St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Movie Night; Full of Grace

Friday night’s Movie Night will feature the movie “Full of Grace” It is a movie about Mary and the Apostles after Jesus has ascended into heaven. It is coming close to the end of Mary’s life and the apostles are dealing with some decisions they have to make for the Church.

Come watch the movie with us at the Holy Family Community Center This Friday at 7pm in the Holy Family Community Center.

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St. Faustina Actress Interviewed By WFRL Radio

Freeport Illinois-  Maria Vargo of Saint Luke Productions was recently interviewed by Sherry Gibson of local radio station WFRL, Freeport. We are grateful to WFRL for granting this interview and it is with pleasure that we present it below.

Faustina: Messenger of Divine Mercy, a live one-woman production performed by actress Maria Vargo of Saint Luke Productions, will be presented in St. Joseph Church on Sunday, March 5th at 4:00 p.m. Experience this timely and gripping drama of Saint Faustina whose personal encounters with Jesus have inspired a world-wide devotion to Christ’s Divine Mercy. The production is suitable for ages 13 and up.  Continue reading

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Looking Forward

As we look forward to the future of these parishes, we ask God to help us discern what His will is for us as individuals and as a community. Jesus has given us His mission; to bring others closer to Jesus. But what does that mean? It takes time to listen to God and discern the specifics of His plan for us.

Prayer and meditation are the first things we should avail ourselves to. When we come to Mass or adoration, this should be one of our intentions; to discover God’s will for us, especially in this community. Pay attention to what God has put into your heart. Do you find yourself thinking about helping in one way or another while at Mass, adoration or praying the rosary? Can you envision yourself bringing communion to the homebound or helping in the liturgy? Maybe helping the poor? Maybe using your skills in a ministry not yet developed? How is God calling you to participate in this community? What you discern directly affects this community. Continue reading

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God’s Goodness Toward Us

Taking from last week’s bulletin article, God is Good! God is God and we are not. His authority over us is absolute. You have heard me say that is a good thing (Psalm 2). If humanity can influence God in such a way, that would mean that bad people could influence God in such a way. God cannot be deceived, but we can. Continue reading