The St Mary Ladies Guild will host a Christmas Party on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at 6:30pm at the Wagner House. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary are warmly welcomed! We will order from the Wagner House menu. In lieu of a gift exchange, guests may make a donation to the Monthly Aryl Daily Free Lunch at St Joseph. Please RSVP to Julie.firstname.lastname@example.org or 815-650-2299 by November 24, 2017. Come and enjoy a festive evening!
Our Lady of Guadalupe Events The Novena to Our Lady of Guadalupe is taking place every evening from Dec 3 to Dec 11, at 6:00pm in St Mary Church (en Español). All are welcome!
On the last day of the Novena, Monday, December 12, the Morning Song will be at 5:00am, in St Mary Church, with a light breakfast afterward in Richter Hall. A Holy Mass will be celebrated at 7:00pm with a celebration in Richter Hall following the Mass.
Las Posadas will be held Friday, December 16 through Saturday, December 24, at 6:00pm, in Richter Hall.
There is an envelope in your packet for All Souls Masses. Please list your intentions on the back and return it as soon as possible. All the deceased members of the parishes from the past year will be honored at the 8:00am, 5:30pm and 7:00pm (Spanish) Masses on Nov. 2. A form for candles is in the back of the church. You may purchase a candle in memory of other deceased loved ones. PLEASE HAVE YOUR ORDER WITH PAYMENT TURNED IN BY OCTOBER 22!
High school students: Want to join a community of fun, meaningful conversation, service, and worship? We meet every Wednesday in the NEW Youth Room at St Thomas from 7-9pm. Text Benjy Miller (Youth Minister) at 815.348.7785 for more info or if you just want to talk or hangout.
3rd Annual Benefit Dance for the Madonna Renewal Center– Nov 18, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club! Music donated by The Maddmen!! Featuring sounds from the 50’s. 60’s and 70’s!! Banquet room donated by the Eagles Club!! $12 per single, $20 per couple. At the door- $15 per person Door prizes! Silent auction! Food for sale! New this year: We will have an additional drawing for a brand new Lazy Boy recliner- donated by Slumberland. Ticket prices $1.00 each. You do not need to be present to win! Tickets on sale at St. Mary’s/ St. Joseph’s Church Office, Christensen Home Town Realtors, Eagles Club, Gemorifics, Mary’s Mantle, IHM Sisters and MRC Committee Members. Please join us for an amazing, fun-filled evening!!
A representative of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host an informative meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30pm, in the O’Neill Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport, IL. Parishioners of all three Freeport parishes as well as nearby parishes are invited and encouraged to attend. Carol Giambalvo, director of cemeteries, will present a history of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, its responsibilities as operator of the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, management and financing of cemetery operations, and cemetery services and products. She will also discuss the Cemetery Oversight Act, which changed certain cemetery procedures and mandated maps, invoicing procedures, and cemetery authorities. Additional current and future topics include installation of military flagpoles this fall, the need to update records and maps, new area to be developed in Calvary Cemetery, possible cremation area at St Joseph Cemetery, and maintenance issues such as repair of roads, spraying for weeds, adding litter barrels and more. Also, rules and regulations regarding plantings and trimmings of evergreens, use of shepherd hooks, explanation of types of flower vases permitted and proximity to gravestones. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
We are inviting all of you to join our first Dinner Dance A wonderful night full of surprises! A magic show, DJ, great food and drinks! Let’s share a good time together as a community of faith and help our church with its debt. You can purchase tickets at Mary’s Mantle, the parish office, or after Mass. Questions: Ann Peters 815 235 3628 Fr. Diego Ospina 815 232 3718