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

It is recommended that we all be particularly vigilant about practicing preventative measures as suggested
by health officials at home, in the work place and in our places of worship.

 Wash your hands often
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Avoid touching eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands
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Avoid contact with sick people
Stay home if you are sick
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Cover mouth/nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing
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Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces
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And of course, your continued prayers for the sick and their caregivers is always encouraged.

 

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
October 21, 2021
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy celebrated his usual 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass for a not-so-usual purpose.
 
“We are at the beginning of a project that Pope Francis has asked of the whole Church in our time. It has to do with the convening of a Synod o... Read More
Servi Christi is Ready to Grow
Rockford Servi Christi Rises to Meet Community Needs
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 21, 2021
ROCKFORD—Servi Christi is a newly-formed organization for Catholic business and professional leaders in the Rockford area and now the Fox Valley.
 
It is inspired by the international organization Legatus begun by Thomas Monaghan, founder of Domino&rs... Read More
October 21, 2021
ST. CHARLES—Servi Christi Fox Valley Chapter president Keith Kotche notes that COVID-19 impacted the area’s Legatus chapter.
 
“We were going fairly strong,” he says, but the pandemic caused the in-person meetings to disappear. ... Read More
October 21, 2021
DEKALB—The annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference will return for its 26th year on Nov. 20. This year’s conference will be held at the Holmes Student Center on the campus of Northern Illinois University, DeKalb. The conference will open at 8 a.m. and formally begin at... Read More
Last Sister Leaves Elgin Hospital
Sister Leticia Lapid, OSF, retires after 24 years
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 14, 2021
ELGIN—Upon serving 24-years of compassionate and prayerful neighborly love as a spiritual care chaplain, Sister Leticia Lapid, OSF, has retired from her ministry at Amita Health Saint Joseph Hospital in Elgin. 
 
Sister Leticia continued the lega... Read More
Brothers Give Back to St. Ed’s
Good influence, great experiences compel Fox family to help their school
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
October 14, 2021
ELGIN—Robert and Geoffrey Fox have never forgotten their well-rounded education at St. Edward Central Catholic High School in Elgin — even when their family moved across the country to California in 1957 following Robert’s graduation and the completion of Geoffrey’s j... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 14, 2021
VATICAN CITY—The cause of pro-life French geneticist Jerome Lejeune took a step forward on Jan. 21 this year when Pope Francis formally recognized his heroic virtues.
 
One person who was especially happy to hear the news was Margaret Brechon of St. P... Read More
By Megan Peterson, Features and Multimedia Editor
October 14, 2021
As someone who recently graduated college (2020), college visits can be difficult to plan for. You’ve searched through lists of schools and dove into research to find your perfect fit. You finally have a list of schools that all seem promising. 
 
Johnsburg Parish Celebrates 180 Years
St. John the Baptist parishioners celebrate their community roots
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 7, 2021
JOHNSBURG—St. John the Baptist Parish here traces its beginnings all the way back to 1841 when three young men arrived in the area, immigrants from Germany.
 
More families followed, and in 1842 the first St. John the Baptist Church was constructed on... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 7, 2021
DIOCESE—The “One in Christ” Mission Appeal for 2021 will be held Oct. 16-17 across the Diocese of Rockford.
 
This final combined appeal for 2021 includes six collections for missionary efforts in the U.S. and around the world. They includ... Read More
October 7, 2021
ROCKFORD—Father Anthony F. Pantyra, 69, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 26, 2021, at his home in Rockford. 
 
Father Pantyra was born Dec. 3, 1951, in Dabrowa, Tarnow, Poland, to Jozef and Joanna Pantyra. 
 
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
October 7, 2021
DEKALB—“Our primary purpose as Vincentians is to grow in holiness together. We grow in holiness by being open enough to share with others the insights and thoughts that we have on our faith journeys,” said Timothy P. Williams, the national formation director for the Society... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
October 7, 2021
DEKALB—“Our primary purpose as Vincentians is to grow in holiness together. We grow in holiness by being open enough to share with others the insights and thoughts that we have on our faith journeys,” said Timothy P. Williams, the national formation director for the Society... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
October 7, 2021
ROCKFORD—Using the example of the archangels, Bishop David Malloy described the link between our life on earth and gaining a place in heaven during his homily at a Mass for the Perpetual Light Society. 
 
