Thank you to all Parents, Sponsors, Catechists, Parishioners & Fr. Barr for coming out to support the Confirmation Students on their Saint Projects. The Students did a great job on all their research and presenting of their Saints. Many were asked questions on how and why they chose that particular Saint. Confirmation this year will be Wednesday, January 23, 2019, at 5:30pm at St Mary Church. A special thanks to all that provided the treats. Everyone enjoyed them.
Freeport Knights of Columbus got together on December 12 for their annual Potluck Christmas dinner. The KC’s distributed checks from the Tootsie Roll drive in September to Freeport Special Olympics, represented by Anne Schulz, Freeport Park District; Malcom Eaton, Brian Babcock, Marketing; and Presence St. Vincent, Diane Cushman. Fun was had by all and we are looking forward to next year’s fundraiser. Nils Sandstrom and Todd McKenna represented the Knights of Columbus.
Christmas Eve – Monday, December 24
- 3:30pm – Choir Concert with Community Singing
- 4:00pm – St Joseph Church – Fr. Barr
Christmas Day – Tuesday, December 25
- 8:00am – St Mary Church – Fr. Barr
- 10:30am – St Joseph Church – Fr. Barr
- 1:00pm – St Mary Church (en Español) – Fr. Ricardo
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.
4th Annual Benefit Dance for the Madonna Renewal Center — Nov 10, 7-10pm at the Eagles Club!
A dance featuring the Madmen will be held at the Eagles Club, 1200 W. Galena Ave., on November 10 from 7:0010:00pm. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door. Advance tickets will be sold at St Joseph Catholic Church, Hometown Realty, Eagles Club, and Gemorifics, all located in Freeport.
A bake sale, including Christmas cookies, will be held and chances will be sold for an opportunity to win a hickory rocking chair donated by Rite-Way. All profits will benefit the Madonna Renewal Center in Freeport.
We are in need of a new coordinator for the St Joseph/ St Mary Meals on Wheels. This would involve scheduling the deliveries four times a year, beginning in January. –
Having Our Lady of Fatima Statue coming here to Freeport is such a blessing! Many graces come with this statue. But what does it mean?
First of all, we have to make it clear that this statue is not what we are worshipping, nor do we worship Mary. When you take a step back and see what the purpose of Our Lady appearing in Fatima was, we find Our Lady is offended because people are no longer worshipping Jesus or following His ways. Sacrilege was a whole way of life. Atheism, with anti-religion thought, was causing so much war, death and persecutions in society, Our Lord Jesus sent Mary to save the souls who were on the verge of Hell. When we look at this fact, we see that Mary is truly leading people to her Son Jesus. She has in her heart the heart of her Son. She illustrates for us that she is really alive – that we are not talking to the dead, but the living (Mk 12:27). Our Lady came as a warning to souls who reject Jesus or are lukewarm to Him. Continue reading