April 18, 2014

At Good Friday services throughout the Rockford Diocese today, parishioners will have a chance to contribute to the preservation of the Holy Land sites.

The Holy Land Franciscans, who for 800 years have received from the Vatican money collected on Good Friday, use the funds to preserve the past and protect the future of Christian s... Read More

April 18, 2014

SOMONAUK—Father Thomas E. Brantman died in his sleep at St. John the Baptist Parish rectory, here, April 10, 2014.

Father Brantman was born on June 15, 1946, in Waukegan, to Robert and Beatrice May Brantman.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1975, by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill at  Cathedral of St.... Read More

April 18, 2014

“Be Reconciled” Day Draws Many To Confession

Observer Correspondent Wins IWPA Awards

Father Engbarth retires this month

Father Leo Petit dies in Pennsylvania


By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 11, 2014

BELVIDERE—St. James Parish, here, is gearing up for its 150th anniversary with a significant change to its church building.

Groundbreaking took place the afternoon of April 7 for an addition to the church that will increase its capacity from 325 seats to about 850. Bishop David Malloy joined other dignitaries, parishioners an... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 11, 2014

ROCHELLE—The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial convention on Saturday, April 5, at St. Patrick Parish, here.

The day included a business meeting, Mass, installation of new officers, lunch, raffles, auction, and a talk by Rebecca Woodhull who is the president of the National Council of Catholic Women.

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