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Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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Rockford - 10:05 a.m., Radio Program WROK 1440AM
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Rockford - 10:30 a.m., Mass at the Winnebago County Jail
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Reflection for Advent - Week 4
The Long Journey to Bethlehem is Nearly Over for the Parents-to-Be

By: Msgr. Thomas Monahan

It won't be long now. "I'm getting tired, Joseph," Mary said. "Yes," he answered. "We've come a long way, but it won't be long. We'll be in Bethlehem tomorrow."

"You know, Mary, I've been wondering. What will our baby look like?" "Well," Mary said, "We know he will be a boy, a Jewish boy. The angel promised me that I would bear a son, and he would be a descendent of the great King David." Joseph said, "And since David was a strong and brave king, and also very handsome, your baby will be beautiful."

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In Memoriam: Rev. William Peterson

Date: December 15, 2014

Fr. William F. Peterson, 80, entered into rest Sunday, December 7, 2014. Fr. Peterson was ordained May 11, 1959, by Bishop Loras Lane for the Diocese of Rockford, IL.

A funeral Mass with full military honors was celebrated on Thursday, December 11, at St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Church in Grovetown, Georgia.

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Reflection for Advent - Week 3
Preparing the Path for Baby Jesus

By: Father Johnson López

Our Advent journey began a few weeks ago. So, only a few days separate us from Christmas! Do you know what to do with those remaining days of Advent? Sacred Scripture might give you light in this regard.

In the book of the prophet Isaiah (40:3) we read, "A voice proclaims: In the wilderness to prepare the way of the Lord! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God!" It is very simple. You need to prepare your spirit for Christmas. Let your hearth be a highway for welcoming baby Jesus. Christmas is all about welcoming Him, the king of kings.

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Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Rockford Diocese

Date: December 12, 2014

Friday, Dec. 12, we celebrate the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Patroness of the Americas. This day has profound importance in the Hispanic community. However, her story and devotion is inspiring to all Catholics in the world. Diocesan services for this feast begin at Midnight at Sacred Heart Parish, Aurora and continue at various parishes for almost 24 hours.

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In Memoriam: Rev. Daniel D. Tranel

Date: December 11, 2014

The Chancery received word Thursday that Reverend Daniel D. Tranel died at Stonehill Franciscan Services, Dubuque, Iowa, after complications from a stroke. Father was born on September 15, 1932, in East Dubuque, Illinois, to Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, December 17, at 10:00AM at St. Mary Church. Bishop David J. Malloy will be the celebrant. Visitation will be from 3:00-7:00PM on Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at St. Mary Church, 170 Montgomery Avenue, East Dubuque, Illinois, and from 8:45AM until Mass. Interment will be at East Dubuque Cemetery, East Dubuque, Illinois. Arrangements are being made by Miller Funeral Home, East Dubuque, Illinois.

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Reflection for Advent - Week 2
Find Real Comfort in the Lord

By: Father Richard Kramer

The Sunday Gospel's theme is "I send my messenger before you to prepare your way: a herald's voice in the desert, crying, 'Make ready the way of the Lord, clear him a straight path.'" Could that be a path to our hearts and souls this Advent?

The message unfolds so wonderfully in the next few days! Through the prophet Isaiah, God speaks "Comfort, give comfort to your people, says your God." Comfort —as we are stressed by current events, the feelings of guilt from our sins, and the overarching sense of despair that today fills so many parts of our societal life!

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Reflection for Advent - Week 1
Skipping Advent is Not a Good Idea

By: Father Oscar Cortes

The feeling of Christmas is all around us even though we have four weeks more to anticipate it. I imagine that many of you will have taken advantage of Black Friday to buy Christmas gifts and that many of them are hidden at home waiting for Christmas Day.

Television commercials always seem to anticipate a holiday long before it comes: Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, etc. Just as soon as one holiday passes, the commercials are on to the next one. It seems that people do not have time enough to enjoy one event before thinking about the next one.

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Year of Consecrated Life

In 2013, Pope Francis declared that a Year of Consecrated Life (YCL) be celebrated throughout the world. YCL will begin on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30, 2014. It will close on the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 2, 2016.

Year of Consecrated Life Prayer - English
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2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"

"I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people."
- Psalm 116:18

We live in God's presence when we give of ourselves to all His people. The Diocesan Appeal helps add power to our gift. By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large.

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