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 Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
July 18, 2024
ROCKFORD—With radical trust, joyful radiance and resolute faith, Sister Faustina Marie of Our Eternal Father took her first vows as a Poor Clares nun. 
 
The Eucharistic Liturgy for the Rite of First Profession was held on July 13 at the Poor Cla... Read More
July 18, 2024
ROCKFORD—The first-ever Christmas in July event sponsored by The Observer Catholic newspaper July 9, helped stock shelves that will help many people through many ministries.
 
According to the accounting of the day’s donation, a cargo van used t... Read More
July 18, 2024
DIOCESE—Couples celebrating wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65 and 70 or more years are invited to the Diocese of Rockford's Silver and Gold Mass held in their honor Aug. 18, 2:30 p.m., at St. Mary Parish, Huntley. The church is at 10307 Dundee Rd.  
July 18, 2024
BATAVIA—"Are you searching for something more in life?" the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary ask women in the Rockford Diocese. 
 
All women, whether married, single, divorced or widowed, are called to consider joining the religious s... Read More
School Sisters of St. Francis Celebrate 150 Years of Ministry
Congregation now ministers in 11 countries on five continents.
—By Michael O’Loughlin.
July 18, 2024
MILWAUKEE—The School Sisters of St. Francis marked the 150th anniversary of the founding of their congregation with a Mass in St. Joseph Chapel at their Milwaukee motherhouse, April 28. Milwaukee Archbishop Jerome Listecki presided at the Eucharist and preached the homily.
July 18, 2024
-- AURORA
Dominican Literacy Center to hold tutor training Aug. 16, 18, 23 
The Dominican Literacy Center*, 260 Vermont St. (behind St. Therese Parish), will hold tutor training sessions for ... Read More
July 11, 2024

75 years:
Sister Jeannine Weidner, OSF

Sister Jeannine Weidner celebrates 75 years as a member of the School Sisters of St. Francis this year.
 
July 11, 2024

70 years:
Sister Clara Blozis, OP

Sinsinawa Dominican Sister Clara Blozis (Sister Mary Ona) will celebrate her 70th jubilee in 2024. 
Sister Clara’s home parish is St. James, Rockford, in the R... Read More
July 11, 2024

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary

60 years: Sister Carol Karnitsky, SSCM
 
Sister Carol Karnitsky (Sister Mary Peter) made vows with the... Read More
July 11, 2024
ELGIN—“Imagine a world where women don’t have to make choices out of fear or convenience but feel empowered to make choices out of love and purpose,” reads the “Get Involved” webpage for the Christian nonprofit organization Biking for Babies. 
... Read More
July 11, 2024
CARLINVILLE—Women in the Rockford Diocese are invited to join the Springfield Diocese for their Council of Catholic Women convention Aug. 28, here. 
 
The day will begin with registration at 7:45 a.m. at SS. Mary and Joseph Church, 2010 E. 1st. S... Read More
Mass, Procession Held in Tandem with Archdiocese Before Pilgrims Leave Illinois
Rockford Diocese holds Eucharistic procession as Marian Route leaves the Chicago area.
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 4, 2024
ROCKFORD—Although the Marian Route of the four Eucharistic pilgrimages did not enter the Diocese of Rockford when it passed through Illinois, still the Rockford Diocese participated in the pilgrimage in various ways. 
 
In the past few weeks, som... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
July 4, 2024
BYRON—The determination, hard work and sacrifices that took St. Mary Church parishioner and Byron resident Sean Considine to victory in Super Bowl XLVII are the same characteristics that earned him a place in the Sports Faith International (SFI) Hall of Fame. 
 ... Read More
July 4, 2024
On June 26, the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage stopped at the University of St. Mary of the Lake/Mundelein Seminary, where eight seminarians of the Rockford Diocese are studying. Over 1,200 people gathered for a Mass, adoration of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament and a Eucharistic procession ... Read More
July 4, 2024
DIOCESE—Some new faces have joined the celebration of the Catholic Mass on WREX-Channel 13. The Office of Communication and Publications, producers of the Mass for broadcast each Sunday at 6:30 a.m., welcomed new priest celebrants this month following the latest round of priest assignm... Read More
July 4, 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
July 4, 2024
ROCKFORD—Pro-lifers lined the street leading to the Unitarian Church in Rockford on Monday evening, June 24, from 5-6 p.m. to show Rockford politicians and citizens who were arriving at a fundraiser for the Winnebago County Citizens for Choice what they are su... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
June 27, 2024
RICHMOND—An overnight storm of heavy rain and strong winds had St. Joseph pastor, Msgr. Martin Heinz, wondering if he should have blessed the new parish pavilion the week before. He thought, he said, it might blow away before it got blessed. 
 
<... Read More
June 27, 2024

Father Robert Gonnella

DEKALB—Father Robert Gonnella becomes pastor of Christ the Teacher Parish on July 1.
 
Born in ... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
June 27, 2024
ELGIN—St Laurence parishioners here had three important reasons for getting together on a summer afternoon, June 23: “a celebration in honor of Father (Robert) Camacho’s 45th anniversary of ordination, to say goodbye to Father Andrew (Mulcahey)  and to welcome Father (... Read More
Aurora School Honors Longtime Teacher
Celebrating Over 50 Years in the Classroom
June 27, 2024
AURORA—Students, staff, alumni and parents of Holy Angels School celebrated "Laura Waegner Day" on May 17.
 
Aurora Mayor Richard C. Irvin designated that day to honor Waegner’s 54 years as a middle school teacher at Holy Angels School... Read More
June 27, 2024
BATAVIA—"Are you searching for something more in life?" the Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary ask women in the Rockford Diocese.
 
All women, whether married, single, divorced or widowed, are called to consider joining the religious sisters... Read More
June 27, 2024
ATLANTA—The Observer and the Diocese of Rockford Office of Communication and Publications were recognized for excellence during the Catholic Media Association’s annual conference held here June 18-21. 
 
Thousands of journalistic entries we... Read More
June 20, 2024
ROCKFORD—Over 40 Holy Family parish members joined “The Organ Trail” on June 12 for 8:30 a.m. Mass followed by a presentation about the process of life-giving kidney donations, honored by bike rides.
 
After the presentation, this year&rsq... Read More
June 20, 2024
The Rev. Robert Gonnella — to be Pastor of Christ the Teacher University Parish, DeKalb, effective July 1, 2024.
 
The Rev. Andrew S. Hernandez — to be Pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Lena, St. Ann Parish, Warren... Read More
June 20, 2024
DIOCESE—Parishes and schools in the Rockford Diocese present St. Timothy Awards to deserving youth each spring.
 
This national recognition is given by the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry, this year in collaboration with the diocesan C... Read More
June 20, 2024

60 Years: Father Leonardo Maldonado  -- Born in Ecuador to Victor and Amada (Benalcazar) Maldonado, Father  Leonardo Maldonado attended St. Luis School in Riobamba there (1950-1956), San Jose College in Quito (1956-1964), and Central University in Riobamba (19... Read More

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 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
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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