Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
November 19, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
November 19, 2017
Genoa - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Catherine of Genoa Church
November 21, 2017
Thomson - 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 p.m., Mass at the Thomson Correctional Center
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November 26, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
November 28, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
November 28, 2017
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
November 30, 2017
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Diocesan Finance Council Meeting at the DAC
December 2, 2017
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting at the DAC
December 3, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 7, 2017
Rockford - 6:30 p.m., Advent Dinner of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem at Franchesco’s Restaurant
December 10, 2017
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
December 10, 2017
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. James Church
December 11, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Retirees’ Christmas Luncheon at Giovanni’s Restaurant
December 12, 2017
Sterling - 5:00 p.m., Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe at St. Mary Church
Upcoming Events

myParish App

November 19 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Quilt Exhibit

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Annual Open House for Boylan

November 19 @ 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

The Miracle Worker

November 19 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Annual Fall Festival

November 19 @ 3:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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.
Historic Designation

St. Patrick Church was designated as an historical landmark after the Saturday evening Mass on Sept. 30 by the Landmark Commission of the City of McHenry. The church, built in the 1922-23 time period, is the 19th structure to be so designated. Father Godwin Asuquo and Father James McKitrick pulled the cords to unveil the plaque located outside at the front of the church.
Parish Staff Annual Event

On Sept. 28, the 13th annual Ministry Day was held for pastors and their staffs at St. Mary Parish hall in Huntley. The event focused on “Live It! One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” Keynote speaker, Bishop David Malloy, began the presentations, which after lunch included three “lightning round” presentations on serving Alienated Catholics, Millennials and Multicultures presented by Tara Kaufmann, Father Timothy Piasecki and Matt Schwartz.

More in the Oct. 6 issue of The Observer.

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