St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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International Appeal

Thank you to all who brought their envelopes with them this weekend to donate to the Diocesan International Appeal. If you forgot yours, you can still bring it next weekend and place it in the offering basket. If you did not receive an envelope in the mail, there are a few available in the back of church. Thank you for your generosity!!


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Holy Thursday Collection

Holy Thursday Collection Two years ago, we began a tradition of giving the Holy Thursday collection to a family or organization in need of assistance. The recipients for the past two years have been the Dailey & Kornfeind families. This year’s recipient will be the Hope for Haitians project. Thank you for your kindness!


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Blood Drive

 A great way to begin our Holy week observances. Jesus so willingly shed his blood for us, will you do the same for our community? The Rock River Valley Blood Mobile will be parked in the back of St Joseph Church on Wednesday, March 28, from 2:00pm-7:00pm. Sign- up sheets are in the back of the church, however, walk-ins are welcome! Please call Colleen at 815-275-6378 with any questions.


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If You Give Everything, You’ll Gain Everything

Fr. Dwight Longenecker
Being brought up in a Bible-believing Protestant home, I had to memorize verses from the King James Version of the Bible. I’m glad I did. Not only did I learn God’s word by heart, but the words were written in my heart. They’re in there. Down deep.
One of the verse I had to learn was, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” It is a question of priorities, and it is really very simple: Put God first and everything else falls into its proper place. Put God first and you shall have all things according to their worth.
The converse is therefore also true: Put something else first and you will lose all things, and the surprising thing is that you will eventually also lose the thing that you put first. Here are some examples:

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/if-you-give-everything-youll-gain-everything


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Gratitude in Doing God’s Work

Haven’t you ever noticed how people who give of their time, especially to those in need, say that they get more out of it than what they give? Is that just a nice cliché or is it really true? If it is true, how so? What do they mean by that anyway? Continue reading


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The Pearl

I remember when I moved into Wonder Lake, before I went into the seminary, I built my house in a neighborhood closer to Rt 120. My neighbors across the street were very nice to me. They called me “the next day neighbor”. I cheated a little on building my house; it was a pre-made home from Pittsville, Wisconsin. My neighbors were very welcoming. When I asked my neighbor across the street where the nearest Catholic Church was, they responded that I would have to go to one of the neighboring towns. I figured since they grew up there, that was the best place to start. Two weeks later I found a Catholic Church right in town. Oops! Continue reading


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Go Fund Me is here! MRC

The Madonna Renewal Center is now excited to announce that we have a Go Fund Me account. We are on our way to more opportunities for those who would like to donate to our cause to help women in need. This is from our beautiful website from Gofundme. It has a great video and explanation of what this campaign is for. …

Make a tax deductible donation:

Go Fund Me is here!