High school students: Want to join a community of fun, meaningful conversation, service, and worship? We meet every Wednesday in the NEW Youth Room at St Thomas from 7-9pm. Text Benjy Miller (Youth Minister) at 815.348.7785 for more info or if you just want to talk or hangout.
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
A representative of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries will host an informative meeting on Tuesday, October 17, at 2:30pm, in the O’Neill Center at St Thomas Aquinas Church in Freeport, IL. Parishioners of all three Freeport parishes as well as nearby parishes are invited and encouraged to attend. Carol Giambalvo, director of cemeteries, will present a history of the Office of Catholic Cemeteries, its responsibilities as operator of the Diocesan Catholic Cemeteries, management and financing of cemetery operations, and cemetery services and products. She will also discuss the Cemetery Oversight Act, which changed certain cemetery procedures and mandated maps, invoicing procedures, and cemetery authorities. Additional current and future topics include installation of military flagpoles this fall, the need to update records and maps, new area to be developed in Calvary Cemetery, possible cremation area at St Joseph Cemetery, and maintenance issues such as repair of roads, spraying for weeds, adding litter barrels and more. Also, rules and regulations regarding plantings and trimmings of evergreens, use of shepherd hooks, explanation of types of flower vases permitted and proximity to gravestones. A question and answer period will follow the presentation.
El Señor espera que demos frutos de amor. Tanto el profeta Isaías como el evangelio de Mateo utilizan la imagen de la viña para resaltar la relación de Dios con su pueblo. La viña era la casa de Israel. Yahvé la plantó, arregló y preparó con todo esmero para que diera fruto. Derrochó en ella todo su amor. Sólo esperaba de ella una cosa: que diera uvas, el fruto de la vid. En el pacto de la Alianza en el Sinaí quedó claro el compromiso de ambas partes: “vosotros seréis mi pueblo y yo seré vuestro Dios”. El Señor fue fiel, pero el pueblo olvidó su juramento. Dios sólo deseaba que diera frutos de amor, por su propio bien, por su propia felicidad. A pesar de todo, envió a sus mensajeros los profetas (los criados de la parábola) para recordárselo, pero no sólo no les escucharon sino que les apedrearon o les mataron. ¿Qué más podía hacer por su viña que no haya hecho? Lo impensable: envió a su propio hijo. Pero los labradores acabaron con su vida para quedarse con la viña. Continue reading
Come and honor Our Lady of Fatima by joining the Rosary Crusade to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun on Saturday, October 14. We will meet at St Joseph Church, where a procession begins at 11:45am to the Madonna Renewal Center,1209 S Walnut, or meet us there at noon when the celebration continues.
Eucharistic Adoration Holy Hour of Healing Are you hurting? Do you need quiet reflection time? Time alone with Jesus? Join us for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration with a healing service on Friday, October 6, at 5:00pm in St Mary Church.
Come to the Life Chain on October 1 from 12:00 to 1:00 PM this Sunday! The location is at the corner of Stephenson and West.
The Aquin High School Pro-life group, PAWS, will sponsor a Life Chain in Freeport, IL. A dedicated group of Christians gathered at the intersection of Stephenson and West Streets to pray for an end to abortion.
This event is a non-denominational Christ centered effort to bring attention, in our local communities, to the plight of the unborn. Ask your pastor to encourage everyone to participate in this simple but worthwhile effort to help save babies.
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