St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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The Strategy of Our Enemies

Some helpful thjings to know in your struggles in faith and temptations. Each Homily is different and adresses different problems you may have. Unfortunately, the recording of the 8am mass failed, but we have the 4pm and 10:30am Homilies recorded.

4pm Mass

 

10:30am Mass

 


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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 1

Many of you may be wondering what this Be Bold, Be Catholic thing is all about. In the last ten years we have continued to see a dramatic plummet in attendance and faith life in God’s people. This is not something that is only happening in the Catholic Churches in Freeport, IL. This is a plummet nationwide in nearly all Christian faith communities. Particularly here in Freeport, it is taking its toll in our lives.

We have so many struggles in our lives. It would be easy to fall into depression or despair going on the way we are going. The degradation of our culture into promiscuity, lies, violence, manipulation and false “fun” are the norm. The empty promises of this world are leaving us lonelier and wondering if there is anything more. We start chasing after things that only bring more emptiness and pain instead of chasing after the God that can satisfy.

As Catholic Parishes, we have missed the boat on helping people through their tough times and bringing them to Jesus in these times. We have focused on doing things and on helping others, but we have forgotten that it is Jesus and our relationship with Him that really helps us all. There are a growing number of people who have no idea that a relationship with God is even possible. Moreover, that our relationship with Jesus can bring us happiness and peace. There actually is hope, but it depends on our relationship with Jesus.

Because of the lack of education and inspiration, many people today have a very low level of understanding of their Catholic faith and so are easy prey for anything that would take them away from finding their fulfillment in Jesus. We need to do something about that. We cannot go on ignoring the real and basic needs of God’s people.

This is where the Be Bold, Be Catholic comes in. The mission of Be Bold, Be Catholic is; “We the Catholic parish communities of Freeport, IL, commit to bring all souls to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.” This is the purpose of Be Bold, Be Catholic. We aim at serving others and leading them to Jesus and their fulfillment. We hope to make the faith more alive and meaningful for you. We will look at all we do from the liturgy to community events to personal needs. Ultimately, we plan on serving the community at large as well.

We can no longer do the same old thing. “We have always done it this way” is no longer a valid way of doing things. Every person has the basic need to grow in their spiritual life. This is what Jesus designed Catholic communities to do. The intent is to help us grow in our spiritual life. This life is a long journey, a pilgrimage of discoveries and possibilities that we may never have known otherwise. It is a pilgrimage of love, grace and fellowship in Christ Jesus.  We hope that you will make this pilgrimage of faith with us.