November 20, 2014

Young Observer

Junior Observer

Pope to visit Philadelphia

Bishops OK liturgy items, endorse sainthood cause, hold elections

Seventh grade students at St. Mary School, Dixon, learned the process of embalming in reference to the mummification process used by the ancient Egyptians.

Our Lady of Good Counsel School, Aurora, hosted grandparents day.

Father Phillip Kaim recently took a pilgrim group from Cannon Air Force Base to vist the Spanish Mission Churches of Southern California

St Joseph Parish, Lena, recently hosted a trunk or treat at the church

Catholics want to learn more about their faith

 

November 14, 2014

AURORA—Marmion Academy, here, hosted its annual Veterans Day observance, Nov. 7 at the campus.
The Marmion Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps cadets honored all veterans, especially deceased alumni veterans of war, during an after-school formation and parade.

The guest of honor at this year’s ceremony was Fat... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 14, 2014

ROCKFORD—One reason parishes don’t become great parishes is because they already are good parishes, said speaker Mark Mogilka at the Nov. 7 Ministry Day, held at St. Rita Parish.

“What we need are really great parishes,” he said, but “good is kind of comfortable.”

The annual day brough... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 14, 2014

ROCKFORD—Priests, nuns and some lay ministers attended the Hispanic Ministry Day, Nov. 4 at the Diocesan  Administration Center, here, to discuss issues for the Latino people of God in the diocese.
Documentation and procedures for marriages were part of the agenda.

Bishop David Malloy welcomed the attendees and h... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 14, 2014

A quinceañera party is the biggest dream for young ladies in Latin America, particularly in Mexico. But sometimes they must miss the special 15th birthday party.

About 60 women — 16 to 90 years old — had the opportunity to celebrate their belated quinceañera, Nov. 7 at St. Mary Parish in DeKalb. The women ... Read More

Rockford’s St. Edward School First Benefactor of New Fund
Catholic Elementary School Financial Support Added to Appeal
By Margarita Mendoza, and Penny Wiegert
November 7, 2014

By Margarita Mendoza and Penny Wiegert
The Observer

ROCKFORD—The sweets of Halloween and the blessings of Thanksgiving came combined and early to St. Edward School, here, Oct. 28.

The sweet blessing of $29,487 was distributed from the Diocese of Rockford Office of Stewardship Development to the school durin... Read More

November 7, 2014

ROCHELLE—In keeping with the centerpiece of the day, with a quote from Pope Francis, the Vitae conference offered a fully dressed table of information for Pro-life workers and advocates.

“Each of us is a masterpiece of God’s creation” was the theme of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ R... Read More

November 7, 2014

PECATONICA—St. Mary Parish, 126 W. Fifth St., here, will host John McGrath, diocesan director of Educational Services, to help Catholics better use their Bible in praying the Scriptures.

McGrath will speak at 7 p.m., Nov. 13. The public is invited and admission is free.

The talk is sponsored by St. Mary’s Wom... Read More

November 7, 2014

ROCKFORD—The Advent Bible Lecture Series will open its 15th season, Nov. 30.

The three-part series features John McGrath, diocesan director of Faith Formation, who has selected “The Parables of Jesus” as his topic this year.

Sessions will take place on the first three Sundays of Advent from 1 to 2:30 p.... Read More

November 7, 2014

AURORA—Deacon Harold Poss, 89, of Aurora, died at home on Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014. He was born in Aurora to the late Henry and Catherine (Jungels) Poss.

On May 3, 1952, he married Mary Ann Molitor. He attended Annunciation BVM Grade School in Aurora and graduated from Batavia High School in 1943.

He was ordained as... Read More

November 7, 2014

DEKALB—The Observer won six awards for journalism excellence at the Northern Illinois Newspaper fall banquet and award presentation, Oct. 23.

Editor Penny Wiegert says the honor is impressive, especially since “we are a Catholic publication competing with papers with much bigger staffs, bigger budgets and wider scope of... Read More

November 7, 2014

JOHNSBURG—Volunteers are needed by 1st Way Pregnancy Help Services, 2020 W. Johnsburg Road, here, to help train staff to use a new ultrasound program.

Women who are in the first  or early second trimester of pregnancy will receive free ultrasounds and free photos of their unborn child.

Medical staff members ha... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 7, 2014

DEKALB—“I get to give people an experience of the living God,” said Father Carlos Martins, CC, to a filled Christ the Teacher University Parish,  Oct. 23.

As a member of the Companions of the Cross, Father Martins travels with first and second class relics of many saints as well as pieces of the cross of Chri... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 7, 2014

ELGIN—Baptismal rites and group weddings, among other faith activities, are some of the typical sacramental events at St. Joseph Parish, here.

But sometimes unexpected glitches hinder the smooth celebration of these sacraments and Father Jesus Dominguez, pastor of St. Joseph is reaching out to Hispanic couples and families to... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
November 7, 2014

Autumn Novielli is a 3-year old girl diagnosed with cancer and on Oct.  20, the volleyball players at St. Thomas More School in Elgin dedicated their games to her.

The team also had a bake sale 50/50 raffle, and sold beads, yellow ribbons, and loom bracelets. All proceeds went to Autumn’s cause.

Autumn’s... Read More

November 7, 2014

The Rev. Manuel F. Forero  — to be Parochial Vicar for St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, Illinois, effective Saturday, Nov. 1, 2014.

Given at the Chancery, Oct. 30, 2014

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 24, 2014

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

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 24, 2014

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

October 24, 2014

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

October 24, 2014

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

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 24, 2014

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

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 17, 2014

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

October 17, 2014

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

October 17, 2014

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

October 17, 2014

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

Combined Appeal Aids Missions and More
Mission Appeal Weekend Oct. 18-19
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 10, 2014

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

October 10, 2014

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

October 10, 2014

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

By Amanda Hudson News Editor
October 3, 2014

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

By Amanda Hudson News Editor
October 3, 2014

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

By Lynn Conner, Observer Correspondent
October 2, 2014

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 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

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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