St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Presence St Joseph Auxiliary Spring Luncheon

 Meet your friends! Enjoy great food! Support a worthy cause by attending the Presence St Joseph Auxiliary Annual Spring Luncheon on Tuesday, April 24 from 11:00am to 1:00pm at St Thomas Aquinas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport, IL.
Tickets are $9.00 and will be sold at the door. Carry-outs will be available. Thank you for your support!


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St. Vincent de Paul – Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch April 21

The next Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch will be Saturday, April 21 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. This will be the final lunch of the season; we will resume the monthly meals in October. Items needed are: apples, oranges and cookies/brownies. If you can donate any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. We will also be collecting household cleaning items and these may be brought to Berg Hall after 9:00 on the 21st. One hundred twenty-two meals were provided at the March lunch. We consistently provide over one hundred meals each month and we could not continue this service without your continued support. Thank you to all who give of their time each month to prepare and serve the meals, to deliver meals to the homebound, and to donate fruit and cookies and other supplies. You have touched the lives of many in our community through your generosity.


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International Appeal

Thank you to all who brought their envelopes with them this weekend to donate to the Diocesan International Appeal. If you forgot yours, you can still bring it next weekend and place it in the offering basket. If you did not receive an envelope in the mail, there are a few available in the back of church. Thank you for your generosity!!


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Marian Society Meeting

The Marian Society will meet at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 12 in Berg Hall. Members are reminded that yearly dues of $10.00 are now payable.
The program will be presented by Peggy Badgett, who writes a weekly column for the Journal Standard. Peggy spent twelve years in pharmaceutical research before becoming a pharmacist. Peggy now lives on a small farm near Orangeville with a menagerie of assorted animals. She is an avid nature lover and adventurer.
Hostesses for the evening are: Carolyn Bowers, Roberta Schradermeier, Shirley Schuck and Pat Weigel. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary are invited to attend.


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FORMED

FORMED is the revolutionary digital platform that gives St Joseph’s and St Mary’s parishioners unprecedented access to video-based study programs, feature films, audio presentations, and eBooks from the Church’s foremost presenters. Available in English and Spanish, this valuable evangelization tool is rich in Catholic content that contains video-based study programs, feature films and movies, audio presentations and eBooks. FORMED provides Catholics of all ages access to excellent Catholic resources 24/7. Our new FORMED Parish Program will officially launch on April 14 & 15, but parishioners are encouraged to engage in this online platform by logging onto http://www.stjosephstmary.formed.org Our unique Parish Access Code is Z2YWCF — The Be Bold Be Catholic Committee


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Aquin PAWS Accepting Birthing Kits for Haiti

Aquin PAWS Accepting Supplies for Birthing Kits for Haiti Aquin PAWS is again preparing to assemble newborn kits for the babies in Haiti. The kits will be assembled in late April. We are in need of the following donations: 2 receiving blankets, 15 baby gowns (no feet), 24 pairs of baby socks, 60 cloth diapers, 5 housecoats for the moms (size medium or large), 24 bath-size bar soaps, and 48 diaper pins. Items should be new or gently used. Your donation can be brought to Aquin’s Student Office at 1419 South Galena during regular school hours. Please call Connie at 815-2353154 x 230 if you have any questions. Thank you for your support.
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Holy Hour and Healing Service

Holy Hour and Healing Service will be held this Friday, April 6 at 5pm in St Mary Church in Freeport, IL. 

It is Catholic Tradition to have extra spiritual activities on the first Friday of the Month to take advantage of the 15 Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Here in Freeport we have a Holy Hour that focuses on healing. This healing can be any kind of healing. We tend to focus on the physical ailments we may have. However, it can be emotional or spiritual healing as well. It can from something that was done yesterday or long ago. It might be a person you have a hard time forgiving. It could be any spiritual struggles you may have. Maybe you have a hard time even to pray. Jesus just may be waiting to give the gift of prayer. There is no issue too big or small for Jesus in the Eucharist. Non-Catholics are even invited. All are welcome to the hospital of souls.