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)


 

 

April 11, 2024
DIOCESE—On April 8, Bishop of Rockford David Malloy, center, was gifted with a $500 check from the Illinois Knights of Columbus. The check was presented by Mark Halper, Rockford Diocese KC Chairman, and Ken Basel, far right, Assistant General Agent (Kehoe Agency) for the Knights. ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 11, 2024
ROCKFORD—A quote from St. Mother Teresa graced the back of the prayer card for Jay Larson at his funeral Mass on April 3 at the Cathedral of St. Peter.
 
“Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies … Do not ... Read More
April 11, 2024
ROCKFORD—Deacon Richard (Rich) Gerdeman of the Rockford Diocese diaconate class of 1996 died April 8, 2024. He served at St. Bernadette Parish, here. 
 
According to the Diaconate Office for the Diocese of Rockford, visitation will be Friday, Apr... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
April 11, 2024
AURORA—The streets of Aurora once again welcomed thousands of people, young and old, for the annual live Stations of the Cross procession on Good Friday, this year on a sunny spring March 29 morning. 
 
This year’s Stations drew the largest... Read More
April 11, 2024
BELVIDERE—About 60 members of the Legion of Mary gathered the morning of March 23 for the annual Acies celebration at St. James Church, here. They began the event with a rosary procession through the church that followed the Vexillum Legionis, an adaptation of the historical standard o... Read More
April 11, 2024
-- AURORA
Middle school leadership retreat April 21
Marmion Academy’s High School Outreach Ministry Team will host a retreat for Aurora Deanery students in sixth through eighth grades on Apr... Read More
April 11, 2024
CRYSTAL LAKE—The “Mary, Mother of the Eucharist” McHenry chapter of Magnificat, an international ministry program for Catholic women, will host a prayer breakfast and guest presentation May 11, from 9 a.m. to noon., at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Paris... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 4, 2024
Divine Mercy Sunday is a feast day celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave (eighth day) of Easter. It is based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish sister, reported as part of her almost eight years of encounters with Jesus. <... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
April 4, 2024
ROCKFORD—The annual Chrism Mass took place on Holy Thursday, March 28, at the Cathedral of St. Peter, welcoming priests and laity from throughout the diocese in addition to hundreds more who watched via livestream.
 
The priests of the diocese were jo... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
April 4, 2024
ROCKFORD—Four people lost their lives during Holy Week in Rockford after a 22-year-old man went on a stabbing rampage around 1 p.m. March 27.  Seven other people were injured, some crtically.
 
The perpetrator of the deadly attacks, according to ... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
April 4, 2024
ROCKFORD—Bishop David Malloy introduced an initiative to help Catholics get to confession during Lent in 2014. That’s when the Be Reconciled program of offering all-day confession in the entire diocese began.
 
“As Catholics, the primary w... Read More
April 4, 2024
-- AURORA
Marmion raffle April 17 
Marmion Academy’s alumni association is holding a raffle for the schools’ scholarships and financial aid. Tickets are $100; onl... Read More
March 21, 2024

No Observer March 29

The Observer does not publish on fifth Fridays. The next paper will be April 5. Read More

March 21, 2024

ALGONQUIN
-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Easter basket blessing: March 30, 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:45 p.m.

AMBOY
-- St. Patrick, Read More

March 21, 2024

-- AURORA
Icon writing workshop April 3-7

St. George Byzantine Catholic Church will host an iconography workshop April 3-7, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., at 720 Rural St., taught by iconographer Phillip Zimmerma... Read More

March 21, 2024

FORT WORTH, Texas—Father Donald Edward Donahugh, 88, died March 9, 2024, in Fort Worth, Texas, where he resided for many years.

Father Donahugh was born June 2, 1935, in Chicago, to Agatha and James Donahugh.

He attended Quigley Preparatory... Read More

March 21, 2024

ROCKFORD—It’s a great idea that just keeps spreading: St. Joseph altars.

Parishes and schools and individuals across the diocese have adopted and sometimes adapted the long-time Italian tradition to honor St. Joseph after he saved residents of Sicily from fa... Read More

March 21, 2024

ROCKFORD—On St. Joseph’s feast day, March 19, members of the St. Joseph and Sons ministry group,

and others, brought tools to the 8:30 a.m. Mass at Holy Family Parish for a blessing. Father David Beauvais, chaplain to the group, celebrated the Mass and bless... Read More

By Beatriz Mendoza, Adult Faith Formation, Assistant Coordinator
March 21, 2024

ROCKFORD,  CRYSTAL LAKE—Spring brings out growth, renewal and new life, both in the world and in the spiritual life. Educational and catechetical leaders in the Rockford Diocese found opportunities for renewal at two retreats: Feb. 22 at Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford and Mar... Read More

The Week That Changed the World
Lent Reflection -- 6th Week of Lent " Holy Week
Father David Finn, Boylan Central Catholic High School, Rockford - Spiritual Director
March 21, 2024

We are about to embark on the week that changed the world. Holy Week is the most sacred time we have as Chris­tians. On Palm Sunday, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil, we enter into the mystery of being present with Jesus Christ so that we might be with Him for eternity.

