St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Holy Day of Obligation, August 15

August 15 is a Holy Day of Obligation. All Catholics are obliged to attend Mass for the feast day of Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mass times are as follows:

  • 8am Mass in St Joseph Church
  • 8am Mass in St Mary Church
  • 5:30opm Mass in Joseph Church
  • 7pm Mass in St Mary Church (Spanish)

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July Food Truck

On a hot sweltering day, one hundred twenty-nine persons lined up to receive free groceries from the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry. Approximately 7,300 pounds of free groceries were distributed, which fed four hundred and fourteen family members.
Many thanks to the following volunteers: Jan Ackerman; Kim Alber; Paul Brown; Candy Daacon; Heather, Anna, Grace and Clare Dailey; Don Davis; Steve and Peg Ehlbeck; Ruth Geary; Joe Ginger; John Guenther; Karen Hildebrand; Mike Kavran; Charles Koppi; Jan Krieger; Betty McKenna; Laverne Mensen; Laura and Asea Mills; Carol Mullens; Donna Nevenhoven; Bobbi Nicklaus; Ann Sauer; Lana Schuck; Frank and Sandra Steiner; Pat Weigel; and Millie Whitford.
I am very grateful to all who gave of their time to help those in our community who are in need of a helping hand. God Bless. — Mary Koppi

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St Mary Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers for doing such a wonderful job of sharing your time and talents at St Mary Church and the Holy Family Community Center. Volunteers cover many tasks including church cleaning, lawn mowing, weeding, trimming, flower planting, and helping out with all of our fundraisers. You are a valued asset to St Mary Church – God Bless you.

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Visiting Missionary July 27-28

Fr. Marco César Riveros, of Salesian Missions, will be visiting and celebrating Masses at St Joseph and St Mary Church next weekend. Fr. Marcos was born in 1973 in Cúcuta, Colombia. He made his first vows in 1992, and after ordination in 2003 he served as the youth minister at the Colegio San Medardo, Neiva, Colombia. While there he organized retreats for the students, and organized the religion curriculum for the school. In 2006 he became the provincial delegate for youth ministry for the Bogota province. Later he was made the provincial delegate for Vocation ministry and for the Salesian Family. Continue reading

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Bethlehem Arts – July 20 & 21

We will host representatives of the Catholic Christian Community from Jerusalem and Bethlehem in the Holy Land on Saturday and Sunday, July 20 and 21. Handcrafted olive wood religious figurines and articles will be on display and available for purchase after the 4:00pm Mass on Saturday, and after all three Masses on Sunday.
Due to the political conflict and the reduction of tourism, the Catholic Community has come to depend more on the sale of these articles abroad to survive. The woodcarvings are beautiful and reflect the faith and love for the Lord. Please consider purchasing a gift that will be remembered and cherished for yourself or someone dear to you, and help our sisters and brothers in Christ to keep their Christian identity and presence in the Holy Land.