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By Penny Wiegert, Editor
August 18, 2022
ROCKFORD—Fire may have damaged St. James Church, but the community of people that make up St. James Parish remains strong. 
 
Parishioners gathered for Masses Aug. 13-14, not in their beloved church but across the parking lot in Beauvais Center, ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 18, 2022
WASHINGTON, D.C.—A Zoom meeting with priests and religious in Ukraine on the last week of July, was “prompted by extraordinary generosity from across the U.S.,” says Mary Mencarini Campbell, executive director of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) Office of Nat... Read More
August 18, 2022
CRYSTAL LAKE—The 11th annual McHenry County Catholic Prayer Breakfast will be held Sept. 24, here. 
 
The day will begin with a 7:30 a.m. Mass at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, 451 W. Terra Cotta Ave. The breakfast and talks will follow the Mass ... Read More
August 18, 2022
SHANNON—The annual Blue Mass for the protection of firefighters, law enforcement and first responders will be held on Sept. 11, 7 p.m. at St. Wendelin Church, 18 Linn St., Shannon.
 
The Mass, in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks in New York ... Read More
August 18, 2022
ROCKFORD—On the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11, Bishop David Malloy celebrated an 8 a.m. Mass at the Poor Clare Colettines Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford, joined by Father Carl Beekman and Father Nicholas Federspiel and a handful of seminarians. 
 
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August 18, 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
August 18, 2022
ROCKFORD—Food for the Poor’s 21st annual Evening in the Tropics will be held Aug. 27 at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club in Rockford.
 
Tickets are $100 each and can be purchased at https://hopeforhaitians.org<... Read More
August 18, 2022
Mazzuchelli memorial Mass Aug. 28
 
LANCASTER, Wis.—The annual Father Samuel Mazzuchelli Memorial Mass will be held at 3 p.m. Aug. 28 at St. Patrick Church, Benton, Wis.
 
Fat... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
August 11, 2022
ROCKFORD—Early morning thunderstorms are blamed for a fire that broke out in Rockford’s oldest Catholic Church Aug. 8. 
 
Although at press time, an official cause of the fire had not been released, firefighters on the scene suspected that ... Read More
August 11, 2022
The feast of the Assumption of Mary into heaven takes place on Aug. 15, a Monday this year, and so this year it is not a Holy Day of Obligation.
 
That, of course, does not diminish its importance.
 
The readings for the d... Read More
By Margarita Mendoza, Editor El Observador
August 11, 2022
CARPENTERSVILLE—Speaking with impeccable Spanish and English, Bishop David Malloy switched fluidly among the two languages during the blessings of the new tabernacle, crucifix and image of St. Monica, the patron of St Monica Parish, Carpentersville, Aug. 6, during the 4:30 p.m. Mass.&n... Read More
August 11, 2022
AURORA—On Aug. 2, Luxembourg’s Cardinal Jean-Claude Hollerich visited Aurora to celebrate Mass at Annunciation BVM Church for Catholics of Luxembourg heritage. The Mass was followed by a reception at Marmion Abbey’s Nagel Emporium at Abbey Farms. 
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By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 11, 2022
DIOCESE—The following men and women are the new principals at diocesan schools. 
 
Mavis DeMar
Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary School, Aurora
 
Principal ... Read More
August 11, 2022
AURORA—The Dominican Literacy Center (DLC) has entered a partnership with St. Mark’s Lutheran Church here. 
 
During one of 17 May DLC graduation ceremonies, St. Mark’s associate pastor, Patrick J. Fish, presented a $10,000 grant to S... Read More
August 11, 2022
FREEPORT—A donation of life-saving automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment to Aquin Catholic Schools made by the Holder family and the Adam Holder Memorial Fund will protect the hearts of all the people at the “heart” of the school. 
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August 11, 2022
AURORA—Marmion Academy instructor Dr. Victor Pinks, II, created the Computational Prototyping and Research Center (CPARC) in 2013 to help students gain experience using virtual prototypes. 
 
Now, nine years later, the research center will receiv... Read More
August 11, 2022
AURORA—Aurora Central Catholic High School (ACC) will welcome Christian Rago as its new head football coach and assistant dean this year. Rago will contribute nearly 10 years of college and high school coaching experience.  
 
In his new rol... Read More
August 11, 2022
AURORA—Marmion Academy will welcome Glenn Brown as the Head Varsity Swimming Coach and Aaron Nieckula as the Head Varsity Baseball Coach this coming year. 
 
