By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
January 19, 2017

ELGIN—At the corner of Standish and Jewett streets here, something new happened at St. Laurence Parish at 9 a.m., Jan. 8.

At that Epiphany Mass, parishioners — some of whom knew it was coming and some others surprised — took part in the parish’s first bilingal Mass.

Before Mass started Father Andrew Mulcahey, pastor said,  “Welcome eve... Read More

January 19, 2017

AURORA—Brother Jude (William) Such, a monk of Marmion Abbey, died at Edwards Hospital in Naperville on Jan. 11, 2017.

Brother Jude was born in Chicago on Feb. 10, 1938. He was educated at St. Thomas the Apostle Elementary School in Chicago and graduated from Mount Carmel High School in 1956.

He was a part-time student at Loyola University in Chicago from 1957-1963... Read More

January 19, 2017

DIOCESE–Two sessions of “Protect Your Flock,” and one of “Abusers” scheduled in February, are aimed at helping people learn to handle problems of domestic violence in their parishes and communities.

Freeport, Crystal Lake

The “Protect Your Flock” sessions are aimed at priests and deacons. Two sessions are... Read More

January 19, 2017

AURORA—Marmion Academy in Aurora added four alumni to its Athletic Hall of Fame during the Cadets vs. DePaul Prep Rams varsity basketball game, Jan. 6.

This year’s inductees are Jim Reiland, Andrew Schnell, Gereardo Alvarez, and Larry English.

Reiland, a 1957 Marmion graduate, was a four-year member of the baseball team. Reiland is best known for his 50-year... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 19, 2017

ROCKFORD—Students from each of the deaneries of the Diocese of Rockford were awarded $600 scholarships on Dec. 15 at the Diocesan Administration Center.

The annual scholarships come from a foundation begun by the late Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill. He started it with funds collected for him by Catholic schools in 1994 when he retired.

This year’s award winn... Read More

January 19, 2017

Parishes from around the Rockford Diocese participated in the March For Life in Chicago, Jan. 15.

Representatives from St. Patrick, St. Charles; St. Peter Parish, Geneva; St. Mary Parish, Oregon; and St. Joseph, Aurora, joined thousands of other Pro-Life supporters at the Federal Plaza in Chicago.

According to Illinois Right to Life, people came from Wisconsin, Iowa, Mi... Read More

January 19, 2017

Young Observer -- From Pope Francis to You

Dixon students thank local police with candy bags

Galena holds 20th Christmas pageant

OSF staff loads Christmas gifts

Youth choir sings in Durand

Msgr. Kobbeman celebrates 50th jubilee

McHenry students 'Fair' engineers

Tutoring slated Jan. 21 for women willing to teach women immigrants English

OSF HealthCare commits to medical school expansion

St. Louis archbishop decries proposal affecting reproductive health choices

Franciscan University's Rather Michael Scanlan dies at age 85

Bishops of Malta issue norms for ministry to civilly remarried

Auxiliaary bishop Oscar Solis of Los Angeles named bishop of Salt Lake City

Archbishop Flores of San Antonio, first Hispanic bishop of U.S., dies

Pope wants to hear from young people 16-29



January 12, 2017

ROCKFORD—For the fifth straight year, Bishop David Malloy celebrated the joy of Jesus’ birth at Mass with the inmates of the Winnebago County Jail on Christmas morning.  Bishop Malloy talked about the hope of Christmas and shared excerpts from Pope Francis’ Christmas message which also talked about hope.

“Hope is the strength to keep moving forward &he... Read More

First Collection for Many Causes
National Appeal Weekend Jan. 21-22
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 12, 2017

DIOCESE—The first combined collection in 2017 will take place in parishes the weekend of Jan. 21-22.

The National Appeal combines several collections into one. It offers an easy opportunity for Catholics to assist the Church’s efforts in spreading the Good News of Jesus in the United States.

One cause of the National Appeal will assist retired priests throug... Read More

50 Years of TV Mass
Media Evangelization an Outgrowth of Vatican II
By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
January 12, 2017

DIOCESE—When the TV Mass is broadcast at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 22 on WREX-TV from Rockford, it will officially mark the end of its 50th year and begin its second half-century.

The first televised Mass for Shut-in’s was aired on the same station at 9 a.m., Jan. 23, 1966.

Authorized by Bishop Loras T. Lane, the Mass was just part of the communications and evangelizat... Read More

January 12, 2017

ROCKFORD—A priest probably best known for his work with inner-city issues and ministry, Father William P. Collins, died at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae Center, here, Dec. 31.

Father Collins was born on Aug. 17, 1930, in Chicago, to Thomas Collins and Katherine Kennedy Collins.

He was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956, by Bishop of Joliet Martin Mc... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 12, 2017

ROCKFORD—Bishop Lane Retreat Center hosted a discernment retreat between the holidays for young men in high school, college and post-college.

Twenty-one came from many parts of the diocese including the lower Fox Valley area (Aurora, St. Charles, Batavia, Elburn, Sugar Grove), Carpentersville, Elgin, Byron and Sterling. Vocations Office director, Father Keith Romke, and five... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 12, 2017

DIOCESAN—The Faith Forward: Building Our Blueprint for Catholic Schools strategic plan has taken another step toward completion.

But more importantly, according to superintendent of Catholic Schools Mike Kagan, the groundwork is being laid  to put some of the goals and strategies outlined in the plan to work.

