St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Missionary Sunday

The Propagation of the Faith office of our diocese has invited the diocese of Kumbakonam, India, to speak to us about their missionary activities and challenges. Accordingly, Fr. David Kulandaisamy will be speaking to us during all Masses on the weekend of September 7 & 8.
This diocese, started in 1899 in the State of Tamil Nadu, India, has an area of 7824 sq. km. and a Catholic population of 213,000 (6% of the population). It is served by 212 diocesan and 63 religious priests, 580 nuns and 12 trained lay catechists. The diocese has certain concrete and meaningful goals for a New Evangelization, including:
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Meals on Wheels

Coordinator Needed!!
Our churches help provide a service that addresses a critical need in our community by being a part of Meals on Wheels. In order for us to continue being a part of this service, we need a Coordinator to contact the delivery teams and schedule the deliveries four times a year. We have a future delivery date coming up the first week in December. Prayerfully consider being a part of this important ministry – contact the Parish office today!


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August Food Truck

Thirty volunteers assisted in unloading fresh vegetables, meat, cereal, mac and cheese, and other assorted groceries from the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry on August 14. These free groceries fed 217 adults and 177 children. Many thanks to Father Barr, Jan Ackerman, Kim Alber, Paul Brown, Candy Daacon, Heather, Grace and Clare Dailey, Don Davis, Steve, Peg and Kate Ehlbeck, Ruth Geary, Joe Ginger, John Guenther, Karen Hildebrandt, Mike Kavran, Charles Koppi, Jan Krieger, Betty McKenna, Laverne Mensen, Jean Mertz, Laura Mills, Darrell and Marianne Overturf, Ann Sauer, Frank and Sandra Steiner, Pat Weigel, and Millie Whitford.
Our next Food Truck will be Friday, October 11, from 10:00am to 12:00 noon. Please watch the bulletin for further information. Thank you to all who have given so generously of your time to help families who are struggling. God Bless You. — Mary Koppi


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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 Bluenuns.org, or you may purchase tickets from any committee member. Questions? Contact Colleen at 815-275-6378.


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Carl Anderson, CEO and supreme knight of the Knights of Columbus, announces new initiatives and showcases highlights of past fraternal year

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. — Supreme Knight Carl Anderson spoke to fellow members of the Knights of Columbus at the Order’s 137th Supreme Convention. In his speech during the business session, Supreme Knight Anderson highlighted the achievements from the past fraternal year and announced new initiatives for the Order.
The theme of his speech was “Knights of Unity.”
KNIGHTS OF UNITY
“Through our unity, we will continue to rise in charity and fraternity. And as we extend the hand of brotherhood, we will continue to transform the world around us — a world that needs more, not less, of the truth and witness that define all those who call themselves Knights of Columbus.”
KENDRICK CASTILLO POSTHUMOUSLY DECLARED A KNIGHT
“Kendrick wanted to be a Knight of Columbus because he wanted to help not only people, but his community. And in his last moments, Kendrick Castillo did both.”

https://www.kofc.org/en/news/releases/supreme-knight-delivers-annual-report.html


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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 Vincent de Paul

In the month of June, through your gifts, the Society of St Vincent de Paul brought the love and care of Jesus to the poor by assisting a single mother with a child with severe asthma. They live in an upstairs apartment without air conditioning. We were able to purchase a small window unit which will supply much needed comfort for this child. In addition, we assisted three adults with emergency housing, one family with rental assistance and two families with utility payments. TOGETHER WE CAN HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING. THANK YOU!