St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Symbolism in St Joseph Church #4

God sheds his grace upon us in many colors, symbolized in the colors we see when the sun shines through the windows. Real stained glass is getting more and more rare. Real stained glass is actually what it says it is, glass that is stained, or has the color in the glass. The more modern “stained glass” may have a backdrop color in the glass, but then they spray paint on top of it to give it its shading effect. This allows for more detail in making images in a time where the true art of making the windows is almost all lost. Look closely at the stained glass in any old church. It is nearly impossible to have the same glass replaced.
In the old days the glass was stained by hand, making it very difficult to match. Even the same piece of glass may have different parts of it with different intensities of that color. Stained glass can vary in thickness, giving it a different look as well. Consistency was very hard to keep in stained glass. When we look at this stained glass, we see the uniformity and consistency of all the glass. In fact, we can see it in the very building. Continue reading


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2022: 150 Years of the St Joseph Church Building

It is hard to imagine, in the year 2022, less than four years from now will be the 150-year anniversary of the St Joseph church building. Just ten years after the official founding of St Joseph parish community, the people of the parish built the church we have today. This community has seen a lot of changes in the world since that time: cars, planes, electricity, phones, computers, and space travel. America looks quite different too. From Jesse James, the purchase of major lands from Mexico, to putting an American flag on the moon, a Catholic president and a German pope. Freeport has changed too. Lots of hard work gave way to prosperity. Now we experience the hard times on Freeport and its residents. Families built this church; many are still here, and many are not. Continue reading


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The Bible: Lamentations and Baruch

The book of Lamentations is one of the shorter books of the Bible, five chapters long. It was written lamenting the fall of Jerusalem which happened in 587 BC. It was an eyewitness account of all the hardships Jerusalem and its remaining inhabitants suffered. They were decimated. Many times it accounts that they were merely skin and bones. So much were they starving that Mothers would cook their dead children to eat (Lam 2:20 & 4:10). This happened again as it is accounted after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD which was predicted by Jesus (Mt 24:2). Continue reading


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Divine Mercy Special

This Sunday marks Divine Mercy Sunday.

For the occasion, Zenit decided to take an inside look at how the image of merciful Jesus in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius was depicted by artist Eugeniusz Kazimirowski in secret under the supervision of Saint Faustina and Blessed Father Michal Sopocko.

Born in Poland in 1905, Maria Faustina Kowalska belonged to the Order of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy. After the Polish nun received the Message of Divine Mercy from the Lord on various occasions in the 1930s, she spearheaded this project.

 

DIVINE MERCY SPECIAL: The Story of the Painting of Vilnius: St. Faustina to Pope Francis


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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.

 


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Holy Mary, Mother of God

This year we have an unusual weekend. January first is the Feast Day of Holy Mary, Mother of God, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Sundays normally trump the feast days, but not this one. The Church, in her wisdom, discerned that this day is more important. Why? Is Mary more important? Continue reading