By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—Hold up one index finger pointing upward to represent God the Father.

Hold up your other index finger to represent God the Son.

To show a theological concept like “begotten,” says Msgr. Glenn Nelson, if you put the Jesus finger directly behind the Father finger and then move them a few inches a... Read More

July 24, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy has approved a reorganization of the seven-deanery director of religious education structure that has been used in the Rockford Diocese for more than two decades.

The reorganization is the result of a study that sought to streamline catechetical administration for accountability and efficiency and... Read More

July 24, 2015

GENEVA—David Cloutier, Ph.D., will discuss implications of Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Si,’ Aug. 6 at 7 p.m.

St. Peter Parish, 1891 Kaneville Road, will host the free talk, titled “Caring For God’s Earth and People.”

The discussion aims to help participants und... Read More

July 24, 2015

MAYTOWN—Begun in 2011 as a Lent project at St. Patrick Parish here, “Little Dresses for Africa” has grown beyond the parish and beyond the Rockford Diocese. It’s even grown beyond dresses.

Parish volunteers and their friends have finished more than 2,456 dresses for girls and uncounted britches for boys.

... Read More
July 22, 2015

Young Observer

Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Freeport, are selling tickets for a 1957 Chevy as a Madonna House fund-raiser.  Tickets are limited to 500 and are on sale until October for $100 each. For information, call St. Mary/St. Joseph Parish in Freeport at 815/232-8271.

Court Rules Against Little Sisters

Planned Parenthood Video Prompts calls for Investigation

Father Barron will leave Mundelein to become auxiliary bishop in Los Angeles

Under new system, Vatican budgets show previously unreported assets


By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 17, 2015

ROCKFORD—“I thought it’d be a good opportunity,” said Danny Cella, about his first Jeremiah Days Vocation Camp.

The seventh grader from Holy Cross School in Batavia said that he thought the camp would be a time “to be with God and my friends.”

The after-dark capture-the-flag game on Su... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
July 17, 2015

ROCKFORD--When the newly expanded Center for Cancer Care opens next month at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center, it will be under a new name thanks to a generous gift from local industrialist and philanthropist John M. Pepe and his family.

The gift to the OSF Cancer center expansion project was announced at a press conference July 13... Read More

July 17, 2015

GENEVA—Clad in matching blue t-shirts featuring the theme “God’s Work, Our Hands,” more than 100 St. Peter Parish members here gathered June 13 to take part in the parish’s first Service Saturday,
Parishioners young and old met at the church for a photo and a blessing, and then dispersed to serve at vario... Read More

July 17, 2015

AURORA—Rosary High School student Monica Zimmerman (‘16) has received a Certificate of Excellence from the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards and a President’s Volunteer Service Award granted by the program on behalf of President Obama.

She was honored for her work with the Crayons for Kids program, founded in ... Read More

July 17, 2015

ROCKFORD—“NFP Awareness Week is an opportunity for us to share the beauty of NFP with everyone,” says  Jennifer Collins, director of the diocesan Life and Family Evanglization (LiFE) Office.

The week, sponsored by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, will be July 19-25.

Natural Family ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—When members of Legatus stand together with the Church in witnessing the Catholic faith, “we stand with Christ,” said Bishop David Malloy to the founding members of the newly rechartered Rockford chapter.

“We’re going to be asked to be faithful witnesses,” he continued in his homily, not... Read More

Annual Parish Festival Always Draws A Crowd
Thousands of Aurora-area Catholics gathered
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
July 13, 2015

AURORA—On Sunday, July 5, Sacred Heart Parish held its annual Festival of Music and Food, a multitudinous cultural event with musicians and dance groups.

Also a crowd favorite, was Bishop David Malloy who blessed the event held at River Edge Park. Bishop Malloy took time to walk the grounds and greet participants and voluntee... Read More

July 13, 2015

Children enjoy a ‘train ride’ at St. Nicholas Parish in Aurora on June 28 courtesy of José Quintanilla, driver.

This two-day summer festival drew a crowd and featured plenty of great food, including popular Mexican dishes, Latin American music, and games and activites for the children.

The parish festi... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—A groundbreaking ceremony was held on June 24 at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center for a two-year, $85-million bed pavilion building project.

Whenever we focus on helping others, said Father Pierre Polycarpe, director of pastoral care services, in his invocation, “we are God’s co-workers.”

... Read More

July 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—A special Mass and luncheon were held at the Diocesan Administration Center on June 30 to say goodbye to some, give welcome to others and say thanks to all.

Msgr. Eric Barr completed his service that day as vicar general, ready to give all his time and efforts to pastoring Holy Family Parish.

Msgr. Barr ha... Read More

July 3, 2015

Bishop David Malloy last Friday joined bishops across the country in responding to the June 26 decision by the U.S. Supreme Court which interpreted the U.S. Constitution to require all states to license and recognize same-sex “marriage.” Bishop Malloy wrote:

“Recently, Pope Francis’ Secretary of State, Cardi... Read More

It’s So Much Fun, They’re Back Again
At St. Therese Vocations Camp
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 3, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual St. Therese girls’ vocation camp sponsored by the Diocesan Vocation Office welcomed several familiar faces to Bishop Lane Retreat Center June 21-24.

High school senior Eimi Certain of Somonauk was attending her fifth camp, moving for the first time into the camp retreat for girls in 12th grade throug... Read More

By Tony Carton, Observer Correspondent
June 26, 2015

DIXON—Childhood innocence quickly fades when children grow up in cramped spaces without knowing “home” as a place of safety and joy.

Parents do the best they can, but long hours at work only leads to fewer hours spent with the family and at some point the house of cards will collapse.

That’s where... Read More

Faith, Hope, Prayer Still Sustain Former Hostages
30 Years After the Hijacking of TWA 847
By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
June 26, 2015


A one word headline from The Observer July 12, 1985, announced the return of religious pilgrims from the Rockford Diocese after 17 days in captivity at the hands of Hezbollah terrorists.

Thirty years after the hijacking of TWA flight 847, former hostages say this crisis shaped, deepened and revitalized... Read More

June 19, 2015

ROCKFORD—Four openings exist on the Diocesan Pastoral Council for a lay representative from each of the following deaneries: DeKalb, Freeport, Rockford and Sterling.

An opening also exists for a young adult representative from the central part of the diocese, meaning either the Rockford or DeKalb deaneries.

Prospec... Read More

June 5, 2015

ROCKFORD—Editing is underway for Chosen (Custody of the Eyes) — a collaborative film made with and focused on the Poor Clare Colettine nuns in Rockford.

For the month of June, you can help fund post-production by making a donation to a fundraiser online: Read More

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