St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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September Marian Meeting

Please join us on Thursday, September 11, as we “take a step back in time.” We will meet at 6:00pm at the Stephenson Co. Historical Museum, 1440 S Carroll Ave.,
for a private tour of the Taylor Mansion and the Toy Museum. Some exhibits of special interest are items from the Time Capsule removed from Freeport City Hall, the ten-foot replica of the Arcade doll house, and Charissa Taylor Bass’ richly illuminated book, “Songs of the Centuries.” Those who do not wish to go to the second floor will have the opportunity to browse the gift shop or further enjoy the illuminated book which has been digitized. There will be plenty of seating available and we will be in small groups so that hearing should not be a problem.
Parking is available in the rear of the museum grounds. A guide will meet us at the back door of the home. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Koppi, 815-232-4687.

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October Marian Society Meeting

The St Joseph Marian Society will meet at 7:00pm in Berg Hall on Thursday, October 11. A member of the Freeport Police Department will discuss the latest scams that are prevalent in the Freeport area. We will also learn the procedures to take if we fear our identity has been stolen or if we are notified that our credit card information has been compromised. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary parishes are invited to attend this important meeting. Hostesses for the evening are: Barbara Feiner, Ruth Geary, Helen Toelle and Dolores Weinand.

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The Marian Society will meet on Thursday, March 8, at 7:00pm, in Berg Hall. Members are reminded that yearly dues of $10.00 are payable at this time. The program will be presented by Kerrylynn Whalen Rodriguez. Kerrylynn has been a pharmacist for nearly forty years and has gone on twenty-six humanitarian/medical trips to Peru and the Amazon. She recruits, trains and escorts volunteers through her organization Casa de Salud Peru (House of Health Peru). She will be leaving on another mission to South America in July. She is in need of the following items: colored pencils, girls’ hair accessories, toothbrushes, dish towels, handmade baby hats and blankets and pot holders. We will be collecting these items at the meeting — please be generous. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary are invited to attend.

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All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary churches are invited to join the members of the Marian Society for a Victorian Christmas on Thursday, December 14 at 6:00pm at the home of Joan Winsel, 708 W Lincoln Blvd. Mrs. Winsel previously directed the Food Services at HCC and now serves private parties in her one hundred plus year old home which will be lavishly decorated in the Victorian manner. The menu will feature the UNICORN open faced hot ham sandwich and grasshopper pie. The cost is $16.00 and reservations with payment are due by December 4. Reservations are limited. Please call Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687 for more information or to make a reservation.

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St. Joseph Marian Society’s Flapjack Fundraiser

perfect_pancakesMark your calendars now to attend the St. Joseph Marian Society’s Flapjack Fundraiser on Saturday, November 7th.

Start your cool fall morning with a hot pancake breakfast AND support the work of the Marian Society. Tickets are only $5 and can be obtained from Stephanie Helms ( or 815-541-5739). Or ask any Marian Society member for tickets.

A great event to bring the whole family!!

Hope to see you there!!