St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Father Damien of Molokai and the Holy Face

Fr. Dwight Longenecker

It is a little-known fact that Father Damien labored to established perpetual adoration of the Blessed Sacrament among his lepers.
There’s a beautiful little scene in the film about St. Damien of Molokai. The saint has volunteered to be the one priest to serve the lepers on the island colony of Molokai.
Knowing that he is likely to contract the disease, Father Damien sails to the island and enters the village. He finds the lepers are abandoned, depressed, alcoholic and fighting among themselves. Then he goes into the tiny church only to find that it is a wreck. …

http://www.ncregister.com/blog/longenecker/father-damien-of-molokai-and-the-holy-face?_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9HuYhbwjThrAhWfucfCwsPNVqmwEIZgLFhVNUot2MC5fG7EuO_j2nuYtxB998m2SbGcxVVw_n8OpME1RuVFgJ-kuVLcw&_hsmi=79104422


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Archdiocese of the Military

Serving Those Who Serve
Next weekend our parish will take up the Collection for the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA (AMS). Established by St John Paul II in 1985, the AMS is the only US diocese responsible for providing pastoral care to men and women serving in the US Armed Forces, enrolled at a US Military Academy, being treated as a patient at any of the 153 US Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers, or working for the federal government beyond US borders – including those from our own parish and diocese. AMS priests and deacons serve approximately 1.8 million Catholics, including families, who hail from 50 states and US territories. While the salaries and retirement of Catholic military chaplains are paid for by the US Government, the AMS does not receive any funding from the government or military for program and administrative costs. To learn more about the AMS, go to www.milarch.org/nationalcollection. Please give generously.

 


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Keeping the Faith

We are asking all Catholics in Stephenson County to join together with us, The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County, on Facebook. Only through unification can all Catholic men, women and children join together to build and strengthen our church and beliefs.
Joining with us provides a platform where you can see how we are impacting our community at each council, each church and school. We are asking you to help make our Catholic Family strong and it only takes two minutes to like and follow us on The Knights of Columbus of Stephenson County Facebook page.
We are inviting you as Catholics to post what you do for volunteering: births, to baptisms, and marriages, from church and school events to information which impacts Catholics in our community. Our strength comes from our God, our Church, our Catholic families, our Catholic community, and sharing what we do, as Catholics in action.


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LET’S DANCE!!

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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Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch

The Dailey Free Lunch Program will commence on Saturday, October 19 and continue through the month of April on the third Saturday of each month.  Serving will be in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm.  The free meal is sponsored by the Society of St Vincent de Paul and is open to anyone in need of a warm meal.
Meals can also be delivered to shut ins; please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 to make arrangements.
We are in need of the following items: Cereal Bars, Fresh Fruit, Cookies/Brownies, Creamy Peanut Butter and Grape Jelly, Paper Napkins, Bottled Water, Plastic Bags such as Cub Food, CVS, etc. (we have enough plastic containers at the present time). We also will be collecting toothbrushes and hand sanitizers. If you can provide any of these items or would like to help prepare and serve the meal, please contact Mary. It takes many hands to prepare, serve and deliver these meals. Thank you to all who have been so supportive in the past. Last year we provided over 800 meals to those in need.  


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Smile Ministry

The Smile Ministry names are in the back of the church. Please take a name and send a Fall greeting!

Do you know someone who can’t get out and needs a smile sent their way to brighten their day? Ask them if they would like to have their name put on our Smile list. They will be sent a greeting at each holiday throughout the year. Call the office to add a name to our list.