By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 13, 2018
It’s understandable why young students at St. Mary School in Woodstock — or anywhere — might confuse St. Nicholas with Santa Claus.
 
After all, so much of the story of the jolly Mr. Claus was inspired by that fourth century bishop from Myra in Egypt.
 
On Dec. 5, the day before St. Nicholas’ feas... Read More
Making Room in the Inn
Aurora’s House of Peace Offers Lodging for Women in Need
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
December 13, 2018
AURORA—A decent home and spiritual support are the mainstays at the House of Peace (Casa de la Paz) at St. Nicholas Parish here.
 
The residence is for women going through difficult times  who need a temporary place to live. The home also serves adult students looking for affordable, clean and safe lodging while they finish their classes.
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December 13, 2018
ELGIN—Pam Klein of Elgin, mathematics department chair and 25-year teacher at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, has been named this year’s recipient of the school’s St. Gregory the Great Award. 
 
The award honors faculty or staff members for outstanding commitment to the education and faith of St. Edward students. Read More
December 13, 2018
JOHNSBURG—More than 40 years of tradition was passed down to current students during the St. John the Baptist  School annual Thanksgiving luncheon on Nov. 20.
 
“We have so much to be thankful for this year at St. John’s School,” said Father Jacek Junak, pastor. He continued with a prayer of thankfulness and the 42 guests, one... Read More
By Louise Brass, Observer Correspondent
December 6, 2018
If walls could talk there would be a lot of history to reveal.
 
Stained glass windows in the walls of churches do talk — virtually speaking — and tell the stories of heroes and saints, while also reflecting Catholic symbols and truths.
 
Even the most casual visitor to a Catholic church, cathedral, or basili... Read More
Diocesan Bishop Lane Retreat Center Renovated
New Entrance Makes Main Building More Accessible
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 6, 2018
ROCKFORD—Making Bishop Lane Retreat Center ”handicapped accessible ... was our number one goal,” says Kristen Sapoznik, director of  the center southwest of Rockford.
 
Although the second floor of the retreat center’s main building has long been accessible via a back driveway and a door leading into its chapel, the first floo... Read More
December 6, 2018
ALGONQUIN—For the sixth year, St. Margaret Mary  Parish Knights of Columbus Council 11091 here have hosted a Thanksgiving Day dinner in McDonnell Hall for about 40 men and women recruits at Naval Station Great Lakes, located in Lake County.
 
The station is home to the United States Navy's only boot camp. About 54,000 Navy recruits pass thr... Read More
December 6, 2018
MAPLE PARK—St. Mary of the Assumption Parish here dedicated a new bell tower on Oct. 21. 
 
The Klemm and Klotz families donated the funds. Ron Diehl had the bell restored. Roger and Ken Mangers did the excavation and Ed Campbell and Roger Mangers did the cement work. They are all parishioners and volunteered their time.
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By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 22, 2018
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy and Cathedral of St. Peter Rector Father Stephen St. Jules announced changes and improvements to the Cathedral of St. Peter campus during an informational meeting Nov. 19. 
 
About 35 people gathered in the fellowship hall to find out about the next chapter in parish and diocesan history.
 
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By Sharon Boehlefeld, Features Editor
November 22, 2018
CHICAGO—Sister Stephanie Baliga, FSE, was known for her running when she was a student at Auburn High School in Rockford and at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.
 
Now that she’s a member of the Franciscans of the Eucharist in Chicago, she’s still running. But now her efforts are to raise funds to pay for her community&rsqu... Read More
November 22, 2018
ELGIN—Brian P. McGuire has been selected as the 2018-19 Alumnus of the Year at St. Edward Central Catholic High School here.
 
McGuire, president of Associated Equipment Distributors and Hanover Township supervisor, is a 1988 graduate of St. Edward. 
 
Called a “consummate professional” and a &ldqu... Read More
November 22, 2018
GENEVA— Members of the Ladies Auxiliary 12497 of the  St. Charles Knights of Columbus gathered to raise money for the Living Well Cancer Resource Center here.
 
After a game of bunco and a raffle for prizes, Auxiliary President Donna Fike presented Nancy Luetkehans of the center with the proceeds of the evening, $1,700.
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November 15, 2018
ROCKFORD—The Diocese of Rockford on Nov. 14, released a list of those priests, deacons, and religious against whom a substantiated allegation of sexual abuse of a minor has been reported.
 
The list includes the names of six diocesan priests, one permanent deacon and eight religious order priests who served for a time in the Diocese of Rockford.Read More
November 15, 2018
“With all my heart I seek you; do not let me stray from your commandments. In my heart I treasure your promise that I may not sin against you.” (Ps 119:10-11)
 
In January 2004, the Diocese of Rockford published a four-page report to the people of the Diocese of Rockford which outlined the history of sexual abuse of minors in the dioc... Read More
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