February 5, 2016

DEKALB—Join Father Keith Romke at 7 p.m. on Feb. 15 at Christ the Teacher University Parish, 512 Normal Road, here, for a family evening of prayer.

Called to Pray opens with a talk and ends with a holy hour and prayer for vocations to the priesthood, consecrated life and marriage.

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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 5, 2016

ROCKFORD—The Year of Consecrated Life ended with a celebration as Bishop David Malloy gathered with members of several religious orders on Feb. 2.

The event began with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Poor Clares’ Corpus Christi Monastery chapel and continued with lunch in the fellowship hall at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

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By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
February 5, 2016

ROCKFORD—“This is not your grandfather’s pro-life movement” is just one of the slogans that Eric Scheidler has seen in his work as a pro-life advocate.

The irony of this message is not lost on Scheidler, who was the keynote speaker at the annual pro-life banquet held at Holy Family Parish Jan. 29.

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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 5, 2016

ROCKFORD—“May God grant you His most special blessings,” said the nomination form from St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish.

The warmth behind the well-wishes for that parish’s honoree, Barbara Turman, was reflected in the applause that erupted as the names of each of the 19 women being honored were read at the 24th... Read More

By Sharon Boehlefeld
February 5, 2016

ROCKFORD—The health — or illness — of a marriage is at the heart of an annulment, Msgr. Glenn Nelson told  more than 75 people, Jan. 31.

“In-valid,” he said, stressing the end of the word “doesn’t mean (a marriage is) not real. It was in-valid.

It was injured from the beginn... Read More

By Sharon Boehlefeld
February 5, 2016

ROCKFORD—When speaking to Muslims, “Christians need to develop ways to teach the Trinity and that God is Love,” says Gabriel Said Reynolds, Ph.D.

A professor of Islamic Studies and Theology at the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, Dr. Reynolds was in Rockford Jan. 28 to present a Hesburgh Lecture at... Read More

February 4, 2016

Seasoned Observer

Ashes to Asches -- Lent Reflection

Rockford Catholic Women's League takes up painting

McHenry parishioners fill more than 40,000 prayer requests

Fourth graders at St. Bridget School, Loves Park, help refugees

Fifty-four youngsters, ages 9 to 14, competed in the annual Knights of Columbus free throw contest hosted by the Knights of Columbus Council 11666 from St. Mary Parish in Huntley Jan. 9.

Interreligious collection provides insights on all kinds of grieving

Bishops urge others to accept refugees

Heavenly mysteries: Questions of faith, science intersect at astronomy workshop

More than 1000 missionaries of mercy will serve during jubilee

Pope plans to visit Sweden to commemorate Reformation anniversary

Show the World God's care, Pope tells Religious

Cardinal confirms some priests decline appointment as bishop

Catholic agency on front lines helping Flint residents with water crisis

Carolina Panthers linebacker says faith impacts his outlook on life

 

 

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 29, 2016

ST. CHARLES—Three days of worsening warnings from  weather forecasters, youth event organizers in Washington D.C., and the coach bus company finally led to “the difficult decision” to cancel the March for Life bus trip, says Jennifer Collins, director of the diocesan Life and Evangelization Office.

With that,... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 29, 2016

ROCKFORD—“You think dad was watching today?” asked Lou Bachrodt III as he smiled for the camera outside the new Lou and Irene Bachrodt Center for Health and Fitness at Boylan Central Catholic High School.

In 1959, his parents were asked by Bishop Loras T. Lane to chair the capital campaign to build the co-educatio... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 22, 2016

ROCKFORD—“I have the best boss,” says Michael O’Neill with a shy smile.

“Our Lady has opened many doors for me, and I keep walking through them,” he says with disarming simplicity of his saintly director.

He credits her for leading him to the most recent happenings in his life as The M... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 15, 2016

DIOCESE—Father Phillip Kaim quotes a famous advertisement from the early 1900s, said to have been written by explorer Ernest Shackleton to try to recruit 26 men for one of his expeditions to Antarctica: “Men wanted for hazardous journey. Low wages, bitter cold, long hours of complete darkness. Safe return doubtful. Honour and reco... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 15, 2016

DIOCESE—Father Ryan Browning is quick to ask for prayers for the growth of a new ministry he has been asked to direct — one that will serve parents, siblings, children, other relatives and friends of persons who have same-sex attraction.

EnCourage is a Catholic apostolate that began in 1992 when various Catholic family ... Read More

January 15, 2016

BATAVIA—Holy Cross Parish women’s book club has selected its next five selections.

The group meets 9-11 a.m. on the third Tuesday of the month at Holy Cross Donovan Hall, 2300 Main St.

They read Catholic books on doctrine, the Blessed Mother, saints, apologetics, living the faith, prayer, parenting, and marri... Read More

January 15, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa—Immaculèe Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor and New York Times best-selling author is scheduled to speak at a retreat at Holy Trinity Parish, here, Feb. 12 and 13.

She is the author of “Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide.”

In 1994, members of the Hutu ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 8, 2016

ROCKFORD—”I’m delighted to be with you on this Christmas day,” said Bishop David Malloy to the nearly two dozen men gathered before him Dec. 25 in an empty cell block on the fourth floor of the Winnebago County Jail.

“I look forward to it,” the bishop added, calling the responses by Catholics to ... Read More

December 18, 2015

On Dec. 13, around the world and in the Rockford Diocese, cathedrals and other designated parishes opened their holy doors.

These actions imitated Pope Francis, who opened both the doors at St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican and the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

December 18, 2015

DIOCESE—“This is the Lord’s own gate: Let us enter through it and obtain mercy and forgiveness,” said Bishop David Malloy on Gaudete Sunday, Dec. 13, as he opened the main door of the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, its ribbons and lock removed.

“How wonderful it is for the Holy Father to begin thi... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 13, 2015

AURORA—A ceremonial check for $500,000 from the Dunham Fund was presented to dignitaries and student representatives at Aurora Central Catholic High School Nov. 5. The grant is targeted to enhance existing programs at Aurora Central to develop a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program.

Board members, includin... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 13, 2015

AURORA—“This is an important day for the Diocese of Rockford,” said Michael Kagan, superintendent of schools, to a group of priests, principals and other lay school leaders the morning of Nov. 5. “For the first time in our 105-year history, we are going to be embarking on … a plan, a blueprint for (diocesan) sch... Read More

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