After a two-year hiatus thanks to the cor... Read More
October 7, 2021
CRYSTAL LAKE—The 10th annual McHenry County Prayer Breakfast will be held Saturday, Oct. 30, and will feature Dr. 
 
Peter Kreeft as keynote speaker and Father Philip Kaim, Air Force Major, retired, and pastor of Holy Family Parish, Rockford, as ... Read More
Albany Parish Celebrates, Witnesses the Cross
Crucifix at St. Patrick Parish stands as a symbol of faith
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 23, 2021
ALBANY—St. Patrick Parish, across Hwy. 84 from the Mississippi River on the western edge of the Diocese of Rockford, dedicated a larger-than-life crucifix erected outside and slightly up the hill from the church.
 
The parish Knights of Columbus Counc... Read More
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 23, 2021
MCHENRY—From the uncertain pandemic year in 2020 through 2021, women throughout the McHenry Deanery never lost sight of quietly leading at their local parishes with uninterrupted active and dedicated volunteerism.
To mark that service, 285 guests were able to gather in p... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
September 23, 2021
ROCKFORD—The statistics are staggering. In 2020, nationwide alcohol sales went up 262 percent, 40 percent of adults in the U.S. reported mental health or substance abuse issues (with 81 percent of those struggling not getting needed treatment) and 93,000 drug overdose deaths were recor... Read More
September 23, 2021
ROCKFORD—Boylan Central Catholic High School honored eight individuals who embody the spirit and mission of the school at the Alumni Recognition Awards Sept. 16. The awards took place in the Boylan Courtyard. 
 
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Honoring The Dead
New cremation garden blessed in Aurora
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 16, 2021
AURORA—A long-held dream became reality when the new rosary-designed cremation garden at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Aurora was blessed by Bishop David Malloy on the day of the Virgin Mary’s birth, Sept. 8.
 
Under azure colored skies sprinkled with ... Read More
Knights Honor First Responders, Military at New 9/11 Dinner
St. Michael benefit dinner to help veterans’ charities
By Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 16, 2021
HUNTLEY—On the 20th anniversary of 9/11 as America remembered those who perished, so did the Huntley Knights of Columbus Council 11666 with its inaugural St. Michael Benefit Dinner at St. Mary Parish in Huntley on Sept. 11.
 
Why remembering is so imp... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 16, 2021
SHANNON—The Blue Mass became an annual event for St. Wendelin Parish beginning one year after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.
 
At the 20th anniversary of the attacks this year, the event began with participants gathering at the Shannon Fire Station and ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 16, 2021
ROCKFORD—The Cathedral of St. Peter was the setting on Sept. 8 for a special rosary and Mass held in celebration of 100 years since the founding of the Legion of Mary.
 
The Legion of Mary is a lay apostolic association of Catholics that began in Irel... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
September 16, 2021

DIOCESE—Catechetical Sunday is a day to honor teachers of the faith. This year’s theme is “Say the Word and My Soul Shall Be Healed.”

In the Rockford Diocese, long-term awards will be given to catechists who are being honored for a milestone year of service... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
September 16, 2021
ROCKFORD—With a commitment to living out Gospel values, Rick Budmayr of Woodstock and Jose Munoz of South Beloit professed their promises as members of the Secular Franciscan Fraternity on Sept. 11 at the Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery. 
 
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
September 16, 2021
ROCKFORD—A long, family style table in the courtyard at Boylan Central Catholic High School provided an air of Tuscany for the school’s Farm to Table Dinner. 
 
The event, held Sept. 11, recognized and thanked the school’s Bishop Lane... Read More
September 16, 2021
HUNTLEY—Father Jerome Koutnik, parochial vicar at St. Mary Parish, Huntley, will serve as keynote speaker at the next Magnificat Breakfast, Saturday, Oct. 16, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., at St. Mary Church, 10307 Dundee Rd., Huntley. 
 
Father Koutnik is ... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
September 9, 2021
ROCKFORD—On Aug. 20, the governor of Illinois signed Senate Bill 818, known as the ‘Keeping Youth Safe and Healthy Act.’ This new law amends the section of the school code known as the ‘Comprehensive Health Education Program’ that applies to all Illinois schools... Read More
September 9, 2021
ROCKFORD—Canon John O’Connor has been appointed to St. Mary Oratory by the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest and with approval of Bishop David Malloy. Canon O’Connor will begin his new appointment Sept. 20.
 
