County Fair Coming June 27-July 1 St Joseph and St Mary Parishes will have a booth at the County Fair. We will be needing help in manning the booth. The Fair starts Wednesday, June 27, and goes until Sunday, July 1. We will need a person at the fair from 11:00am till 10:00pm each day. Please call the office to sign up to be present at the County Fair.
Please support Hanna and her family. There has been a go-fund-me page set up to help them pay for medical expenses. Information about her situation is on the link below.
The Mobile Food Pantry truck will be at St Joseph Church on Wednesday, June 20th from 1:00 to 3:00pm. A parishioner of St Joseph has made this gift to our community. We need at least twenty volunteers to help unload and distribute the free groceries. Workers will need to check in at the breezeway before 12:45pm. If you can help, please call Mary Koppi at 815 232-4687.
The Marian Society will meet on Thursday, June 14, at 7:00pm in Berg Hall. Sister Theo and Colleen Fenn will bring us up-to-date on the renovation of the former St Francis School in order to become the Madonna Renewal Center, a residential facility for women facing unplanned pregnancies.
After several years of fundraising, setbacks and much hard work, the Blue Nuns are ready to open their doors to women in need of a safe haven. Big plans are underway for the opening day on Saturday, June 23. However, the Sisters are still in need of the following items: baby bottles, diapers (lots of diapers) sizes preemie to 2 years, onesies size 0 to 12 mos., baby rattles, and towels and washcloths for infants and adults. Please help to SHOWER the Sisters with a gift of one of these items.
If you cannot attend the meeting and wish to participate in the shower, please take your gift to the Church Office by Noon on June 14. Hostesses for the evening are Mary Connors, Toni Ginger, Betty McKenna and Sandy Roser. All women of St Joseph and St Mary Churches are invited to attend.
The annual Women of Christ Conference, sponsored by the Council of Catholic Women, will be held in Cedarburg, Wisconsin on Saturday, November 3, 2018. This is a special day of reflection and spiritual growth for all Catholic women and features spiritually uplifting speakers, such as Dr. Scott Hahn. St Joseph Church in Freeport will sponsor a chartered bus for this important event with boarding available at TriState Travel facility in Galena, the Stockton Recreation Park and St Joseph in Freeport. The anticipated cost for the bus is $25.00. Conference reservations will be available online beginning in August. Please watch your bulletin for further information regarding the conference, how to register and how to reserve your bus seat. This is a wonderful opportunity to commune with other Catholic women on this faith journey – please mark your calendar now.
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.
The Vocation Office of the Diocese of Rockford is sponsoring summer camps and retreats at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. St Therese Camp and Retreat for young women in grade 7 thru college, June 24-27 with Sisters from different communities joining us; Jeremiah Days for boys in grades 7 thru 9, July 8-11; and First Call Retreat for young adult males entering grade 10 thru college, July 15-18. Our seminarians studying for our diocese will facilitate, along with Fr. Keith Romke. The cost is only $90.00. More information is available at http://www.rockforddiocese.org/vocations or at the Diocesan Vocation Office, (815) 399-4300 ext. 375.