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.

 

Pope Restores Limits On Pre-Vatican II Mass
hat Does This Mean for The Rockford Diocese?
July 22, 2021
DIOCESE—“We (the bishop and the Tribunal) are working to implement faithfully what has been asked by the Holy Father with respect to the Mass, keeping in mind the tradition, as well as the history, beauty, theology and the instruction of the Church throughout history and in our o... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 22, 2021
The first World Day for Grandparents and Elderly takes place on July 25.
 
Calling Catholics around the world to mark the day after “dramatic months of difficulty,” Cardinal Kevin J. Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Li... 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 15, 2021
First of all, an elder is a person. 
 
Someone in the golden age is a human being who needs love, care, attention, time and dedication, just as in the earlier stages of life. And yes, sometimes they need care. 
 
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 15, 2021
NORTH KINGSTOWN, R.I. —At the end of June, The Haitian Project (THP) took first steps in establishing a second Louverture Cleary School in Haiti.
 
A groundbreaking for the new, Catholic, secondary boarding school took place in Haiti’s Plateau C... Read More
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
July 8, 2021
DIOCESE—If 2021 is the year in which you and your spouse celebrate your 25th, 50th, 55th, 60th, 65th, 70th or longer wedding anniversary, you are invited to join Bishop David Malloy at the annual diocesan Silver and Gold anniversary Mass.
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Pope Declares Grandparents’ Day
Grandparents and elderly need to be remembered, visited, learned from Pope Francis says
By Margarita Mendoza, El Observador Editor
July 1, 2021
‘Grandparents are the link between generations, passing on the experience of life and faith to the young” Pope Francis said in declaring World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly.
 
The day is to be celebrated for the first time on July 25.Read More
July 1, 2021

Find the webpage at www.usccb.org/meaning-eucharist-life-church

WASHINGTON (CNS)—A page on the website of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops answers a series of questions regarding the bishops’ vote ... Read More
Freeport St. Joseph
Canadian Tradition Moves South
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 1, 2021
Adopting a northern devotion to St. Joseph part of parish’s way of honoring patron
 
FREEPORT—A practice by St. Andre Bessette caught the attention of St.... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 24, 2021
ROCKFORD—In his homily, Father Nicholas Federspiel, once the spiritual director for Holy Family LifeTeen member Nicholas Doherty, came up with what became sort of a motto for the moment at now-Father Ignatius Pio Mariae Doherty’s Mass of Thanksgiving at his home parish on June 13... Read More
June 24, 2021
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy took two of three places in the Catholic Media Association’s communications division for Best Diocesan Pastoral Message — Audio or Video.
 
He received a second place for a video message about COVID-19 that was... Read More
June 24, 2021
ROCKFORD—Because of a glitch in loading the coloring page and entry form on The Junior Observer web page, the deadline for the The Observer and The Junior Observer St. Joseph art contest has been extended. 
 <... Read More
Get Ready to Come Back to Mass
Diocese of Rockford to End Mass Dispensation on July 1
June 17, 2021
ROCKFORD—The dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation will be lifted July 1.
 
Bishop David Malloy advised priests of the Diocese of Rockford of the change in a June 11 letter.
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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
June 17, 2021
The morning of May 27, Father Phillip Kaim, pastor of Holy Family Parish in Rockford, blessed the parish’s new statue of St. Gabriel the archangel before it was lifted and installed in the niche made for it above the front doors of the new parish addition.
 
... Read More
June 17, 2021

Congratulations to the priest jubilarians of the Diocese of Rockford
who are celebrating 10, 25, 50 or more years of priesthood!

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June 17, 2021

Diocesan Natives Celebrate  Religious Jubilees This Year

Sinsinawa Dominicans
 
60 years
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June 17, 2021
School Sisters of St. Francis
 
60 years
Sister Elaine Hirschenberger, SSSF
 
Sister Elaine Hirschenberger celeb... Read More
June 17, 2021
Springfield Dominicans
 
60 years
Sister Janet Pfile, OP
 
Sister Janet Marie Pfile, OP, celebrates 60 years as ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 10, 2021
ROCKFORD—The atmosphere was joyful as Aaron Downing, James Linkenheld and John McFadden were ordained to the priesthood at the Cathedral of St. Peter on June 5.
 
The Rite of Ordination saw them prostrating themselves as everyone sang the Litany of th... Read More
June 10, 2021
The Rev. Aaron Downing —to be Parochial Vicar of St. Bridget Parish, Loves Park, effective June 16, 2021.
 
The Rev. James Linkenheld — to be Parochial Vicar pro tempore of St. Mary Parish, Byron, effective June... Read More
June 10, 2021

The Observer honored the graduating classes from the eight diocesan Catholic high schools with 12 pages of 'Salute to Grads' coverage of the 2021 seniors.

June 10, 2021
DIOCESE—In the Rockford Diocese, the national recognition — the St. Timothy Youth Award — is given to youth by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, in collaboration with the diocesan Life and Family Evangelization Office.  
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June 10, 2021
AURORA—There was no “Pomp and Circumstance” procession. No mortar boards flung in the air. 
But 28 women celebrated graduation from Aurora’s Dominican Literacy Center with tears, hugs and reflections.
 
The center... Read More
Gathering Guidelines Change Again
Bishop eliminates need for Mass registration, Communion still to be offered only in the host
June 4, 2021
ROCKFORD—In a letter sent May 26, Bishop David Malloy explained updated gathering guidelines for the Rockford Diocese to priests, principals and superintendents, department heads, business managers, and regional directors of religious education.
 
The... Read More
June 4, 2021
New priest assignments always signify change for the faithful in parishes as well as for individual priests. 
 
Sometimes, such changes can be difficult, especially where there is considerable affection for a priest.
 
June 4, 2021
Sisters at two locations near the Rockford Diocese are planning workshops to help cope with feelings from the coronavirus pandmic.
 
Moving forward
 
SINSINAWA, Wis.— Sinsinawa Mound Center is sponso... Read More
June 4, 2021
In honor of St. Joseph, the Father of Jesus, and of Father’s Day on June 20, The Observer and The Junior Observer are holding an art and coloring contest for children in the Rockford Diocese.
 
Pope Francis called his letter declaring the Year of St. ... 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
State’s Bridge Phase Means Some Changes for Catholics
Back in His Presence guidelines updated, sanitizing and distance important
May 20, 2021
DIOCESE—As the State of Illinois moves into the Bridge Phase of its COVID-19 mitigation recommendations, the Diocese of Rockford has updated its guidance for parishes, schools and related activities.
 
The changes were announced by Bishop David Malloy... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
May 13, 2021
ST. CHARLES/CRYSTAL LAKE—In addition to one parish’s plans featured in the March 12 edition of The Observer, other parishes in the diocese are brainstorming ways to welcome and encourage people to return to church as coronavirus mitigations ease. 
 
... 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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