St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Special Note of Gratitude

The IHM Sisters, Staff and Volunteers of Madonna Renewal Center are deeply grateful to the Parish Priests, and the faithful of St Joseph and St Mary Catholic Church, Freeport, for all your contributions toward the success of our recent spaghetti dinner. The success of this event could not have been possible without your unparalleled support to us and to our MRC mission for the support of pregnant mothers and their babies.
We thank all who sold tickets, bought tickets, donated cookies, desserts and other items for the spaghetti dinner. May you be richly replenished by the Most High God.
You are in our thoughts and prayers. – Sr. Marilyn Umunnakwe, IHM North American Regional Superior

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St Mary Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers for doing such a wonderful job of sharing your time and talents at St Mary Church and the Holy Family Community Center. Volunteers cover many tasks including church cleaning, lawn mowing, weeding, trimming, flower planting, and helping out with all of our fundraisers. You are a valued asset to St Mary Church – God Bless you.

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~ Thank You/Gracias ~

This thank you is long overdue. We just wanted to thank Fr. Diego and The Hispanic Community for the statues they purchased for the Easter Vigil. If you were unable to attend the Visitation at St Mary Church, it was the utmost humbling experience. So serene and absolutely beautiful. These are some of the pictures of the statutes they purchased. A thank you seems so small for all you do for St Mary Church. God Bless all of you.

Este agradecimiento es un poco tarde, Queremos darle las gracias al Padre Diego y a la comunidad hispana de  la Iglesia de Santa María, por la compra de las estatuas que donaron para nuestra iglesia.

Si no tuvieron la oportunidad de asistir a la visitación en la iglesia de Santa María fue la mejor experiencia espiritual, muy serena y hermosa. Aquí  podrás ver algunas fotos de las estatuas que se compraron. Unas gracias parecen algo pequeño por todo lo que hacen por nuestra iglesia de Santa María, Dios los bendiga.


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A Huge Thank You…

to our St Joseph & St Mary Meals on Wheels delivery teams for bringing smiles and food to our brothers and sisters in Freeport. We thank Pat Weigel & Karen Hildebrandt, Ron & Roberta Schradermeier, Jim Full & John Shippert, Jane & Jacob O’Connor, and Gabby & Kimmy Williams for their service this month. May God bless you all for your gift to this wonderful ministry! Our next delivery run will be the week of August 26. If you would like to join our team, please call Joanie Williams at 815-298-9705.

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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.