The Junior Observer
is published monthly in the fourth issue of

The Observer
the official newspaper of the
Catholic Diocese of Rockford.

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Have a Rosary Relay at Your House

  • Click on the rosary (above) to get to an 8 1/2 by 11 inch printable copy.
  • Decorate it and post it in a place that everyone passes in your home.
  • When you go by, stop for a minute or two and say the prayer for the next bead or two,
    then mark the beads you’ve prayed. Explain it to everyone in the house,
    so they can all take part
  • If you post it on another surface, one way to mark a completed bead would be
    to color a mark or symbol — maybe a small cross — next to it.
  • If yours is a “crafty” family, you’ll probably come up with better ways to decorate
    and mark your rosary page.
  • As with any relay, it takes teamwork — the whole family — to “win the race.”
  • When you’ve finished one full rosary, you can start around again
    on the same decorated paper.
  • Or you can print another one and start from scratch.
  • Check the links above for instructions for praying the rosary.
  • You can also find instructions and the prayers at the
  • U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ website

Click here to continue saying a Decade a Day
with Bishop Malloy with your family and friends

Click here for instructions on how to say the Rosary.

El Observer instrucciones sobre cómo rezar el Rosario.

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Give Dad a Tie

Father’s Day is coming up June 20. Instead of buying gifts for dad, stepdad or granddad,
why not gather the rest of the family together
to decorate ties that are unique.

-- Write notes about what’s special about your father. 
-- Make a list of his favorite things from sport to saint, from  holiday to holy day. 
-- Say some prayers for him and include a spiritual bouquet.
-- And you don’t have to use words. Draw pictures to show him what makes him special to you.

For more ideas, search for Father’s Day tie crafts on the internet. There will be plenty of examples you can use. (Get mom or another adult to help.)

Find the 8 1/2 by 11 inch printable tie template at
or at our Forever Family board at


Click image above for full size artwork.
Kids: Don’t Forget the
St. Joseph the Father
Art Contest
 --NOTE --
- Contest extended through July 31 -

Young people from pre-school through high school may enter The Observer and The Junior Observer’s St. Joseph art contest through July 31.

Full details are available with an entry form is available here. A parent or guardian must sign the entry form.

A coloring option of the picture here is available for younger children here.

Age-appropriate prizes will be awarded to the best art and coloring entries.



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