St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Gratitude in Doing God’s Work

Haven’t you ever noticed how people who give of their time, especially to those in need, say that they get more out of it than what they give? Is that just a nice cliché or is it really true? If it is true, how so? What do they mean by that anyway? Continue reading


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Prayer

When reviewing the surveys we took a little over a month ago, one request was to learn more about prayer and how to pray. There are many aspects to prayer, so I will do articles on prayer from time to time.

There is no real book that is meant for all, other than the Bible. Prayer, and our life in prayer, is different for every person. God reveals himself to each person in a different way. Most people expect that priests know everything about prayer. But there are things that you know about God that I do not. That is because your relationship with God is different than mine, or anybody else’s. God offers each and every one of us a unique relationship with Him. Continue reading


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A Community of Hope

God called Isiah to bring hope to God’s people. We are called to bring hope to others as an institution and as a community.


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Pew Survey Next Weekend

Be Bold, Be Catholic will be doing a pew survey next weekend. The purpose of the survey is to help the community of St Joseph and St Mary help serve you and others better. We want the answers to be well thought through so we can make quality decisions. We would not want to make changes that really would not benefit the community. We want your time in answering these questions to be time well worth it. We have such a diversity of people with a diversity of needs that we have not yet been aware of. Please help us be aware of your needs. At the same time, are you willing to help others fulfill their needs? We will need help in serving the people of God. It takes hands, feet, heads and hearts to help Jesus do His work here in Freeport. The plan will be to see what we can do and get up and running the easiest or quickest, and then develop a plan to see what we can do for everything else.

 

Because we do not want to waste your time or ours, I will be giving you the questions here in this article so you have time to think about what would be truly helpful. Take it home and mull over it for a while, bring it to adoration or pray the rosary about it. The questions we have are as follows: Continue reading


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 5

Some people are afraid of giving a witness because they may think of giving away big dark secrets. This is not what witnessing is about. You only need to give instances that illustrate how you came closer to Jesus. It does make you vulnerable in one sense. People get to know you. They see you as a person. That is good. You simply want to share with them a positive experience of faith. So it is somewhat personal, but not like something that only your best friend or family members would know. There is an appropriateness in witnessing. Continue reading