“I hope your heart feels
like mine today,”
said Bishop David Malloy in his opening remarks to the nearly 1,500 people
at the diocese’s Silver and Gold Mass, Aug. 30.

Jennifer Collins, director of the LiFE Office, prepares items prior to checking in the anniversary couples. Kathy Berkes, of the
Life and Family Evangelization Office took care of blowing up balloons for the “after-party.”




By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 4, 2015

HUNTLEY—“I hope your heart feels like mine today,” said Bishop David Malloy in his opening remarks to the nearly 1,500 people at the diocese’s Silver and Gold Mass, Aug. 30, at St. Mary Parish here.

The annual celebration, which has taken place since 1987, has been held at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockf... Read More

September 4, 2015

St. Margaret Mary: Albert and Elaine Helfert, 65; James and Barbara Woeste, 50; Daniel and Kathleen Kielbasa, 50; Dennis and Karen Downing, 50; George and Helen Jost, 50; Jim and Janice Hanson, 25
St. Patrick:... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 4, 2015

ROCKFORD—Mother Maria Dominica, abbess for Rockford’s Poor Clare Colettines, agrees that the first-ever “Come and See” retreat at Corpus Christi Monastery provided young women with both an opportunity and a sense of “safety in numbers.”

It was a unique couple of days, something the nuns decided t... Read More

September 4, 2015

AURORA—Father Mario Pedi, OSB, 88, a Benedictine monk of Marmion Abbey, here, died Aug. 28, 2015.  

Father Mario was born on Nov. 2, 1926, and was baptized as Stephen at St. Bernardine Parish, Forest Park.  Upon graduation from Proviso High School in 1945 he studied at Loyola University and St. Procopius College.Read More

September 4, 2015

SHANNON—The annual Blue Mass, hosted by St. Wendelin Parish Knights of Columbus Council 12841, will be held Sept. 10.

The remembrance begins at 6:30 p.m. with a procession from the parish, 18 S. Linn St., to the Shannon Fire House, 14 S. Hickory St., where the Mass will take place.

Father Michael Bolger, pastor and... Read More

September 4, 2015

ELGIN—Father Christopher Kuhn, pastor, will offer a charismatic Mass at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 at St. Mary Parish, 397 Fulton St., here.

Father Kuhn is also assistant spiritual director for Rockford Diocese Catholic Charismatic Renewal.

Praise and worship will preceed Mass at 6:45 p.m.

The In Spirit and In Trut... Read More

September 4, 2015

ROCKFORD—La Promesse 2015, the Catholic Women’s League annual fundraiser, will remember crooner Frank Sinatra with an Italian-style luncheon and desserts.

Singer Ed Franks will bring favorite Sinatra songs to life during the gathering at Giovanni’s, 610 N. Bell School Road, here Sept. 16.

Reservations, ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 4, 2015

AURORA—“I never expected this,” Flo Askew says.

The 2015 Woman of Inspiration from Holy Angels Parish in Aurora adds simply that, “I just go where the Lord calls me.”

The program’s description of Askew’s service to her parish and the Church, and the many hug-filled greetings from... Read More

September 2, 2015

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Silver and Gold a Favorite Part of Work
Annual Diocesan Anniversary Celebration Aug. 30 in Huntley
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 28, 2015

ROCKFORD—For Laura Christianson, the annual Silver and Gold Mass could be just one more big project.

But as she reflects on her three years of work on the several-decades-old, diocesan-wide event, she says, “Every year has been fun.”

As administrative assistant for the Office of Life and Family Evangeli... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 28, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bob Gilligan, executive director of the Catholic Conference of Illinois, spoke to an Aug. 21 “All Hands” meeting of Catholic Charities staffers, held at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center in Rockford.

