Scholarships ‘Invest in Kids’
What You Need to Know About the Tax Credit
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
December 7, 2017
DIOCESE— Earlier this year, Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner signed into law, the “Invest in Kids Act.” Through this new law, Illinois children enrolled in private schools will have access to new scholarships. 
 
The scholarships offered through this program could cover 50 to 100 percent of a student’s tuition and eligible charg... Read More
December 7, 2017
MAYTOWN—Two sisters from the Daughters of Divine Love — Sisters Lilian and Mary Paul — helped women of St. Patrick Parish, here, pack four suitcases of clothing for their missions in Cuba, Haiti and Jamaica.
 
The clothes are part of the parish’s ongoing sewing project to clothe needy children. So far parish volunteers and their fr... Read More
December 7, 2017

By Father Manuel Gomez

A few years ago, I was driving along the Rock River, from Rockford to Sterling, I went through Byron, Oregon, Dixon, and all these villages along the river. As I was driving and watching the landscape I felt thrilled. I thought, “What a beautiful scene!” 
 
That landscape ... Read More
December 7, 2017
Your home nativity set may not be as large as this one at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles, but when you set it up, it is appropriate to bless it. 
 
A parent or another family member may lead the blessing.
 
All make the sign of the cross as the leader (L) says:
 
L: ... Read More
Advent -- Two Traditions Take Us Day-by-Day to Christmas
Simbang Gabi - Anticipate Christmas Dec. 15-23
December 7, 2017
Simbang Gabi is a festive Filipino tradition of Masses in preparation for Christmas. 
 
Masses are held in the Rockford Diocese on nine consecutive evenings. On some nights, participants share a festive Filipino meal or other refreshments. 
 
This year, Bishop David Malloy will celebrate Mass in the Fox Valley ... Read More
December 7, 2017
P arishes all over the Rockford Diocese will begin the annual Christmas posada tradition next week.
 
Generally, the same parishes that make a special event of the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe — those with strong Latino and Hispanic traditions — also mark at least one day of the novena.
 
The traditi... Read More
November 30, 2017

Bishop David Malloy offered Mass at the 23rd annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference, held Nov. 18 in the Duke Ellington Ballroom at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Speakers this year were Chris Horn, a former NFL player; Gus Lloyd of the Catholic Channel on Sirius Satellite Radio; Francisco (Paco) Gavrilides, a Homiletics Instructor at Sacred Heart Major Semina... Read More

November 30, 2017
ROCKFORD—Early bird registration with reduced prices closes Dec. 1 for parish groups interested in taking part in the Diocese of Rockford March for Life pilgrimage, Jan. 17-21, may register now.
General registration ends Dec. 11.
 
The diocesan Life and Family Evangelization Office sponsors the annual bus trip for adults and youth.Read More
November 30, 2017
LOVES PARK—Msgr. John J. Mitchell died Nov. 22, 2017, at Lincolnshire Place, here, where he was a resident. He was 81. 
 
Msgr. Mitchell was born on March 21, 1936, in Elgin, to William P. and Rita J. (Meagher) Mitchell. 
 
He graduated from St. Edward Catholic High School, Elgin in 1954. He then attended... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 30, 2017
ELGIN—St. Laurence Parish recently held a simple ceremony to bless a statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe in an area across the street from the church, at the southeast corner of Standish and Jewett Streets, here.
 
Father Robert Camacho, a retired diocesan priest, and Father Andrew Mulcahey, pastor,  guided the prayers in Spanish and English, as a ... Read More
November 30, 2017
DIXON—The Knights of Columbus Father Boland Assembly 1702 Christmas party will be Dec. 10 at the Knights of Columbus Council 690 Hall, 506 W. Third St., here. 
 
The day will start with a 10:30 a.m. Mass at St. Flannen  Parish in Harmon, before traveling to the Dixon hall. 
 
Fellowship will start at... Read More
November 30, 2017
ROCKFORD—Christopher Fenoglio’s children’s book, in the poetic tradition of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” is hot off the presses for Christmas. 
 
“Every Christmas, thousands of parents are faced with a dilemma,” Fenoglio says. “Do they tell their child the truth about Santa Claus or do they wait to enjo... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 23, 2017
EAST DUBUQUE—On Nov. 3 at St. Mary Church, here, Tony and Abby Ball officially adopted and baptized four new family members.
 
Kior, 7; Makenna, 6; Omari, 4; and baby Calvin joined their parents, brother Vincent, 8, and sisters Cecelia, 10, and Estelle, 4, in wearing t-shirts proclaiming “Ball” as their last name. 
&n... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 23, 2017
ROCKFORD—Dr. Virginia  Desjarlais would like the whole world to know that “adoption is a viable option.”
 
As the supervisor for adoption services at Catholic Charities in the diocese, Dr. Desjarlais works with Jennifer Peacock to provide adoption supportive services. The pair provides the expertise to guide couples through the lega... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 23, 2017
SYCAMORE—“Every nurse at the hospital gave all four of us a hug,” says Elliot Foley. 
 
The “all four” being hugged were Elliot and his wife, Jessica, and their daughter’s birth parents, Matt and Rachel. 
 