Canon O’Conn... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 9, 2021
URORA—Bishop Arthur J. O’Neill began several area education foundations in the Diocese of Rockford back in the early 1970s. Only one remains.
 
The Aurora Catholic Education Foundation continues its support of Aurora’s Catholic grade and h... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 9, 2021
ROCKFORD—Several permanent deacons of the diocese spent part of their Labor Day weekend at Bishop Lane Retreat Center for a time of reflection, community and renewal.
 
Deacon Loc Nguyen, who serves at St. Mary Parish in Elgin, says he was “eage... Read More
September 9, 2021
MAYTOWN—The sewing group from St. Patrick Parish here continues to dress the world’s children with a recent donation of 50 dresses and 37 pairs of shorts. 
 
Members of the sewing group met recently with Debbie Ward and Joyce Peterson, repr... Read More
Masks Back On in Churches, Schools, Offices
Executive Order regarding vaccines also applies to Catholic schools
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
September 2, 2021
ROCKFORD—Masks are now required by everyone in Catholic churches, schools, offices and any indoor space regardless of vaccination status according to an executive order issued on Aug. 26. by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker.  The order took effect on Aug. 30.
 <... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 2, 2021
ROCKFORD—Hope for Haitians has been building homes and otherwise assisting people in Haiti for 20 years.
 
Its annual fundraising celebration, “An Evening in the Tropics,” was held Aug. 28 in Rockford, welcoming people from around the dioc... Read More
The “Joes”
St. Joseph and Sons Continues Their Work and Prayer
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 2, 2021
ROCKFORD—About eight years ago, the gift of a statue of St. Joseph the Worker encouraged the Rockford Men’s Group to become St. Joseph and Sons, Inc.
 
The Catholic service group has roots back to 2004 when a group of Catholic men w... Read More
September 2, 2021
DIOCESE—Four St. Vincent de Paul conferences from Rockford — St. Rita, St. Bridget, St. Peter, and Holy Family Parishes — will come together to host a Walk for the Poor. 
 
The walk will benefit the needy in the Rockford area. ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 26, 2021
ROCKFORD—Deacon Robert Mitchison has begun part-time service as Interim Director of the Office for the Permanent Diaconate while Father Ken Wasilewski continues a health leave of absence.
 
Deacon Mitchison was ordained a permanent deacon in 2008 and ... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
August 26, 2021
In a letter to pastors Aug. 20, Bishop David Malloy issued temporary modifications to the Diocese of Rockford’s COVID-19 protocols.
 
“In light of the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases and what we are told is a rapid spread of the Delta variant, ... Read More
August 19, 2021
FULL TIME OPENINGS
 
Refugee Caseworker 
Catholi... Read More
Ed Offices Releases School Plans for COVID-19
Rockford Diocese schools, RE will return to all in-person this fall
July 22, 2021
DIOCESE—The Diocese of Rockford will be using Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) guidelines for schools this fall.
 
The ISBE adopted the July 7 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines for returning to school.
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
July 8, 2021
It is so loud and at the same time it is quiet and almost invisible. Still it is real.
 
It is abuse of the elderly.
 
In information about World Elder Abuse Day, which was June 15, the United Nations reported one in six o... Read More
June 17, 2021
DIOCESE—On June 10, priests of the Rockford Diocese were informed that, effective on June 11, Illinois has moved Phase 5 in its protocols in helping to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus. As the state moves forward the Diocese of Rockford issued the fol... Read More
Got Vax?
Bishop urges everyone to consider three key points when attending Mass, other Church activities
May 27, 2021
ROCKFORD—As Illinois’ Bridge Phase toward normalcy opened last week, Catholics in the Rockford Diocese found themselves confused about how they were to behave. 
 
Bishop David Malloy, in his column (see page 2) writes,  “It is no... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
October 15, 2020
DIOCESE—It is safe to say that in spite of COVID-19 restrictions, priestly discernment continues.
 
God, after all, doesn’t take vacations and continues to gently call the men he hopes will say “yes” to His dream for them as priests.... Read More
August 6, 2020
Editor’s note: Patrick Winn, director of Catholic Charities, compiled this information for The Observer.
 
ROCKFORD—Anyone can be at risk of being taken advantage of by a scam and scammers are now using fears driven by the COVID-19 pand... Read More
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