St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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MRC Spaghetti Dinner 2019

IHM Sisters and the MRC Family wish to express their sincere gratitude to Father Barr and our beloved St Joseph-St Mary Parishes for all the support we received for our Mission. The Spaghetti Dinner was a huge success thanks to all of you. The desserts, and turning out in your numbers despite the biting cold, meant so much to us. We served about 475 dinners and netted over $1,000.00 in donations. Thank you for always being there for us. May the good Lord reward you abundantly. — Sister Theo


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Pancake Breakfast

Thank you for your wonderful support of the amazing Blue Nuns in helping to purchase a new boiler for their convent! To continue to help, we are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 4, from 9:00am – 12:30pm, at Holy Family Community Center.

Menu: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and beverages

Adults: $8 – Children Age 5-12: $5 – Under 4 years: Free


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St Mary Pancake Breakfast

Thank you for your wonderful support of the amazing Blue Nuns in helping to purchase a new boiler for their convent! To continue to help, we are having a pancake breakfast on Sunday, March 4, from 9:00am – 12:30pm, at Holy Family Community Center. Menu: Pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, applesauce, and beverages Adults: $8 – Children Age 5-12: $5 – Under 4 years: Free


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Holy Hour with the Sisters

MonstranceCome to the Holy Hour on Friday, June 16 in St Joseph Church. Exposition will be at 6pm. Confessions will be available during the Holy Hour. Sister Theo will be giving short inspirational talks as you contemplate God’s goodness. All are welcome to join in this adoration of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. It is a great time to get your peace in Christ on your way home from work. Continue reading


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Madonna Renewal Center

The Madonna Renewal Center is the future home for expectant mothers so they may have a warm and nurturing environment to bring their child to birth while they learn how to take care of their child, themselves and give them the ability of being self sufficient.

The Madonna Renewal Center is offering an opportunity for donors to participate in this work of God. They have categorized the donations by rooms of various needs. The chapel has just been done, but there are plenty of these opportunities. Here is how they are broken down.

SUMMARY OF FIRST FLOOR ESTIMATE BY ROOMS. FIRST FLOOR is a General Utility Space for: Prayer, Dining, Consulting, Cooking…

Totals For MAIN HALLWAY …………………………………  $7,386.14

Totals For MECHANICAL ROOM …………………………… $1,764.01

Totals For KITCHEN ………………………………………… $15,763.23 Continue reading


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Help the Madonna Renewal Center to Rebuild Their Chapel

A group of Catholic Men called St Joseph & Sons are coming together to help the Sisters at the Madonna Renewal Center. They will be remodeling the chapel on the first floor. They are calling for other Catholic Men to come and help them and the Sisters to make their dream of helping others come true.  

As Catholic Men, we are called to help those in need, to honor the dignity of women, and lead others to Christ. Join them in this essential role of spiritual leadership as Catholic Men. They will be working at the Madonna Renewal Center every Saturday from 8:00am to 1:00pm, with April 8 as their target date for completion.


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Go Fund Me is here! MRC

The Madonna Renewal Center is now excited to announce that we have a Go Fund Me account. We are on our way to more opportunities for those who would like to donate to our cause to help women in need. This is from our beautiful website from Gofundme. It has a great video and explanation of what this campaign is for. …

Make a tax deductible donation:

Go Fund Me is here!