It is hard to imagine, in the year 2022, less than four years from now will be the 150-year anniversary of the St Joseph church building. Just ten years after the official founding of St Joseph parish community, the people of the parish built the church we have today. This community has seen a lot of changes in the world since that time: cars, planes, electricity, phones, computers, and space travel. America looks quite different too. From Jesse James, the purchase of major lands from Mexico, to putting an American flag on the moon, a Catholic president and a German pope. Freeport has changed too. Lots of hard work gave way to prosperity. Now we experience the hard times on Freeport and its residents. Families built this church; many are still here, and many are not. Continue reading
The Freeport Area Church Cooperative has completed the sign-up for its annual Christmas Basket Blessing. St Joseph Church is being asked to provide 250 boxes of macaroni and cheese and St Mary Church is being asked to provide 250 cans of green beans to help fill the baskets. Any excess items will be incorporated into FACC’s food pantry, which is desperately low on food. Additionally, if you are interested in supplying gifts for the baskets, please call Robert Varner at FACC at 815-233-0435 (ext. 1). Please bring your donations to church by Sunday, December 16.
Delivery of the baskets to those who signed up will be Saturday, December 22, from 10:00am until completed. We will deliver from Holy Family Community Center. Volunteer delivery drivers are needed.
If you have any questions concerning this year’s Christmas event, contact Dean Wright at FACC at 815-233-0435 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Of 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 on Saturdays from 10:30am until noon at the Holy Family Community Center. Continue reading
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.