Mass, Gathering for Mental Health Points To Saints’ Guidance and Intercession
May 23, 2024
ROCKFORD—On May 14, Bishop David Malloy celebrated a diocesan Mass at the Cathedral of St. Peter on behalf of Catholic Charities’ Mental Health Ministry and the people they serve. Around 80 people from the area gathered to pray for themselves and their loved ones who struggle with mental health, substance use, or other challenges. 
 
The Mass marked the feast days (May 14 and 15) of two intercessors for those struggling with mental health: St. Matthias, patron saint of those experiencing addiction; and St. Dymphna, patroness of those experiencing nervous disorders. May is also nationally recognized as Mental Health Awareness Month. 
 
At the Mass, Bishop Malloy spoke about calling upon the saints, who experienced mental struggles. He highlighted St. Teresa of Calcutta, St. John of the Cross and Dorothy Day, who all experienced isolation and times of hopelessness. 
 
Also attending the Mass and the following reception were Cathy Weightman-Moore, director of Catholic Charities; concelebrants Father Ken Anderson and Father Randy Fronek, and assisting deacons Bill Dall and Robert Mitchison.
 
For more information on the Diocese of Rockford’s Mental Health Ministry, contact Mary Fuller at [email protected].
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