St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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CHRISTMAS NOVENA BEGINS NOV 30

Jesus is the reason for the Season! Where would we be if it were not for Him!? – The novena begins Thursday, November 30, on St. Andrew’s Feast Day. It is piously believed that whoever recites the below prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of St. Andrew (Nov. 30th) until Christmas, will obtain what is asked. Thank you Jesus for becoming one of us!

Here is the CHRISTMAS NOVENA 

HAIL and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God!, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.


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Trinity Sunday: Rejoicing in Knowing Who God Is


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Be Bold, Be Catholic 3

Keeping the light of faith lit takes work and help from our neighbor. We grow in faith by sharing our faith in word and action. The more we share, the stronger our faith becomes. It starts with our interior thoughts about our faith. Then we share what is good and helps what keeps the faith alive in our hearts. We all need a witness of God’s goodness once in a while. We need to hear the stories of little triumphs to help us realize God is there and does listen to our prayers. Continue reading


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Pope’s Morning Homily: Want Joy? Be Docile to Holy Spirit

 If you want joy, do not resist the Holy Spirit, but be docile to Him. …

Pope’s Morning Homily: Want Joy? Be Docile to Holy Spirit


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Obedience to Christ Makes Life Fruitful

A long read and intellectual,  but good.

1) To act in faith.

A few days ago, on February 2, the liturgy enabled us to celebrate the presentation of the Lord. We have witnessed the first procession to the Temple done by Christ taken there by two right peoples, Mary and Joseph, and welcomed by two right people, Simon and Anna. It will be followed by that of the teenager Jesus who remains three days in the house of the Father among the Doctors of the Law. The last procession will be the one of Palm Sunday where the Redeemer is accompanied by righteous and sinful men and women. …

Obedience to Christ Makes Life Fruitful