National Eucharistic Revival
Holy time with God -- Tiempo santo con Dios

The Parish Phase of the
Eucharistic Revival is Here!

To help parishioners understand the Eucharist and adoration, The Observer published a special 24-page bi-lingual booklet, Holy Time With God, featuring all the adoration chapels in the Diocese of Rockford. The four-color book includes photos,  a map, locations, and open times for the individual chapels along with tips on how to spend your time in adoration. And of course, there is the Eucharistic Revival Prayer composed by our own diocesan director of the Office for Divine Worship, Father Jonathan Bakkelund.

The Holy Time With God booklet was an exclusive gift to all subscribers of The Observer. However, you can now download a copy so you, your family or your parish group can begin your diocesan pilgrimage to some or all of these chapels during this parish year of the revival.

-- 24 page booklet available in .PDF format --
(Click on image at left)


 

 

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 6, 2024
ROCKFORD—A joyful celebration on a rainy day welcomed a full house of family members, friends and other well-wishers at the Cathedral of St. Peter as two men were ordained to the priesthood — Grant Colborn and Jeffrey Filipski — and two to the transitional diaconate &mdas... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
June 6, 2024
WINNEBAGO—On Memorial Day, May 27, Masses around the Diocese of Rockford gave thanks for the sacrifices made for freedom. Bishop David Malloy celebrated one such Mass at Calvary Cemetery just outside Rockford, concelebrating with Msgr. Gerald Kobbeman  and assisted by Deacon Peter... Read More
May 23, 2024
ROCKFORD—Jeffrey Filipski and Grant Colborn are all set to be ordained to the priesthood on June 1. They spoke with The Observer a few weeks beforehand to share a bit about themselves.
 
Rev. Mr. Grant ColbornRead More
May 23, 2024
The Rev. Leonard Jacobs, Parochial Vicar of St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles — to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective August 10, 2024.
 
The Rev. Ryan B. Browning — to be Pa... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 23, 2024
WOODSTOCK—Five mothers of students at St. Mary School decided this year to resurrect a great idea that happened once through the efforts of a small group of school mothers a few years ago.
 
Melinda Strange, Katie Czerkies, Kathryn Pollack, Maggie Sel... Read More
May 23, 2024
ROCKFORD—On May 14, Bishop David Malloy celebrated a diocesan Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter on behalf of Catholic Charities’ Mental Health Ministry and the people they serve. Around 80 people from the area gathered to pray for themselves and their loved ones who struggle wit... Read More
May 23, 2024
-- AURORA
Catholic concert May 31
St. Nicholas Parish will host Catholic singer and songwriter Ángela Sandoval for a concert on May 31, 7-10:30 p.m. in the church at 308 High St. Cost: $10/... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
May 16, 2024
ROCKFORD—Grant Eldred Colborn and Jeffrey Grant Filipski are scheduled to be ordained priests for the Diocese of Rockford on June 1 at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Also at this most sacred Mass will be the ordination of two men, Ryan Glenn Nooraee and Ian Andre Ordoñez Herrera, t... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
May 16, 2024
DIOCESE—Santa will be breaking out the lawn chairs and sunscreen on July 9 to help Catholic Charities in the Rockford Diocese.
 
The Observer Newspaper will celebrate the message of charity and thanksgiving normally reserved for the celebration of Chr... Read More
May 16, 2024

Options for Joining Pilgrimages Are Evolving

INDIANAPOLIS (National Eucharistic Congress)—Organizers are now asking the public to participate in the four Eucharistic Revival Pilgrimages at the parts of the pilgrima... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 16, 2024
FREEPORT—Aquin Central Catholic High School held its final Baccalaureate Mass on Thursday, May 9, for the 15 graduating seniors and the rest of the Aquin Catholic Schools population, at St. Joseph Chapel across from the school.
 
Bishop David Malloy e... Read More
May 16, 2024
-- AURORA
Catholic concert May 31
St. Nicholas Parish will host Catholic singer and songwriter Ángela Sandoval (also known as Ge’La) for a concert on May 31, 7-10:30 p.m. in the churc... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 16, 2024
CARY—“When a friend called me three weeks ago and asked if I would be willing to solicit material benefactors to purchase a Sacred Heart billboard for the month of June, I jumped on it immediately because that’s what the world needs now is Him!” says Matt Nick, a pari... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
May 9, 2024
FREEPORT—Administrators from the Catholic Diocese of Rockford and Aquin Catholic Schools announced good and bad news to Aquin employees and parents at meetings on May 1.
 
