By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 20, 2016

ELBURN—On the feast day of St. Gall, Oct. 16, the cornerstone was blessed for St. Gall Parish’s new church, under construction about a mile south of the current church’s location at the northern edge of downtown Elburn.

At 11 a.m., before parishioners and guests traveled down the road for the blessing, Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass, joined by St. Gall paroc... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 20, 2016

ELGIN—Alumni, students, staff and supportive community members celebrated St. Edward Central Catholic High School, here, at a number of 75th anniversary events Oct. 15.

Activities included an afternoon open house, a Mass at St. Laurence Parish in Elgin with Bishop David Malloy, Father Andrew Mulcahey, pastor, and Father Andrew Deitz, parochial vicar of St. Patrick Parish in ... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
October 20, 2016

ELGIN—“We are one Church,” said Bishop David J. Malloy in the ceremony marking the Jubilee of Mercy, Oct. 15 at Elgin Community College. More than 2,000 people, most of them Hispanics, were congregated to share their faith and look for God’s mercy.

Even though the Year of Mercy continues through the Feast of Christ the King on Nov. 20, the day-long celebrat... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 20, 2016

ROCKFORD—Michael Cieslak, Ed.D., director of the Diocese of Rockford Office of Research and Planning, has been named the recipient of the Rev. Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD, Award for Exemplary Church Research.

The award comes from the Center for Applied Research in the Apostolate (CARA), which is a national, non-profit, Georgetown University-affiliated research center that conduct... Read More

By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
October 20, 2016

ROCKFORD—Honoring their long-time commitment to helping Catholic and Lutheran organizations in need, the 20th Ecumenical Brunch featured Janet Biljeskovic, director of the refugee resettlement program for Catholic Charities in Rockford.

The annual brunch is co-sponsored by the Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women and the Northern Illinois Synodical Women of the Evangel... Read More

October 19, 2016

Young Observer -- 'Feel God's Mercy'

Byron parish adds family RE option

Father Beauvais screens T-shirt

Freeport Aquin honors supporters

Loves Park parish supports life

Boylan students honored as Lane Scholars

Marmion seniors commissioned Eucharistic ministers

Marian students join National Honor Society

Sugar Grove parish 'kicks off' ministry

Conference focuses on fostering church leadership roles for laywomen

Knights receive 'Path to Peace' award

Pope sends emergency funding to hurricane victims in Haiti

Famed French geneticist's foundation to receive Evangelium Vitae Medal

National parks: 100 years of wonder, history, culture, spiritual refuge

The 2016 Poverello Medal goes to Aid to the Church in Need

Letters asks Obama, Congress to disavow bias claim in commission report

Want to be a saint? Consider your vocation

As enrollment grows, Catholic college opens on-campus dorm

Collection to Help Missions and More
Appeal Weekend Oct. 22-23
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 13, 2016

DIOCESE—The Mission Appeal is coming.

This 2016 collection for the universal Catholic Church combines several otherwise-separate collections into one. Gifts to this autumn appeal benefit World Mission Sunday, Society for the Propagation of the Faith, the Church in Latin America, missions in the United States, and also assists the Catholic Elementary School Financial Support ... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
October 13, 2016

ROCKFORD—Not a lot of people can say they have actually met, worked and assisted  at the canonization of someone they knew.

One of those few people is Dr. Anthony B. D’Souza, a Rockford psychiatrist who met the church’s newest saint, Mother Teresa, when he was just 8-years-old.

“I was born and raised in Kolkata,” he said. “My nex... Read More

October 13, 2016

ROCKFORD—“The Light of Christ Shines through the Dark Night of Prison” is the title of a program to be held Oct. 27 at St. Rita Parish, 6254 Valley Knoll Road, here.

Three speakers will offer  prayer, reflection and an introduction to prision ministry.

Father Christian Reuter, prison ministries coordinator for the Diocese of Belleville, will discu... Read More

October 13, 2016

The blessing and dedication followed an all-school Mass at the Mary, Mother of Mercy Rosary Walk at St. Rita Parish in Rockford.

In his homily, the bishop said he was “delighted we are thinking of Mary.”

He shared some ideas on ways to pray the rosary and encouraged adults and children alike to “go out and use” their new rosary garden.

... Read More

October 13, 2016

HUNTLEY—St. Mary Parish here hosted its annual Gifts of the Holy Spirit seminar Sept. 3 in its new parish center.

More than 135 people traveled from 24 parishes around the Rockford Diocese for the Spirit-filled day of prayer, eucharistic adoration and 11 presentations given by Diocesan priests and members of St. Mary’s Charismatic prayer group.

Father Max St... Read More

October 13, 2016

ST. CHARLES—An award-winning film, “Voiceless,” about one man’s struggle to stop an abortion clinic will be screened Oct. 14 here.

