St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Lent Almsgiving

This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to
the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find
envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul
label. According to custom, you are asked to make a
sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one
and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving
offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society
of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU.
Thank you for your generosity.


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Lenten Almsgiving

Lent Almsgiving This Lent our almsgiving offering will be given to the Society of St Vincent de Paul. You will find envelopes in the pews with a St Vincent de Paul label. According to custom, you are asked to make a sacrifice of eating one small meal in place of a large one and place the difference of the cost in your almsgiving offering. Please return your offering by Easter. The Society of St Vincent de Paul operates with the generosity of YOU. Thank you for your generosity.


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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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St Vincent DePaul Free Luncheon

This coming Saturday, December 16, the St Vincent de Paul Society will hold their third free lunch of the season. They will be serving lunch from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. To volunteer your help or to donate items for the lunch, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. God Bless you for helping those who have little this Season!


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NOVEMBER FREE COMMUNITY LUNCH

 We wish to thank all of the volunteers who came out on a blustery Saturday to help prepare and serve our Thanksgiving meal on November 18. Also, many thanks to the men who delivered meals to the homebound and to the homeless. We provided 112 individual meals and 38 persons came back for a second plate, making a total of 150 meals. The many donations of warm winter items was greatly appreciated by the recipients. We will serve a Christmas ham dinner on Saturday, December 16. We are in need of fresh fruit and cookies as well as personal products (shampoo, body lotion, liquid soap, and deodorant). If you can provide any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. Thank you for your continued generous support of our ministry to feed the hungry and we wish you and yours a Blessed Christmas Season. ~The Society of St Vincent de Paul 


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Thanks for the Help at the Food Bank Truck

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