St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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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Buy A Bed For The Blue Nuns!

The Madonna Renewal Center will be opening in June and is still in need of eight twin beds. Mattress by Appointment Freeport can purchase a quality twin set at their cost of $145. Any contributions toward these costs will be greatly appreciated. To donate please call Chris Eilers at 815-291-9841.


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Blue Nun Fun Run

Save the Date – Saturday, June 2 The 3rd Annual Blue Nun 5K Fun Run and Family Obstacle Run/Walk is planned for June 2, 2018 starting at the Jane Addams Trail Head just off Highway 20 (same as last year). We hope you will join us and/or consider sponsoring this event.
Please contact Barb Lessman at 815-291-5431 with any questions. Register online at http://www.bluenuns.org. Early registration is $15 through May 25, and $20 after.
All proceeds to benefit the renovation of the Madonna Renewal Center.
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Madonna Renewal Center Saturday Work Day

We have set aside one more work day for this month — Saturday, April 28 (8:00am to 4:00pm) or choose your own day! Feel free to bring your teenage children — all types of age-appropriate work need to be completed!
You may also donate work items (work gloves, pliers, paint brushes, mops/buckets, brooms, sandpapers, hammers, and so on). Let us know on time — to prepare for you! God bless you. — Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary


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2018 MRC Special Year: Volunteers Needed

WE ARE EXCITED! JUNE 2018 is our year of blessings: A child will have a chance. The woman will feel Loved and Supported. Freeport will open doors to suffering women. We will bond in love as we serve. Thank you for standing by us. Your love and sacrifices achieved so much. However, there are still pieces of work to be completed: cleaning, dusting, painting and so on. Come and help. Take a tour of the building and see how you can help. We set aside three work Saturdays – March 24, April 7 and 28 (8:00am to 4:00pm) or choose your own day! We pray for many volunteers to reach our goal. Give a baby a chance with skilled or unskilled hours. Bring your teenage children. All types of age-appropriate work are needed! Continue reading


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St Mary Pancake Breakfast

Thank you for your wonderful support of the amazing Blue Nuns in helping to purchase a new boiler for their convent! To continue to help, we are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 4, from 9:00am – 12:30pm, at Holy Family Community Center. Menu: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and beverages Adults: $8 – Children Age 5-12: $5 – Under 4 years: Free