St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Our Lady of Fatima is Coming to Our Parishes

We have the special graces that the very statue of Our Lady of Fatima that Sister Lucia had commissioned to be made will be visiting us. Sister Lucia was one of the three children who saw the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1917 in Fatima, Portugal. In 1917, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three children asking for prayers for the salvation of souls and that the faithful would turn back to her Son, Jesus. Many miracles have happened since this event, but the miracle most known is the miracle of the sun, when on the day of the vision, during a major downpour, the sky suddenly cleared and everybody’s clothes became instantly dry. The sun started to move around the sky, turning people’s heads as they followed the sun going across the sky. It was seen for many miles around. In fact, the local atheist newspaper carried the story the next day. Tens of thousands were witnesses of this event and many people came back to Jesus that day. The people could not see Our Lady as she appeared in Fatima. So after some years Sister Lucia commissioned an artist to have a statue made. She directed the artist on how to make it so that the statue would look like Our Lady of Fatima appeared. In 1952, Pope Pius XII blessed the statue for the purpose of bringing it on holy pilgrimages throughout the world. So we do not have to come to see the statue, the statue comes to us. This very statue will be here from September 27 in the evening till Sunday, September 30 at 3pm. There will be a very busy schedule and many opportunities for the many graces that come from honoring Our Lady. All are invited to take advantage of this awesome event! Here is the rough outline of the schedule.

  • Thursday evening at the Madonna Renewal Center with the Sisters. 
  • Friday in St Joseph church for Aquin Students 
  • Friday evening with the Hispanic Prayer Group 
  • Saturday: 8am Mass followed by adoration and confessions till noon. Presentation will be given at this time. 
  • Saturday: Wedding in the afternoon, viewing not available to public. 
  • Saturday: 4pm Mass 
  • Saturday: After mass private prayer till 9pm in St Joseph church 
  • Saturday: 9pm Adoration and rosary till midnight 
  • Sunday: Vigil with Mary (Private Prayer) 
  • Sunday: 8am Mass in St Mary 
  • Sunday: 10:30am Mass in St Joseph 
  • Sunday: 1pm Mass in St Mary till 3pm

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Holy Hour and Healing Service

Holy Hour of Healing Are you hurting? Do you need quiet reflection time? Time alone with Jesus? Join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with a healing service on Friday, August 3, at 5:00pm in St Mary Church.

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Join Us for a Parish Potluck

 The sun is out, and we should be too! We’re having a party, and inviting you! Everyone’s coming, you should be there! Bring your family, and a dish to share!
Join us for a parish potluck at St. Joseph Church after the 10:30 Mass on Sunday, June 10. Weather permitting, there will be seating outside and fun and games for the kids! Sign up to bring a dish to pass – see Zak Zovko after all 10:30 Masses until the event. Bring hot or cold dishes, or desserts. Beverages will be furnished.
Cost is $2.00 per person at the door. To sign up a dish by phone, call Connie Kronberg: 815-297-2138.

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Holy Hour and Healing Service

Are you hurting? Do you need quiet reflection time? Time alone with Jesus?
Join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with a healing service on Friday, April 6, at 5:00pm in St Mary Church.

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Liturgy Schedule for Holy Week

Thursday Evening Mass

  • in St Joseph at 5:30pm
  • in St Mary Church at 7pm in Spanish

Good Friday Services

  • Veneration of the Cross in St Mary Church at 12:10pm
  • St Mary Youth Living Stations of the cross on St Mary grounds (Outside) at 2pm
  • Passion of the Christ viewing in the Holy Family Community Center at 3pm
  • Veneration of the Cross in St Mary Church at 7pm in Spanish

Easter Celebrations

  • 4 pm Vigil Mass in St Joseph Church
  • 7pm Vigil Mass in St Mary Church in Spanish
  • 8am Sunday in St Mary Church
  • 10:30am Sunday Mass in St Joseph Church
  • 1pm Sunday Mass in St Mary Church in Spanish

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Want to Learn More About the Bible?

 PaulOf course you do!! We all do!! A Ten Lesson Audio Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Matthew from St. Paul Center will be led by Fr. Timothy J. Barr on Saturdays from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. Continue reading

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Prayer for Vocations

We have so much to be grateful for; our family, friends and our parish. Jesus has been so generous to have given us many priests and religious to help us as we grew to become the people we are today. Now is our time to pray for them and for new men and women to join the ranks of such holy people to continue to be an inspiration to us and our families. We will end Novena for Holy Vocations on Friday, on January 7, the Feast Day of the Epiphany, we will begin to pray for Holy Vocations at the end of every Mass. Please pray this prayer every day.

Dear Jesus, I arise today knowing the you are with me, that you see me and that you hear me. I offer to you this day, though the Immaculate Heart of Mary, my aches and pains, sorrows and humiliations: the cross I have this day. I desire to carry it with you like Simon of Cyrene, and I offer it to for all intentions of your Sacred Heart, especially that you bless your Church with an abundance of holy priests, religious sisters and brothers to work for the good of your kingdom. I trust in you, Lord, and pray that many young people also trust in you and say “Yes” to your call to follow you wherever you lead, since you are Love and goodness itself. Amen.