St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Holy Day of Obligation January 1

This Wednesday is a holy day of obligation. It is the feast day of Holy Mary, Mother of God. The Mass times are as follows.

  • New years Eve 4pm Mass in St Joseph Church
  • New Years Day 8am Mass in St Mary Church
  • New Years Day 10:30am Mass in St Jospeh Church

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St Mary’s All Saints Day & All Soul’s Day

Due to the way the calendar dates for All Saints Day and All Soul’s Day fall this year, St Mary’s will be observing these special days as follows:
St Mary’s will have an All Saint’s Day Mass on Friday,
November 1, at 5:00pm.
At the 8:00am Mass on Sunday, November 3, we will celebrate the lives of those who have died this past year, and also have candles lit for those who have paid for candles for their family members.
If you wish to purchase candles for the November 3 celebration for the deceased members at St Mary’s, be sure to have your money into the office by October 20. St Mary’s will purchase the candles for members who have died this past year.
Thank you for your understanding.

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Smile Ministry

The Smile Ministry names are in the back of the church. Please take a name and send a Fall greeting!

Do you know someone who can’t get out and needs a smile sent their way to brighten their day? Ask them if they would like to have their name put on our Smile list. They will be sent a greeting at each holiday throughout the year. Call the office to add a name to our list.

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St Mary Church Pancake Breakfast

St Mary’s will be holding a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday, August 25. We will be serving from 9:00am to 12:00 noon in the Holy Family Community Center.
Our menu includes Pancakes, Sausage, Scrambled Eggs, Applesauce and Beverage. Donations will be taken at the door for our St Mary’s debt. Please come and enjoy excellent food and family fellowship.

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St Mary Volunteers

Thank you to all our volunteers for doing such a wonderful job of sharing your time and talents at St Mary Church and the Holy Family Community Center. Volunteers cover many tasks including church cleaning, lawn mowing, weeding, trimming, flower planting, and helping out with all of our fundraisers. You are a valued asset to St Mary Church – God Bless you.

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The end of the 2018-2019 fiscal year will be here soon!!
On June 30, the end of the fiscal year, the Diocese will match the amount that has been raised this year to reduce the St Mary debt.
They will match the total amount that has been raised ONLY if the money received in the weekend collections and debt envelopes meets the base amount the Diocese set at the beginning of the Debt Reduction Campaign. That amount is $156,706.
To reach that goal, we need another $17,225 contributed in the weekend collections and debt envelopes before June 30, 2019.
Thank you for your generosity.
Please keep St Mary Church in your prayers
as many work hard to reduce the debt.