The next Aryl Dailey Free Community Lunch will be Saturday, April 21 from 11:30am to 1:00pm in Berg Hall. This will be the final lunch of the season; we will resume the monthly meals in October. Items needed are: apples, oranges and cookies/brownies. If you can donate any of these items, please contact Mary Koppi at 815-232-4687. We will also be collecting household cleaning items and these may be brought to Berg Hall after 9:00 on the 21st. One hundred twenty-two meals were provided at the March lunch. We consistently provide over one hundred meals each month and we could not continue this service without your continued support. Thank you to all who give of their time each month to prepare and serve the meals, to deliver meals to the homebound, and to donate fruit and cookies and other supplies. You have touched the lives of many in our community through your generosity.
The Marian Society will meet at 7:00pm on Thursday, April 12 in Berg Hall. Members are reminded that yearly dues of $10.00 are now payable.
The program will be presented by Peggy Badgett, who writes a weekly column for the Journal Standard. Peggy spent twelve years in pharmaceutical research before becoming a pharmacist. Peggy now lives on a small farm near Orangeville with a menagerie of assorted animals. She is an avid nature lover and adventurer.
Hostesses for the evening are: Carolyn Bowers, Roberta Schradermeier, Shirley Schuck and Pat Weigel. All ladies of St Joseph and St Mary are invited to attend.
Vianney Performance Thank You The Vianney performance was without a doubt an exceptional event. The audience consisted of visitors, children, and many parishioners. It was a top quality performance and a true life story about a parish priest who became the patron saint of all parish priests. It was performed here, in Freeport, on Vianney’s 200th anniversary of becoming a parish priest for Ars, France. It was very inspiring, soul wrenching, enlightening and totally on mark with current events.
Leonardo Defilippis did a Q&A after the event and he was very welcoming to this parish. He gave all he had for the performance. He and his stage manager were a true joy to work with.
There were many people and organizations that came forward after the sponsorship list had been printed for the program, and who aided in making this event possible. At this time, I wish to express my appreciation for their generous support in helping set-up and tear down, as well as, their sponsorship. There isn’t enough room to mention all of them, but I would like to take this moment to thank some of the sponsors: Attorneys Ed & John Mitchell, Randall J. Manus, Esquire, Mr. & Mrs. James Scholtz, in memory of Margret Scholtz, Professor Joseph Vu, Luke Beggin of BTL Capital Management, and the Marian Society. You helped God touch many souls that night.
Through your act of kindness and financial support, others have benefited by your good heart and giving nature. The graces that flow into the community will mostly be unseen. But God always rewards those who serve Him. May the angels of God always assist you!
We thank you for your loving support. You are in my prayers. ~ Cynthia Saar, Event Coordinator
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.
St Joseph and St Mary now has their 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 is a great resource for parishioners by providing daily Mass readings, Catholic news and prayers, convenient prayer and Confession reminders, our bulletins and more. Continue reading
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.
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!