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

March 26, 2015

Junior Observer

Diocesan Chrism Mass is April 2

Diocesan Administration Building to be closed April 2 & 3

Members of Boylan Central Catholic High School’s Students Assisting Relief Organizations (SARO) group delivered children’s books to Rockford Memorial Hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit.

St. Mary Parish in Elgin celebrated the once-in-a-century Pi Day with a friendly pie contest judged by the Knights of Columbus.

St. Mary Elementary and Junior High School in Dixon celebrated St. Joseph Day. 

St. Margaret Mary School seventh-grade students explore an exhibit during a recent field trip from to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry.

Bishop Rafael Ramon Conde Alfonzo of the Diocese of Maracay in Venezuela took part in the stations of the cross at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Sandwich.

Knights of Columbus Council 11666 from St. Mary Parish Huntley hosted a soccer tourney last fall.

Kindergarten students colored a “Good Deed” stained glass window. The “windows” are part of Algonquin’s St. Margaret Mary School’s, “Give and Receive — Love for Lent” project.

McHenry Deanery parishes, Church of Holy Apostles in McHenry and St. Margaret Mary in Algonquin, each hosted its annual fundraising hair cutting event.

At Naples Visit, Saint Blood Liquifies

U.N. Says Pope To Visit Sept. 25

Syrian Children at Risk to Become ‘Lost Generation,’ Vatican Official Says

Nun runs center caring for Vietnamese children with severe disabilities

Papal Prep in High Gear

‘Mission Baroque’ Still Evangelizes

Missionary priests killed in Peru remembered for commitment to faith

Utah lawmakers end session with passage of anti-discrimination bill

Via Dolorosa a Long Tradition

Marian Text Messages in Ivory Coast Not Approved

Catholic-owned company in Colorado wins permanent injunction on mandate

Blind students among thousands protesting rape of elderly nun in India


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

March 20, 2015

ROCKFOR—Msgr. Charles W. McNamee, JCL, STL, PA, died Friday, March 13, at Presence Cor Mariae Center, here, where he was a resident. He was 90 years old.

Msgr. McNamee was born on July 2, 1924, in Chicago, to Charles J. and Loretta (Emond) McNamee.

He attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Chicago; St. M... 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

Editor’s note: Over the course of the Year of Consecrated Life, which ends Feb. 2, 2016, we’ll introduce the orders of consecrated women and men active in the Rockford Diocese.

Congregation of the Humility of Mary (CHM)
Motherhouse in Davenport, Iowa
Repr... 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

Spring Appeal Helps The Church Universal
International Appeal March 14-15
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 6, 2015

DIOCESE—“There are those who suffer daily from hunger, violence and atrocities from war,” says Bishop David Malloy in his message for the annual International Appeal coming to parishes the weekend of March 14-15.

“We have an opportunity to help them by participating” in this appeal, he adds, noting tha... 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

ALGONQUIN—Introduced seven years ago with low expectations, the Shamrock Shave benefit has quickly grown to become a major area fundraiser at St. Margaret Mary Parish, 111 S. Hubbard St., here.

Organizers estimate that more than 60 men, women and children will shave their heads to raise money for community families in need an... 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 27, 2015

ROCKFORD—Kate and Edward Yin, students at SS. Peter and Paul School in Cary, encouraged their parents, Zhebiao Yin and Manman Gu, to learn about the Catholic faith they heard so much about at school.

All four were present at the first of three Rite of Election ceremonies at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford the weekend o... Read More

February 27, 2015

This list is as complete as we could make it by deadline. Please check your parish bulletin and the Rockford Diocese website — — for additions and changes.

St. Patrick: March 6, 20, 4 ... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 20, 2015

DIOCESAN—For the second year, the Diocese of Rockford will invite Catholics to come to confession during its “Be Reconciled” event, March 25.

Recognizing the need for God’s grace and forgiveness in the lives of Catholics, Bishop David Malloy last year launched a new “Be Reconciled” initiative to ... Read More

February 20, 2015


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

A Subscribers Guide to Reading
The Observer Digital Edition.

- Click Here -

Learn how you can share that 'special year' in your life
by sponsoring The Observer archive pages!

(Click here to check them out)
For more info on sponsorships email

Subscribe/Renew Now to The Observer Digital Edition