St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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St Vincent DePaul Free Luncheon

This coming Saturday, December 16, the St Vincent de Paul Society will hold their third free lunch of the season. They will be serving lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. To volunteer your help or to donate items for the lunch, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. God Bless you for helping those who have little this Season!

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New Parish App

St Mary and St Joseph Churches have an App! What is an app? App is short for application. It is a program that is downloaded onto a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. The parish app is a small program for all smart phones and tablets that allows the parishioners access to better communication, events, payers, and spiritual life.

 We currently have on our app the church bulletins, calendar of events, daily readings, link to our blog site (web site), prayers, contact info, instant messages on events, reminders when it is your weekend to serve at the Mass, information on the sacraments, and a brief introduction of our staff. We hope to add more information for you, such as the weekend homilies, and teachings of the Church.

You can also download the App by the following instructions:

Text oneinfaith1 to 555888 for Apple devices
Text oneinfaith2 to 555888 for Android devices

You can also find the apps using the following links.
Google Play store
iTunes Store

 To stay connected to our parishes, just do a search on the app store of your device. For Android, it is the “Play Store”. For an iPhone or iPad it is the “App Store”. Do a search on the search bar by typing in, “St Joseph and St Mary Parishes”. The parish app should be close to the top on the list. The icon is a blue triangle with an inner triangle that glows in a different color. When you click on that icon, the left side of the Triangle should say “St. Mary’s” and the right side should say “St. Joseph’s”, while the middle glowing part should say “One in Christ”. This is the correct app, so you can tap on the “Install” button. The app should install onto your smart phone or tablet. A similar screen will pop up with a button that says, “Open”. Tap on the “Open” button and the app program will open.


 The services that are current should be in the squares below the circle with the triangle in it. We are working on getting more available to you. One such service is Messages. To keep connected to the community, we suggest you select those areas of communication for which you would like to receive messages for. To do this, you will notice three horizontal lines on the top left corner of the screen. Tap on those lines and a short menu will open. Tap on the “Notifications” tab. These are the selections available for you to receive notifications: Events, Funerals, General, Holiday Mass Schedule, Liturgy Volunteers, Religious Education, Spirituality, and Youth. To turn on or off the notifications for any of the options, simply tap the right side of the screen that corresponds with the service you wish to be notified of. The switch on the screen should turn blue when you turn it on.

 We hope you will enjoy the rest of the app. We will be developing it further and hope to serve you better.

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Lenten Movie Nights




Holy Family Community Center

Friday, March 24….. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“The 13th Day”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

The 13th Day dramatizes the incredible true story of three shepherd children
from the v
illage of Fatima in Portugal who experienced six apparitions with a
“Lady from Heaven” between May and October 1917, which culminated in the
final prophesied miracle

Friday, March 31.. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

“Full of Grace”

Presented-in English with English/Spanish notes

There is one person in the gospel that had the experience of living thirty years
with Jesus–from birth through His resurrection
: Mary, His Mother. Mary lives
her final earthly days in reflection. This movie is a celebration of faith
Friday, April 7.…. 7:00-9:00 p.m.

Friday, April 7…..7:00-9:00p.m.

“Apostolic Fathers: Handing on the Faith”

Presented in English with Spanish subtitles

Steve Ray takes you on an exciting journey to the Roman Empire and the world
of the first Christians. Youll sit at the feet of the apostles, celebrate the
Eucharist in hiding, and tremble at the suffering they endured for Jesus Christ.
Retrace their steps through Israel
, Turkey, France and Italy.


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Rockford Goes to DC

Freeport will be going on the bus with the Diocese of Rockford to Washington DC. We will be voices for those who have no voice.

The 2016 March for Life will be taking place on Friday, January 22nd in Washington, DC, and you and your parish/school are invited to attend.  Promotional materials and registration forms for the Diocese of Rockford pilgrimage are attached. 
This pilgrimage is a powerful way to engage our young people in life and dignity issues, and evangelize and inspire them through this encounter with Christ and His universal Church.  Please see the attached flyer for pricing information.
Here is a brief itinerary of the trip:
–          1/20 (Wed PM): Depart Diocese of Rockford for Washington, DC
–          1/21 (Thurs): Arrive in DC around midday; spend afternoon in Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate and attend Vigil Mass that evening
–          1/22 (Fri): Youth Rally & Mass for Life and March for Life
–          1/23 (Sat): Explore DC; depart for return trip Saturday evening
–          1/24 (Sun AM): Arrive in Diocese of Rockford
*Based on the day of the week on which the March will take place this year, students will be out of town for two school days this year, instead of the usual three days. We do recognize missing two days of school is significant, but this year presents the best-case scenario for missing the least amount of class time.

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St. Joseph Marian Society’s Flapjack Fundraiser

perfect_pancakesMark your calendars now to attend the St. Joseph Marian Society’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7th.

Start your cool fall morning with a hot pancake breakfast AND support the work of the Marian Society. Tickets are only $5 and can be obtained from Stephanie Helms ( or 815-541-5739). Or ask any Marian Society member for tickets.

A great event to bring the whole family!!

Hope to see you there!!