St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Remember Your Departed Loved Ones/Remember the Holy Souls

Throughout the month of November, the Church encourages us to help a particular group of souls who can’t help themselves: the Holy Souls in Purgatory. They are the souls of the faithful who have died and are being purified before they are able to enter into the glory of Heaven. …
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Parish Bulletins on our Parish App

The new Parish App offers quick access to current and past bulletins. Want to knwo what is going on in our parish right away. Just take a quick look at our parish bulletin in our parish app.

To download the Parish App on your smartphone just text the word, App to 88202.


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Prayer for our Priests and Religious

We have so much to be grateful for; our family, friends and our parish. Jesus has been so generous to have given us many priests and religious to help us as we grew to become the people we are today. Now is our time to pray for them and for new men and women to join the ranks of such holy people to continue to be an inspiration to us and our families. We will begin a Novena for Holy Vocations on Friday, December 29, ending on January 7, the Feast Day of the Epiphany. On that day, we will begin to pray for Holy Vocations at the end of every Mass.


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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!