ROCKFORD—The annual Chrism Mass was held on Holy Thursday, April 13, at the Cathedral of St. Peter.
It welcomed people from throughout the Diocese of Rockford who represented their respective parishes and other Catholic entities to receive the holy oils to be used throughout the coming year.
In his homily, Bishop David Malloy told of a mute Parisian janitor played... Read More
AURORA—Beginning at Sacred Heart Parish and ending at St. Nicholas Parish, the Stations of the Cross were reenacted in what has become an annual Good Friday event, here.
The crowds of people who followed along increased at each station. Participating parishes included: St. Joseph, Sacred Heart, St. Rita of Cascia, St. Therese of Jesus, St. Peter, St. Mary, Our Lady of Good C... Read More
ROCKFORD—Following his morning Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Bishop David Malloy again brought Easter Sunday Mass to Winnebago County Jail inmates along with a message of hope — and a couple of assignments for attendees.
“I know most of you have Bibles,” he said, encouraging the men to read during the coming Easter week all four Gospel accounts of the... Read More
ROCKFORD—People wanting to deepen their faith this Lent had a rare opportunity March 29.
More than 75 people visited the Poor Clare Colettines Corpus Christi Monastery for a chapel tour and slide presentation by Mother Abbess Maria Dominica Stein.
The event was part of “Engaging Lent,” a six week lecture series sponsored by Rockford Urban Ministries.... Read More
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DIOCESE—“I think it’s fabulous,” said one parishioner, who was among a stream of penitents at St. Patrick Church in Rochelle, after receiving the sacrament of reconciliation on Be Reconciled Day, April 5.
The special day gives people an extra push, she said. “It’s good to have a day set aside to go to confession. I heard Bishop Malloy on the rad... Read More
ROCKFORD—Palm Sunday, April 9, brought the pageantry of palms to the start of Holy Week.
At the well-decorated Cathedral of St. Peter, Bishop David Malloy celebrated the 7:30 a.m. Mass. “Each year when we read the Passion, we’re reminded ... in a fundamental element (that faith) is not for the fainthearted,” he said.
The Passion of Jesus has all ... Read More
MCHENRY—On March 21, images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary were enthroned at Montini Middle School, here, following an all-school Mass celebrated at St. Mary Parish by its pastor, Father David Austin.
Father Austin spoke of the enthronement of the two images as a matter of giving them “a special place, a special home” in the school.... Read More
DIOCESE—About 50 people from the Diocese of Rockford joined 50 others from the dioceses of Springfield and Belleville on March 29 to encourage their state representatives to vote no on House Bill 40.
“If passed, the bill will allow for public funding of abortions, coverage for abortions in state health plans, (and) funding of organizations that perform abortions, like ... Read More
ELGIN—Parents from Elgin area Catholic schools gathered April 3 at St. Edward Central Catholic High School to learn about the key findings and data, gain insights, and share feedback about the next steps in the Faith Forward Strategic planning process for diocesan Catholic schools.
Parents and parishioners of St. Joseph, St. Laurence and St. Mary met with Michael Kagan... Read More
SPRINGFIELD—Cathy Weightman-Moore, director of the Long Term Care Ombudsman Program for Catholic Charities, received the Culture Change Champion award from the Illinois Pioneer Coalition in March.
She was honored for her ongoing efforts to promote best practices at long-term care facilities.
Weightman-Moore has worked for Catholic Charities since 1985 and became h... Read More
ROCKFORD—About 18 local companies were on hand for a hiring event hosted by the St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center on March 21.
The event was co-sponsored by Catholic Charities, Goodwill and the Workforce Connection.
“This is not just a job fair, but a hiring opportunity for many who attended today,” said Emily Schwartz, an employment specialist w... Read More
AKRON, Ohio—“Chosen (Custody of the Eyes)” will make its debut appearance April 9 at the Athens International Film and Video Festival in Athens, Ohio, as a competition feature. “Chosen” was selected from 2,000 submissions.
The film is one of the outcomes of a 12-year collaboration between the cloistered Poor Clare Colettines of Rockford and Abbie Rees... Read More
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ALGONQUIN—Bishop David Malloy was honored by the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on March 22 during a luncheon at the Golf Club of Illinois in Algonquin.
The DCCW holds the event every other year at various locations throughout the diocese.
Bishop Malloy spoke after the meal about the challenge to find volun... Read More
The Rev. Ronnie B. Custorio, OSA — to be Parochial Vicar at St. Nicholas Parish, Aurora, Illinois, effective Saturday, April 1, 2017
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Guide to Confession
The sacrament of penance, or confession, brings about a change of heart through God’s mercy and forgiveness. Experience the Lord’s compassion through the sacrament of penance, which is made up of the following parts:
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MCHENRY—In January, 14 ImaBridge team members made the organization’s 12th mission trip to Nigeria.
The charitable organization based in the Rockford Diocese (see box, below right) delivered supplies and visited several Nigerian villages to fulfill its mission of providing health, education, clean water and improving the economy in rural areas.
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