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in the Rockford Diocese

 

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 2, 2021
One December feast day is perhaps the most misunderstood by Catholics.
 
The Gospel for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, a holy day of obligation, does not help the common confusion. That Gospel, Luke 1:26-38, gives the account of the ann... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
December 2, 2021
Two parishes will start celebrating centennials  this month with special Masses.
 
Bishop David Malloy will celebrate Mass at 4:30 p.m. at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish, 1400 Kiwanis Dr. in Freeport to help the parish mark its 100th anniversary as a parish... Read More
December 2, 2021
Advent Brings Simbang Gabi Celebrations
 
Representatives of parishes in the Fox Valley and the Rockford Deanery host traditional Filipino Simbang Gabi Masses for nine days before Christmas Eve. The Masses are open to all. More information is available thro... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 2, 2021
ROCKFORD—How does a former Methodist end up writing a book on St. Joseph altars?
 
Well, she married a Catholic and eventually converted, and her three children all have Italian godparents. Her son’s godfather was born in Italy, and more and mor... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
December 2, 2021
DIOCESE—Pope Francis proclaimed a “Year of St. Joseph” from Dec. 8, 2020, to Dec. 8, 2021, to mark the 150th anniversary of the declaration of St. Joseph as patron of the universal Church. The saint is held up as an example of sacrificial fatherhood and purity and as an int... Read More
December 2, 2021
MCHENRY—Father Godwin Asuquo was presented the Courageous Catholic service award by WSFI Catholic Radio 88.5 FM, Nov. 13. 
 
WSFI, a nonprofit Catholic radio serving northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin, recognized Father Asuquo’s servi... Read More
December 2, 2021
BATAVIA—A couple from Kenya became Batavia’s first Habitat for Humanity family after cutting a ribbon, Nov 20.
 
Janice Owino and George Bikeri cut the ribbon with Steve McCormick, Habitat board chair. The ribbon cutting culminated a dedication ... Read More
December 2, 2021
Advent Reflection by Deacon Dennis Holian, St. Joseph, Richmond
 
During Advent, we are getting ready to celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Christmas; however, the Church also tells us to prepare ourselves for Jesus at all times. Read More
St. Anne Parish is ‘Home for the Holidays’
St. Anne church and school reopen after nine months
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 25, 2021
DIXON—Father Timothy Draper calls the timing of a near-disaster at his parish “providential.”
 
On the First Sunday of Lent, Feb. 21, early morning Mass was proceeding as usual at St. Anne Church when a loud CRACK, “like a gunshot&rd... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
November 25, 2021
DEKALB—The 26th annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference drew a crowd of over 500 men who gathered at Northern Illinois University’s Holmes Student Center for a day of speakers, fellowship and prayer. 
 
Conference organizers said... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 25, 2021
DIOCESE—Parishes around the Rockford Diocese are gearing up for Advent. Events shared with us by parishes include:
 
– Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish, Aurora, is having a Christmas wreath and greenery sale Dec. 4-5 to suppo... Read More
November 25, 2021
Deacon Richard Marcantonio
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Crystal Lake
 
As part of a school Christmas pageant, some first-graders reenacted the nativity story. Mary and Joseph,... Read More
November 25, 2021
Deacon Robert Collins
St. Rita, Rockford
 
Happy new year, everyone. I know what you’re thinking. It isn’t even Christmas yet. For retailers, the preparation for Christm... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 18, 2021
BALTIMORE—Father Michael J.K. Fuller, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, was elected the new General Secretary of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) during the first full day of the U.S. bishops’ regular fall meeting, Nov. 16.
 
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By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
November 18, 2021
ROCKFORD—It has never been easy being a teenager. 
 
The pressures and influences of social media, school, the COVID-19 pandemic, friends, sports, college applications, extracurricular activities, and family all play a part in a teenager’s ... Read More
November 18, 2021
AURORA—Catholic high schools located in Aurora will hold scholarship-qualifying exams during the month of December. Exams are open to all current 8th-grade students and will determine which students will receive scholarships based on academic merit. 
 
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November 18, 2021
AURORA—About 30 grade school students competed in Rosary High School’s “A Taste of Cross” one-mile runs on the school’s campus Oct. 20.
 
