St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

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Vianney Production

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

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I wish to thank all who indicated on the Time & Talent Survey that you could help serve funeral lunches and/or provide a cake. Your names and numbers are on file and you will be contacted as the need arises. Again, thank you so much for volunteering for this ministry. ~Mary Koppi 

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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

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Pope Francis Gives Three Ingredients for Family Living

Vatican City State, May 13, 2015

Pope Francis has given families some practical advice during this morning’s General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.

Continuing with his catecheses on the family, the Holy Father reminded the faithful of three words that “must be in the home”: “May I, Thank You, Pardon Me [permesso, grazie, scusa].” …