The bad news is that with only 18 students registered for grades 9-12 for the 2... Read More
May 9, 2024
A micro school is an intentionally small-scale educational environment that typically serves a limited number of students across various age groups.
 
In the context of a Catholic elementar... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 9, 2024
Actor Ethan Hawke and producer Eric Groth met virtually with members of the Catholic press to talk about their new film, “Wildcat,” and how they came to make a movie about the late Catholic author, Mary Flannery O’Connor.
 
Hawke wrote and... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 9, 2024
I watched the movie knowing nothing about Flannery O’Connor or her work other than that she was a controversial Catholic author. Listening to Ethan Hawke and Eric Groth talk about the film, I got a better sense of their approach and how what sometimes seemed a bit disjointed actually d... Read More
May 9, 2024
-- AURORA
Christmas in July craft show July 13
Abbey Farms will hold its first Christmas in July craft show July 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at 2855 Hart Rd. Will feature over 75 local vendors, and food a... Read More
May 9, 2024
May 17, 19: Hip-hop worship concerts in Geneva, Huntley
 
On May 17, 7-9 p.m., St. Peter Parish in Geneva will hold a night of worship and music at the parish, 1891 Kaneville Rd. There is no cost for the... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
May 2, 2024
AURORA—Parishioners of St. Therese of Jesus and Father Darwin Flores, parochial administrator, are joyful because Bishop David Malloy blessed two significant parish renovations. 
 
The April 23 evening of blessings started with 6 p.m. Mass celebr... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 2, 2024
ROCKFORD—“We  are called to something that is beyond our own natural human powers, but not beyond His, not beyond those of the One Who has called us,” Bishop David Malloy said at the annual Jubilarian Mass held on April 23 at St. Rita Church.
 
... Read More
May 2, 2024
CRYSTAL LAKE—Reservations are open for the May 11 prayer breakfast at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 1023 McHenry Ave., here.
 
The breakfast is sponsored by the “Mary, Mother of the Eucharist” McHenry chapter of Magnificat, an internatio... Read More
May 2, 2024
ROCKFORD—The   Holy Name Society of St. Anthony of Padua Parish honored two U.S armed forces veterans for their long-time membership at a Mass April 14. Receiving Lifetime Service Awards were (from left) Joseph Montalbano, a veteran of World War II and Purple Heart recipient, and... Read More
May 2, 2024
SPRINGFIELD—The Dominican Sisters of Springfield gathered in April for their week-long General Chapter meeting, a week of prayerful conversation and deliberation, which plans for the next five years. 
 
The first five days, called the “Chap... Read More
May 2, 2024
LOVES PARK, BATAVIA—Young men in the Diocese of Rockford are invited to two retreats this summer to discern the priesthood. 
 
Father Jack Reichardt, Vocations Office director, will lead the one-day retreats along with current seminarians. The da... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 25, 2024
ROCKFORD—In February this year a bill was introduced that would legalize  assisted suicide in Illinois. Should it pass, Illinois would join California, Colorado, District of Columbia, Hawaii, Montana, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Vermont, and Washington in being a so-cal... Read More
April 25, 2024
Some Illinois sites (there are many more events in Chicago) if you would like to join the pilgrims somewhere along the way are: 
 
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By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
April 25, 2024
ROCKFORD—Boylan Central Catholic High School’s inaugural lacrosse season is off to a sensational start. In their first home game at Titan Stadium on April 6, Boylan posted a 15-2 victory over the Geneva Vikings. “This game was held during spring break, so we were down some ... Read More
April 11, 2024
CRYSTAL LAKE—The “Mary, Mother of the Eucharist” McHenry chapter of Magnificat, an international ministry program for Catholic women, will host a prayer breakfast and guest presentation May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Paris... Read More
February 22, 2024

The first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign took place in 2007, begun by four people in Bryan/College Station, Texas, after Planned Parenthood opened a facility in town.

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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—The Cathedral of St. Peter was the setting for two gatherings of people from across the diocese for the annual Rite of Election on Feb. 17: a 10 a.m. English-speaking group and at 11:30 a.m. those whose first language is Spanish.

Bishop David Malloy welco... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—A group of prolife people gathered Feb. 13 for the kickoff of this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign in the Rockford area.

The event at St. Bernadette Parish featured guest speaker Steve Karlen.

