LEE—The Knight may be silent, but the auction certainly won’t be.
The Silent Knight Auction and Dinner in Lee, Dec. 5, promises to be a lively affair with plenty of food, numerous items up for auction and a great many blessings in store for charities that benefit from the annual extravaganza.
Volunteers and o... Read More
DIXON—So you think you had a lot of people to cook for this Thanksgiving? Try a crowd of about 500.
The Knights of Columbus Council 690, and dozens of volunteers, have an ongoing tradition of serving free Thanksgiving Day dinners to anyone who arrives at the KC hall in Dixon ready for a feast. About 200 more dinners are sent ... Read More
AURORA—The Rosary High School Beads swim team brought home the state championship trophy. Top winners were:
n 200 Medley Relay with time of 1:43.09 (Athena Ye, Sydney VanOvermeiren, Camryn
Streid and Emily Ryan), a new school record.
n 200 Free Relay with time of 1:33.72 (Athena Ye... Read More
ROCKFORD—Despite 10 inches of snow — most of which had been cleared off area roads — about 100 people gathered to celebrate The Observer’s 80th anniversary.
Before the dinner at Cliffbreakers in Rockford, Penny Wiegert, The Observer editor and diocesan communications director, welcomed the crowd.
... Read More
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Eighth grade students at St. Margaret mary School, Algonquin, hosed a Veteran's Day assembly to honor veterans that are related to students
Mario Esquivel is this year's winner of the J. Phillip Reilly Scholarship at St. Joseph School, Aurora
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WEST DUNDEE—A series of events to honor local veterans for their service and sacrifice was held at St. Catherine of Siena Church, here, Nov. 6-7 when more than 70 people participated in “Stand for Vets.”
Many stood outside the church along Illinois Rte. 72 holding their own American flags. At the same time, 25 peo... Read More
ROCKFORD—Several dozen men and women were certified as lay ministers by Bishop David Malloy Nov. 8 at the Cathedral of St. Peter, here.
Each completed the diocese’s two-year Ministry Formation Program and received certification at a Liturgy of the Word event.
Director John McGrath acknowledged the commitment ... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE—“Every day Christians need to be renewed in the Holy Spirit.”
With this quote of St. Augustine, Jim Murphy, Catholic lay evangelist and director of leadership formation for International Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services based near the Vatican in Rome, began a day-long conference Nov. 7 at St. Eli... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE—The fifth annual McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast on Nov. 7 welcomed about 600 people to the Holiday Inn here for a talk by Father Michael Gaitley, director of evangelization for the Marians of the Immaculate Conception and author of “33 Days to Morning Glory” among other books.
Bishop David M... Read More
WOODSTOCK—The second McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast Youth Rally held on the evening of Nov. 6 at Marian Central Catholic High School, here, tackled the tough questions of salvation.
In his opening remarks, Brian Kelly, vice chairman of the McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast board and coordinator of the youth r... Read More
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
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
ST. CHARLES—St. Patrick Parish will hold a mission with Father Albert Haase, OFM, Nov. 16-18, with 7-8:30 p.m. sessions each day.
The mission theme is “Signed and Sealed with the Cross.”
Father Haase will explore the identity of God proclaimed in the sign of the cross and the challenges and respo... Read More
DEKALB—The Observer swept the religion writing awards and won several other honors at the Northern Illinois Newspaper Association banquet Oct. 29 at Northern Illinois University, here.
The religion awards are named to honor former NINA president Dr. Owen Phelps, who is also the retired Rockford Diocese communications director an... Read More
ROCKFORD—The 2015 Catholic Youth Summit welcomed more than 1,500 youths accompanied by more than 250 adults to the Physical Education Center at Rock Valley College Oct. 25, treating them all to a day of calm and of craziness.
In two talks, keynote speaker Mary Bielski told students how “Jesus ninja’ed into my life... Read More
Two large Catholic families are being assisted by their communities and fellow parishioners in Sycamore, DeKalb and Genoa.
Jerry and Sheila Bliujus and their five children lost their Sycamore home in an early morning fire on Oct. 17. Since then, families from St. Mary Parish, where the Bliujus family are active members, along with ... Read More
DIOCESE—When St. Ignatius understood that God did not wish him to remain at
Jerusalem, he began to consider what he should do. The plan he approved and adopted was to enter upon a course of study in order to be better fitted to save souls.
The key to success for both St. Ignatius and any long-term good is always to ha... Read More
Marmion to Honor Vets at Nov. 13 Event
AURORA—Marmion Academy will honor veterans at 3:30 p.m. Nov. 13 in the Alumni Hall gym, 1000 Butterfield Road, here.