It is not every day that those nurses could witness not only the birt... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 23, 2017
DIOCESE—Communicating better to parishioners in all parishes as a mission was the goal of two one-day workshops presented by the Diocese of Rockford and Diocesan, the company that developed a smartphone application — or app — launched in the diocese Nov. 18-19. 
 
At the workshops, Diocesan shared ideas for bulletins, websites and s... Read More
By Pat Szpekowski
November 23, 2017
BATAVIA—“My first intention is to help you discover the Book of Revelation,” said Father Dominique Faure.
 
Father Faure presented a one-day retreat, “Apocalypse: Light of Hope for the Church,” at Holy Cross Parish, here, on Nov. 18.
 
Born and raised in Paris, France, Father Faure is a spea... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 9, 2017
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery, Rockford, on a cold and cloudy All Souls Day, Nov. 2. 
 
“Human temptation is to see death as only darkness; as a total loss,” he said. “Perhaps too for ourselves, left behind ... our days also seem darker.”
 
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November 9, 2017
DIOCESE—A workshop, to be offered both Nov. 15 and 16 in the diocese, will focus on teaching parish workers how to best use the new service.
 
Identical sessions are scheduled from 9 a.m. to about 3 p.m. both Wednesday and Thursday next week.
The Nov. 15 session will be at St. Mary Parish Hall, 10307 Dundee Road, in Huntley. Read More
November 9, 2017
Priest Displays Relics
 
WONDER LAKE—Father Joel Lopez, parochial administrator, displayed first class relics from his personal collection at the All Saints Day celebration at Christ the King Parish, here,  Nov. 4-5.
 
A banner (partially visibile on the altar above) displays the names of pari... Read More
By Amanda Hudson
November 9, 2017
LOVES PARK—The diocesan Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services welcomed people who were introduced to the Catholic Charismatic Movement in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s, ’90s and 2000s to an afternoon of prayer and praise on Nov. 5 at St. Bridget Parish center, here.
 
Ron Bergman, diocesan liaison for CCRS, opened the event with a brief ov... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 9, 2017
DEKALB—Mexican traditions are preserved and transmitted through young people at Christ the Teacher University Parish, the Newman Center on the campus of Northern Illinois, here.
 
On Nov. 2, the date of the celebration of Día de los muertos (Day of the Dead), el Fuego del Espíritu (The Fire of the Spirit), a group of Catholic Hispanic ... Read More
November 2, 2017
ST. CHARLES—The Ladies Auxiliary of Knights of Columbus’ Council 12497 from St. Patrick and St. John Neumann parishes, here, have had several productive months. 
 
In September, they and a few Knights, volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, helping to finish up a home in Elgin. 
 
This was their third... Read More
By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
November 2, 2017
ROCKFORD—She was 13-years-old.
 
She was sitting alone near the Miami hotel pool where she and her mom were living, a first step in escaping from an abusive husband and father.
 
An older teen, “Mary,” walked up, as if to befriend her. 
 
It was the first step in ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 20, 2017

ROCKFORD—The Cathedral of St. Peter was well filled by Catholics from near and far points of the Diocese of Rockford on a drizzly Oct. 12 evening for a Mass in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Marian apparition and the Miracle of the Sun in Fatima, Portugal.

Bishop David Malloy celebrated the Mass, joined by many priests of the diocese and by Bishop Saul Figueroa ... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 20, 2017

LOVES PARK—In addition to the Oct. 12 Mass and re-consecration of the Diocese of Rockford to the Blessed Mother at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, a handful of other events were celebrated on Oct. 13, the 100th anniversary of the final apparition in Fatima.

Those events on Oct. 13 included a public rosary in Batavia sponsored by Holy Cross Parish, which hosted an eve... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 20, 2017

STERLING—“Fostering a Deeper Catholic Spirituality in Our Lives” was the overall theme of the diocesan high school symposium on Oct. 10 at Newman Central Catholic High School.

Catholic high school teachers and principals gathered with some local Catholic elementary school staff to hear the opening address from Bishop David Malloy and a keynote talk from Augustini... Read More

October 20, 2017

ROCKFORD—Cathedral of St. Peter School is one of five Rockford-area schools that are set to receive multi-year grants to bring science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) curriculum to their classrooms this year.

The grants will provide training to teachers to help them prepare students for STEM-focused careers, where job growth is expected to be twice that of an... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 16, 2017

MCHENRY—Baby John Patrick. Baby Angel Marie. Baby twins Thomas Peter and Matthew James. Baby Maria Elizabeth.

The names of the five children were solemnly read at a late-morning Mass at St. Patrick Parish, here, on Oct. 3, their tiny caskets resting on a table before the altar, a rose on each.

Angel Marie was stillborn at six months in 2007. The twins miscarried i... Read More

October 16, 2017

DIOCESE—According to the Diocesan Finance Office, contributions for the recent natural disasters have been generous.

As of Oct. 10, for Hurricane Harvey, 97 parishes in the diocese have donated $485,494.95.

For Hurricane Irma, 52 parishes have donated $208,267.82.

At press time parishes were still collecting donations for both Hurricane Irma, as well as... Read More

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