At Work and Beyond
Faces of Faith
July 25, 2014

All of us are Catholic when we go to Mass every weekend, but we’re also Catholic at work Monday through Friday.

We’re Catholic when we take part in community activities, from coaching kids’ sports teams to delivering meals to the elderly or infirm.

We’re Catholic when we teach our children about g... Read More

By Tony Carton, Observer Correspondent
July 25, 2014

Changing the world isn’t always about money or power or notoriety, sometimes it’s about quietly doing little things that make someone else’s life better.

Take for example the Roland and Irena Tolliver family in Freeport. He’s a podiatrist in his work-a-day world; she’s a teacher-turned-stay-at-home-mom... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News editor
July 25, 2014

ROCKFORD—“The Joes” have already established a reputation for sharing their faith with their handiwork, and are passing it on to some Titans. Twenty-three junior boys from Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford joined with about a dozen members of the St. Joseph and Sons men’s group, July 11-12, to tackle proj... Read More

July 25, 2014

ROCHELLE—Following years of research and compilation, the history of St. Patrick Parish, here, is now in print.

Father William Schuessler, parochial administrator at the parish, announced that the book, “A History of St. Patrick Catholic Church, Rochelle, Illinois, 1856-2012,” is available for sale at the Parish C... Read More

July 24, 2014

Junior Observer

Faces of Faith: Bringing Dignity to Death

Faces of Faith: Faith Shapes Work-Life Balance

Faces of Faith: Advisor Wants to Use God's Gifts Best

Faces of Faith: Aurora Family Tries to Help Any Way They Can

Faces of Faith: Freeport Parents Teach Lessons in Giving at Home

Faces of Faith: Legatus Helps Top Busisness Leaders Grow in Faith

Five Families Win Magic Waters 'Splash' Tickets

St. Thomas the Apostle Church, Crystal Lake, held an outdoor, bilingual Mass and Corpus Christi procession June 22.

A Golf Outing, Buffet Dinner and Auction raised $28,000 for the Marian Central High School Athletic Programs.

Pope Calls for Prayers For Mosul Christians

July 18, 2014

The Rockford Diocese Vocations Office has hosted two camps at Bishop Lane Retreat House this summer.

The girls’ St. Therese Camp was June 22-25 and the younger boys’ Jeremiah Days Camp was July 6-9.

Each camp features a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, as well as a chance to meet priests, seminarians... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
July 18, 2014

ROCKFORD—What could be better than a chance to mess with really icky stuff when you’re in middle school?

Not much.

And OSF St. Anthony College of Nursing is more than happy to comply.

For the fifth year, the faculty, student nurses, and a variety of health care professionals from OSF St. Anthony Me... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
July 18, 2014

ROCKFORD—Natural family planning (NFP) may be the best kept secret in the Diocese of Rockford.

But Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office is hoping to raise awareness of and accessibility to this moral, natural and scientific method of family planning.

Jennifer Collins, director of the LiFE office, sees a gre... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News editor
July 11, 2014

MAPLE PARK—”It’s like coming home,” Msgr. Robert Sweeney said as he walked through the doors of St. Mary of the Assumption Parish the evening of June 25.

Spotting one gentleman, the former parish administrator, Msgr. Sweeney recalled the man as a young newlywed, then reminisced about the challenges of cold w... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News editor
July 11, 2014

AURORA—A parish festival filled the afternoon before the June 28 evening Mass as St. Peter Parish celebrated 50 years of the dedication of its church in southwest Aurora.

Bishop David Malloy was formally welcomed by pastor, Father Joachim Tyrtania, at the beginning of the Mass, which was celebrated in English and Spanish to r... Read More

July 11, 2014

AURORA— At the annual end of the year luncheon for catechetical leaders of the Aurora Deanery, two men received the annual St. John XXIII Appreciation Awards.

The award is given in appreciation for support of the catechetical mission in the deanery through an individual’s work in religious education, youth ministry or t... Read More

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