St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Light of the World Retreat

Do you feel like you’re trying to follow Christ, but need support in your everyday life?

Come to the Light Of The World retreat and you will have the opportunity to be supported with the Catholic Teachings and Values. Experience the renewal of the Holy Spirit!!! All are welcome!! There are 2 weeks left to register.  

Friday, May 3 • 6:00pm-9:00pm
Saturday, May 4 • 8:30am-7:00pm
Sunday, May 5 • 8:30am-6:30pm
Monday, May 6 • 6:00pm-9:00pm

Registration is open. To Register contact the Parish office 815-232-8271, or Angela Chamberlin, 815-990-1637.


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Symbolism in the Church #9

In St Joseph Church, there is a special feature that you would not find in many places. Above the tabernacle, where many times we place a crucifix, is what is called a rotunda. It is part of the façade of the reredos that changes according to the season. I call it a rotunda because in the reredos, the rotunda spins around to show three different facades: one for ordinary time, one for advent and lent, and another for Christmas and Easter time. So the rotunda adds to the diversity of the reredos to apply to the various times of the year. When we first got this high altar and reredos in 2011, it had many different layers of paint on it. These layers were carefully taken off in order to find out what the original design of the painting was. This is what we attempted to paint on it. There were a few adaptations to it, but for the most part it was done the same way it was originally painted for St Mary’s Church in Dubuque, which is now closed. Continue reading


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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is quite clear in his message: “bear fruit or be cut down.” This Lent we are called to cultivate and fertilize our spiritual lives through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

THROUGH YOUR ALMSGIVING TO ST VINCENT de PAUL, YOU ARE PERFORMING A GOOD WORK. CHOOSING TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING WILL FILL YOUR HEART WITH THE BLESSING OF JESUS.


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You are invited!

May 3-6, 2019 will be the next Light of the World Retreat at the Holy Family Community Center. Many of you have been waiting patiently for this event, and the date has finally been set.
This retreat is highly recommended and very effective in evangelization and renewal in our Parishes. If you are still on the fence in regards to attending, pray on it and your prayers will be answered. Watch
the bulletin for more details.


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MRC Spaghetti Dinner 2019

IHM Sisters and the MRC Family wish to express their sincere gratitude to Father Barr and our beloved St Joseph-St Mary Parishes for all the support we received for our Mission. The Spaghetti Dinner was a huge success thanks to all of you. The desserts, and turning out in your numbers despite the biting cold, meant so much to us. We served about 475 dinners and netted over $1,000.00 in donations. Thank you for always being there for us. May the good Lord reward you abundantly. — Sister Theo


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Lent Almsgiving

This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to
the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find
envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul
label. According to custom, you are asked to make a
sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one
and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving
offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society
of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU.
Thank you for your generosity.