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

February 27, 2015

LOVES PARK—Why are we here? What does it mean to be human?

Damon Owens, executive director of the Theology of the Body Institute, will present a three hour introduction to the teaching of Pope St. John Paul II, in preparation for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September.  

The talk will be Ma... Read More

February 27, 2015

AURORA—Father Dan Peters will share his thoughts on how to grow in faith as we travel through the season of Lent when the Serra Cub of the Aurora Deanery meets at 12 noon, March 3, at Presence Mercy Medical Center, 1325 N. Highland Ave., here.

The meeting will begin with a rosary at 11:40 a.m., offered for an increase in voca... Read More

February 26, 2015

Junior Observer

Fifth grade students at St. Margaret Mary School, Algonquin, made blankets for the McHenry County Project Linus project.

St. Mary School, Sterling, announce spelling bee winners

Faith shapes 'Catholic Foodie'

Jeff Young's Lent pretzel

Daughter of St. Paul presents New redeemer Award at Razzies event

Four major snowstorms hit Boston parishes hard

U.S. attacks on religion up 133 percent

As migration pattern changes, Mexican women adjust methods of service

Jesuit's kidnapping forces JRS to reassess operations in risky areas

Profile advocate Franciscan Brother of Peace Paul O'Donnell dies unexpectedly

New Chicago center first in U.s. dedicated to studying religious life

Copt called martyrs


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

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

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy was the main celebrant at a special Mass the morning of Feb. 7 at the Poor Clare Colettines Corpus Christi Chapel, which was followed by a luncheon in Fellowship Hall at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

The Mass welcomed men and women religious of the diocese along with some lay friends of the orders a... Read More

By Lynne Conner Observer Correspondent
February 13, 2015

ROCKFORD—Scouts from across the diocese were honored Feb. 8 at the Cathedral of St. Peter by Bishop David Malloy.

The Scout Sunday Mass recognized Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls and adult scout leaders for their service and dedication.

Among the awards presented by Bishop Malloy were the Spirit Al... Read More

February 13, 2015

ST. CHARLES—About 6,000 people are expected at this year’s Hear I Am Lord vocations conference at St. Patrick Parish, here, March 5-8.

Juggling, puppets, a 5k race, and music are just a few of the activities scheduled.  

Of those attending, half will be high school age or younger. They’ll be joinin... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
February 6, 2015

BARRINGTON—Men and women military veterans are invited to reflect on their military experiences and attend a spiritual Coming Home Retreat on Feb. 22 at the Bellarmine Jesuit Retreat House, here.

This free Christian one-day retreat was designed as a new ministry to help military men and women come to spiritual healing and rec... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 6, 2015

ROCKFORD—Brother Paul O’Donnell of the Franciscan Brothers of Peace in St. Paul, Minnesota, has been at the forefront of the work to help assure life and dignity of those who have been injured.

“America has been sold a bill of goods,” Brother Paul said flatly as he gave examples of the challenges that famili... Read More

February 6, 2015

DIOCESE—Four teachers at Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockford were recognized with the third annual Outstanding Catholic Educator Award.

The awards were given out during Catholic Schools Week, Jan. 25-31, at high school Masses or at individual schools.

“We have many fine teachers who epitomize the mode... Read More

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