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The graphic for this year’s Hispanic Heritage Month celebration features papel picado, a traditional Mexican decorative art
made by cutting designs in paper.
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Patricia Szpekowski, Observer Correspondent
September 22, 2022
MCHENRY—Sixteen “Catholic Women of Inspiration” were honored this year by the McHenry Deanery, Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW), for quietly and selflessly serving as true role models keeping their parishes active and strong.
 
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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 22, 2022
ROCKFORD—The annual Catholic Women’s League Mass for Peace and September luncheon began at 10 a.m. on Sept. 14 at Holy Family Church.
 
The Mass was celebrated this year by Msgr. Gerald Kobbeman, who reflected in his homily about the “amaz... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
September 22, 2022
AURORA—According to the Diocesan Planning Office, at present it is estimated there are more than 400,000 Catholics in the Rockford Diocese, and of those 42% are Hispanic.
 
That number is the result of decades of immigration. Hispanics in the diocese ... Read More
September 22, 2022
ROCKFORD—Boylan Central Catholic High School honored 10 individuals who embody the spirit and mission of the school at the Alumni Recognition Awards Sept. 15.
 
The Veritas, the school’s highest honor, recognizes alumni who exemplify Boylan&rsqu... Read More
September 22, 2022
WOODSTOCK—Through the month of October, the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) chapter at St. Mary Parish will run a “Share the Bounty” table at the St. Joseph Center, 312 Lincoln Ave. 
 
Local gardeners are asked to bring extra pr... Read More
September 22, 2022
HUNTLEY—The 40th Magnificat Prayer Breakfast will be held Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, at St. Mary Parish, 10307 Dundee Rd. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
 
Kendra Von Esh will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Once a corporate executive, she  ... Read More
September 22, 2022
DIOCESE—During September, Catholic Charities invited parishes to hold Living Rosary events to pray for those contemplating suicide, those who have died by suicide and those who are grieving losses to suicide.
 
Living rosaries that will be celebrated ... Read More
September 22, 2022
ROCKFORD—Catholic Charities will provide educational materials about mental health and continue efforts to pray and care for those contemplating suicide, those who have died by suicide and those who are grieving losses to suicide.
 
Mental Hea... Read More
September 22, 2022
ROCKFORD—On Aug. 27, Rockford-based Hope for Haitians held its 21st annual “An Evening in the Tropics” to support the construction of its 18th village in Acul-Samedi, located near Fort-Liberté, Haiti.
 
Working with Food for the Poo... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 15, 2022
DEKALB—Christ the Teacher Parish was the setting for a gathering of around 45 Parish Respect Life Coordinators (PRLC) on Sept. 10, where they also were formally commissioned for their work on behalf of life.
 
The event was sponsored by the Life and F... Read More
September 15, 2022
DIOCESE—Catechetical Sunday, Sept. 18, is a day to honor teachers of the faith. This year’s theme is “This is my body given for you.”
 
In the Rockford Diocese, long-term awards will be given to catechists who are being honored for a... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 15, 2022
DIOCESE—National Hispanic Heritage Month, Sept. 15-Oct. 15, celebrates Hispanic-heritage peoples from numerous countries, people from the U.S., from our closest neighbors in Mexico to other Central and South American countries and the Caribbean as well as the European country of Spain.... Read More
September 15, 2022
ROCKFORD—Sister Mary Agnes of the Divine Bridegroom made her solemn profession as a Poor Clare Colettine nun on Sept. 3 at Corpus Christi Monastery.
 
“Religious profession is an act of adoration of God which shows forth splendidly the Paschal m... Read More
September 15, 2022
ROCKFORD—The 24th annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch will be held Oct. 1 at the St. Bernadette Parish Hall, 2400 Bell Ave. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. and brunch starts at 9 a.m.
 
The brunch is co-sponsored by the Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic ... Read More
September 15, 2022
WINNEBAGO—Around 25 members of St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park and others met at Calvary Cemetery, Sept. 10, to commemorate the more than 64 million children killed by abortion and to pray for future protection for life. 
 
Msgr. Stephen Knox sp... Read More
September 8, 2022
ROCKFORD—The Catholic TV Mass, seen each Sunday morning at 6:30 a.m. on NBC affiliate WREX Channel 13, has a different, more prayerful look thanks to its new home. The Mass is now being broadcast from the Immaculate Conception Chapel in the Diocesan Administration Center in Rockford.&n... Read More
September 8, 2022
ROCKFORD—To call attention to mental health needs during the month of September, Catholic Charities invites parishes in the diocese to host a living rosary.
 
The aim is to pray for those contemplating suicide, those who have died by suicide and those... Read More
September 8, 2022
ROCKFORD—For the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic began, Mary’s Rosary Makers will meet Oct. 13, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Edward Parish Community Center, 3004 11th St. 
 
Come for a day to honor the Blessed Mother with rosary making (how... Read More
September 8, 2022
HUNTLEY—The 40th Magnificat Prayer Breakfast will be held Oct. 15, 9 a.m.-noon, at St. Mary Parish, 10307 Dundee Rd. The doors will open at 8:30 a.m.
 
Kendra Von Esh will be the keynote speaker at the breakfast. Once a corporate executive, she  ... Read More
September 1, 2022
ROCKFORD—Clean-up, construction and renovation crews are now a daily scene around St. James Church in Rockford. 
 
Damage assessments along with clean-up and salvage of interior fixtures continue as the parish recovers from a fire Aug. 8 said to ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 1, 2022
DIOCESE—Bishop David Malloy sent a letter dated Aug. 22 to all priests for them to distribute to the parents in their respective parishes through the parish bulletin or by 
other means.
 
In that letter to “Parents and Guardi... Read More
September 1, 2022
Secular research supports the concern expressed by Bishop Malloy and the Church about the risks to children by groups with sexual-behavior agendas.
 
For example, this past May 17, the American College of Pediatricians (ACPEds) announced the publication of ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
September 1, 2022
They’re my two loves: travel and faith,” says Marcie Girolamo, who was director of evangelization and administrative assistant at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Crystal Lake until a few months ago. 
 
Knowing inside herself that it was t... Read More
September 1, 2022
CRYSTAL LAKE—Father Robert Jones, pastor of St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, will lead a one-day pilgrimage to Chicago on Sept. 29. 
 
The pilgrimage will feature tours of Our Lady of Sorrows Basilica (including the National Shrine of St. Peregrine... Read More
September 1, 2022
Cavern Open Hangout: -- Tuesdays, 3-6 p.m., for high school students to work on homework, have a snack and hang out with friends. Guests are welcome. 
 
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September 1, 2022
ROCKFORD—During the month of September, which is National Suicide Prevention Month, Catholic Charities will provide educational materials and prayer guides to encourage knowledge of and healing from mental health crises. 
 
Mental Health ... Read More
July 14, 2022
Recent public reports suggest that efforts are being made to open a facility providing abortion services in the city of Rockford. In this moment following the recent Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade, I urge all the faithful and people of good will throughout the Diocese of Rock... Read More
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