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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Smile Ministry

Smile Ministry The Smile Ministry names are in the back of the church. Please take a name and send a Valentine’s Day greeting!
Do you know someone who can’t get out and needs a smile sent their way to brighten their day? Ask them if they would like to have their name put on our Smile list. They will be sent a greeting at each holiday throughout the year. Call the office to add a name to our list.


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Want to Learn More About the Bible?

 PaulOf course you do!! We all do!! A Ten Lesson Audio Bible Study Course on the Gospel of Matthew from St. Paul Center will be led by Fr. Timothy J. Barr beginning on Saturday, February 17, 2018 from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. A workbook or Kindle study book is required for the Bible Study. In each class, the audios will be heard during the lesson, and then there will be approximately 30 minutes of study and discussion within your groups to work through chapter questions from the workbook, (which costs approx. $10), or Kindle. If you have any questions or want to sign up and join this Bible Study, please contact Cynthia Saar and/or leave a message for her at (815) 232-7400 by no later than Friday, February 9. Let’s all take this opportunity to understand our Faith better!


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Prayer of Uniting Suffering With Jesus for St Mary and St Joseph Parishes

Lord Jesus, You willingly suffered a painful death for the sake of my salvation. Today I join my pain with yours—my illness, my loneliness and my heartache as well as my physical suffering; all for the sake of the souls in purgatory and for the Fruitfulness of St Mary and St Joseph Parishes. Send your Holy Spirit on all members of these parishes and those who attend these parishes. Bless them. Bless their ministries, bless all our families and our priests. I also pray that more holy priests and religious will come into your service from these parishes. Have pity on your servant, Lord, listen to my prayer, for to you I lift up my soul. Amen.


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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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Scholarships to Aquin

Aquin logoIllinois’ New Investment in Kids An Aquin Catholic School Education Could Be Possible The State of Illinois has passed the Invest in Kids Act— a new way for families to receive scholarships for those who choose to attend Catholic schools like Aquin in Freeport. Scholarships offered through this program have the potential to cover up to 100% of tuition for the next school year for those who qualify. Apply for financial support through Empower Illinois @ empowerillinois.org. Scholarships will be granted on a first come first serve basis. Empower Illinois will begin accepting applications on January 24, 2018. Visit empowerillinois.org early and often to be one of the first to apply!
For more information: Contact Mrs. Rosemarie Brubaker at the Aquin Catholic Schools – rosemarie.brubaker@aquinschools.org or 815-235-3154.
Come and See if Aquin Catholic Schools is Right for Your Family! Next Parent Open House: – February 1, 2018 or Call us at 815-235-3154 to set up a tour. Email : aquinschools.org
Want to Donate to the Fund for a Tax Credit? Beginning January 2, 2018, you can donate to the Invest in Kids Act Scholarship and receive a state income tax credit of 75%. Visit: empowerillinois.org for a step-by-step guide about the program.