Karlen got involved in the pro-... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—It’s  been 30 years since the Bilic family arrived in Rockford — the first refugee family fleeing the Bosnia-Herzegovina War to arrive in Rockford.

An article from the Feb. 25, 1994, Observer quotes the then-28-year-old Croatian couple about t... Read More

Lent Reflection -- 2nd Sunday of Lent
In Lent, We Sacrifice Our Loves to God
Father Connor Orabutt, Holy Cross, Batavia, Parochial Vicar
February 22, 2024

Abraham was told by God, “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you” (Gen 22:2).

For Abraham, Isaac is his one fulfillment of God&... Read More

February 22, 2024

BATAVIA
-- Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, 717 N. Batavia Ave.

One-day hybrid retreat: March 9, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., over Zoom or in-person at One Heart, One Soul Spirituality Center, 2041 W. State Rte... Read More

February 22, 2024

-- AURORA
Sign up for Biking for Babies by March 1

Waterleaf Women’s Center invites adults to join the Biking for Babies national ride in support of Waterleaf and other pregnancy care centers. The... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—During the Advent season of 2023, Bishop David Malloy joined Pope Francis and all the bishops of the U.S. in asking Catholics to participate in a special collection Dec. 16-17 to aid the Holy Land.

Bishop Malloy sent a letter to all diocesan parishes aski... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 15, 2024

ROCKFORD—All Saints Catholic Academy and the Cathedral of St. Peter teamed up in late January and early February to collect diapers, wipes and more to benefit the clients of St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center.

The academy collected its donations the week of F... Read More

February 15, 2024

AURORA—Catholics in the Aurora area are invited this March to discover — or rediscover — the beauty of churches that are close to home.

On March 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the nonprofit group Catholic Church Tours will lead a one-day tour of three Aurora churches: St... Read More

February 15, 2024

Note: Regular What’s Up events can be found on page 10.

ALGONQUIN

-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Fish fry: Feb. 16, March 1 and 15, all from 4:30-8 p.m. in the McDonnell Hall in... Read More

February 15, 2024

-- AURORA

Trivia night March 2 -- Aurora Central Catholic High School’s booster club will host a trivia night March 2, 6:30 p.m., in the cafetorium at 1255 N. Edgelawn Dr. Will includ... Read More

Lent Reflection
This Lent, Jesus Invites Us To Reform and Believe
Father Joel Lopez, St. Rita, Rockford
February 15, 2024

Jesus’ instruction contains two points: The first is “to reform” our lives. The second is to “believe in the Gospel.” “To reform” means acknowledging the presence of evil in our lives and turning away from it. It entails confronting sin and actively di... Read More

February 8, 2024

-- BATAVIA

AHG bake sale Feb. 10-11 -- The American Heritage Girl Troop #0224 at Holy Cross Parish will hold a bake sale after all Masses Feb. 10-11 at the church, 2300 Main S... Read More

February 8, 2024

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Good Friday, March 29, are days for fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics, 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is al... Read More

February 8, 2024

ALGONQUIN

-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Lenten Bible study: Tuesdays, Feb. 20-March 26 (except March 19). Afternoon times are 1-2:30 p.m.; evening times are 7-8:30 p.m. The study book costs $20. ... Read More

March 23, 2023
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.—The 2023 National Catholic Youth Conference (NCYC) will be held Nov. 16-18 at the Indiana Convention Center for teens ages 14-18. NCYC is produced and presented by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (nfcym.org).
 
T... Read More
January 26, 2023
DIOCESE—Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford will offer the Sanctuary Course for Catholics, an eight-part course for small groups designed to raise awareness and start conversations regarding mental health. 
 
The course will be offered ... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 20, 2023
AMMAN, JORDAN—Bishop David Malloy is among bishops from 11 countries who have gathered in Jordan for the annual Holy Land Coordination pilgrimage held from Jan. 14-19 to meet with the Christian community there. There are over 200,000 Christians in the country. Its Catholic parishes, sc... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 20, 2023
SINSINAWA, Wis.—In a time of change, the Sinsinawa Dominican sisters count their blessings.
 
“All of us, regardless of age or need, live in communities with access to nourishing food and quality health care,” they say on their website ann... Read More
A history of growth, decline and continued service
Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, 1847 to present
January 20, 2023
On Aug. 4, 1847, pioneer priest Dominican Father Samuel Mazzuchelli founded the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation with two women, Sisters Seraphina and Ermeline. 
 
Two more women joined in December that year, and by the time of Father Samuel’s de... Read More
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