Guest of honor will be Dawn Seif, widow of Marmion graduate SSgt Andrew Seif. The Marine died in a training accident March 6, 2015, just da... Read More
MUNDELEIN—German theologian Romano Guardini “was a promotor of Catholic identity in all its fullness,” says Father Jonathan Bakkelund, a Rockford Diocese priest who is learning German in order to translate one of Guardini’s books into English.
Guardini was concerned with “thick liturgy,” Father B... Read More
ALGONQUIN—Hundreds of parishioners participated in the final commemoration of the centennial year at St. Margaret Mary Church in Algonquin with a weekend of activities Oct. 16 through Oct. 18.
On Oct. 16 a Mass was celebrated to honor the feast day of the parish patroness, St. Margaret Mary Alacoque, and a prayer servic... Read More
ROCKFORD—“Is there any tabbouleh? I remember tabbouleh.”
Bishop David Malloy’s gentle teasing of the Syrians who had gathered with the staff of the Refugee Resettlement Office got them chuckling as they answered that no one had made the often-served vegetarian dish of tomatoes, parsley, mint, bulgur and onio... Read More
ROCKFORD—The 16th annual Advent Bible Lecture Series will begin Nov. 29, running the first three Sundays of Advent from 1-2:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St.
The series features John McGrath, diocesan director of Faith Formation. He has selected “The Messianic Prophecies of... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE—The annual Fall Magnificat Breakfast is set for Nov. 14 from 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
The featured speaker is Lu Cortese, founder and executive director of St. Joseph Radio, which is “dedicated to proclaiming the Catholic faith through worldwide radio broadcasting, video programming, and other various means of eva... Read More
AURORA—Their principal almost levitated right in front of him, Michael Kagan, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools, told the students of Holy Angels School at an assembly the morning of Oct. 8.
Indeed, whether she is talking with Superintendent Kagan or others about her tour of an existing STEM program, Principal Tonya... Read More
ST. CHARLES—Less than a month before Pope Francis would arrive on his apostolic journey to Cuba on September 19-22, 2015, Sean Williams of St. Charles received a phone call from a friend, Marcus Daniel, a tobacconist, in Naples, Florida.
“Marcus had planned a trip to Cuba for this historic occasion and said there was ro... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE—Right to Life McHenry County and Pro-Life Champions have teamed up to present the documentary — “40” — an inspirational movie that examines the effects of abortion on our nation over the last 40 years.
It was produced by John Morales and endorsed by David Bereit of 40 Days for Life and Fat... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE—The annual McHenry County Prayer Breakfast will be held this year on Saturday, Nov. 7, beginning with Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at 7:30 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave., here. It will continue with the prayer breakfast and program from 9-11 a.m. at Holiday Inn Crystal Lake, Route 3... Read More
Parishes from the Mississippi River to the Fox Valley stood in support of National Life Chain Sunday, Oct. 4.
The dreary cold fall weather didn’t deter the impassioned participants for this year’s event.
In all parts of the Rockford Diocese hundreds of men, women, children and clergy took part.
Rep... Read More
ROCKFORD—Hamed Mustafa Al Hammawi speaks of two groups of people in his home country of Syria: those who are “with the government” and those, like him, who are not.
He talks also about snipers on rooftops, sudden arrests, and consequences for those who gathered earlier in the Syrian war to ask for their rights and... Read More
ROCKFORD—Catholic Charities is always ready to spread the word about the challenges facing refugees who come into the Rockford Diocese.
Janet Biljeskovic, program director of Refugee Resettlement Services, recently took the story to members of the International Affairs interest group of the Rockford Branch of American Associa... Read More
Pope Francis had much to say during his apostolic visit to the U.S. Sept. 22-27.
He spoke to millions in person, through broadcast and social media. His messages were heard by clergy, religious, lay people, Catholics and non-Catholics.
Bishop David Malloy, who personally greeted the Holy Father during his visit to Washin... Read More
PHILADELPHIA—The City of Brotherly Love welcomed people from all over the world during the World Meeting of Families Congress, Sept. 22-27, including two women from the Diocesan Administration Center in Rockford.
Jennifer Collins, director of the Office of Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE), attended the Congress itself, c... Read More
ST. PAUL—The crowds were both blessing and blockade for seminarian Charles Fitzpatrick during a whirlwind trip to Washington D.C. and Philadelphia that he won in a raffle last spring at a house party for seminarians.
He traveled with 11 other seminarians and two priests to both cities with some hope of seeing Pope Francis.Read More
Father Keith Romke is director of the Diocese of Rockford Vocations Office. He agreed to talk about how someone finds a vocation and about what’s new in the office. Below are some of the questions that were posed to Father Romke's and his responses.
Q... Read More
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