Road to Recovery Begins with Prayer
Rockford Diocese Responds with Prayers and Aid
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 17, 2015

Not a single person at St. Patrick Parish in Rochelle had to think about what to pray for as they gathered for Masses last weekend. The EF-4 tornado and record breaking severe storms that struck their community and others in northern Illinois on April 9 were still fresh on everyone’s mind.

But a surprise visit by Bishop David... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 17, 2015

DUBUQUE—Deacon Patrick Moynihan’s almost-20 years of on-the-ground experience as president of The Haitian Project and head of Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, has him cheering for Bishop Launay Saturne of Jacmel’s visionary words about what can make a concrete, long-term difference for Haiti.

A r... Read More

April 16, 2015

Young Observer

St. Rita School, Rockford, hosted a "NEON" rec night to raise funds to help St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center

McHenry parish celebrates Holy Week

More than 100 parishioners from Holy Cross and St. Rita in Aurora helped pack food for starving children aaround the world as part of the 'Feed My Starving Children'.

The Cardinal Bellarmine Council 4849, Aurora, presented a $500 check to Holy Angels Food Pantry

Leadership changing at Marian Central Catholic High School

Bishops discourage legislators from making taxpayers fund abortions

Could Kansas law 'transform' policy

Military mom hopes to provide spiritual guidance with book

Preview of 'Chosen' April 22 at Rockford University

Faith leaders and World Bank share common goal

Wish comes true for 11 year old

Cuba's Catholics see some hope

Flurry of briefs seeks to shape U.S. Supreme Court's look at same-sex marriage

Mideast groups seek protection one for minorities in Iraq, Syria

Address bullying with love, compassion for all concerned, say NCEA speakers


Bishop Offers Easter Mass
In Winnebago County Jail
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 10, 2015

ROCKFORD—For the third year, Bishop David Malloy brought Mass to the Winnebago County Jail on Easter Sunday morning.

The jail population overall is down, so just over a dozen inmates gathered for the Mass to celebrate what the bishop called “the holiest thing that ever happened in the world.”

Bishop Mal... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 10, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual Chrism Mass on April 2 at the Cathedral of St. Peter brought together bishops, priests, deacons and laity from around the Diocese of Rockford in a “living reminder of the unity of … the local and particular Church that is our home,” said Bishop David Malloy.

“That unity — of ... Read More

April 10, 2015

ELGIN—TV comedian Gordon Douglas will be the keynote speaker for a banquet to support TLC Pregnancy Services, here.

The banquet will be at 7 p.m., April 30, The Seville, 700 S. Barrington Road, in Streamwood. Doors open for seating and registration at 6 p.m.

Douglas has performed in 37 states and four countries and... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
April 10, 2015

FOX VALLEY—Procession like the Stations of the Cross, especially on Good Friday, are a well kept tradition in Latin American countries.

With an ever-growing number of Hispanic-Americans populating the Rockford Diocese, it’s no surprise that the custom is also growing here.

Their fervor and devotion was shown ... Read More

April 10, 2015

ELGIN—The 2015 Latino Film Festival opens at Elgin Community College April 10 with a 6 p.m. film and reception.

The opening film from Chile is “Natural Disasters/Desastres Naturales.”

Other films at ECC are:

– April 11, 5 p.m., a family friendly film from Mexico, “Dr. Fune... Read More

Nuns Building Maternity Center
When Our Children are Having Children, Who Will Help?
By Tony Carton
March 27, 2015

She sits alone, conflicted and in a family way. On the one hand she’s elated by the prospect of caring for a life born of the love she shared, but on the other, she is terrified.

“How could this happen,” she asks no one. “What will we do? How will I ever finish school? Where will we live? What will my parent... Read More

March 27, 2015

DIXON—Bishop David Malloy spent part of Be Reconciled Day back in jail — at the Dixon Correctional Center — March 25.

While people around the 11-county Diocese of Rockford visited confessionals from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Bishop Malloy celebrated Mass and heard confessions for inmates at the Dixon Correctional Center f... Read More

March 27, 2015

ROCKFORD—A fundraiser for “Chosen (Custody of the Eyes),” a feature-length film based on the work of Abbie Reese with the Poor Clares of Rockford, is scheduled 6-8 p.m., April 22, at Fisher Memorial Chapel on the Rockford University campus.

John McGrath, Rockford Diocese director of Educational Services and of Fai... Read More

March 27, 2015

DUNDEE—As a comic reminder of Catholic life, the National Catholic Society of Foresters will present the amusing and nostalgic show “Put the NUNS in charge!” at 7 p.m., April 11, in the St. Catherine of Siena School gym at 845 W. Main St., here.

