December 19, 2014

ROCKFORD—Students, parents and principals gathered at the Diocesan Administration Center Dec. 11 for the annual Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill scholarship presentations.

In honor of the late bishop, Michael Kagan, diocesan superintendent of schools, quizzed the young scholars about how well they knew... Read More

December 19, 2014

ROCKFORD—Ministry Formation graduates, permanent deacons and their spouses, and other certified or degreed pastoral ministers may sign up for new Ministry Formation classes to be offered in the diocese.

Courses are:

...Christology: Early Church Council... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
December 19, 2014

Reflecting on the occasion of his silver jubilee of priesthood, Msgr. Arquimedes Vallejo, Rockford Diocese Vicar for Hispanic Ministry, recently talked about the challenges and achievements in his office and the role of Our Lady of Guadalupe in his life.

His first challenge as a priest was to hear the confession of his own boss, Bi... Read More

December 19, 2014

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA—Father William F. Peterson, 80, died Dec. 7, 2014.

Father Peterson was ordained May 11, 1959, by Bishop Loras T. Lane for the Diocese of Rockford. His assignments were Parochial Vicar for Christ the King, Wonder Lake, May 1959-March 1960; Administrator St. Mary, East Maytown and St. Patrick, Maytown, March-Ju... Read More

December 19, 2014

DUBUQUE, IOWA—Father Daniel D. Tranel died Dec. 11, 2014, at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa, after complications from a stroke.

Father Tranel was born on Sept. 15, 1932, in East Dubuque, to Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.

He was ordained to the priesthood on Dec. 16, 1956, in Rome. He studied at ... Read More

December 19, 2014

National Catholic Schools Week is the annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States.  It starts the last Sunday in January and runs all week, which is January 25 – 31.   The theme for 2015 is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”   Schools typically observe ... Read More

December 18, 2014

Young Observer

Junior Observer

Parishes Honor Our Lady of Guadalupe

Parish Honors Msgr. McDonnell

Parishioners Treated To ‘Day Out’

Family’s Generosity Recognized

Vatican Goal: Preservation

Vatican Report Calls U.S. Women Religious to Continued Dialogue

New Pontifical Mission Societies’ Official Has Ties to Northern Illinois

Sandy Hook Mom Visits Dubuque

Monstrance Fished from Reservoir Finds New Home

December 12, 2014

Lay lectors are among the changes that came to the Mass after the Second Vatican Council, which was convened in 1962 and continued through 1965.

It was 50 years ago, in 1964, though that the lay lector became a regular part of Masses in the parishes of the Rockford Diocese.

The importance of the lector is explained in th... Read More

December 12, 2014

MCHENRY—The McHenry Chapter of Magnificat, MaryMother of the Eucharist, held its fall prayer breakfast Oct. 25, at Church of Holy Apostles, here.

Its 150 guests, some from Indiana and Wisconsin, gathered to hear speaker and local resident Mary Vogrinc. She is the former director of evangelization for Holy Family Parish in Roc... Read More

By Bill Braksick, Observer Correspondent
December 5, 2014

DEKALB—Speaking at the Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference in DeKalb on  Nov. 22, Father Robert Barron, founder of the global media ministry Word on Fire, said that no figure in the Bible is given an experience of God who is not later sent on a mission.

“There’s something propulsive about the Christia... Read More

December 5, 2014

More than 500 guests enjoyed an early Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings including the ever-popular selection of pies (above) at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center in Rockford, Nov. 19.

Lisa Kilmer , a first-time volunteer, was motivated by her mom to help out at the event while Larry Buckwalter, a volunteer for 16 year... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 5, 2014

ROCKFORD—You could say that Kathy Berkes has been there, done that.

She has been around the clichéd block more than once in her 50-some-year journey that recently led her to fill the new position of coordinator of pastoral care at the Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office at the Diocese of Rockford.

S... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
December 5, 2014

SANDWICH—More than a year after fire damaged the newly sited and renovated St. Paul the Apostle Parish here, parishioners again attended Mass in the sanctuary the weekend of Nov. 22-23.

Little remains from the historic, 1858 church that the parish moved from its original site in 2010.

The old structure was mildly m... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
December 5, 2014

Advertisers have been blasting out specials and promotions for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Cyber Monday and Giving Tuesday. In between all the consumer noise, Catholics and fellow Christians have begun the season of Advent.

Even though our faith sensibilities tell us there is more to Advent and Christmas than “stuf... Read More

November 26, 2014

"Worth the Wait" -- A Guide for Advent 2014  Read More

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