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August 24-28, 2014
Mundelein - Region VII Bishops' Retreat at Cardinal Stritch Retreat House
August 30, 2014
Aurora - 4:30 p.m., Mass and Installation as Pastor of Fr. Ricardo Hernandez at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
August 31, 2014
Sugar Grove - 10:30 a.m., Mass and Dedication of Mosaic at St. Katharine Drexel Church
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Protecting God's Children
August 21, 2014 - 6:30pm (Elburn)
Fuel the Fire
August 21, 2014 - 7:00pm (Crystal Lake)
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August 22, 2014 - 8:00pm (Algonquin)
7th Colby Smith classic
August 23, 2014 - 8:00am (Freeport)
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All Over the Diocese People are Helping Haiti

Date: August 20, 2014

Parishes and schools often pick special mission projects to focus on. In the Diocese of Rockford, many have opted to help in Haiti. Two of the best known and best supported groups in the diocese are Hope for Haitians and The Haitian Project. Each is planning a Sept. 6 fundraiser in Rockford. "A Night in the Tropics" with Hope for Haitians helps provide better housing and more, while the "Big Get-Together" with The Haitian Project supports Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince. There's plenty of need for everyone to help Haiti.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.

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Cultures Join in Praying the Living Rosary

Date: August 17, 2014

The International Living Rosary celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, Aug. 17. According to Angie Kelly, event chairperson, it has been held at several different parishes throughout its history, always on a Sunday near the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women sponsors the event, at which speakers of any language are welcome to come to offer prayer in their native tongues. This year languages included Polish, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Filipino, Pangasinan (a Filipino dialect) and English.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.

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Diocese to Join in Prayers for Iraq

Date: August 13, 2014

Bishop David Malloy has asked the faithful of the Rockford Diocese to join in prayer for Iraq this weekend, Aug. 16-17. Bishop Malloy has asked priests to include the recitation of an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory Be before the dismissal at each of the Masses celebrated in parishes this weekend. "I ask that this be done in particular solidarity with those who are suffering in Iraq and in a special way with our fellow Christians and Catholics," Bishop Malloy said.

The Chaldean Catholic Patriarch of Iraq, His Beatitude Louis Rafael Sako, has asked Pope Francis and the universal church to join in prayer. Please join in these prayers this weekend and remember those suffering in Iraq and the Christian communities under siege there in your personal prayers as well.

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Bishop Malloy Celebrates Mass on the Feast of St. Clare

Date: August 12, 2014

Bishop David Malloy blesses 'St. Clare bread' following Mass at the Poor Clares Monastery in Rockford on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11. The bishop noted that the rule of life written by St. Clare continues to be lived out 761 years later, and he thanked the sisters for their example and fidelity and for their prayers. The bread was passed out to those attending the Mass, who also were invited to the parlor to say hello to the Poor Clares.

You can read more about this story in the August 15 Observer.

Chosen: Custody of the Eyes

A collaborative feature-length film is currently accepting donations to fund a movie project between the Poor Clare Colettine nuns in Rockford and Abbie Reese, author of "Dedicated to God: An Oral History of Cloistered Nuns". The film is about a blogger and painter becoming a cloistered contemplative nun.

Poor Clare Colettine nuns observe monastic silence; they make vows of poverty, chastity, obedience, and enclosure. Cloistered nuns' stories are not typically part of the public record. This film is years in the making and a result of rare and continued access.

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Click here to read more about the 'Dedicated to God' One Book Program in the Observer
American Saint's Remains Return to Hawaii Permanently

Date: July 31, 2014
Associated Press

The remains of a saint known for caring for exiled leprosy patients have been returned to Hawaii.

St. Marianne Cope's remains will arrive in a hearse Thursday at Cathedral of Our Lady of Peace in downtown Honolulu for a ceremony and Mass.

She was 80 when died of natural causes in 1918 at the remote Kalaupapa peninsula on the island of Molokai, where the Hawaiian kingdom exiled leprosy patients to control the disease. Her remains were exhumed from Kalaupapa in 2005 during her canonization process and taken to Syracuse, New York, where her religious congregation is based.

She gained sainthood in 2012.

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Archbishop Chaput Says Pope Will Visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Date: July 28, 2014
Catholic News Service

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

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Pope Heads to Vatican Cafeteria for Friday Fish Menu

Date: July 25, 2014
Catholic News Service

Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican's blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state's "industrial park." "He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him," the cafeteria's chef, Franco Paini, told Vatican Radio July 25. He acted "normally, like the humblest of the workers," Paini said, his voice still trembling from the thrill. "Please forgive me, I'm still excited, you know?"

Wearing his white cassock and zucchetto, the pope grabbed an orange plastic tray and chose what he wanted from the array of prepared foods. He got a plate of pasta without sauce; a portion of cod; a whole wheat roll; some "au gratin" vegetables; a few French fries; an apple; and a bottle of spring water — but not the fizzy, bubbly kind, witnessed reported.

"I didn't have the courage to give him the bill," said Claudia Di Giacomo, who was sitting behind the cash register.

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Raising NFP Awareness One Couple at a Time

Date: July 18, 2014

Natural family planning (NFP) may be the best kept secret in the Diocese of Rockford. But Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office is hoping to raise awareness of and accessibility to this moral, natural and scientific method of family planning.

You can read more about this in the July 18 Observer or visit the Observer Website.

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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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