St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

What's new for St Joseph and St Mary Parishes!

Leave a comment

Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch

SVDP roundOur next Free Community Lunch will be Saturday, January 18. We will be serving Sloppy Joe sandwiches, chips, cold slaw, fruit and dessert. We will also collect deodorant for men and women, shampoo and chap stick. If you can provide any of these items or fresh fruit or cookies, you may bring them to Berg Hall after 9:00am that morning or contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687.  – Society of St Vincent de Paul


Leave a comment

November Free Community Lunch

We want to thank all who donated the many warm scarves, caps and gloves as well as the winter coats and jackets. You have helped many in our community through your generous giving. We provided 151 meals on November 16, and owe our volunteers a great big thank you for their dedication to this ministry. We will serve a ham dinner on Saturday, December 21. Donations and volunteers are always needed. Please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 for information. God Bless! – The Society of St Vincent de Paul

Leave a comment

October Food Truck

The Northern Illinois Mobile Food Pantry will be in St Joseph parking lot on Friday, October 11 from 10:00am to Noon. We need twenty to twenty-five volunteers to assist in unloading and distributing the groceries. If you can spare a couple of hours to help feed those in our community who are experiencing financial difficulty, contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Please check in at the breezeway by 9:45am.
This truck is made possible through the generosity of St Mary and St Joseph parishioners and friends. If you would like to sponsor or co-sponsor a truck in 2020, please contact Mary.

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment

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

Leave a comment


To date, the Society of St Vincent de Paul has received $2,300.07 from the Lenten almsgiving. Your gifts made it possible to assist a single mother with three young children. She had lost her job due to the seasonal nature of her work. It took her several months to find another job. During this period, her only income was a small amount of child support and food stamps. Obviously, she fell behind with her bills. She had made considerable progress in catching up her past due bills with the exception of her gas bill. When she contacted SVDP she had only a few days before the gas was to be shut off. She had a good portion of the amount requested; however, the utility demanded payment in full. Due to your generous support, SVDP was able to provide the remaining funds. Your gifts truly do make a difference to those in our community who are in need. Thank you and God Bless.

Leave a comment

April Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch

Please note the April Free Lunch sponsored by St Vincent de Paul will be held on the fourth Saturday, April 27, in Berg Hall. Serving will be from 11:30am to 1:00pm. The menu will feature Don’s chili, cold slaw, chips, fresh fruit and dessert. We are in need of apples, oranges and bananas for the lunch. We will also be accepting donations of plastic trash bags (any size), disinfectant wipes, all-purpose cleaner and sponges. If you can provide any of these items, they may be brought to Berg Hall on the 27th after 9:00am, or contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. This will be the final lunch of the season; we will resume serving in October.

Your generous donations have made a difference in many lives. Thank you and God bless you for caring.