Limited seats are available  through sponsors for a private 7 p.m. showing at Charlestowne 18 Theatre, 3740 E. Main St. in Charlestown Mall.

St. Peter in Geneva, St. Gall in Elburn, St. John Neumann and St. Patri... Read More

17 Permanent Deacons Ordained Sept. 24
Deacons Consecrated to be ‘Bearers of God’s Presence’
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 6, 2016

ROCKFORD—“Even beyond the gift of the Holy Spirit that is lavished on you in baptism and confirmation,” Bishop David Malloy said, “you are going to receive a consecration as a bearer of God’s presence among His people, and into the world.”

In his homily at the Ordination of Deacons on Sept. 24, Bishop Malloy encouraged the 17 men before him to s... Read More

Annual Mass Count to be Last Weekends of October
Taking the ‘Temperature of the Diocese’
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 6, 2016

ROCKFORD—The annual diocesan Mass count “helps take the temperature of the diocese,” says Dr. Michael Cieslak, director of the diocesan Office of Research and Planning.

The count is normally scheduled for the end of October.

“We usually count on the last two weekends of October,” he says. “Normally those would fall around the 16th and... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 6, 2016

WEST DUNDEE—The dedication of the new Father Edward Seisser Memorial Organ at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, West Dundee, Oct. 2, was elevated by a performance from international organ virtuoso Diane Bish, who “christened the keys” and brought them to life.

More than 500 people attended the free concert to honor the memory of the late Father Edward Seisser, who d... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 6, 2016

ROCKFORD—The annual Presbytery Day on Sept. 20 brought priests from around the diocese together to hear from Father Michael White and Tom Corcoran, authors of “Rebuilt” and “Tools for Rebuilding.”

Both guest speakers serve at Church of the Nativity in Baltimore. Their books and talks are based on their experiences and experiments in their parish.

... Read More
October 6, 2016

The Rev. Dennis S. Prisco — to be Parochial Vicar of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, Crystal Lake, Illinois, effective Sept. 15, 2016.
The Rev. Msgr. Robert J. Sweeney, JCB — to be also Defender of the Bond for Matrimonial Cases for the Tribunal of the Diocese of Rockford, effective Sept. 22, 2016.
The Rev. Darwin A. Flores &mdash... Read More

Refugees Want Work, School for Kids
Rockford University Welcomes UN Speaker on World Day of Peace, Sept. 21
By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
October 6, 2016

ROCKFORD—Education for their children and jobs for themselves are at the top of the list of needs for the refugees of the world.

Melissa Fleming stressed that at two appearances at Rockford University Sept. 21, World Day of Peace.

Fleming is the communications director and chief spokesperson for the United Nations High Commission on Refugees. Her Rockford visit wa... Read More

October 6, 2016

Lionel is in high school in Rockford and says he would like, someday, to work for the United Nations helping other refugees.

When Melissa Fleming of the UN High Commission on Refugees asked him what the word refugee means to him.

“If you ask me in Congo, I would say no hope,” he said. “If you ask me in U.S., I would say a second chance. Not every refug... Read More

October 6, 2016

ADRIAN, Mich.—This summer Adrian Dominican Sisters celebrated their jubilee years of service and dedication to their Church and the Congregation.

The 2016 Jubilee Class includes the following with ties to the Diocese of Rockford.

70 years

Sister Ann Romayne Fallon, OP

... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 22, 2016

By Pat Szpekowski
Observer Correspondent
ST. CHARLES—When Pope Francis opened the Jubilee Year of Mercy nearly one year ago, his hope was to spur Catholics to be merciful to others. He called for the faithful to embrace and live the theological virtues of faith, hope and love by expressing them through the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.

As for the Cor... Read More

By Louise Brass, Observer Correspondent
September 22, 2016

DEKALB—The 24 hours of prayers in the presence the Pilgrim Statue of Our Lady of Fatima, at St. Mary Church, culminated with Mass and the singing of favorite Marian hymns.

When it was time for the statue to leave, parishioners said a fond farewell, waving white handkerchiefs symbolizing the defeat of evil.

“This was life changing,” said Annalisa McMast... Read More

September 22, 2016

CRYSTAL LAKE—The next Magnificat Prayer Breakfast will be held on Oct. 22,  starting with 8:30 a.m. seating and a program, 9 a.m.-12 noon at D’Andrea Banquets and Conference Center, 4419 Northwest Hwy., here.

Featured speaker will be Father Robert Thorn from Wausau, Wis., where he is pastor of St. Matthew and Holy Name of Jesus parishes.

Father Thorn gr... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 22, 2016

ROCKFORD—Principals, directors of religious education and others who share the faith in parishes and schools across the Diocese of Rockford came together for the annual Educational Leaders Day on Oct. 15 at St. Rita Parish hall, here.

Dr. Joseph White, author, psychologist, a team member developer of the “Alive in Christ” religious curriculum from Our Sunday Visi... Read More

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