This is an actual “on the road” adaptation of the product... Read More

March 27, 2015

MCHENRY—The third annual Pathway to Hope Banquet, a fundraiser for 1st Way Life Center, will be 6-9 p.m. April 11 at the McHenry Country Club, 820 N. Johns St.

The evening includes a formal sit-down dinner and keynote speaker Bethany Bomberger, co-founder of the Radiance Foundation. Bomberger is a teacher, speaker, and mom an... Read More

March 27, 2015

ELGIN—”All that Glitters is Green and Gold” is the theme of this year’s St. Edward Central Catholic High School Tidal Wave fundraiser, to be held April 11.

The black-tie event will be the 26th annual auction and dinner dance for alumni, family and friends of the high school. It raises funds for needy student... Read More

March 27, 2015

AURORA—St. George Byzantine Catholic Church is hosting a spring iconography workshop April 20-24, at the church,  720 Rural St., here.

This is an introduction to the liturgical art of the Christian East by iconographer Phil Zimmerman. The icon to be written is Resurrection of Our Lord.

Painting and presentatio... Read More

March 27, 2015

ROCKFORD—The annual Caritas luncheon and fashion show will take place on April 22, at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, here.

The theme this year is “Singing in the Rain,” and the event begins with a social hour and silent auction at 10:30 a.m.

At 11:30 a.m., preschool children from St. Elizabe... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
March 20, 2015

On a foggy March 10, on the way to a basketball game in Rochelle, two Aurora Central Catholic High School students were killed in a collision with a semi-truck. The driver also was seriously hurt, but is recovering. Other passengers were not injured severely. The funerals for sophomores Seth Egger and Allison “Ally” Bradford w... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
March 20, 2015

ROCKFORD—Visitors to the St. Joseph Altar held annually at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, here, witness prayers and blessings before enjoying a meal of pasta, eggs and pastries. This simple Lenten dinner, eaten in view of the ornately decorated altar honoring St. Joseph, only begins to tell the story of this long-running, faith-filled tra... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
March 20, 2015

MCHENRY—The history, deep faith and bond of the parishioners at St. Patrick Parish in McHenry is as tightly woven as the Celtic braided cross on the church’s interior doors.

More than 300 people, most wearing a touch o’ green, filled the church to capacity, March 14, for a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy an... Read More

By Sharon Boehelfeld, Features Editor
March 20, 2015

In his two years as pontiff, Pope Francis has frequently emphasized the need to help the poor.

Recently, he also encouraged Catholics to be caring and conscientious in their business dealings by putting people first.

Profit must never be a Christian’s god, although it is one of the tools for measuring the effective... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
March 13, 2015

ST. CHARLES—On a cloudy morning with the temperature at 30 degrees, an enthusiastic group of 125 adults and young people from St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles embarked on the first Here I Am Lord 5K Walk/Run for the Nuns at the nearby Thornwood Community Center and neighborhood in South Elgin on March 8.

The event itself sta... Read More

March 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy met with the Diocesan Pastoral Council, March 7, at the Diocesan Administration Center, here.

He addressed the 46-question survey sent to the world’s Catholic bishops’ conferences on a range of topics, including matters of marriage, family and sexuality.

The questions are be... Read More

March 13, 2015

DIOCESE—The Rockford Diocesan Chorale will next perform on Holy Thursday, April 2, at the Chrism Mass in the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford.

The Marian Central Catholic High School choir from Woodstock and the Gargoyle Brass Ensemble will join the chorale.

There are a number of changes in the repertoire this ye... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
March 6, 2015

DIOCESE—Changes in diocesan administration are not all that unusual for any Catholic diocese. The structure of all dioceses are governed by the Code of Canon Law which helps maintain a consistent workflow and ethic for the administration of duties along with all services and sacraments provided to each and every person in the church.Read More

March 6, 2015

HUNTLEY—An event of Spirit-filled enthusiasm is coming to St. Mary Parish, 10307 Dundee Road, here, and to other sites in all of North America on April 24-25.

The first New Evangelization Summit will feature a gathering in Ottawa, Canada, of some of the best presenters that English-speaking Catholicism has to offer.

... Read More

March 6, 2015

Ellen B. Lynch — General Counsel, to be also Chancellor for the Diocese of Rockford, effective Sunday, March 1, 2015.

The Rev. Matthew M. Bergschneider, J.C.L. — Adjutant Judicial Vicar, to be also Vice-Chancellor for the Diocese of Rockford, effective Sunday, March 1, 2015.

Given at the Chancery, Feb. 27, 20... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 20, 2015

ROCKFORD—Christopher Cooper considers it to be “a happy circumstance” that he inquired at the Diocese of Rockford about management positions on the same day that former Bishop Lane Retreat Center manager, Beth Kenagy, gave her notice.

Cooper began in that position on Feb. 2. He grew up in Rockford and graduated fr... Read More

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