“As Bishop Malloy said months ago, ‘th... Read More

December 30, 2016
SANDWICH--An announcement regarding the status of the former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish was made this week.
Bishop David Malloy released the follo... Read More
By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
December 22, 2016

ST. CHARLES—The Fox Valley Filipino American Catholic Community and Greater Rockford Filipino American Catholic Community joined together to celebrate the first diocesan Mass of the Simbang Gabi Christmas novena at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, here, Dec. 15.

Philippine native Archbishop Bernardito C. Auza, Apostolic Nuncio and permanent observer of the Holy See to the U... Read More

December 22, 2016

Revised 12-23-2016

SANDWICH--An announcement regarding the status of the former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish was made this week.

Bishop David Malloy released the following statement: “In May of 2015, it was announced that Father Andrew Hougan was being removed from ministry at St. Paul the Apostle Parish because of serious allegations regarding ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 22, 2016

LOVES PARK—The Catholic Life in Christ jail ministry group hosted several families of inmates at a Christmas Party at St. Bridget Parish hall on Dec. 17.

St. Bridget Parish member Laura Padron has arranged for the party to be held at her parish for the past three years. For the 13 years prior to the annual parties, Padron organized a collection of gifts for inmates’ ch... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 22, 2016

ROCKFORD—St. Bernadette School students did the decorations and planning and created all the games for a Dec. 17 Christmas party for families served by the Refugee Resettlement Office, says teacher Kevin Rilott.

He noted that the students had volunteered at the refugee Christmas party for the last couple of years before deciding to host it themselves in the parish hall.

... Read More
December 22, 2016

MT. CARROLL—“With credits, the film is two hours and six minutes. We are now very close to locking this picture!” says Abbie Reese of the film, “Chosen (Custody of the Eyes.)”

While she had hoped to release the film at the end of the Year for Consecrated Life, Feb. 2, “this film has required a different pace,” she said last December.

... Read More
Marmion Helping Fire Victims
Father of North Aurora Family is Member of Marmion Staff
By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
December 15, 2016

AURORA—When the Marmion community here learned that a fire that left the Freddy and Diana Vargas family homeless, they responded.

Freddy Vargas works in Marmion’s maintenance department.

The family was not home when the Dec. 6 fire started, according to a report in the Aurora Beacon-News. Father, Freddy, was at West Aurora High School with their 10-year-old ... Read More

December 15, 2016

ROCKFORD—The independent senior living facility Siena on Brendenwood will seamlessly change ownership in January. The pending sale was announced at the facility  Dec. 12.

The retirement community located at 4444 Brendenwood Road in Rockford near the intersection of Alpine and Highcrest Roads has been owned by the Catholic Diocese of Rockford since 1993.

The d... Read More

December 15, 2016

ROCKFORD—A women’s retreat, “Discover Your Feminine Genius!,” will be held Jan. 20-21 at Bishop Lane Retreat Center, 7708 E. McGregor Road, here.

The retreat will give women a chance to reflect on who they are and the gifts they bring to the world. Participants will explore what Pope St. John Paul II calls the “feminine genius” and the unique ro... Read More

December 15, 2016

St. Laurence, Elgin
For second year, St. Laurence celebrated a bilingual Mass followed by Las Mañanitas.

Father Andrew Mulcahey, pastor, said “I enjoyed (the celebration) very much. It was great to see a full church on the special day of Our Lady of Guadalupe.” About the mixture of cultures during the night, he said, “We have a num... Read More

December 8, 2016

ROCKFORD—At the end of October, Father David Beauvais was honored with a t-shirt proclaiming his signature admonishion: Be Kind to One Another.

He even screen-printed the first of 200 of the t-shirts given away at the Red Ribbon Fair held at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford on Oct. 8.

Barely two months later, on Dec. 1, the retired priest of the Roc... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
December 8, 2016

DIOCESE—The Diocesan Pastoral Council is the latest group to take up the discussion of the Faith Forward: Building Our Blueprint for Catholic Schools strategic plan.

At their regular meeting on Dec. 3 at the Diocesan Administration Center, the 31-member group met with Bishop David Malloy to talk about diocesan schools in the context of “where we are, where we are going... Read More

By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
December 1, 2016

ROCKFORD—Seventy-five years ago on Dec. 7, Japanese war planes attacked the U.S. military base at Pearl Harbor  in Hawaii.

Catholics in the Rockford Diocese, as well as across the nation, immediately geared up for service and prayer.

Back then, The Observer was published on Sunday, and the Dec. 7, 1941, front page was full of pretty normal fare, although war ... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 3, 2016

DIOCESE—For the past 11 months, the administration and school leaders in the Diocese of Rockford, with expertise of professional consultants from the Meitler group of Milwaukee, Wis., have worked to form a new vision and practical plan for a stable and healthy future of Catholic education in the diocese.

To guide plan development, a Catholic Schools Planning Committee was es... Read More

By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
November 3, 2016

ROCKFORD—Though the imprisoned in the Rockford Diocese represent just a small portion of the incarcerated people in the U.S., there is still a need for Catholics in jail and prison ministry here.

On Oct. 27, a group of area Catholics gathered at St. Rita Parish in Rockford to learn both about the need for the ministry and the requirements to be a prison minister.

... Read More

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