St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Why Do We Do That? Catholic Traditions Explained

Question: Why do we celebrate Catechetical Sunday?
Answer: The mission of the church reflects the mission of Jesus to teach, preach, heal, and forgive. Through these acts, Jesus shares the good news of salvation and invites all people to share in the life and love of God. The church continues this mission in all its ministries, but especially, and perhaps most importantly, through catechesis.
We will celebrate Catechetical Sunday next week. The task of handing on the Gospel is entrusted to the whole community, who by word and example, form young and new members in the way of the Gospel. Parish programs assist parents in teaching the basics of faith through liturgical experience, instruction, and faith formation. This ministry is essential for the parish to grow, for individuals to develop as believers, and for the ongoing spiritual formation of the whole community. It reminds the church that preaching the Gospel and growing in faith are essential to our sacramental practice and our liturgical prayer. On this Sunday, we recognize those who are called to be teachers and ask for God’s blessing and grace.

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One-Day Parish Mission

St Mary and St Joseph Parishes will be having a one-day parish mission on Sunday evening, March 13 at 5:30pm in St Joseph Church.

Fr David Peck will be the speaker. Fr Peck is a compassionate priest who has a true love for Jesus and His people. He will be giving a reflection on forgiveness.

Fr Peck is from St John Newman Church in St Charles, IL. This is the same parish that gave $10,000 to help St Mary Church pay off some debt. We are so grateful for Fr Peck’s and St John Newman’s support.

This event will fulfill the requirements for parents who have children receiving their first communion this year.

Here is Fr Peck’s  web site.

For his biography click: 

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RE Confessions this Saturday

9028THE-DIVINE-MERCY-JESUS-APPEARING-TO-SAINT-FAUSTINA-ON-FEB-22-1931Confessions for the Religious Education (RE) children is this Saturday at 10:30am in St Mary church. Parents are welcome to go to confession. What a great way to teach your children the importance of this great sacrament.
I encourage parents to share with your children the benefits you receive from going to confession.

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Birthday Cards for Jesus

This year we will have the children make Birthday Cards for Jesus in the Religious Education Program. These children will be able to bring their birthday cards up to Jesus during the Masses celebrated for Christmas (Christmas Eve and Christmas Day). If any children would like to bring their birthday cards up to Jesus during Mass on Christmas, they may do so with the other children. Happy Birthday Jesus!

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Religious Education Penance Service


All students (from 3rd grade and up) in the RE program are required to be at the communal penance service this Saturday, November 22 in St Joseph Church. It will be held at 10:30am. Parents are welcome to go to confession. See you there!

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Holy Family Community Center

Its Past, Present, and Future in Revitalizing Our Faith Community

Remembering this post on our website dated July 20, 2012?

Holy Family Community Center – Pig Roast in May 2012

The Pig Roast was a great success. The pig was huge! We also had two turkeys and a chicken. We had plenty of food to pass. We followed the food with a ceremony. As we discussed the event, the Parish Council at St Mary’s wanted to thank the St Joseph parishioners for the gift. They decided they wanted to invite them to the pig roast. But that was not enough. Many St Mary parishioners wanted to rename the Parish Center in honor of St Joseph Parish. St Mary and St Joseph goes together. The holy couple does not make any sense without the child, Jesus; we decided on Holy Family Parish Center. We welcome Jesus, Mary and Joseph to our community and center. The Parishioners also wanted to honor Fr Norb Richter who has served there during his retirement. So we named the main hall, “Richter Hall”. There is a picture of him in the hall above the water fountain.

Slightly over two years later (July 16, 2014), we Honored Fr. Camacho at a celebration to mark the 35th year of his ordination with a potluck feast where over 200 celebrated with food and dance. See it on YouTube at

Community Center’s Two Years of Service – Even BEFORE it was finished

In between 2012 and now we’ve put this building to many uses: after church ice cream social, Light of the World weekend retreat (twice); movie/film viewings, various community planning and fellowship meetings, soup kitchen outreach, Sunday afternoon Festival of Faith, God Is (Saturday seminar); Bible study classes, community meal events — too numerous to recount – miscellaneous gatherings of over 100 people that needed food service included—mostly all for free or else for a very affordable price, nobody was to be left out because of mere money.  Continue reading