McHenry Parish Celebrates 25
Names Parish Center for Founding Pastor Sherry
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 26, 2014

MCHENRY—It all came down to a feeling of “family” as the Church of Holy Apostles celebrated its 25th anniversary with Mass, dinner and dancing on Sept. 20.

“It’s like a family,” said parishioner Sandi Freund-

Echelmeyer who stood ready to assist guests and parishioners as she staffed t... Read More

September 26, 2014

DIOCESE—The annual Life Chain is an hour long peaceful and prayerful public witness and a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

The Life Chain event is in solidarity with ... Read More

September 26, 2014

MCHENRY—The annual Magnificat Prayer Breakfast is scheduled Oct. 25 at Church of Holy Apostles, 5211 W. Bull Valley Road, here.

Mary Vogrinc will be the featured speaker.

Seating begins at 8:30 a.m. for the 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. event.

Tickets are $20. To order by mail, send a self-addressed, stamped envelop... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 26, 2014

ROCKFORD—“How impressive it is,” said Bishop David  Malloy, commenting on the “sea of faces” and the enthusiasm of the roomful of women attending the 2014 LaPromesse luncheon on Sept. 17.

Before blessing the meal, the bishop spoke of the importance of participation, and of “being there &hell... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
September 26, 2014

ELGIN—St. Joseph Parish in Elgin made a big celebration of Mexican Independence Day, with a festival, Sept. 12-14. Families shared the great variety of typical Mexican food and drinks; various musical groups, games for children, raffles among a great atmosphere of joy and warmth in the parking lot of the school.

Father Jesus ... Read More

September 26, 2014

Junior Observer

Bishop Cupich to succeed Cardinal George

Father Randy Fronek was recently named parochial administrator for St. Mary Parish in West Brooklyn, St. Patrick Parish in Maytown and Our Lady of Perpetual Help Paarish, Sublette.

Trio of Parishes join in Sublette anniversary parade

St. Thomas More School hosts grandparents day

Survivors in Albania move pope to tears.

Teens take path from El Salvador

Cardinal George 'relieved' pope accepted his resignation

Pope names five women to International Theological Commission

Pope names panel to streamline marriage annulment process

GAO: Many federally subsidized health plans cover elective abortions

Philadelphia meeting, synods will be part of global debate on families

Canadian bishops to launch natinal strategy to combat euthanasia


Kids Benefit From Gifts
Two Aurora Grade Schools Celebrate Donations from Endowment Earnings
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 19, 2014

AURORA—Our Lady of Good Counsel junior high student Thomas Sweet’s eyes got bigger and bigger after he was asked to read aloud the ceremonial check representing a real check to his school for the same amount.

“Forty … thousand … two hundred … seventy-nine” dollars, he read in a loud voic... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 19, 2014

ROCKFORD—The largest class of deacons — 21 — in diocesan history will be ordained this year, said Father Kenneth Wasilewski, at the Sept. 13 deacon information day, here.

The Rockford Diocese has nearly 151 deacons, he added, 131 of them active.

But new deacons are always needed, he said, noting that th... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 19, 2014

AURORA—A record crowd of some 480 people packed the Gaslite Manor the evening of Sept. 14 for the Catholic Women of Inspiration Awards Dinner.

This was the 10th year for the annual event sponsored by the Aurora Deanery Council of Catholic Women. The event has grown from when about 200 gathered from a few parishes 10 years ago... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 19, 2014

CRYSTAL LAKE—Fifteen women from 14 parishes who volunteer their time and talents quietly in the background were honored as this year’s Catholic Women of Inspiration by the McHenry Deanery Diocesan Council of Catholic Women at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish Center, Sept. 14, here.

Those recognized, surrounded by more... Read More

By Tony Carton, Observer Correspondent
September 19, 2014

SHANNON—The story behind the annual Blue Mass here is one of humble beginnings.

It began in 2002 when Laverne Kappen, a Knights of Columbus Grand Knight approached Father Michael Bolger, pastor of St. Wendelin Parish, here,  with the idea of reviving the Blue Mass traditon.

He wanted to honor not only the area... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 12, 2014

By Pat Szpekowski
Observer Correspondent
JOHNSBURG—The atmosphere was filled with joy and appreciation for God’s infinite goodness by staff and volunteers as the 1st Way Life Center celebrated the blessing of its new ultrasound machine by Bishop David Malloy on Saturday afternoon, Sept. 6.
The donation of t... Read More

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