Runners competed in separate girls’ and boys’ flights for youth from fifth gr... Read More
Annual GL Men’s Gathering Nov. 20
Catholic conference marking 26th year
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 11, 2021
DEKALB—The longest running Catholic men’s conference in the country will celebrate its 26th year on Nov. 20 at the Holmes Student Center at Northern lllinois University. The annual Great Lakes Catholic Men’s Conference promises to be a day full of inspiration and hope for c... Read More
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
November 11, 2021
ROCKFORD—Sixty-six adults (see list below) from parishes across the Rockford Diocese completed a two-year journey in faith formation Nov. 7.
 
Bishop David Malloy conferred certificates of completion during a 2 p.m. ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Pe... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 11, 2021
ROCKFORD—The Rockford Deanery Council of Catholic Women held its 28th annual Catholic Women of the Year Banquet on Nov. 7 at Francesco’s Ristorante, here.
 
Because the event had to be cancelled last year after honorees had already been chosen b... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 11, 2021
The Diocesan Pastoral Council, DPC, is the first consultative group to begin discussion called for by Pope Francis to prepare for the World Synod of Bishops in 2023.
 
During its regular meeting Nov. 6, DPC members addressed questions on how the Church does... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 11, 2021
The Diocesan Pastoral Council, DPC, is the first consultative group to begin discussion called for by Pope Francis to prepare for the World Synod of Bishops in 2023.
 
During its regular meeting Nov. 6, DPC members addressed questions on how the Church does... Read More
Holy Days Give Us Hope in God’s Forgiveness
Bishop Malloy Celebrates the Saints at All Saints Catholic Academy
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 11, 2021
ROCKFORD—All Saints Catholic Academy students joined teachers and a handful of parishioners at a special Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy on the feast of All Saints, Nov. 1, at St. James Church.
 
Students helped with music, readings and intenti... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 11, 2021
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy celebrated his annual All Souls Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery’s mausoleum on Nov. 2 in the early afternoon.
 
The setting was cheery with the bright sunshine and blue skies seen through the windows and doors.
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November 11, 2021
HUNTLEY—A Huntley church ministry that helps an isolated village in Haiti says their ministry will continue despite the recent kidnapping of Christian missionaries there.
 
Members of the Haiti Ministry at St. Mary Parish in Huntley worried about the ... Read More
November 11, 2021
ROSCOE—The Church of the Holy Spirit, founded in 1980, had its 40th anniversary Sept. 18, 2020. However, the celebration was delayed due to COVID-19. 
 
This year on Oct. 17 parishioners of the Church of the Holy Spirit celebrated the parish&rsqu... Read More
November 11, 2021
DEKALB—The Observer and El Observador were recognized for excellence in journalism by The Northern Illinois Newspaper Association during its annual meeting and awards banquet held virtually, Oct. 28. The event was hosted on Zoom by Northern Illinois University.
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By Penny Wiegert, Editor
November 4, 2021
Despite the protests of many Right- to-Life groups across all faith communities in Illinois, pleas from the Catholic Conference of Illinois and thousands of those concerned for the protection of minors, the Illinois House and Senate voted to repeal a decades-old law that requires a parent to... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
November 4, 2021
With more than 6 million cases of Alzheimer’s disease in the U.S., chances are that you or someone that you know may have it or will develop the disease.
 
Alzheimer’s disease is “the most common form of dementia” according to the Wo... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 4, 2021
CRYSTAL LAKE—The annual McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast welcomed a room full of people to its first in-person breakfast since the pandemic began. The 10th annual event was held Saturday morning, Oct. 30, beginning with Mass at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church.
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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
November 4, 2021
RICHMOND—St. Joseph Parish, here, was already at work to increase its visibility to the public during the pandemic and not to become “insular,” says Edward Varga, PE, parish communications director.
 
“Our hope was that not only our ... Read More
November 4, 2021
St. Joseph in Richmond received its first church in 1858 when Father Andrew Eustace (1857-1859), pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McHenry, built a small log church in Richmond. That church existed as a mission of St. Patrick’s for 75 years. The parish built a new church in 1899 and rena... Read More
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 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
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
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.
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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
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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