St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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He Has Freed us From Slavery to Sin and Death

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Easter Homily

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O Happy Fault

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Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily

Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis delivered at the Easter Vigil.

“Peter ran to the tomb” (Lk 24:12). What thoughts crossed Peter’s mind and stirred his heart as he ran to the tomb? The Gospel tells us that the eleven, including Peter, had not believed the testimony of the women, their Easter proclamation.   Quite the contrary, “these words seemed to them an idle tale” (v. 11). Thus there was doubt in Peter’s heart, together with many other worries: sadness at the death of the beloved Master and disillusionment for having denied him three times during his Passion. …

Pope’s Easter Vigil Homily

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Family Is the Most Beautiful Thing God Made, Says Pope Francis

Philadelphia, September 26, 2015     

At the World Meeting of Families this evening, Pope Francis left aside his prepared address to speak about the truth, goodness and beauty of God, and the truth, goodness and beauty of families.

After a handful of musical performances and presentations from families representing a variety of places and situations, Pope Francis enthusiastically addressed the crowd to tell them…

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Easter, Resurrection Sunday

5:30pm Mass at St Joseph Church.

8 am Mass at St Mary Church.