Diocese of Rockford joins USCCB In National Call-in Day For Dreamers on February 26
The Diocese of Rockford joins with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ President, Vice President, and Migration Chair in encouraging Catholics to join in a National Call-in Day for Dreamers for February 26.
Below is the press release issued by the USCCB regarding this event. All Catholics are encouraged to participate in this call to action and invite their friends and family to do the same.
Bishop David Malloy blesses ashes for use at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14. He gave the Cathedral School children ideas for their Lenten sacrifices in his homily and spoke of the importance of the holy season.
Preparing for Lent
Martha Hutt and Phyllis Stadtmueller of the Catholic Women’s League coordinated this year’s CWL Pre-Lenten Morning of Reflection, held at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Feb. 13. The Mardi Gras themed luncheon followed Mass and a talk on How to Make a Good Lent by Father Stephen St. Jules, rector at the Cathedral. His talk on “the great opportunity of Lent” reminded the around 170 in attendance that Lenten efforts should be individually-decided upon with growing closer to God as the motivation.
Scout Awards Given on Scout Sunday
Deacon Steven Fox smiles after receiving the St. George Emblem at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford on Scout Sunday, Feb. 4. Deacon Fox and Dr. Jeffrey Royce were awarded this high honor after more than 100 Scouts from across the diocese received a variety of religious awards from Scout chaplain, Father Colin Easton. See the Feb. 9 issue of The Observer for more photos and a list of the honorees.
The Brian Knabe family, pictured, was among Catholics honored at the Jan. 19 ecumenical Life Breakfast at Giovanni’s. Also honored, posthumously, were Neal Rylatt (for his work against abortion) and Max Von Arx (for his care of special needs and homeless persons). Both families received the honors on their behalf. See more in the Jan. 26 edition of The Observer.
Monsignor Philip O’Neil
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Monsignor Philip O'Neil who died this afternoon, Jan. 19, at St. Anne Center, Rockford. Msgr.'s funeral Mass will be Wednesday, Jan. 24, 2018 at 11 a.m. at St. Joseph Church in Harvard. Visitation will be Tuesday, Jan. 23 from 4-8 p.m. in the church and Jan. 24 from 10-10:45 a.m. before the Mass.
Former Pastor of St. Anthony of Padua, Rockford Dies at age 80, Funeral set for Jan. 20 in Chicago
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 20, at St. Michael the Archangel Church here for Father Luke Poczworowski, OFM Conv., a former pastor of parishes in Peoria, Wenona, Lostant, Minonk, Rutland, Toluca as well as in Rockford.
Father Luke, who served as provincial of the St. Bonaventure Province of the Conventual Franciscans from 1987 to 1994, died in Chicago on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2018. He was 80.
His body will be received on Friday, Jan. 19, at St. Ita Church, 5500 N. Broadway in Chicago, with visitation from 4 to 8 p.m. A wake service is planned at 8 p.m.
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Marching for Life in the Midwest
The March for Life Chicago took place at the Federal Plaza in downtown Chicago on Jan. 14. Groups attended from several Midwest states and many Illinois cities including a group of close to 40 people from the St. Charles area. Other organized groups traveled in from the Crystal Lake area and Huntley. Read more in The Observer’s Jan. 19 issue.
Visit from Santa with the Help of Many Elves
Refugee families were treated to a Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 16, provided and hosted by youths from St. Bernadette Parish in Rockford. The St. Bernadette youths, including some who are students at Boylan Central Catholic High School, and assisted by a few adult elves, provided a variety of games and activities, sang Christmas songs, served pizza and helped corral everyone once Santa Claus arrived. It was the third year that St. Bernadette young people have provided a Christmas party for refugee families.