... Read More
Father Timothy Draper, St. Anne, Dixon - Pastor
March 21, 2024

In the Gospel of Mark, we hear how the holy women came to Christ’s tomb that first Easter morn, expecting to find there the body of Jesus buried. When they arrived, however, they found that the large stone in front of the tomb had been rolled back.

Upon enteri... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 14, 2024

ROCKFORD—After about three years of behind-the-scenes renovations (a new roof and central air conditioning) the current stage of renovations at St. Mary Oratory in downtown Rockford is focused on beauty.

From the newly stenciled ceiling and walls to the sanctuary’s marbl... Read More

March 14, 2024

St. Mary is the second oldest Catholic church in Rockford, built when the area was still under the territory of the Archdiocese of Chicago.

The cornerstone was laid in July 1886 by Chicago Archbishop Patrick A. Feehan, and it was completed in 1887, dedicated in October that year. It... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
March 14, 2024

ROCKFORD—The annual Mass of Thanksgiving for donors to the Diocese of Rockford was held Wednesday, March 6, at St. Rita Church.

The annual event welcomed a few dozen people for Mass where Bishop David Malloy spoke about faith and the important Church seasons, including Lent, w... Read More

We Live in Hope
Lent Reflection
Father Matthew McMorrow - St. Joseph Parish and St. Mary Parish, Freeport, Pastor Aquin Catholic Schools,. Spiritual Director
March 14, 2024

What is Hope?

We might say, “I hope it doesn’t rain.”

“I hope I get the job.”

“I hope the Bears are better this year.”

This is not what the Bible means when we are told to have hope. Notice the uncertain... Read More

March 14, 2024

-- AURORA

Aurora CCHS spring musical March 22-24
The theater department at Aurora Central Catholic High School will present its spring musical, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” March 22-24 at t... Read More

March 14, 2024

ROCKFORD—Michael O’Neill, a member of Holy Family Parish in Rockford, continues to investigate miracles in Season 3 of “Explore with the Miracle Hunter,” airing on EWTN television. 

The new half-hour episodes will air on EWTN on Saturdays; find times and... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
March 7, 2024

ROCKFORD—The campus of St. James Church here continues to be a busy place with workers all focused on restoring the damage from a lightning strike Aug. 8, 2022.

And as the work continues, the parish officially kicked off its capital campaign to fund the remainder ... Read More

30,000 Reasons To Smile in Lent
Lent Reflection - Fourth Sunday of Lent
Father Nicholas Federspiel, Chaplain to the Poor Clares and Prison Ministry
March 7, 2024

Imagine receiving 30,000 text messages. Imagine receiving 30,000 emails. Imagine receiving 30,000 postcards — with messages from Jesus!

Isn’t this what the Bible is? The Bible contains 30,000 verses and each verse is a message from Jesus.

Many... Read More

March 7, 2024

The following are celebrations in the Rockford Diocese
honoring St. Joseph around his feast day March 19.

APPLE RIVER
-- St. Jose... Read More

March 7, 2024

ALGONQUIN
-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Parish mission (Polish): March 15, 5:30 p.m.; March 16, 6:30 p.m.; March 17, 1 p.m. Presented by Father Bogdan Plawecki.

Read More

March 7, 2024

-- AURORA
Easter egg hunt March 16

Rosary High School will offer a free Easter egg hunt March 16, 10 a.m., at 901 N. Edgelawn Dr. Open to children in 5th grade and under. Bring a basket. No signup requi... Read More

Second Combined Collection Serves Internationally
International Appeal Weekend March 9-10
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 29, 2024

DIOCESE—The second “One in Christ” combined collection — the International Appeal — will be taken up in parishes of the Rockford Diocese the weekend of March 9-10. Envelopes and information have been mailed to registered households prior to the collection. Donors ... Read More

February 29, 2024

-- AURORA
Family trivia for ImaBridge March 9

St. Joseph Parish will hold a family trivia night March 9, 5-7:30 p.m., in the parish center, 722 High St. Attendees can come on their own or in a group. Light food and beverages provided. N... Read More

February 29, 2024

AURORA
~~ St. Joseph. 722 High St.

St. Joseph dinner: March 16, 6 p.m. Call the parish at 630-844-3780 for details.

~~ St. Rita of Cascia, 750 W. Old... Read More

February 22, 2024

The first coordinated 40 Days for Life campaign took place in 2007, begun by four people in Bryan/College Station, Texas, after Planned Parenthood opened a facility in town.

Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—The Cathedral of St. Peter was the setting for two gatherings of people from across the diocese for the annual Rite of Election on Feb. 17: a 10 a.m. English-speaking group and at 11:30 a.m. those whose first language is Spanish.

Bishop David Malloy welco... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—A group of prolife people gathered Feb. 13 for the kickoff of this year’s 40 Days for Life campaign in the Rockford area.

The event at St. Bernadette Parish featured guest speaker Steve Karlen.

Karlen got involved in the pro-... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—It’s  been 30 years since the Bilic family arrived in Rockford — the first refugee family fleeing the Bosnia-Herzegovina War to arrive in Rockford.

An article from the Feb. 25, 1994, Observer quotes the then-28-year-old Croatian couple about t... Read More

Lent Reflection -- 2nd Sunday of Lent
In Lent, We Sacrifice Our Loves to God
Father Connor Orabutt, Holy Cross, Batavia, Parochial Vicar
February 22, 2024

Abraham was told by God, “Take your son Isaac, your only one, whom you love, and go to the land of Moriah. There you shall offer him up as a holocaust on a height that I will point out to you” (Gen 22:2).

For Abraham, Isaac is his one fulfillment of God&... Read More

February 22, 2024

BATAVIA
-- Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary, 717 N. Batavia Ave.

One-day hybrid retreat: March 9, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., over Zoom or in-person at One Heart, One Soul Spirituality Center, 2041 W. State Rte... Read More

February 22, 2024

-- AURORA
Sign up for Biking for Babies by March 1

Waterleaf Women’s Center invites adults to join the Biking for Babies national ride in support of Waterleaf and other pregnancy care centers. The... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 22, 2024

ROCKFORD—During the Advent season of 2023, Bishop David Malloy joined Pope Francis and all the bishops of the U.S. in asking Catholics to participate in a special collection Dec. 16-17 to aid the Holy Land.

Bishop Malloy sent a letter to all diocesan parishes aski... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 15, 2024

ROCKFORD—All Saints Catholic Academy and the Cathedral of St. Peter teamed up in late January and early February to collect diapers, wipes and more to benefit the clients of St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center.

The academy collected its donations the week of F... Read More

February 15, 2024

AURORA—Catholics in the Aurora area are invited this March to discover — or rediscover — the beauty of churches that are close to home.

On March 2, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., the nonprofit group Catholic Church Tours will lead a one-day tour of three Aurora churches: St... Read More

February 15, 2024

Note: Regular What’s Up events can be found on page 10.

ALGONQUIN

-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Fish fry: Feb. 16, March 1 and 15, all from 4:30-8 p.m. in the McDonnell Hall in... Read More

February 15, 2024

-- AURORA

Trivia night March 2 -- Aurora Central Catholic High School’s booster club will host a trivia night March 2, 6:30 p.m., in the cafetorium at 1255 N. Edgelawn Dr. Will includ... Read More

Lent Reflection
This Lent, Jesus Invites Us To Reform and Believe
Father Joel Lopez, St. Rita, Rockford
February 15, 2024

Jesus’ instruction contains two points: The first is “to reform” our lives. The second is to “believe in the Gospel.” “To reform” means acknowledging the presence of evil in our lives and turning away from it. It entails confronting sin and actively di... Read More

February 8, 2024

ROCKFORD—Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts and American Heritage Girls from around the Rockford Diocese — and beyond — gathered the morning of Feb. 4 at the Cathedral of St. Peter for the annual Scout Sunday Mass. The Mass celebrates Scouts who hav... Read More

February 8, 2024

The Rev. Oscar Cortés — to be Pastor of St. Edward Parish, Rockford, effective Feb. 16, 2024.

The Rev. Juan Ayala — to be Parochial Administrator of St. Rita of Cascia Parish, Aurora, effective Feb. 16, 2024.

Read More

February 8, 2024

OREGON—The Chancery received word that Rev. Msgr.  William H. Schwartz, P.A., S.T.L., 80, of Williams Bay, Wis., died on Wednesday, Jan.

31, 2024, while under hospice care in Oregon.

Msgr.  was born on May 18, 1943, in Aurora, to Harry and Eula Mable ... Read More

February 8, 2024

ELGIN—The Elgin Knights of Columbus Council #654 invite all chili lovers to their “Chili for Charity” dinner and cook-off coming up fast on Feb. 24.

The dinner will be 3:30-7 p.m. at. the St. Thomas More gym, 1625 W. Highland Ave. Proceeds from the event benefit El... Read More

February 8, 2024

-- BATAVIA

AHG bake sale Feb. 10-11 -- The American Heritage Girl Troop #0224 at Holy Cross Parish will hold a bake sale after all Masses Feb. 10-11 at the church, 2300 Main S... Read More

February 8, 2024

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14, and Good Friday, March 29, are days for fast and abstinence. All Fridays of Lent are days of abstinence.

