April 18, 2014

At Good Friday services throughout the Rockford Diocese today, parishioners will have a chance to contribute to the preservation of the Holy Land sites.

The Holy Land Franciscans, who for 800 years have received from the Vatican money collected on Good Friday, use the funds to preserve the past and protect the future of Christian s... Read More

April 18, 2014

SOMONAUK—Father Thomas E. Brantman died in his sleep at St. John the Baptist Parish rectory, here, April 10, 2014.

Father Brantman was born on June 15, 1946, in Waukegan, to Robert and Beatrice May Brantman.
He was ordained to the priesthood on June 14, 1975, by Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill at  Cathedral of St.... Read More

April 18, 2014

“Be Reconciled” Day Draws Many To Confession

Observer Correspondent Wins IWPA Awards

Father Engbarth retires this month

Father Leo Petit dies in Pennsylvania


By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 11, 2014

BELVIDERE—St. James Parish, here, is gearing up for its 150th anniversary with a significant change to its church building.

Groundbreaking took place the afternoon of April 7 for an addition to the church that will increase its capacity from 325 seats to about 850. Bishop David Malloy joined other dignitaries, parishioners an... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 11, 2014

ROCHELLE—The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women held its biennial convention on Saturday, April 5, at St. Patrick Parish, here.

The day included a business meeting, Mass, installation of new officers, lunch, raffles, auction, and a talk by Rebecca Woodhull who is the president of the National Council of Catholic Women.

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April 11, 2014

STERLING—A large group of volunteers from the Sterling and Rock Falls area, along with Newman Central Catholic High School students, are making final preparations for their presentation “The Mystery of the Passion of Christ.”

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By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 4, 2014

HARTLAND—“The anniversary was, technically, last year,” says Father Thomas Doyle, parochial administrator at St. Patrick Parish, here.

“We were originally hoping to celebrate the anniversary last year … but we were waiting to finish the renovation of our basement before we did so. That became delayed.... Read More

Old Stations Made New
Rockford’s St. Rita Parish Refurbishes Stations From Freeport’s St. Mary
By Amanda Hudson, News editor
April 4, 2014

ROCKFORD—St. Rita Parish, here, unveiled, blessed and celebrated its old-made-new Stations of the Cross on March 28.

Father John Evans, parochial administrator, and Father Timothy Barr, pastor of St. Mary Church in Freeport, led a comfortably-filled church in prayer as the purple cloths that covered the stations were removed,... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski
March 28, 2014

ALGONQUIN—The enthusiasm and atmosphere at the sixth annual Shamrock Shave at St. Margaret Mary Church, here, March 15 was as exciting as a leprechaun finding the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow.

The gymnasium was filled with more than 500 people dressed in a sea of green with colorful t-shirts, blinking lights and tall... Read More

March 28, 2014

MCHENRY—For a second year in a row, Church of Holy Apostles, here, organized a team of more than 80 parishioners to participate in the St. Baldrick’s Shave to fight kids’ cancer.

Participants of all ages, elderly to a baby only 7 months old,  lined up to shed their locks for a good cause.

The paris... Read More

By Tony Carton, Observer Correspondent
March 21, 2014

ELIZABETH—For more than a year, students in religious education classes at St. Mary Parish in Elizabeth have been preparing to celebrate the sacrament of reconciliation for the first time.

The children’s focus and that of their instructors is on God’s mercy and how they forgive within their families, their friends... Read More

By Bishop David J. Malloy
February 28, 2014

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we approach the Season of Lent, it is always important for us to take stock of our spiritual lives. By the Church’s traditional prayer, fasting and charity, we draw closer to Christ and to the Church. Our souls are laid open to be strengthened by Christ’s love, grace and forgiveness.... Read More

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