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 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.