St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Thanks for the Help at the Food Bank Truck

I want to thank all who came out on a rainy day to assist with the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry. Thank You: Jan Ackerman, Kim Alber, Jane Barnes, Heather Dailey, Don Davis, Tom Dearth, Ruth Geary, Joe Ginger, Marietta, Kristine and John Guenther, Karen Hildebrandt, Charles Koppi, Jan Krieger, Diane Lloyd, Betty McKenna, Sharon Miller, Carol Mullens, Donna Nevenhoven, Jane O’Connor, Mark Rapp, Ann Sauer, Ron and Roberta Schradermeier, Frank and Sandy Steiner, Gale and Gerry Turner, Pat Weigel, and Sue Witt.
There were 127 individuals who received free groceries, which fed 330 family members. Through the generosity of many individuals, St Vincent de Paul was able to sponsor three food trucks this year. The number of household members who benefited from the free groceries was 1,300. In addition, 560 meals were provided through the Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch Program. We are extremely grateful to all who provide funds, donate their time and/or provide necessary supplies and materials. You have touched many lives within our community! God’s Blessing to all of you! Mary Koppi, Society of St Vincent de Paul


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Cd of the week: The Rosary

Praying the Rosary Like Never Before (This Lighthouse cd can be found on the cd rack)
Dr. Edward Sri is a nationally sought Catholic speaker who appears regularly on EWTN, and is a founding leader of FOCUS (Fellowship of Catholic University Students). In this discussion of his book “The New Rosary in Scripture: Biblical Insights on Praying the Twenty Mysteries” (Servant Books), Dr. Sri shares John Paul II’s practical strategies for praying the Rosary better, so that you can encounter Jesus more deeply in prayer.
Parishioner Comments
Awesome! Dr. Sri covers this subject in depth. I’ll need to listen to it two or three times to find all the golden nuggets hidden in this talk. Richard – Simi Valley, CA The rosary is all about Jesus… from now on, ‘praying’ the Rosary will be much more than ‘reciting’ the Rosary! Jane, Kansas City, MO


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Diocesan Mission Appeal

This weekend is the Diocesan Mission Appeal. You should have received an envelope in the mail. If you are not able to bring your donation this weekend, you can still drop it in the collection basket next weekend, or donate online at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/donate. THANK YOU for your generosity to our missions in the United States, the Church in Latin America, the Propagation of the Faith, the Diocesan Priests’ Pension, and Catholic Elementary School Financial Support. May God richly bless you!


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100 Year Fatima Celebration

Fatima 100 yearsMany people came to the 100 Year Anniversary of the Miracle of the sun in Fatima, Portugal. Everything started in May of 1917. Three children saw the Blessed Virgin Mary, who encouraged people to pray the Rosary and wear their scapular of Mount Carmel. She asked for people to go to confession and for the consecration of Russia to her Immaculate Heart.  Continue reading


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Hundredfold Workshop for Vocations Awareness

The Hundredfold Workshop Saturday, October 21, 9am-2pm, at St. Rita Church in Rockford. The Hundredfold Workshop will re-ignite our focus on vocations—to marriage, family, priesthood, and religious life. Practically speaking, the workshop will focus on creating a parish-based Vocation Ministry to educate and inspire adults and young people. Who Should Attend: All Catholics interested in helping to promote vocations are invited. In particular, this includes lay leaders such as Parish Council Presidents or catechists, as well as those with an official capacity, such as priests, deacons, sisters, parish staff, DREs, Catholic school staff and faculty, youth ministers, campus ministers, etc. *There is no cost to attend the workshop. Lunch is provided. Please register online at RockfordDiocese.org.


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Catholic Cemeteries Meeting

A representative of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host an informative meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30pm, in the O’Neill Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport, IL. Parishioners of all three Freeport parishes as well as nearby parishes are invited and encouraged to attend. Carol Giambalvo, director of cemeteries, will present a history of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, its responsibilities as operator of the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, management and financing of cemetery operations, and cemetery services and products. She will also discuss the Cemetery Oversight Act, which changed certain cemetery procedures and mandated maps, invoicing procedures, and cemetery authorities. Additional current and future topics include installation of military flagpoles this fall, the need to update records and maps, new area to be developed in Calvary Cemetery, possible cremation area at St Joseph Cemetery, and maintenance issues such as repair of roads, spraying for weeds, adding litter barrels and more. Also, rules and regulations regarding plantings and trimmings of evergreens, use of shepherd hooks, explanation of types of flower vases permitted and proximity to gravestones. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.