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!
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 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weconnect.josephmary
iTunes Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-in-faith-st.-joseph-st./id1182017572?ls=1&mt=8
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.
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 village 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. You‘ll 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.
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.
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org 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!!