St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Special Note of Gratitude

The IHM Sisters, Staff and Volunteers of Madonna Renewal Center are deeply grateful to the Parish Priests, and the faithful of St Joseph and St Mary Catholic Church, Freeport, for all your contributions toward the success of our recent spaghetti dinner. The success of this event could not have been possible without your unparalleled support to us and to our MRC mission for the support of pregnant mothers and their babies.
We thank all who sold tickets, bought tickets, donated cookies, desserts and other items for the spaghetti dinner. May you be richly replenished by the Most High God.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. – Sr. Marilyn Umunnakwe, IHM North American Regional Superior

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MRC Spaghetti Dinner

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, February 25, from 4:00pm to 7:00pm at St Thomas Catholic Church in Freeport. The meal includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert.
The pre-sale tickets will be $8.00, and tickets at the door will be $9.00. If you have any questions, please contact Pat Davis at

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5th Annual Benefit Dance for the
Madonna Renewal Center —
Nov 16, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!

The Madonna Renewal Center will be sponsoring a dance from 7:00-10:00pm on November 16 at the Eagle’s Club. The group “Maddmen” will donate their time for this event. In addition to the dance, baked goods as well as other items will be for sale, and two door prizes will be given away.
Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Someone from the MRC team will be selling tickets after Mass on Nov. 2, 3, 9 and 10.

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Madonna Renewal Center Golf Ball Drop

In conjunction with the Davis Mental Health Golf Outing, raffle chances are on sale now for the MRC Golf Ball Drop being held at 4:00pm on Saturday, September 14, at Park Hills Golf Course in Freeport, IL.
Prizes include:
1st place – $300
2nd Place – Pizza Package – sponsored by Cimino’s, Papa Murphy’s, Casey’s, Little Ceasar’s, Manny’s, Cannova’s, Saporito’s, Rosetti’s, Maria’s, and Pizza Hut.
3rd Place – Food Feast – sponsored by Applebee’s, Beltline Café, Cannova’s, Fiesta Cancun, and Flight Deck in Rochelle.
4th Place – Jewelry – sponsored by  Frank’s, Gemorifics, and Luecke’s.
Tickets (chances) are 1/$5 and 5/$20. Online purchases
can be made at, or you may purchase tickets from any committee member. Questions? Contact Colleen at 815-275-6378.

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MRC Spaghetti Dinner 2019

IHM Sisters and the MRC Family wish to express their sincere gratitude to Father Barr and our beloved St Joseph-St Mary Parishes for all the support we received for our Mission. The Spaghetti Dinner was a huge success thanks to all of you. The desserts, and turning out in your numbers despite the biting cold, meant so much to us. We served about 475 dinners and netted over $1,000.00 in donations. Thank you for always being there for us. May the good Lord reward you abundantly. — Sister Theo

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Annual Spaghetti Dinner!

The Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) is hosting a delicious Spaghetti Dinner to benefit the women and children at the Madonna Renewal Center. Come and enjoy some great food, great company, and support our very own amazing Blue Nuns!

Place: St Thomas Church, 1400 Kiwanis Dr., Freeport
Date: Tuesday, March 5
Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Tickets: $8.00 before the event/$9.00 at the door

Tickets may be purchased from MRC committee members, Christensen Hometown Realtors, Gemorifics, Luecke Jewelers, St Joseph/St Mary Church Office, or by contacting Mary Julius at 815-238-0695 or Sister Laurenti at 815-616-9672.

Pre-arranged carry-outs will be available by calling Colleen at 815-275-6378. Please drive to the back of the Church Hall for all carry-outs.

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4th Annual Benefit Dance for the Madonna Renewal Center — Nov 10, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!
A dance featuring the Madmen will be held at the Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., on November 10 from 7:0010:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at St Joseph Catholic Church, Hometown Realty, Eagles Club, and Gemorifics, all located in Freeport.
A bake sale, including Christmas cookies, will be held and chances will be sold for an opportunity to win a hickory rocking chair donated by Rite-Way. All profits will benefit the Madonna Renewal Center in Freeport.