St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

Jesus is the reason for the Season! Where would we be if it were not for Him!? – The novena begins Thursday, November 30, on St. Andrew’s Feast Day. It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) until Christmas, will obtain what is asked. Thank you Jesus for becoming one of us!

Here is the 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.


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Our Lady of Guadelupe

hp_Guadalupe_08Our Lady of Guadalupe Events The Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe is taking place every evening from Dec 3 to Dec 11, at 6:00pm in St Mary Church (en Español). All are welcome!
On the last day of the Novena, Monday, December 12, the Morning Song will be at 5:00am, in St Mary Church, with a light breakfast afterward in Richter Hall. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7:00pm with a celebration in Richter Hall following the Mass.
Las Posadas will be held Friday, December 16 through Saturday, December 24, at 6:00pm, in Richter Hall.


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All Souls Day Mass

There is an envelope in your packet for All Souls Masses. Please list your intentions on the back and return it as soon as possible. All the deceased members of the parishes from the past year will be honored at the 8:00am, 5:30pm and 7:00pm (Spanish) Masses on Nov. 2. A form for candles is in the back of the church. You may purchase a candle in memory of other deceased loved ones. PLEASE HAVE YOUR ORDER WITH PAYMENT TURNED IN BY OCTOBER 22!


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100th Anniversary of Our Lady of Fatima

100th Anniversary Our Lady of Fatima Come and honor Our Lady of Fatima by joining the Rosary Crusade to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun on Saturday, October 14. We will meet at St Joseph Church where a procession begins at 11:45am to the Madonna Renewal Center,1209 S Walnut, or meet us there at noon at where the celebration continues.


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Novena to the Holy Spirit Begins Today

We begin the Novena to the Holy Spirit asking for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit. The Novena will be leading up to Pentecost Sunday, which is the day the Apostles were given the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit empowered the Apostles to preach the Good News, to heal physical ailments, to raise the dead and to baptize thousands into the Church Jesus founded.

The Holy Spirit has given Himself to all those who have been baptized. This novena is a great way to renew that gift in you. Ask Him to live in you anew.

A limited amount of Novena booklets are on the heat registers in St Joseph Church. Or you can go on this link for the Novena:

https://www.ewtn.com/devotionals/pentecost/seven.htm


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Merry Christmas!

A cradle Catholic once said, “Wouldn’t it be great if God actually came down to earth and walked with us and worked just like us and experienced everything we do?” It wasn’t till after he said this that he realized God already thought of it. It was such a great idea, God actually did it! It wasn’t till after that person said it that he realized the depth of the meaning of Christmas. Continue reading