St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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ARYL DAILEY FREE LUNCH

SVDP round One hundred twenty-eight meals were provided at the November Free Lunch. We were overwhelmed by the generous donations of cookies, fruit, cereal bars and items of warm clothing. One first-time visitor remarked that she took a long time to eat her meal because “it was such a happy place with everyone smiling and visiting with one another.” Thank you for helping us to make all of this possible.

The December meal will be Saturday, December 15. We will need cookies/bars and fresh fruit. If you can provide any of these items, contact Mary Koppi at 815 232-4687.

We wish all a Blessed Holiday Season and a Happy New Year.


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St. Vincent de Paul – Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch April 21

The next Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch will be Saturday, April 21 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. This will be the final lunch of the season; we will resume the monthly meals in October. Items needed are: apples, oranges and cookies/brownies. If you can donate any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. We will also be collecting household cleaning items and these may be brought to Berg Hall after 9:00 on the 21st. One hundred twenty-two meals were provided at the March lunch. We consistently provide over one hundred meals each month and we could not continue this service without your continued support. Thank you to all who give of their time each month to prepare and serve the meals, to deliver meals to the homebound, and to donate fruit and cookies and other supplies. You have touched the lives of many in our community through your generosity.


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Saint Vincent De Paul Almsgiving

Lent Almsgiving This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul label. According to custom, you are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU. Thank you for your generosity. 

This is a separate collection from the Hope for Haitians on Holy Thursday.


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Lenten Almsgiving

Lent Almsgiving This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul label. According to custom, you are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU. Thank you for your generosity.


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JANUARY FREE LUNCH

 One hundred twenty-five meals were provided on Saturday, January 20. We are so grateful to the volunteers who help set up and clean up, who help prep and serve the meals, and who deliver meals to the homeless and homebound. We would not be able to offer the quality of food if it were not for the generous donations of Cub Foods and the members of St Joseph and St Mary churches. If we do have any food left, which is very seldom, we donate it to the Sleezer Home for Youth. Your service and donations of food, clothing, and toiletries make a difference in so many lives in our community. God Bless all of you and we ask that you continue to pray for those we serve. ~The Society of St Vincent de Paul.


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Aryl Dailey Free Lunch

The Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch, sponsored by the Society of St Vincent de Paul, will be held on Saturday, January 20. The menu will be Don’s Chili with all the trimmings, rolls, fresh fruit and dessert. The St Mary Ladies Guild will provide the fruit, cookies and cereal bars. We will again be collecting warm winter items. These may be brought to Berg Hall after 9:00am on the twentieth. Thank you for your continued support.


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Thanks for the Help at the Food Bank Truck

I want to thank all who came out on a rainy day to assist with the Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry. Thank You: Jan Ackerman, Kim Alber, Jane Barnes, Heather Dailey, Don Davis, Tom Dearth, Ruth Geary, Joe Ginger, Marietta, Kristine and John Guenther, Karen Hildebrandt, Charles Koppi, Jan Krieger, Diane Lloyd, Betty McKenna, Sharon Miller, Carol Mullens, Donna Nevenhoven, Jane O’Connor, Mark Rapp, Ann Sauer, Ron and Roberta Schradermeier, Frank and Sandy Steiner, Gale and Gerry Turner, Pat Weigel, and Sue Witt.
There were 127 individuals who received free groceries, which fed 330 family members. Through the generosity of many individuals, St Vincent de Paul was able to sponsor three food trucks this year. The number of household members who benefited from the free groceries was 1,300. In addition, 560 meals were provided through the Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch Program. We are extremely grateful to all who provide funds, donate their time and/or provide necessary supplies and materials. You have touched many lives within our community! God’s Blessing to all of you! Mary Koppi, Society of St Vincent de Paul