Gilligan explained the duties of CCI, the public policy arm for the six bishops in the State of Illi... Read More

August 28, 2015

JOHNSBURG—St. John the Baptist Parish, 2302 W. Church St., will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Rosary Oct. 7

In a 7 p.m. program, “Mary and the Eucharist,” Father John P. Grigus, OFM Conv., rector of Marytown, will talk about the relation of Mary and the Eucharist.

A living rosary will take place at 7:... Read More

August 28, 2015

St. Rita of Cascia Parish in Aurora hosted it’s annual summer festival Aug. 16.

Among the activities for adults was a Sadie Hawkins-like “wedding” tent where couples get to be “married” for the day.

A West Chicago soccer team, coached by  Raúl Mendozawas, was the winner of the fe... Read More

Dixon Parish Hosts Annual Rosary
26th DCCW International Prayer Service
By Louise Brass, Observer Correspondent
August 21, 2015

DIXON-Catholics devoted to Our Lady of Good Counsel came from throughout the Rockford Diocese to say the International Living Rosary before a framed portrait of the Madonna and Child Jesus here Aug. 16.

Most took turns “being a bead,” by saying a Hail Mary in the language of his or her choice, including English, French,... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
August 21, 2015

MCHENRY—On the path to its 175th anniversary next year, more than 250 parishioners at St. Patrick Church in McHenry attended Mass celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy on the Feast of the Assumption, Aug. 15.

After the Mass, the bishop  blessed and dedicated three  of the parish’s significant outdoor  feat... Read More

August 21, 2015

CRYSTAL LAKE—The McHenry Chapter of Magnificat, a ministry to Catholic women, held its spring prayer breakfast here. Father Joseph Ekpo, assistant pastor of St. Simeon Parish in Bellwood, was guest speaker.

Held on Mother’s Day weekend, Father Ekpo spoke of the unique love that a mother has for her child and the special... Read More

August 21, 2015

Bishop David Malloy visited Siena on Brendenwood, an independent-living retirement community owned and operated by the Diocese of Rockford, Aug. 13 to bless its new “Table Four” dining room.

The floor to ceiling renovation of the small room, located off the main dining room, readied it for continental breakfast during t... Read More

August 21, 2015

SOMONAUK–Author and filmmaker Abbie Reese will share a behind-the-scenes glimpse of “Chosen (Custody of the Eyes)” — a feature-length documentary-in-progress, at St. John the Baptist Parish here, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m.

When completed, it will form a portrait of a 27-year-old joining the Poor Clares’ Corp... Read More

August 21, 2015

ST. CHARLES—A “Called and Gifted” workshop will be held 7-9:30 p.m., Sept. 18, and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Sept. 19,  at St. John Neumann Parish, 2900 E. Main Street, here.  

The workshop will be presented by the Catherine of Siena Institute.  

Costs for the workshop, including lunch and snacks, ar... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
August 14, 2015

JOHNSBURG—In spite of gray skies and a threat of rain, the St. John the Baptist Parish Fest here proceeded as planned on Aug. 9.

Hundreds of parishioners and neighbors attended the annual event in the park across the street from the parish grounds.

Filled with family fun, Parish Fest has been bringing smiles and ra... Read More

August 13, 2015

Several schools in the Rockford Diocese will have new school leaders greeting students and parents this year. Among them are three new superintendents, one new president and eight new principals. While each is new to his or her position this year, several are already familiar to the diocese and a few to the schools where they will hold new po... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
August 7, 2015

ALGONQUIN—Bringing the light of Christ to the darkness of prison to guide lost souls to the doors of heaven is the enlightening message of Kairos Prison Ministry International.

Inspired by the Holy Spirit, Kairos was prompted by the Scriptures and in particular Matthew 25:36: “I was in prison and you visited me.”<... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 7, 2015

Sara Marquetti was appointed director of Stewardship Development in July. But the name of the department she will direct has been renamed the Office of Charitable Giving. She answered some questions about the name change and her plans for the future.

... Read More

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

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: http://igg.me/at/Custo... Read More

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