Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
December 11, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Retirees’ Christmas Luncheon at Giovanni’s Restaurant
December 12, 2017
Sterling - 5:00 p.m., Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary Church
December 14, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., St. Anthony College of Nursing Baccalaureate Ceremony at Holy Family Church
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December 15, 2017
Evansville, IN - 2:00 p.m., Installation of Bishop Joseph Siegel as 6th Bishop of Evansville at St. Benedict Cathedral
December 17, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 19, 2017
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Rockford Legatus Chapter Dinner Meeting at Giovanni's Restaurant
December 21, 2017
Elgin - 7:00 p.m., Mass for Simbang Gabi Celebration at St. Thomas More Church
December 24, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 25, 2017
Rockford - 12:00 a.m., Christmas Midnight Mass at the Cathedral
December 25, 2017
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Mass at the Winnebago County Jail
December 27, 2017
Rockford - 7:15 p.m., Mass for “Thy Will Be Done” Winter Vocations Retreat, Bishop Lane Retreat Center
Upcoming Events

“Nativities of the World”

December 11 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Guadalupe vigil

December 11 @ 6:00 pm - December 12 @ 6:00 am

Advent Taize Prayer

December 11 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

“Nativities of the World”

December 12 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Study of First Corinthians

December 12 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Monsignor John J. Mitchell 1936-2017

LOVES PARK— Msgr. John J. Mitchell died Nov. 22, 2017, at Lincolnshire Place, here, where he was a resident. He was 81.

Msgr. Mitchell was born on March 21, 1936, in Elgin, to William P. and Rita J. (Meagher) Mitchell.

He graduated from St. Edward Catholic High School, Elgin in 1954. He then attended St. Charles College, Catonsville, Md., and completed his philosophy and theology studies at St. Mary University, Baltimore, Md. He attended St. Mary Seminary, also in Baltimore.

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November Blessings

November is Adoption Month and the Nov. 24 issue of The Observer features special stories honoring what has often been called a “loving option.” Read about the Ball family, parishioners at St. Mary Church in East Dubuque and the Foley family, parishioners at St. Mary Church in Sycamore. Their stories are very different, but love shines through both families as they grow through adoption.
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Italian Folk Art Event comes to Rockford

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.
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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.”
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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.
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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.
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