ALGONQUIN—The centennial celebration kick-off for the “Century of Faith and Community” at St. Margaret Mary Parish, here, began with a noon Mass on Oct. 19.
The Mass included a seamless blend of the diverse cultures of its English, Polish and Filipino faithful with prayer and music in three languages and the remar... Read More
BATAVIA—Father James Parker, pastor of Holy Cross Parish, blessed its new addition to the school and community center, new kindergarten classrooms and a still-in-process renovation of the parish hall on Oct. 19.
Following the blessings, the Knights of Columbus provided parishioners with a brat and hot dog lunch. The lunch inc... Read More
DEKALB—An opportunity to restore a sense of hope and peace in an often chaotic world is just one of the promises of the 20th annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference, slated Nov. 22.
Speakers at this year’s conference include evangelist and theologian Father Robert Barron; country singer and disability advocat... Read More
ROCKFORD—The annual Ministry Day event for parish pastors and their staff members is coming on Nov. 7, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at St. Rita Parish Hall in Rockford.
“Growing an Engaged Parish: Strategies for Implementing the New Evangelization” will feature Mark Mogilka, veteran director of Stewardship and Pastoral Services... Read More
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Clergy honored at a dinner Oct. 17 hosted by the Knights of Columbus Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill Assembly 2381
Students at Holy Angels School, Aurora, received more than $44,000 in pledges during their first Boosterthon Fun Run that featured the "sliming" of principal Tonya Forbes and junior high math teacher, Michael Mayer.
Students at St. Edward School, Rockford, St Rita, Rockford, and Church of Holy Apostles, McHenry took part in the annual pet blessings in honor of St. Francis, the patron saint of animals
Kindergarten students at St. Margaret Mary School, Algonquin, collected stuffed animals to comfort children staying at Home of the Sparrow. The collection was in honor of Feast of St. Francis.
Students from St. Margaret Mary School, Algonquin, celebrated the school's 60th anniversary
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DIOCESE—“People want to be able to see different ideas for burial, inurnment or interment,” says Carol Giambalvo, CCCE, director of Catholic Cemeteries in the Diocese of Rockford.
The Catholic Church, she says, allows cremation, but states that the cremated remains (sometimes informally called “cremains&rdqu... Read More
CRYSTAL LAKE— A feeling of transformation and evangelization was palpable as it wove through the fourth annual McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast Oct. 11.
The morning began with the power of prayer as hundreds gathered for Mass at this year’s host church, SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Cary, with Bishop David Malloy... Read More
ROCKFORD—Boylan Central Catholic High School has named its library for Msgr. Raymond Wahl, who was director of Catholic education in the diocese when the school doors opened.
Msgr. Wahl was among the donors to the school who attended a special Mass with students and shared breakfast in the library on Oct. 7, feast of Our Lady... Read More
ROCKFORD—On Oct. 28, St. Edward School, here, will become the first recipient of funds from the collection called “Catholic Elementary School Financial Support for the Diocese of Rockford.”
This collection for needy Catholic elementary schools was included for the first time with all three combined a... Read More
The Rev. William R. Antillon — Pastor of St. Mary Parish, Morrison, to be also Parochial Administrator of Immaculate Conception Parish, Fulton, Illinois, and St. Patrick Parish, Albany, Illinois, effective Oct. 11, 2014.
The Rev. Matthew J. Camaioni — to be Parochial Vicar at Immaculate Conception Parish, Fulton, Illino... Read More
DIOCESE—The annual Mission Appeal, a combined collection to benefit the universal Catholic Church, will take place at parishes around the diocese the weekend of Oct. 18-19.
In his letter to parishioners, Bishop David Malloy looks to Pope Francis’ message for World Miss... Read More
HUNTLEY—Special Religious Development (SPRED) leaders from around the Rockford Diocese talked about their ministry to educate special needs people in the Catholic Faith at their annual year-end meeting at St. Mary Parish in Huntley late this summer.
They discussed successes and challenges of the past year, and made plan... Read More
ROCKFORD—A Mass of Hope and Encouragement for those touched by the cross of infertility will be offered at 10 a.m., Oct. 25, at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center, 5666 E. State St., here.
Whether you have been personally struggling with infertility or know and love someone who has, this Mass is an occasion to c... Read More
ROCKFORD—Staff and volunteers of the Catholic Charities Long Term Care Ombudsman program were treated to a special blessing from Bishop David Malloy and to insider insights from Sally Petrone of the Illinois Department on Aging at a training session on Sept. 23.
Diocesan director of Catholic Charities, Patrick Winn, also shar... Read More
ROCKFORD—Twenty-one men were ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons on Sept. 27 at the Cathedral of St. Peter by Bishop David Malloy.
Previously, the largest class to be ordained was 18 men, which happened in 1978 and again in 2001. The first class of deacons, with 15 men, was ordained by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill in 19... Read More
ROCKFORD—“One of the most attractive elements of silver and gold…is that deep down, they never lose their shine. They may have a little tarnish on the outside…but the glitter is always there.”
So said Bishop David Malloy to couples celebrating 25, 50 or more years of marriage at the diocese’s a... Read More
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
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
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