On Nov. 10-11 about 100 people from around the country joined several Rockford-area people of Italian descent at the Holiday Inn for a series of workshops and events sponsored by the Italian Folk Art Federation of America. The how-to of Italian dance, history, foods, music and more were shared, including workshop on making vestedde (little breads) decorations, presented by Colleen and Joan Gullo and Rosie Scalisi Sheridan.
Mass and Prayers on All Souls Day
Bishop David Malloy celebrated a noon Mass in the mausoleum at Calvary Cemetery in Rockford on All Souls Day, Nov. 2. In his homily, he reminded those gathered that “Our task is not just to mourn them, it is in fact to pray for them, to pray for all of the unremembered souls of all times, praying for God’s perpetual light. And in doing so our hope is this: that when our time comes, that others will be gathered here, in this same place in these same chairs, offering Mass for us in purgatory for our own cleansing and purification. Let perpetual light shine upon them O Lord, with your saints forever, for you are merciful.”
Garden for Life
On Oct. 28 at St. Peter Church in South Beloit, Father Steven Sabo, pastor, dedicated a new Memorial Garden for the Unborn. The garden, five years in the making, is located behind the church and north of the parish Adoration Chapel.
Youth Summit a Hit for Fifth Year
On Sunday, Oct. 29, more than 1,300 youths plus chaperones and other volunteers gathered at Rock Valley College for the Fifth Annual Youth Summit. Bishop David Malloy and the diocesan Vocations Team were featured in this year’s video and two groups of youths performed Lip Sync routines for the audience as well. Mass, adoration and the sacrament of confession were all popular parts of the day.
See the Nov. 3 Observer for additional photos.
St. Patrick Church was designated as an historical landmark after the Saturday evening Mass on Sept. 30 by the Landmark Commission of the City of McHenry. The church, built in the 1922-23 time period, is the 19th structure to be so designated. Father Godwin Asuquo and Father James McKitrick pulled the cords to unveil the plaque located outside at the front of the church.
Parish Staff Annual Event
On Sept. 28, the 13th annual Ministry Day was held for pastors and their staffs at St. Mary Parish hall in Huntley. The event focused on “Live It! One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” Keynote speaker, Bishop David Malloy, began the presentations, which after lunch included three “lightning round” presentations on serving Alienated Catholics, Millennials and Multicultures presented by Tara Kaufmann, Father Timothy Piasecki and Matt Schwartz.
More in the Oct. 6 issue of The Observer.