St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Mary, Mother of God

10:30am Mass (1.1.19):

8am Mass (1.1.19):

4pm Vigil Mass (12.31.18):


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He Has Freed us From Slavery to Sin and Death


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Everyday Stewardship

Recognize God In Your Ordinary Moments Life was not always easy with my father when I was growing up. Let’s just say he made many decisions along the way that led to fear, anger, and sadness for my family and me. Unfortunately, I was the only one in the family that would years later truly forgive him for his actions. My mother and sister held onto the resentment and anger they felt all their lives. For my father and me, reconciliation led to several years of a deepening relationship before his passing in 2011.
Forgiveness is not easy and I do not consider myself better or stronger because I was able to forgive and my family members could not. However, I can say that the blessings I received due to forgiveness and a renewed relationship with my father were far better than the animosity experienced by others. I also learned that forgiveness benefited me far more than my father.
As good stewards of time, we must realize that each passing day will never come again. What we do with that time is completely up to us. We can be wise and use it to build bridges, heal wounds, and cultivate love where there is hate. We can also choose to waste time in fear, resentment, and anger. I thank God often for the gift of my dad. However, I thank God more for the gift of time spent with him and the ability to see him not with my human eyes, but with the eyes of Jesus. Tracy Earl Welliver, MTS


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Hope

One of the parts of the Mass that I love is after the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ. It is where the priest says, “To us, also, your servants, who, though sinners, hope in your abundant mercies…” What strikes me is not just the words the priest speaks, but also the actions he takes in our worship. Continue reading