Fasting is to be observed by all Catholics, 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is al... Read More

February 8, 2024

ALGONQUIN

-- St. Margaret Mary, 111 S. Hubbard St.

Lenten Bible study: Tuesdays, Feb. 20-March 26 (except March 19). Afternoon times are 1-2:30 p.m.; evening times are 7-8:30 p.m. The study book costs $20. ... Read More

By Penny Wiegert, Editor
February 8, 2024

Diocesan ministries would not be available to parishes and parishioners without the support of thousands of people each year.

“Here at the Diocese of Rockford we want to give thanks to all those who contributed to our annual appeal, whether that be through donations or through... Read More

By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
February 1, 2024

INDIANAPOLIS—The Tenth National Eucharistic Congress to be held July 17-21 in downtown Indianapolis will have events for specialized audiences as well as large events to be shared by all.

A second webinar for media presented by Joel Stepanek, vice president of pro... Read More

February 1, 2024

BATAVIA—Father Jonathan P. Bakkelund died on Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024, while under hospice care in Batavia. He was 39 years old.

Father Bakkelund was born on April 5, 1984, in Rockford, to Gary D. Bakkelund and Pamela L. May.

He attended Mar... Read More

February 1, 2024

DIOCESE—The next few months bring many events calling pro-lifers in the Rockford Diocese to pray and help shape a culture that respects the dignity of every life.

-- 40 Days for Life: This prayer vigil beg... Read More

By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
February 1, 2024

ELGIN—On Jan. 25, students and educators at St. Edward Central Catholic High School surprised Tim Brieger for “National Mentor Month, which honors those enhancing the lives of others through experience, knowledge or kindness in the game of life,” said Joe Trost, director of B... Read More

February 1, 2024

BATAVIA

Support Waterleaf with Holy Cross Parish -- Waterleaf Women’s Center is holding its virtual baby bottle fundraiser drive. To participate with Holy Cross Parish, donat... Read More

February 1, 2024

AMBOY

St. Patrick, 32 N. Jones Ave.
Ash Wednesday soup supper: Feb. 14, after the 5:30 p.m. Mass. Will be held in the St. Joseph Hall next to the church. Bread and 10 different soups. Free will offering.

... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
January 25, 2024
 The Parents Matter Coalition (PMC), as reported in the Jan. 12 issue of The Observer, began a petition drive late last fall to get a pro-parent question on the November 2024 election ballot.
 
Since that time, some talk radio programs in Northern Illi... Read More
January 25, 2024
ELGIN—Feeling discouraged by the chilly weather? The Elgin Knights of Columbus Council #654 invite you to beat the chill with all the heat you can handle at Chili for Charity Feb. 24. 
 
This chili cook-off and dinner, the biggest annual fundrais... Read More
January 18, 2024
ROCKFORD—From Feb. 14-March 24, all are invited to join other Christians for peaceful prayer during 40 Days for Life.
 
Hours of this prayerful vigil are 8 a.m.-8 p.m. each ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 18, 2024
INDIANAPOLIS—Schedules and logistics are coming together for the Tenth National Eucharistic Congress, taking place in various locations in downtown Indianapolis July 17-21.
 
Tim Glemkowski, CEO of the congress, and Joel Stepanek, vice president of ad... Read More
January 11, 2024
ROCKFORD—On the job for just under a month, new Bishop Lane Retreat Center Director Edith Navarro anticipates a future soon where she can say how exciting it is to see the diocesan retreat center “grow and flourish.”
 
Navarro is bilingual... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
January 11, 2024
PEORIA—Some 147 years ago, in 1876, six women religious belonging to the Third Order Regular of St. Francis set up a hospital in Peoria at the request of a parish priest.
 
That first “St. Francis Hospital” was in a rented, three-story hou... Read More
January 11, 2024

DIOCESE—Two luncheons hosted by the Knights of Columbus honored the retired priests of the Rockford Diocese.

They were held in Rockford and Elgin on Oct. 18 and 19 “as a way to show our appreciation and thanks to these truly dedicated men for their many years of past ser... Read More

January 11, 2024
DIOCESE—The Diocese of Rockford's Office of Vocations invites young men of the diocese to a "Come and See" visit to St. John Vianney College Seminary in St. Paul, Minn., on Feb. 15-17. 
 
... Read More
January 11, 2024
WOODSTOCK—The McHenry Catholic Order of Foresters Court 594 hosted their 78th annual golf outing Sept. 9 to raise funds for the tuition assistance program at Marian Central Catholic High School in Woodstock.
 
The outing raised $5,000, which was later... Read More
January 11, 2024
Dixon Knights Hold Blood Drive
DIXON—The Knights of Columbus Council #690 held a blood drive on Nov. 29 at the Kay Cee Hall, where 58 units were donated to the Red Cross, Drive Chairm... 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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