Annual Mass Honors Sacrifices, Prays for Peace
By Lynne Conner, Observer Correspondent
June 6, 2024
WINNEBAGO—On Memorial Day, May 27, Masses around the Diocese of Rockford gave thanks for the sacrifices made for freedom. Bishop David Malloy celebrated one such Mass at Calvary Cemetery just outside Rockford, concelebrating with Msgr. Gerald Kobbeman  and assisted by Deacon Peter Addotta of St. Anthony of Padua Parish. 
 
In his homily, Bishop Malloy spoke on the importance of how peace helps to ensure our freedoms. On a trip to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Korea, Bishop Malloy recalled his conversation with the colonel in charge of the DMZ.
 
“This colonel told me, ‘I don’t ever want to be in another military battle again, so we do everything we can to keep the peace here. Our task to keep peace and order here is so that the process of peace can take its course elsewhere in the world.’”
 
Bishop Malloy also reminded those gathered, “Our Catholic faith is made for eternal life and grants us the power to pray for the souls of the dead, to pray for the men and women who sacrificed everything for our freedoms and to pray that the deceased may enjoy the promises of heaven.”
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