St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Newe Parish App

New Parish App Coming Soon!

In the coming weeks St Joseph and St Mary will launch our own app for iPhone and Android smart phones. This will allow us to better communicate with you throughout the week and keep you updated with relevant parish news or updates. The app is very well designed and very intuitive. It will be a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and more.

We hope for our new app to be a tool for fostering stronger parish life at St Joseph and St Mary and better engaging the New Evangelization.

Though we have not launched to Parish App yet, you can still download it by texting: App to 88202

Please watch in the coming weeks for our official launch announcement and information.

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 One hundred twenty-five meals were provided on Saturday, January 20. We are so grateful to the volunteers who help set up and clean up, who help prep and serve the meals, and who deliver meals to the homeless and homebound. We would not be able to offer the quality of food if it were not for the generous donations of Cub Foods and the members of St Joseph and St Mary churches. If we do have any food left, which is very seldom, we donate it to the Sleezer Home for Youth. Your service and donations of food, clothing, and toiletries make a difference in so many lives in our community. God Bless all of you and we ask that you continue to pray for those we serve. ~The Society of St Vincent de Paul.

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St Joseph Christmas Decorating

Christmas Decorating at St Joseph We will be putting up the Christmas decorations on Saturday, December 23, beginning at 10:00am. Many volunteers are needed to help set up the Nativity set, Christmas tree, and window treatments, along with other miscellaneous decorations. Come and join us, if at all possible, to help make our church look beautiful for this blessed event! Thank you!

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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!!

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Parish Fundraisers and the Budget

In most parishes, fundraisers are used for building projects, charity work or other specific causes that may help the services the community brings. They are typically not used for paying the budget because they do not have that capacity. They may help in cutting a deficit, but it is rare to have one get rid of a debt. When it comes to meeting a budget, nothing can replace the general income from the collection basket. Meeting the budget is usually made by the generosity of the people in thanksgiving to God. Fundraisers do help. But we need to realize they cannot fix.

This being said, fundraisers can be a great way to bring the community together. They can be a source of fun and getting to know your neighbor. They can be a way to bring your talents to serve God and others. It takes lots of people to do an event. We have to ask ourselves if we are willing.

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New Widgets to Our Web Site

Our web site just got a little more exciting! We added four new widgets to help you stay connected to out Facebook pages. You can connect right to the St Joseph, St Mary, YCIA and the Madonna Renewal Center Facebook pages. In fact, you might not even have to leave our web site to get the information you are looking for. The widget allows you to  scroll through and read what was posted more recently from the small window on the right side of the screen. Check it out!