St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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FORMED now Available for our Parishioners

FORMED is a Catholic Service that lets you view many catholic books, audios, Movies and various studies about the Catholic faith. They contain video studies about each of the sacraments, the bible and various Catholic Teachings. Now we have many movies about the saints and audios to listen to on your way to work. Can’t get to bed at night? We have many books you can read about the faith or if you just simply need a source of inspiration, FORMED has it for you.


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He Has Freed us From Slavery to Sin and Death


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Acts of the Apostles 3

Last week we looked at how the “Kerygma” (the story of Jesus’ death and resurrection) is the reason for conversion. This is how the Apostles, inspired by the Holy Spirit converted so many people to the faith. We do not need eloquence or some high and lofty programs. All we need is to know the love of God, that He loved us so much, He was willing to come down to us and sacrifice Himself for us. Continue reading


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Pope’s Catechesis on the Heart of the Church

Call the Eucharist the “heart” of the Church, Pope Francis on November 8, 2017, began a new series of catecheses during his General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.
“Today we begin a new series of catecheses, which will point our look on the “heart” of the Church, namely, the Eucharist,” the Holy Father proclaimed. “It’s essential for us Christians to understand well the value and meaning of the Holy Mass, to live ever more fully our relationship with God.”
The Pope recalled the many Christians over time who have been willing to die to defend the Eucharist.  He cited an example from the year 304, during Diocletian’s persecutions, when…

Pope’s Catechesis on the Heart of the Church


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Trinity Sunday: Rejoicing in Knowing Who God Is