February 22, 2017

Junior Observer -- Jesus teaches us to pray, fast, give

Bishop joins Sterling marchers in D.C.

Johnsburg students travel for CSW Mass

Knights of Columbus Arthur J. O'Neill Council 7527 hosted a dinner for the East Dubuque fire and police departments

St. Edward CCHS moves on in WYSE competition

Aurora Knights raise money for vocations

Crystal Lake parish spreads word about SPRED

Montini students study Science

Aurora St. Joseph cagers win Rosary tournament

Huntley K of C honors soccer winners

Trump administration urged to care for creation

Pope greets U.S. grass-roots groups

Priest offers to swap U.S. citizenship for a refugee

Pope's tip for becoming a saint: Pray for someone who doesn't like you

Rallies held nationwide call on Congress to defund Planned Parenthood

Michael Novak, noted theologian, philosopher and author, dies at 83

Catholic Charismatic Renewal marks 50th anniversary of founding this year

Missouri priest revocers from assault, asks for prayers for robber

Catholic refugee family shares experiences of fleeing persecution

Diocesan phae of Fatima visionary's sainthood cause completed

Stalled action on proposed religious freedom order raises concerns

Church leaders hope Trump does not repeal conflict-minerals provisions


February 16, 2017

DIOCESE—This year, the Friday of Catholic Schools Week was also the Feast of St. Blaise.

St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, lived in the fourth century in Turkey and Armenia. For a time Blaise lived in a cave to escape persecution.

On his feast the church recalls a miracle cure associated with him and celebrates the blessing of the throats. Blaise apparently saved the... Read More

February 16, 2017

AURORA—It’s been a year and a half since Aurora Central Catholic High School made its case for campus expansion.

At the time, Father F. William Etheredge, chief administrative officer, had been at the school 14 years.

“We’ve grown rather significantly since I first got here,” he said. Enrollment then was under 350 and now is “very clo... Read More

February 16, 2017

DIOCESE—Singers are welcome to join the Rockford Diocese Chorale beginning this weekend with rehearsals for Lent events. Each rehearsal lasts one and a half hours. Dates, locations and times are:

Feb. 18: 10:30 a.m., St. Catherine, 845 W. Main St., West Dundee

Feb. 24: 7 p.m., St. Peter, 1891 Kaneville Road, Geneva

March 2: 7 p.m., Cathedral of St. Pete... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 9, 2017

AURORA—The strategic planning process for Catholic schools in the Diocese of Rockford is in its consultation  phase in some areas of the diocese.  

On Feb. 6, representatives from the Diocese of Rockford and the Meitler consulting group of Milwaukee met with Catholic school parents and parishioners of St. Peter, St. Therese of Jesus, St. Joseph and Our Lady of Good... Read More

February 2, 2017

The Rev. Lucjan Szymanski, OFM Conv. — at the nomination of his Provincial Superior and by appointment of The Most Reverend Diocesan Bishop, to be parochial vicar at St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Rockford, effective Monday, Jan. 30, 2017.

Very Rev. James R. Keenan, V.F. — pastor of St. Mary Parish, Sterling, to be also spiritual advisor... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 2, 2017

ROCKFORD—Hopes are high that the newest Rockford police station, in District 2, will provide a positive influence to an area that suffered in known and unknown ways from the building’s former use as an abortuary.

On Jan. 25, a ribbon-cutting, blessing and open house was held at what was originally Turner School, built in 1898 at 1410 Broadway.  

Dignita... Read More

February 2, 2017

EAST DUBUQUE.—St. Mary School here will remain open despite an announcement to close made during a meeting on Jan. 24.

Father Dean Smith, pastor of St. Mary Parish here and Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Menominee, announced the decision to discontinue elementary education at St. Mary School as of May 26, the last day of classes this year.

About 100... Read More

By Pat Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
January 26, 2017

ELGIN—One way that the mission of faith formation is being accomplished with success in Catholic schools in the Rockford Diocese is through the “Catholic Household Program.” Both St. Mary School in Elgin and Holy Cross School in Batavia are using the program.

St. Mary instituted the program in 2013, one year after Barbara Colandrea arrived as principal.  Read More

January 19, 2017

AURORA—Marmion Academy in Aurora added four alumni to its Athletic Hall of Fame during the Cadets vs. DePaul Prep Rams varsity basketball game, Jan. 6.

This year’s inductees are Jim Reiland, Andrew Schnell, Gereardo Alvarez, and Larry English.

Reiland, a 1957 Marmion graduate, was a four-year member of the baseball team. Reiland is best known for his 50-year... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 19, 2017

ROCKFORD—Students from each of the deaneries of the Diocese of Rockford were awarded $600 scholarships on Dec. 15 at the Diocesan Administration Center.

The annual scholarships come from a foundation begun by the late Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill. He started it with funds collected for him by Catholic schools in 1994 when he retired.

This year’s award winn... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 12, 2017

DIOCESAN—The Faith Forward: Building Our Blueprint for Catholic Schools strategic plan has taken another step toward completion.

But more importantly, according to superintendent of Catholic Schools Mike Kagan, the groundwork is being laid  to put some of the goals and strategies outlined in the plan to work.

“As Bishop Malloy said months ago, ‘th... Read More

December 30, 2016
SANDWICH--An announcement regarding the status of the former pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish was made this week.
Bishop David Malloy released the follo... Read More
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