The Catholic Women's League cut and tied fringe to make 100 fleece blankets for the moms and children served by area agencies. The women first enjoyed Mass for the deceased bishops, priests and religious of the diocese at St. Bridget Parish. Brunch and the blanket workshop followed in the parish center.
More photos in The Observer on Dec. 9.
In Memoriam: Reverend Gerard A. Christianson
Reverend Gerard A. Christianson, died Monday afternoon, Dec. 5, at Moorings Health Care Center, Arlington Heights, Illinois, after a courageous battle with cancer. Father was born on December 9, 1960, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward Christianson and Margaret Meegan Christianson.
Father Christianson attended Loyola University and Northeastern Illinois in Chicago. Before entering seminary, Father was a Math teacher and directed an alternative school for at risk students. He entered St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota, in 2007 and in 2012 was one of two men in the first class of seminarians to be ordained to the priesthood on May 19, 2012, by the Most Reverend David J. Malloy.
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Your Help is Needed
Bishop David Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese would appreciate your help in contacting our state legislators to prevent public money from funding abortion.
Please write and pray.
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A Fun Way to Grow Closer to Jesus and His Church
The fourth annual Youth Summit was held on Oct. 30 at Rock Valley College. It welcomed youths and chaperones from around the Diocese of Rockford for a day of fun, food, prayer and a chance to meet, learn from and visit with Bishop David Malloy.
More about the Youth Summit in the Nov. 4 issue of The Observer.
Faith Forward: Building our Blueprint for Catholic Schools
For the past 11 months, the Diocese of Rockford with expertise of professional consultants from the Meitler group, have worked to form a strategic plan for Catholic Schools in our diocese now called Faith Forward: Building our Blueprint for Catholic Schools. A draft of that strategy was shared with Pastors, Catholic school principals and educational commission members and leaders during a Catholic School summit meeting on Oct. 27, 2016.
We have reached the point in this process where the draft strategy is ready to be shared for public response. You are invited and encouraged to read the document posted here and to share your comments and suggestions.
Click to read the draft: English | Español
Send your feedback to FaithForward@RockfordDiocese.org. Please include your name, parish and city and/or your school and city and a return email address. If you prefer, you can also send comments in writing with your name, address, parish and school and city to: Faith Forward, Catholic Education Office, 555 Colman Center Drive, P.O. Box 7044, Rockford, Illinois 61125.
Thank you for your participation in helping to build our blueprint for Catholic Schools.
Feast Day Blessing
On Oct. 16, the feast of St. Gall, the cornerstone for the under-construction St. Gall Church just south of Elburn was blessed. Bishop David Malloy served as main celebrant at the 11 a.m. Mass before he and many parishioners traveled to the new church campus for the blessing. Hopes are for the long-awaited, much bigger church to be completed sometime next spring
Month of Mary
A new Rosary Garden has been completed at St. Rita Parish in Rockford. With the help of St. Rita students and support from parishioners who gathered for the first Hail Mary's, the garden was blessed by Bishop David Malloy on Oct. 7, the feast day of Our Lady of the Rosary. The garden features several statues of Mary and stations for each decade of the rosary as well as plants and brick walkways. All are welcome to come and pray in the garden.
National Day of Prayer for Peace
As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny.
In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.
Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18.
Prayer Card (English) | Prayer Card (Spanish)
Letter to Priests (English) | Letter to Priests (Spanish)
Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
Click here to read the full press release (Español)
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's homily from Bishop Doran's funeral
Click here to watch the video from Bishop Doran's funeral