enjoy the rest of the app. We will be developing it further and hope to serve you better.


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Lenten Movie Nights

 

LENTEN MOVIE NIGHTS

at

Holy Family Community Center

Friday, March 24….. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“The 13th Day”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

The 13th Day dramatizes the incredible true story of three shepherd children
from the v
illage of Fatima in Portugal who experienced six apparitions with a
“Lady from Heaven” between May and October 1917, which culminated in the
final prophesied miracle
.

Friday, March 31.. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“Full of Grace”

Presented-in English with English/Spanish notes

There is one person in the gospel that had the experience of living thirty years
with Jesus–from birth through His resurrection
: Mary, His Mother. Mary lives
her final earthly days in reflection. This movie is a celebration of faith
.
Friday, April 7.…. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7…..7:00-9:00p.m.

“Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

Steve Ray takes you on an exciting journey to the Roman Empire and the world
of the first Christians. Youll sit at the feet of the apostles, celebrate the
Eucharist in hiding, and tremble at the suffering they endured for Jesus Christ.
Retrace their steps through Israel
, Turkey, France and Italy.