St Joseph and St Mary Parishes in Freeport, IL

What's new for St Joseph and St Mary Parishes!


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Meals on Wheels

 A huge THANK YOU to Ron and Roberta Schradermeier, who braved the snow and cold on Friday, February 1, to deliver Meals on Wheels for the St Joseph/St Mary parishes! Because of the snowstorm and deep freeze that followed, Meals on Wheels had to cancel deliveries for most of our scheduled week. I want to thank our new team members, Pat Weigel and Karen Hildebrandt. Also, our other volunteers, Jim Full, and Jane and Jacob O’Connor, who were unable to deliver due to the weather cancellations.
We are so grateful for your willingness to be a part of this wonderful ministry! Our next delivery week will be mid-May when the weather will be more cooperative! If you would like to be a part of this amazing group of caring and selfless people, please call Joanie Williams at 815-298-9705.


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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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FUNERAL LUNCHES

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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New Parish App

St Mary and St Joseph Churches have an App! What is an app? App is short for application. It is a program that is downloaded onto a mobile device, such as a smart phone or tablet. The parish app is a small program for all smart phones and tablets that allows the parishioners access to better communication, events, payers, and spiritual life.

 We currently have on our app the church bulletins, calendar of events, daily readings, link to our blog site (web site), prayers, contact info, instant messages on events, reminders when it is your weekend to serve at the Mass, information on the sacraments, and a brief introduction of our staff. We hope to add more information for you, such as the weekend homilies, and teachings of the Church.

You can also download the App by the following instructions:

Text oneinfaith1 to 555888 for Apple devices
Text oneinfaith2 to 555888 for Android devices

You can also find the apps using the following links.
Google Play store https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.weconnect.josephmary
iTunes Store https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/one-in-faith-st.-joseph-st./id1182017572?ls=1&mt=8

 To stay connected to our parishes, just do a search on the app store of your device. For Android, it is the “Play Store”. For an iPhone or iPad it is the “App Store”. Do a search on the search bar by typing in, “St Joseph and St Mary Parishes”. The parish app should be close to the top on the list. The icon is a blue triangle with an inner triangle that glows in a different color. When you click on that icon, the left side of the Triangle should say “St. Mary’s” and the right side should say “St. Joseph’s”, while the middle glowing part should say “One in Christ”. This is the correct app, so you can tap on the “Install” button. The app should install onto your smart phone or tablet. A similar screen will pop up with a button that says, “Open”. Tap on the “Open” button and the app program will open.

 

 The services that are current should be in the squares below the circle with the triangle in it. We are working on getting more available to you. One such service is Messages. To keep connected to the community, we suggest you select those areas of communication for which you would like to receive messages for. To do this, you will notice three horizontal lines on the top left corner of the screen. Tap on those lines and a short menu will open. Tap on the “Notifications” tab. These are the selections available for you to receive notifications: Events, Funerals, General, Holiday Mass Schedule, Liturgy Volunteers, Religious Education, Spirituality, and Youth. To turn on or off the notifications for any of the options, simply tap the right side of the screen that corresponds with the service you wish to be notified of. The switch on the screen should turn blue when you turn it on.

 We hope you will enjoy the rest of the app. We will be developing it further and hope to serve you better.


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St Mary Church Debt Elimination

I know many people have questions about the money situation for St Mary Church. St Mary Church currently has a debt of about $237,000. Because we do not make enough to pay our bills, we are looking at a deeper debt by next July. Some parishioners have come together with me to start a debt elimination strategy. Debt does not go away by itself; there must be a plan, and we need everyone to help. Continue reading


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Pope Visited by Seriously Ill 8-Year-Old

Eight-year-old Ignazio Fucci suffers from an immune deficiency associated with intestinal disease, a rare illness that affects only a handful of people around the world. He’s the only child in Italy who has it. He and his family today were able to meet Pope Francis at a private audience in Casa Santa Marta. …

Pope Visited by Seriously Ill 8-Year-Old