St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Special Note of Gratitude

The IHM Sisters, Staff and Volunteers of Madonna Renewal Center are deeply grateful to the Parish Priests, and the faithful of St Joseph and St Mary Catholic Church, Freeport, for all your contributions toward the success of our recent spaghetti dinner. The success of this event could not have been possible without your unparalleled support to us and to our MRC mission for the support of pregnant mothers and their babies.
We thank all who sold tickets, bought tickets, donated cookies, desserts and other items for the spaghetti dinner. May you be richly replenished by the Most High God.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. – Sr. Marilyn Umunnakwe, IHM North American Regional Superior


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MRC Spaghetti Dinner 2019

IHM Sisters and the MRC Family wish to express their sincere gratitude to Father Barr and our beloved St Joseph-St Mary Parishes for all the support we received for our Mission. The Spaghetti Dinner was a huge success thanks to all of you. The desserts, and turning out in your numbers despite the biting cold, meant so much to us. We served about 475 dinners and netted over $1,000.00 in donations. Thank you for always being there for us. May the good Lord reward you abundantly. — Sister Theo


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Annual Spaghetti Dinner!

The Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) is hosting a delicious Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the women and children at the Madonna Renewal Center. Come and enjoy some great food, great company, and support our very own amazing Blue Nuns!

Place: St Thomas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Tickets: $8.00 before the event/$9.00 at the door

Tickets may be purchased from MRC committee members, Christensen Hometown Realtors, Gemorifics, Luecke Jewelers, St Joseph/St Mary Church Office, or by contacting Mary Julius at 815-238-0695 or Sister Laurenti at 815-616-9672.

Pre-arranged carry-outs will be available by calling Colleen at 815-275-6378. Please drive to the back of the Church Hall for all carry-outs.


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Knights of Coumbus Helping Women Who Need a Little Help

The Knights of Columbus raised money for the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) to help pregnant women who need some help getting on their own. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from Nigeria, completed their first phase of the old St Francis Hospital in Freeport IL. They can now take in up to ten women who are pregnant for up to two years after the birth of their child. Stipulations do apply. They will interview anybody who can make it to their doorstep, but please call ahead of time. at 1-815-297-8287. 

The purpose of the MRC is to help pregnant bring their children to birth and teach them how to be independent with their child. They will learn how to take care of themselves, their children and get them on the road to developing job skills. The vision the sisters have is that all this will be done with a feel of home. Home is a place of security and family. They are not an institution of hand outs where the suffering continues after the handout. They really want to make the lives of these women better for the rest of their lives. 

The Knights of Columbus are proud to help the Sisters in their ministries. The MRC is a special ministry in saving lives, saving souls and in protecting the most vulnerable. Being pregnant and abandoned is a vulnerable position to be in for these women. We all will look forward for them to receive what they need and never have to fall into that same vulnerability again. If you are a Catholic Man and would be interested in being part of the Knights, you can check out this web site:

Coleen Fenn received the check for the knights for the Sisters.

The MRC will be having dance this Saturday night (11/10/18) at the Eagles Club. 


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LET’S DANCE!!

4th Annual Benefit Dance for the Madonna Renewal Center — Nov 10, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!
A dance featuring the Madmen will be held at the Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., on November 10 from 7:0010:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at St Joseph Catholic Church, Hometown Realty, Eagles Club, and Gemorifics, all located in Freeport.
A bake sale, including Christmas cookies, will be held and chances will be sold for an opportunity to win a hickory rocking chair donated by Rite-Way. All profits will benefit the Madonna Renewal Center in Freeport.
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The Knights of Columbus Helping the Madonna Renewal Center

Knights of Columbus Madonna House Pork Chop dinner Saturday, October 6th, from 5-7

The Freeport and Shannon Knights of Columbus councils will be holding a Pork Chop dinner benefitting the Madonna House @ St. Thomas in Freeport from 5-7 Saturday, October 6th. Served will be boneless Porkchop; Mashed Potato; Corn; salad; desert and drink. Cost is $10 for one chop; $12 for two chops. Tickets sold at the door. For information contact Tom Willison at 815-275-7111 or Phil Hoppenjan @ 847-340-1891.