St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Aquin Canned Food Drive

Aquin’s Annual Canned Food Drive runs through November 19. All donations will be given to FACC to help keep the shelves stocked for those who are in need. If you would like to donate to this cause, you may:  Drop your donations at either of our campus locations Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:00pm: 1419 South Galena or 202 West Pleasant.  Send a monetary donation to either of our campus locations. Please make checks payable to FACC.  Call the Aquin Office at 815-235-3154, ext 230, and arrange a pick-up.  Email the Aquin Office at connie.gogel@aquinschools.org and arrange a pick-up.


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Knights of Coumbus Helping Women Who Need a Little Help

The Knights of Columbus raised money for the Madonna Renewal Center (MRC) to help pregnant women who need some help getting on their own. The Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, from Nigeria, completed their first phase of the old St Francis Hospital in Freeport IL. They can now take in up to ten women who are pregnant for up to two years after the birth of their child. Stipulations do apply. They will interview anybody who can make it to their doorstep, but please call ahead of time. at 1-815-297-8287. 

The purpose of the MRC is to help pregnant bring their children to birth and teach them how to be independent with their child. They will learn how to take care of themselves, their children and get them on the road to developing job skills. The vision the sisters have is that all this will be done with a feel of home. Home is a place of security and family. They are not an institution of hand outs where the suffering continues after the handout. They really want to make the lives of these women better for the rest of their lives. 

The Knights of Columbus are proud to help the Sisters in their ministries. The MRC is a special ministry in saving lives, saving souls and in protecting the most vulnerable. Being pregnant and abandoned is a vulnerable position to be in for these women. We all will look forward for them to receive what they need and never have to fall into that same vulnerability again. If you are a Catholic Man and would be interested in being part of the Knights, you can check out this web site:

Coleen Fenn received the check for the knights for the Sisters.

The MRC will be having dance this Saturday night (11/10/18) at the Eagles Club. 


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Dailey Free Lunches to Resume

The Aryl Dailey Free Lunches, sponsored by the Society of ST VINCENT de PAUL, will resume on Saturday, October 20. A hot meal will be available in Berg Hall from 11:30am to 1:00pm on the third Saturday of the month from October thru March. The April meal will be on the fourth Saturday. Anyone in need of a meal is welcome to attend. Children under sixteen must be accompanied by an adult. Last year we provided 873 meals.
Your help is needed to continue this ministry. We are in need of fresh fruit, cereal bars and cookies/bars each month. In addition, we need the following personal care products: shampoo, liquid soap and toothbrushes. If you can provide any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Please continue to pray for all those in our community who are struggling and in need of a kind hand. Thank you for your concern.


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October Marian Society Meeting

The St Joseph Marian Society will meet at 7:00pm in Berg Hall on Thursday, October 11. A member of the Freeport Police Department will discuss the latest scams that are prevalent in the Freeport area. We will also learn the procedures to take if we fear our identity has been stolen or if we are notified that our credit card information has been compromised. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary parishes are invited to attend this important meeting. Hostesses for the evening are: Barbara Feiner, Ruth Geary, Helen Toelle and Dolores Weinand.


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2018 YOUTH SUMMIT

WHEN: October 28, 2018 9:00 – 4:00
WHERE: Rock Valley College – Rockford Illinois
WHO: Teens Grade 8 -12
WHAT IS INCLUDED: A fantastic day of Faith, fun, and fellowship. Lunch and Tee shirt are included in the $25.00 fee.
PLEASE TURN IN YOUR REGISTRATION FORMS ALONG WITH $25.00 ON OR BEFORE OCTOBER 14
to Ann Peters at the Religious Education Office.


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Help Needed with Linens

We are in need of an extra person to assist in washing and ironing Fr. Barr’s Mass linens. We have one person in this capacity at the present time, and have just had another person retire. With two people, this would only be every other week, and would take approximately one to two hours depending upon the amount of linens. Please contact the Parish office to volunteer your time. Thank you!