St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Christmas Shopping! 1/2 price sale!

Just in time for Christmas! Everything 50% off! Furniture, Games, Knick Knacks, Christmas Decorations, Dishes, Blankets, Craft Supplies and much more! Some new, or gently used. All priced to sell! Madonna Renewal Center – 1509 Walnut St. Friday, Dec. 15, 8-4 and Saturday, Dec. 16, 8-12


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How Tender Is God’s Love

According to Vatican Radio, Pope Francis gave this reminder today, Dec. 14, 2017, during his daily morning Mass in his residence Casa Santa Marta, as he reflected on the day’s first reading from the Book of the Prophet Isaiah and the psalm where God says of himself: “… his tenderness expands over all creatures”.
Isaiah presents an image of a God who speaks to us as a father with his child, “imitating his voice to make it as similar as possible to his, and who”reassures the child: Do not be afraid. I will come to your need.”
“God makes us promises of joy, of a great…

Santa Marta: How Tender Is God’s Love


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St Vincent DePaul Free Luncheon

This coming Saturday, December 16, the St Vincent de Paul Society will hold their third free lunch of the season. They will be serving lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. To volunteer your help or to donate items for the lunch, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. God Bless you for helping those who have little this Season!


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Lighthouse CD Series, The Truth

(This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
What is the meaning of life? Fr. Larry Richards tackles life’s biggest question with straightforward, timeless, and often jolting answers. In this one-of-a-kind, life-affirming reality check, he unlocks the mysteries of our existence and opens our hearts and souls to the meaning of life. The Truth will give you concrete answers on how to live.
Parishioner Comments

This was probably the most beneficial CD our family has ever heard! It had a profound effect on several family members and I will be forever grateful!! Toni – Peachtree City, GA
I work in the Prison Ministry for Spanish inmates, and Fr. Larry’s presentation has provided me with great material to share in my ministry.

Esteban 


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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

 Are you interested in a peaceful, meditative and spiritual uplift during the holidays by doing something for someone else through prayer? The Novena begins on November 30, (the month of all souls, and the feast day of St. Andrew), and it ends on December 24. It is piously believed that whoever does this will obtain what is asked. What a beautiful way to pray for someone special, a relative, a friend, or holy soul in Purgatory. Just believe. If you devoutly pray for a poor holy soul, Christ grants them entrance into the Eden of Heaven on HIS birthday, December 25. What a great gift for that poor soul. It is said if you help a holy soul, that soul will never forget you, and that soul will pray and will always be there for you. Pretty neat don’t you think? Here is the Novena:

adoration of the maji by paolo
 (CHRISTMAS NOVENA)

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.