On May 24, Bishop David Malloy dedicated and blessed a simple, elegant memorial at St. John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery in Somonauk. The stone at Mary’s Garden of Holy Innocence and a rock bench before it now provide a place for families to mourn the death of their children under 21 weeks’ gestation who died due to miscarriage or ectopic pregnancies. Tiny caskets (padded ‘burial cradles’) are available for those children’s remains. Families have the option to have their baby’s name and birth year engraved on the granite tablet pictured here, whether or not those children were buried at the site. This service is available to parishioners and any family in the community regardless of faith. Except for engraving, the costs will be covered by St. John the Baptist Parish.
See more in the June 2 issue of The Observer.
A Joy-Filled Day
On a rainy May 20, seminarian Jhonatan Sarmiento was ordained by Bishop David Malloy as a transitional deacon at the Cathedral of St. Peter. At the beginning of his homily, Bishop Malloy noted the extended applause when the soon-to-be-deacon was called forth for ordination, and said to Jhonatan, “I hope you are as delighted to be here as we are to see you standing before us.” Priests, deacons, religious and laity from the diocese and beyond gathered for the joyful event. Deacon Sarmiento is on track to be ordained a priest of the Rockford Diocese in 2018.
See more in the May 26 edition of The Observer.
Bishop David J. Malloy to Ordain Two Men Into Priesthood for the Diocese of Rockford
ROCKFORD--On Saturday, May 13, at 11 a.m., Bishop David Malloy will ordain two men to the priesthood for the 11-county Diocese of Rockford. The Sacred Rite of Ordination will take place in the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Bishop Malloy will be joined by all priests and permanent deacons as he confers the sacrament of Holy Orders.
The men to be ordained to the sacred priesthood are:
Rev. Mr. Colin Easton, age 33 —Colin is the son of Michael and Amy Easton of Caledonia. He was raised in Rockford and attended St. Bridget Parish in Loves Park. He attended Rock Valley College and Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio and worked at Mauh-Nah-Tee-See Country Club during the summers. He has one brother. He completed seminary studies at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein.
Rev. Mr. Robert Gonnella, age 28—Robert is the son of Robert Gonnella of South Elgin and Patricia Carroll of LaQuinta, Calif. His home parish is St. Patrick in St. Charles. He attended Aurora University. He has a twin sister and three brothers. He completed seminary studies at Saint Paul Seminary at the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minn.
The ordination ceremony will be open to the public. Key portions of the ceremony will be streamed live on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page.
Celebrating 25 Years of Service as a "Bridge"
The Poor Clare Colettine nuns of Rockford celebrated the Silver Jubilee of Sister Mary Brigid of the Precious Blood on May 1 with a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy. In his homily, Bishop Malloy called this extern sister a “bridge” between the cloister and the outside world as well as a remind of the prayers and sacrifices offered “inside these walls,” he said. See complete coverage of priest and sister jubilarians in the June 9 issue of The Observer.
Holy Week Begins
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, and all are welcome to the many special services. Those include the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday; Good Friday services – held in the afternoon and/or evening at most parishes; the Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, which welcomes catechists and catechumens into full communion with the Catholic Church, and the Easter season begins next Sunday with the Mass of the Resurrection.
Bishop Malloy's Easter Message
Annual Acies Gathering Held in Belvidere
The annual Legion of Mary Acies was held March 25 at St. James Parish in Belvidere. The event began with prayers and a rosary procession, followed by a Mass, talk, additional prayers and a luncheon. See more in the April 7 Observer.
Bishop Honored at Biennial Luncheon
Bishop David Malloy was honored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on March 22 in Algonquin. The luncheon is held every other year at a location in the diocese. He is pictured here with a table of mostly St. James, Belvidere, parishioners.
Celebrating the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Montini Middle School in McHenry recently followed the lead of Montini Elementary School and Marian Central Catholic High School in enthroning images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the school. The devotion is meant to raise students’ awareness of the love of Jesus and Mary for them and the world, and to encourage holiness. That week a mission at St. Patrick Parish in McHenry encouraged families to enthrone the Sacred Hearts in their homes. See more in the April 14 issue of The Observer.
Your Help is Needed
Bishop David Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese would appreciate your help in contacting our state legislators to prevent public money from funding abortion. Please write and pray. Click here to take action. Bulletin insert / more information: English | Spanish | Polish
National Day of Prayer for Peace
As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny. In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities. Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18. Prayer Card (English) | Prayer Card (Spanish) Letter to Priests (English) | Letter to Priests (Spanish)