Glenn Brown has been an assistant swim coach for Marmion for the past nine years. In add... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 4, 2022
ROCKFORD—The first of two evening meetings was held July 28 at Holy Family Parish to update, encourage and provide direction to begin a diocesan-directed, focused effort of prayer and action in the wake of reports of two abortuaries being opened in Rockford.
 
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August 4, 2022
GENEVA—Young men between the ages of 12 and 25 in the Rockford Diocese are invited to discern the vocation God is calling them to at a one-day Encounter retreat. The retreat will be held on Aug. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at St. Peter Parish, 1891 Kaneville Rd. The r... Read More
August 4, 2022
FREEPORT—Deacon Henry Donald “Don” Brunette, 92, died July 16, 2022. 
 
Deacon Brunette was born March 8, 1930, in Flint, Mich., to Henry and Helen (Castonguay) Brunette. 
 
He moved to Milwauke... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
August 4, 2022
ROCKFORD—On the evening of July 19, Father Carl Beekman, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford, was installed by Bishop David Malloy as pastor of St. Anthony of Padua Parish before about 100 people of the parish who came to witness the historic event.
 
August 4, 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
August 4, 2022

Filipino Communities Join for Celebration and Competition

CRYSTAL LAKE—The Fox Valley Filipino American Catholic Ministry (FVFACM) sponsored a Sportsfest and Picnic at St Thomas the Apostle Parish on July 16. 
 
Father... Read More
August 4, 2022
Festa Italiana
ROCKFORD—The 43rd annual Festa Italiana will be Aug. 5-7 on the campus of Boylan Central Catholic High School, 4000 St. Francis Dr. Times for each day vary. 
-- Aug. 5: 5... Read More
By Penny Wiegert, Editor
July 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—You may have read Bishop David Malloy’s public schedule and wondered “why is Bishop Malloy scheduled to be in Ghana July 25-28?”
 
The quick answer is that Bishop Malloy will be traveling to Accra, the capital city of Ghana ... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 21, 2022
WASHINGTON—The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has announced the release of the updated Program of Priestly Formation in the United States of America (PPF). 
 
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July 21, 2022
ROCKFORD—The youth building at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center received a much-appreciated facelift the last week of June.
 
The center’s most recent director, Terri Hill, applied for a grant in May 2021 from the Painters District Counci... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 14, 2022
ROCKFORD—Its location near the Wisconsin border has put Rockford on the map as a coveted spot for the abortion business. 
 
Recent property records indicate that proponents of abortion are eager to take advantage of abortion seekers from Wisconsi... 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
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 14, 2022
ROCKFORD—Kay Ethington-Vogrinc’s father, Robert Darling, grew up in Beloit, Wis., attended Brother Dutton Elementary School and became enamored with his school’s patron.
 
But he could not guess that many years later his own daughter would... Read More
July 14, 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
July 7, 2022
ROCKFORD—On July 1, around 50-60 people gathered to protest in front of a former chiropractic business at 611 Auburn St. in Rockford. 
 
The building was purchased by the physician who previously provided abortions in Rockford at the former Turne... Read More
By Amanda Hudson, News Editor
July 7, 2022
ROCKFORD—Holy Family parishioner Brad Hefton exemplifies the qualities of fortitude and endurance head to toe, heart and soul. Humility is also evident within his 6’ 3” famous frame. 
 
It was more than a year before Holy Family pasto... Read More
June 30, 2022
The Supreme Court decision, released today in the case of Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, is a moment for profound reflection for our nation.
 
The Catholic Church, along with many other people of faith and of good will, has long sought ... Read More
Patricia SzPekowski, Observer Correspondent
June 30, 2022
JOHNSBURG—The new altar at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg was blessed through the beautiful and symbolic rituals associated with the dedication by Bishop David Malloy during the 4 p.m. Mass on June 25.
 
“An altar signifies th... Read More
June 23, 2022
SINSINAWA, Wis.—The Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa have served in the Diocese of Rockford before there was a Diocese of Rockford, coming to the area in 1871 to staff a school at St. Mary Parish in Freeport. They have continued to serve and be a presence since that time. Most recently, ... Read More
June 9, 2022
DIOCESE—Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, 65, and 70 or more years of marriage in 2022 are invited to a Mass in their honor with Bishop David Malloy. 
 
The Rockford Diocese celebration will be at 2:30 p.m... Read More
January 27, 2022
BELVIDERE—St. James Parish will host a retreat led by Rwandan-American author and speaker Immaculée Ilibagiza on Sept. 23-24 at the parish campus, 320 Logan Ave. 
 
The retreat will explore Ilibagiza’s witness of faith, the power of ... Read More
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