St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Christmas Play

RE Christmas PlayDecember 8, 2018 5:30pm at the Holy Family Community Center

Everyone is invited to come for a night filled with food and worship as you listen to our students tell the story. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (The Blue Nuns) will also be entertaining us with songs from their Native Land.
Beverages will be provided, but everyone is asked to bring a dish to pass. This is a potluck meal, so please bring enough to share.
Also, the students are doing a food drive for the local FACC food pantry. Please consider bringing a boxed or canned food to this drive.
We hope to see you there.

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WHEN: October 28, 2018 9:00 – 4:00
WHERE: Rock Valley College – Rockford Illinois
WHO: Teens Grade 8 -12
WHAT IS INCLUDED: A fantastic day of Faith, fun, and fellowship. Lunch and Tee shirt are included in the $25.00 fee.
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH $25.00 ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 14 to Ann Peters at the Religious Education Office.

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Holy Hour and Healing Service at Sacred Heart Chapel (Presence Care Center)

The Statue of Our Lady of Fatima is coming to Presence Care Center in the Sacred Heart Chapel on Friday, September 28 at 3pm (the hour Jesus died on the cross for us). There will be a Holy hour and healing service while Our Lady is present.
What is a Holy Hour and Healing Service? It is a time of adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed on the altar. During the “Benediction” when the priest blesses the people with Jesus in the Eucharist at the altar, he then comes out from behind the altar and makes the sign of the cross over each person individually. That is the time of healing for the adoration. Mary’s presence will be there asking God for healings.
What’s the big deal about this statue? This statue was made in 1947 by a Dominican Priest from America that was commissioned by Cardinal Spellman of New York to bring the message of Fatima here to the United States. His goal was to make the statue according to what sister Lucia saw in the vision at Fatima. Lucia was able to even use some utensils to shape this very statue. It was blessed by Pope Pius the XII and was sent out on pilgrimages to parishes throughout the world. It will be in Freeport for three days! Many miracles have been attributed to this statue. Some physical healings, some miracles of conversions of the most hardened hearts.
Come and experience the profound message of Our Lady of Fatima.
Presence Care Center

Sacred Heart Chapel

Beginning 3pm

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Food Trucks for 2018

We will have the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry Truck at St Joseph on Wednesday, June 20 from 1:00 to 3:00pm and Wednesday, July 18 from 2:00 to 4:00pm. We will need at least twenty volunteers each day to assist in unloading and distributing the free groceries. Please mark your calendar and watch the bulletin for more information.

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Steubenville Youth Conference

 St. Paul here we come! We’re heading back to Minnesota this year for the Steubenville Youth Conference, being held from July 27-29. This conference is open to grades 9-12. This is a fun-filled, energetic, and life-changing weekend getaway filled with Mass, speakers, and Adoration.
For more information contact Gabby at 815-277-9722, or email her at

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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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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 this 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!