St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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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


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ST VINCENT de PAUL

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.


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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.


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THIRD SUNDAY OF LENT

In today’s Gospel, Jesus is quite clear in his message: “bear fruit or be cut down.” This Lent we are called to cultivate and fertilize our spiritual lives through prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.

THROUGH YOUR ALMSGIVING TO ST VINCENT de PAUL, YOU ARE PERFORMING A GOOD WORK. CHOOSING TO HELP THOSE WHO ARE SUFFERING WILL FILL YOUR HEART WITH THE BLESSING OF JESUS.


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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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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.