What You Need to Know about Communion and Coronavirus
in the Rockford Diocese


By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 4, 2022
ROCKFORD—The first of two evening meetings was held July 28 at Holy Family Parish to update, encourage and provide direction to begin a diocesan-directed, focused effort of prayer and action in the wake of reports of two abortuaries being opened in Rockford.
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August 4, 2022
GENEVA—Young men between the ages of 12 and 25 in the Rockford Diocese are invited to discern the vocation God is calling them to at a one-day Encounter retreat. The retreat will be held on Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Peter Parish, 1891 Kaneville Rd. The r... Read More
August 4, 2022
FREEPORT—Deacon Henry Donald “Don” Brunette, 92, died July 16, 2022. 
Deacon Brunette was born March 8, 1930, in Flint, Mich., to Henry and Helen (Castonguay) Brunette. 
He moved to Milwauke... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 4, 2022
ROCKFORD—On the evening of July 19, Father Carl Beekman, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, was installed by Bishop David Malloy as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish before about 100 people of the parish who came to witness the historic event.
August 4, 2022
ROCKFORD—During the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, Catholic Charities will provide educational materials and prayer guides to encourage knowledge of and healing from mental health crises. 
Mental Health ... Read More
August 4, 2022

Filipino Communities Join for Celebration and Competition

CRYSTAL LAKE—The Fox Valley Filipino American Catholic Ministry (FVFACM) sponsored a Sportsfest and Picnic at St Thomas the Apostle Parish on July 16. 
Father... Read More
August 4, 2022
Festa Italiana
ROCKFORD—The 43rd annual Festa Italiana will be Aug. 5-7 on the campus of Boylan Central Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Dr. Times for each day vary. 
-- Aug. 5: 5... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
July 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—You may have read Bishop David Malloy’s public schedule and wondered “why is Bishop Malloy scheduled to be in Ghana July 25-28?”
The quick answer is that Bishop Malloy will be traveling to Accra, the capital city of Ghana ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 21, 2022
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the release of the updated Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America (PPF). 
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July 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—The youth building at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center received a much-appreciated facelift the last week of June.
The center’s most recent director, Terri Hill, applied for a grant in May 2021 from the Painters District Counci... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 14, 2022
ROCKFORD—Its location near the Wisconsin border has put Rockford on the map as a coveted spot for the abortion business. 
Recent property records indicate that proponents of abortion are eager to take advantage of abortion seekers from Wisconsi... Read More
July 14, 2022
Recent public reports suggest that efforts are being made to open a facility providing abortion services in the city of Rockford. In this moment following the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, I urge all the faithful and people of good will throughout the Diocese of Rock... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 14, 2022
ROCKFORD—Kay Ethington-Vogrinc’s father, Robert Darling, grew up in Beloit, Wis., attended Brother Dutton Elementary School and became enamored with his school’s patron.
But he could not guess that many years later his own daughter would... Read More
July 14, 2022
CRYSTAL LAKE—Father Robert Jones, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, will lead a one-day pilgrimage to Chicago on Sept. 29. 
The pilgrimage will feature tours of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (including the National Shrine of St. Peregrine... Read More
July 7, 2022
ROCKFORD—On July 1, around 50-60 people gathered to protest in front of a former chiropractic business at 611 Auburn St. in Rockford. 
The building was purchased by the physician who previously provided abortions in Rockford at the former Turne... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 7, 2022
ROCKFORD—Holy Family parishioner Brad Hefton exemplifies the qualities of fortitude and endurance head to toe, heart and soul. Humility is also evident within his 6’ 3” famous frame. 
It was more than a year before Holy Family pasto... Read More
June 30, 2022
The Supreme Court decision, released today in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is a moment for profound reflection for our nation.
The Catholic Church, along with many other people of faith and of good will, has long sought ... Read More
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
June 30, 2022
JOHNSBURG—The new altar at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg was blessed through the beautiful and symbolic rituals associated with the dedication by Bishop David Malloy during the 4 p.m. Mass on June 25.
“An altar signifies th... Read More
June 23, 2022
SINSINAWA, Wis.—The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa have served in the Diocese of Rockford before there was a Diocese of Rockford, coming to the area in 1871 to staff a school at St. Mary Parish in Freeport. They have continued to serve and be a presence since that time. Most recently, ... Read More
June 9, 2022
DIOCESE—Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2022 are invited to a Mass in their honor with Bishop David Malloy. 
The Rockford Diocese celebration will be at 2:30 p.m... Read More
January 27, 2022
BELVIDERE—St. James Parish will host a retreat led by Rwandan-American author and speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza on Sept. 23-24 at the parish campus, 320 Logan Ave. 
The retreat will explore Ilibagiza’s witness of faith, the power of ... Read More
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