St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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St Mary Bus Trip to Holy Hill

St Mary Church will sponsor a bus trip to the Basilica & National Shrine of Mary Help of Christians at Holy Hill on Saturday, August 4. Holy Hill sits atop the highest peak in southeastern Wisconsin on 435 acres located in the heart of Kettle Moraine Crosses by Wisconsin’s Ice Age Trail. People come to admire the beautiful architecture, meditate or pray, or simply enjoy the quiet, peaceful environment.
The bus will leave at 8:00am from the St Mary parking lot and return at 6:30pm. There will be a Mass at 11:00am. More information will be coming on the itinerary.
The cost is $35, which includes a tip for the bus driver and donation. Lunch will be on your own. We look forward to seeing you. For more information, please contact Fr. Diego at 815-232-3718 or Ann Peters at 815-235-3628. 


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Special Tank You from the Madonna Renewal Center

Gratitude for Baby Shower for the Blue Nuns
We are sincerely grateful to the Marian Society for organizing the Baby Shower for the Madonna Renewal Center. The beautiful gifts of different baby items to serve this Mission meant so much to us. The items will go a long way to help the guests and their infants to settle in. Thank you for reaching out in love for the UNBORN. God bless you.
Gratitude from IHM Sisters – Blue Nuns
Our Heart is full of gratitude to our Parish Community of St.Joseph-St Mary Freeport. The Blue Nuns and all the MRC Family appreciate all your love and support. Thank you for your encouragement and patience for the past four years. Your participation in our events, deserts provided, individual donations, volunteered time, and the beautiful flowers delivered to us for the OPEN HOUSE EVENT on Saturday, June 23, made our day and added color to our event. We are also grateful to the couple who sponsored our first Come and See event in 2014. Your support, the visit of Bishop David Malloy, the weather, the turn-out made the day a huge success. We thank our pastor, Fr. Timothy Barr, for his prayers, presence and skills used on the project. God bless you all.


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Marian Society Meeting & Shower for the Madonna Renewal Center

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.


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Women of Christ Conference 2018

 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.
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