St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Epiphany

Today we celebrate the Feast day of the Epiphany. Out of curiosity, I looked up the definition of epiphany outside the meaning that Jesus gives to the meaning of this word. One dictionary said, “a moment of sudden revelation or insight” and another added, “an appearance or manifestation, especially of a deity”. In the latter definition, we understand that a physical manifestation happens. In the first definition, what happens is in the mind. Continue reading


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Mother of Jesus is Our Mother

8am Mass in St Mary Church

10:30am Mass in St Joseph Church


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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


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Pope Invites Homeless People to Be Great Teachers in Society

Pope Invites Homeless People to Be Great Teachers in Society


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Pope: ‘In World Thirsty for Peace, Let Us Allow Olympic Games to Inspire Us’

Pope: ‘In World Thirsty for Peace, Let Us Allow Olympic Games to Inspire Us’