St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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There will be a four-night parish mission at St. Mary beginning Friday, March 16, from 6:30-8:30pm. Topics will be: (1) Prayer (2) Mass (3) Passion Talk/Confession (4) Adoration and Healing. These topics are based on Fr. Larry Richards’ DVDs. Please mark it on your calendars. More information will be forthcoming and posted in the Church Bulletin. Please plan on joining us for these inspiring evenings!

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Questions and Answers About Lent and Lenten Practices

Q. Why do we say that there are forty days of Lent? When you count all the days from Ash Wednesday through Holy Saturday, there are 46.
A. It might be more accurate to say that there is the “forty day fast within Lent.” Historically, Lent has varied from a week to three weeks to the present configuration of 46 days. The forty day fast, however, has been more stable. The Sundays of Lent are certainly part of the Time of Lent, but they are not prescribed days of fast and abstinence.
Q. So does that mean that when we give something up for Lent, such as candy, we can have it on Sundays? …

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Action of Mercy Box!

During Lent we usually give up something or choose to do something positive. I this year of mercy we should be thinking of good things we can do to help others. The catholic Church teaches us about the corporal works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy. 

These works or actions are a way we can thank Jesus and give back to Him what little we can (Mt 25: 31-40). What are your action/s of mercy that you have done or will do for Jesus? Please write them down and place in the clear containers in church. We will present them to our Lord at the offertory on Divine Mercy Sunday. The goal is to have both containers filled with our actions.

Corporal Works of Mercy:

  • Feeding the Hungry
  • Giving drink to the thirsty
  • Sheltering the Homeless
  • Clothing the Naked
  • Visiting the Sick
  • Visiting the Imprisoned
  • Bury the Dead

Spiritual Works of Mercy:

  • Admonish the Sinner
  • Instructing the Ignorant
  • Counseling the Doubtful
  • Comforting the Sorrowful
  • Bearing Wrongs Patiently
  • Forgiving All Injuries
  • Praying for the Living and the Dead




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Los Frutos de la cuaresma

Descubrir nuestra vocación no es sencillo. Nace de la escucha de Dios que nos habla a través de su Palabra y de otros signos. Algunas personas en las cuales esta palabra se vive progresivamente, después de un largo caminar. Moisés es, un ejemplo de una vocación de este estilo. Sólo después de muchas experiencias llega por fin a comprender qué es lo que quiere Dios de él. Abraham, desde el principio, tiene claro el objetivo de su llamada. Continue reading