St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Spaghetti Dinner!

The Madonna Renewal Center is hosting a delicious Spaghetti Dinner to benefit their renovation efforts. Treat your Valentine, or yourself! Come and enjoy some great food, great company, and support our very own amazing Blue Nuns! Carry out will be available. Place: St Thomas Aquinas O’Neill Center Date: Tuesday, February 13 Time: 4:00pm to 7:00pm Tickets: $8.00 before the event/$9.00 at the door Tickets will be available at Mary’s Mantel, Gemorifics, Christensen Hometown Realtors, St Thomas Aquinas Office, St Joseph/St Mary Church Office, and after Masses the weekends of Feb. 3 & 4 and Feb. 10 & 11.

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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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St Vincent DePaul Free Luncheon

This coming Saturday, December 16, the St Vincent de Paul Society will hold their third free lunch of the season. They will be serving lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. To volunteer your help or to donate items for the lunch, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. God Bless you for helping those who have little this Season!

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 We wish to thank all of the volunteers who came out on a blustery Saturday to help prepare and serve our Thanksgiving meal on November 18. Also, many thanks to the men who delivered meals to the homebound and to the homeless. We provided 112 individual meals and 38 persons came back for a second plate, making a total of 150 meals. The many donations of warm winter items was greatly appreciated by the recipients. We will serve a Christmas ham dinner on Saturday, December 16. We are in need of fresh fruit and cookies as well as personal products (shampoo, body lotion, liquid soap, and deodorant). If you can provide any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Thank you for your continued generous support of our ministry to feed the hungry and we wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas Season. ~The Society of St Vincent de Paul 

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Coffee and Donuts

We will not be having the coffee and donuts after the 10:30am Mass this weekend due to the Mary Fest celebrations.

Mary Fest will start with a 12noon international Mass. This Mass will be celebrated in English and Spanish with the intentions in other languages as well. There will be lots of food, including Fr Barr’s famous ribs. There will live entertainment and games. Come and enjoy the fun.

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Brats and Donuts

We will be having donuts every week in Fr. Barr’s garage after the 10:30am Mass on Sundays. If there is still a desire for it and we can accommodate, we can have them year round. We are looking at putting together a schedule for those who would like to contribute by baking goodies to give an option other than Dunkin Donuts. Continue reading