Fundraising Begins for a Bigger Elgin Church
St. Joseph Parish in Elgin has received permission to begin to raise funds to build a new church – one that will seat some 900 more people than the present church, which has been unable to comfortably seat the estimated nearly 2,000 families attending Masses.
See the July 22 issue of The Observer for more information.
First Call Vocations Retreat Welcomed Several Jeremiah Days 'Graduates"
Parents and siblings of First Call campers joined the young men for the opening Mass on July 17. Several campers were familiar with camp offerings because they had attended Jeremiah Days (for junior high boys) or past First Call camps (for high school/college young men). The camp was the final of the three vocations camp offered each year by the diocesan Department of Vocations.
Prayer for Peace
The National Council of Catholic Women, in the wake of the recent violence across the United States, joins the Knights of Columbus in their call to families and all people of good will to pray a novena -- nine days of prayer – from July 14-22 by praying St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer for Peace. Click on the image on the right to view the prayer.
El Concejo Nacional de Mujeres Católicas, a raíz de la violencia reciente en los Estados Unidos, se ha unido a los Caballeros de Colón en su llamado a las familias y a todas las personas de buena voluntad a hacer una novena, rezando la Oración por la Paz de San Francisco de Asís; del 14 al 22 de julio. Haga clic en la imagen de la derecha para ver la oración.
Vocation Camp Activities
An Obstacle Course proved to be a fun summer camp activity for 28 Jeremiah Days campers on July 11. Team members hula hooped, stacked game pieces, tossed and kicked balls, and, perhaps most challenging, blew up and guided balloons to a target. Outdoor and indoor games were just part of this vocation camp, which also offered prayer times, talks about discerning God's will, and camp activities such as a bonfire and grilled lunch. Jeremiah Days is one of three camps offered each year by the diocesan Vocations Office, also welcoming young women for the June St. Therese Camp and upper grades young men to First Call camp.
Monthly Group Welcomes Youths of the Diocese
The newly-named Stateline Catholic Youth (ScY for short) will welcome Bishop David Malloy to a July 31 gathering at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Freeport. The free monthly evening events are getting bigger all the time with youths coming from parishes near and far. The evening features Mass, dinner and outdoor activities.
Visit www.stthomasfreeport.org/youth for more information.
Celebrating 100 Years in Rockford
The Poor Clare Colettine nuns of Rockford held a Mass on the 100th anniversary of their coming to Rockford. It was a full chapel at the 8 a.m., June 29 Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy and a handful of other priests. Bishop Malloy noted how the first Bishop of Rockford, Peter J. Muldoon, requested the presence of the Poor Clares just a few years after the Diocese of Rockford was established. Bishop Muldoon wanted "a continual beseeching of heaven on behalf of you," Bishop Malloy said. "It began (a presence that has) endured to this very hour." The sisters set up a display of memorabilia in the public accessed hallways and basement area of the monastery and greeted guests in the parlor area.
More on this happy anniversary in the July 8 issue of The Observer.
Rooftop View and Blessing
Bishop David Malloy gave his blessing to the new roof at St. John the Baptist Church in Johnsburg on June 26. Resurrectionist Father Jacek Junek, pastor, arranged for the bishop to be lifted by the fire department to the lowest roof area of the very tall church for the blessing.
See more in the July 1 issue of The Observer.
Exploring God's Call
Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass on June 21 for the St. Therese Vocations Camp held annually for girls and young women to help them begin to ask "What is God's will for my life?". He visited with the campers afterwards. The St. Therese Camp is one of three vocations camps sponsored by the diocesan Office of Vocations. The other two are coming in July: July 10-13 Jeremiah Days for boys and July 17-20 First Call for young men.
For more information, contact the Vocations Office at 815-399-4300.
Deaf Catholics Celebrate New Priest
The deaf Catholic community in the Diocese of Rockford came together for Mass and an annual picnic on Sunday, June 12 at Christ the Teacher Parish near the NIU campus. Father Kyle Manno, pictured, ordained just the week before, served as the main celebrant at the Mass, which was concelebrated by Msgr. Glenn Nelson, director of deaf ministry for the diocese. Deacon David Zarembski assisted.
Father Manno learned sign language while attending college at NIU, which is where he also discerned his vocation to the priesthood. He will assist the deaf ministry with any urgent pastoral care needs in the St. Charles area where he serves as parochial vicar at St. Patrick Parish.
Bishop Malloy Asks for Prayers to End Violence and Terrorism
Date: June 13, 2016
Statement from Bishop David Malloy:
I ask all people to join with Archbishop Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops who said that "Waking up to the unspeakable violence in Orlando reminds us of how precious human life is.
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's Full Statement
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's Full Statement in Spanish
Bishop David J. Malloy to Ordain Three New Priests for the Diocese of Rockford
ROCKFORD--On Saturday, June 4 at 11 a.m., Bishop David J. Malloy will ordain three 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:
The Rev. Mr. Charles Fitzpatrick, age 64. His home parish is Holy Redeemer in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
The Rev. Mr. Sean Grismer, age 26. His home parish is Holy Cross, Batavia, Illinois.
The Rev. Mr. Kyle Manno, age 29. His home parish is Christ the Teacher, DeKalb, Illinois.
(Their personal vocation stories can be viewed at
The ordination ceremony will be open to the public. Live coverage of the event will
be available via live stream video on this website.
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Reflection on Sacrifice, Freedom
Bishop David Malloy celebrated the annual Mass on Memorial Day at Calvary Cemetery on May 30. It was one of several Mass held throughout the Diocese of Rockford to pray for those who have died for the freedom of our country.
The bishop reminded everyone of the "very particular purpose" of the gathering, noting that "we are the beneficiaries of (fallen soldiers') sacrifice." He called the Mass "a profoundly good thing we are doing here in this brief time."
The Reverend Monsignor Thomas L. Dzielak, V.F., Pastor of St. Andrew Parish, Rock Falls, Illinois, to retire with the permission of The Most Reverend Bishop, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend William R. Antillon to be Pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, Marengo, Illinois, effective Monday, June 20, 2016.
The Reverend Kevin M. Butler to be Pastor of St. John the Baptist Parish, Somonauk, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
The Reverend Gerard A. Christianson to be Pastor of St. Paul the Apostle Parish, Sandwich, Illinois, effective Tuesday, May 10, 2016.
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