St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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St Mary – St Joseph Religious Education 2019 – 2020

Registration for Religious Education is underway. Forms can be picked up Monday-Friday during office hours at the St Joseph – St Mary Parish office, or at the Religious Education office Monday and Tuesday mornings from 8:30am until noon. Please return the completed forms along with payment as soon as possible. For all children preparing for First Holy Communion, we must have a copy of their Baptism Certificate. Continue reading


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Holy Day of Obligation, August 15

August 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation. All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass for the feast day of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass times are as follows:

  • 8am Mass in St Joseph Church
  • 8am Mass in St Mary Church
  • 5:30opm Mass in Joseph Church
  • 7pm Mass in St Mary Church (Spanish)


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Carl Anderson, CEO and supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, announces new initiatives and showcases highlights of past fraternal year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members of the Knights of Columbus at the Order’s 137th Supreme Convention. In his speech during the business session, Supreme Knight Anderson highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.
The theme of his speech was “Knights of Unity.”
KNIGHTS OF UNITY
“Through our unity, we will continue to rise in charity and fraternity. And as we extend the hand of brotherhood, we will continue to transform the world around us — a world that needs more, not less, of the truth and witness that define all those who call themselves Knights of Columbus.”
KENDRICK CASTILLO POSTHUMOUSLY DECLARED A KNIGHT
“Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last moments, Kendrick Castillo did both.”

https://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/supreme-knight-delivers-annual-report.html


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July Food Truck

On a hot sweltering day, one hundred twenty-nine persons lined up to receive free groceries from the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry. Approximately 7,300 pounds of free groceries were distributed, which fed four hundred and fourteen family members.
Many thanks to the following volunteers: Jan Ackerman; Kim Alber; Paul Brown; Candy Daacon; Heather, Anna, Grace and Clare Dailey; Don Davis; Steve and Peg Ehlbeck; Ruth Geary; Joe Ginger; John Guenther; Karen Hildebrand; Mike Kavran; Charles Koppi; Jan Krieger; Betty McKenna; Laverne Mensen; Laura and Asea Mills; Carol Mullens; Donna Nevenhoven; Bobbi Nicklaus; Ann Sauer; Lana Schuck; Frank and Sandra Steiner; Pat Weigel; and Millie Whitford.
I am very grateful to all who gave of their time to help those in our community who are in need of a helping hand. God Bless. — Mary Koppi


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St Mary Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers for doing such a wonderful job of sharing your time and talents at St Mary Church and the Holy Family Community Center. Volunteers cover many tasks including church cleaning, lawn mowing, weeding, trimming, flower planting, and helping out with all of our fundraisers. You are a valued asset to St Mary Church – God Bless you.


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Visiting Missionary July 27-28

Fr. Marco César Riveros, of Salesian Missions, will be visiting and celebrating Masses at St Joseph and St Mary Church next weekend. Fr. Marcos was born in 1973 in Cúcuta, Colombia. He made his first vows in 1992, and after ordination in 2003 he served as the youth minister at the Colegio San Medardo, Neiva, Colombia. While there he organized retreats for the students, and organized the religion curriculum for the school. In 2006 he became the provincial delegate for youth ministry for the Bogota province. Later he was made the provincial delegate for Vocation ministry and for the Salesian Family. Continue reading