Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
January 20, 2018
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
January 21, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 23, 2018
Amboy - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Patrick, Amboy; St. Mary, Walton; and St. Flannen, Harmon in St. Patrick Church
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January 24, 2018
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
January 26, 2018
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Respect Life Banquet at Holy Family Church
January 27, 2018
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
January 27, 2018
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., OSF St. Anthony Medical Center’s Pink Ball at Giovanni’s Restaurant
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Patrick Church
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 5:00 p.m., Rockford DCCW Catholic Women of the Year Banquet at Giovanni’s Restaurant
January 30, 2018
Sandwich - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Paul the Apostle Church
February 1, 2018
Woodstock - 10:00 a.m., All County School Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School
February 2, 2018
Sterling - 10:00 a.m., Mass for Sterling Deanery Schools at Newman Central Catholic High School
February 3, 2018
Belvidere - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. James Church
February 4, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
February 4, 2018
Harvard - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Joseph Church
February 5-7, 2018
Fontana, WI - Winter Clergy Conference for Diocesan Priests at the Abbey
Upcoming Events

Chili/Vegetable Soup Supper

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mass, dinner and talk

January 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caritas Scholarship Ball

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Knight of Wine and Beer Tasting

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“One Acts”

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monsignor Philip O’Neil

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Philip O'Neil who died this afternoon, Jan. 19, at St. Anne Center, Rockford. Msgr.'s funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Harvard. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4-8 p.m. in the church and Jan. 24 from 10-10:45 a.m. before the Mass.
Former Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Rockford Dies at age 80, Funeral set for Jan. 20 in Chicago

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., a former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Wenona, Lostant, Minonk, Rutland, Toluca as well as in Rockford.

Father Luke, who served as provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans from 1987 to 1994, died in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2018. He was 80.

His body will be received on Friday, Jan. 19, at St. Ita Church, 5500 N. Broadway in Chicago, with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. A wake service is planned at 8 p.m.

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Marching for Life in the Midwest

The March for Life Chicago took place at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on Jan. 14. Groups attended from several Midwest states and many Illinois cities including a group of close to 40 people from the St. Charles area. Other organized groups traveled in from the Crystal Lake area and Huntley. Read more in The Observer’s Jan. 19 issue.
Basketball for Vocations

It was priests vs. seminarians for basketball games hosted Dec. 26 at Aurora Central Catholic High School and on Dec. 27 at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford. Another game is scheduled at Marian Central Catholic High School on Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. and all are welcome. So far the priests are winning, but the seminarians are lookin’ good! Tee-shirts and other prizes were given out and a brief talk about vocations provided at halftime.
Visit from Santa with the Help of Many Elves

Refugee families were treated to a Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 16, provided and hosted by youths from St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford. The St. Bernadette youths, including some who are students at Boylan Central Catholic High School, and assisted by a few adult elves, provided a variety of games and activities, sang Christmas songs, served pizza and helped corral everyone once Santa Claus arrived. It was the third year that St. Bernadette young people have provided a Christmas party for refugee families.
Rest in Peace Deacon Eugene “Gene” Reilly

MERRITT ISLAND, Fla.—Deacon Eugene “Gene” Reilly, 82, died in his Florida home on Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017.

He was born in the Bronx, New York on July 21, 1935, to Eugene and Grace Reilly.

He served his country in the Korean War.

He moved his family to Rockford to become the Store Manager at Union Hall Department Store and opened The Chicken Place Restaurant. Later he took a position as regional sales manager for the Testor Corporation, retiring after 23 years.

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A new interventional neurology area at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center in Rockford was part of a “Backstage Tour” on Nov. 29 of its new addition. The rest of the construction of the four-floor building is proceeding. Bishop David Malloy is scheduled to bless the addition on its dedication date, April 13, 2018. The facility will open on April 14.
More Than 200 Blankets to bring Christmas Cheer

On Dec. 7, the Catholic Women’s League held its annual Blanket Workshop, which also included a Mass for deceased bishops, priests and religious and a brunch featuring treats made by the members of the CWL’s sewing guild. The guild already had completed 111 blankets before inviting other CWL members to help finish off an additional 140 blankets, all to benefit children in the Rockford area who are served by area agencies.

More coming soon in the Dec. 15 edition of The Observer
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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