Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
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
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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
December 31, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 7, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 7, 2018
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation for St. Peter Cathedral, Rockford, and Resurrection, Woodstock at the Cathedral
January 8, 2018
Brookfield, WI - 7:00 p.m., “Surrender” Hour at St. Dominic Church
January 9, 2018
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at SS. Peter and Paul Church
January 13, 2018
Sterling - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
January 14, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 14, 2018
Byron - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
January 16, 2018
Shannon - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Wendelin Church
January 17, 2018
St. Charles - 6:45 p.m., March for Life Send-Off Mass at St. John Neumann Church
January 18-19, 2018
Washington, D.C. - March for Life
Upcoming Events

“Nativities of the World”

December 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Christmas Concert

December 15 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

“Nativities of the World”

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Kids’ Christmas Party

December 16 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Adult Christmas Party

December 16 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Bishop Malloy's Christmas Message


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.
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.
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.

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