The 30th annual Caritas luncheon was held on April 27 at Giovanni's restaurant in Rockford. It welcomes a record crowd of some 380 people who enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, music by Carl and Diana Cole and a fashion show with clothing by Chico's. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Auxiliary, and all funds raised support children's programs and activities at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. Pictured is Catholic Charities' director, Patrick Winn, visiting with some of the participants.
An Enthusiastic Evangelizing Effort
Lori and Mike Pacer began their married life in typical fashion, but later God called them to new and different things. They now are the founders and directors of Evangelize All Ministries, which provides a one-day faith boost for people who find it hard to schedule a weekend retreat.
Read more in the April 22 Observer.
Pope Francis releases Amoris Laetitia
(The Joy of Love)
Today, the Holy Father Pope Francis released his Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation titled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).
You can find out more about the document and in background provided by Catholic News Service and in some frequently asked questions at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website USCCB Information
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People near and far came to Rosary High School the evening of March 30 to watch "The Original Image of Divine Mercy," a film about the painting of Jesus completed under the direction of St. Faustina in the 1930s and its journey to its present location in a small chapel in Vilnius, Lithuania. Filmmaker Daniel deSilva spoke at the showing about his work to make the film.
See more in the April 8 issue of The Observer.
Easter in the Year of Mercy
Bishop David Malloy celebrated Easter Sunday Mass for inmates at the Winnebago County Jail. It was the third year he came to the jail for Easter, and he encouraged the men to "think about how much it is that (Jesus) loves us." This year, he also was able to provide communion to two women inmates before leaving the jail. Pictured is Laura Ortiz, chairman of the board for Rockford's jail ministry, who provided music for the Easter Mass.
More coming in the Friday issue of The Observer.
A Bridge of Love and Hope
Catholics in several parishes of the Diocese of Rockford come together to Build a Bridge of Love to Africa with an organization called ImaBridge Africa. Begun in 2008 by Father Godwin Asuquo, now pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McHenry, the organization works through a U.S. board of directors and a Nigeria-based board of directors to provide assistance with health, education, clean water and micro-financing to benefit the poor.
More in the March 18 issue of The Observer.
New Legatus Chapter Chartered
On March 15, the St. Charles Chapter of the international Legatus organization was chartered during a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles. Twenty-three business executives are founding members of the chapter, which also includes their spouses. Members meet monthly to hear a variety of speakers, to network, to support and challenge one another and to grow spiritually. Tom Monahan, founder of Legatus, spoke at the dinner that followed the chartering ceremony.
More in the March 25 issue of The Observer.
St. Joseph School, Harvard to Conclude Elementary Education
HARVARD, Ill.(March 3, 2016)-At a special meeting this evening with parents and parishioners Father Steven Clarke, LC, Parochial Administrator of St. Joseph Parish announced that the parish school would "discontinue elementary educational services" in Pre-Kindergarten through eighth grades effective May 24, 2016.
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Bishop McNabb, Who Shared Many Ties With Rockford Diocese, Died Feb. 26
CHICAGO—Bishop John Conway McNabb, OSA, 90, died Feb. 26, 2016, announced the Midwest Augustinians Province of Our Mother of Good Counsel in Chicago.
Bishop McNabb was one of the last surviving American bishops to attend the Second Vatican Council.
He had several ties to the Rockford Diocese, including living in Rockford in his retirement.
Bishop McNabb devoted decades of his life to founding the Diocese of Chulucanas in northern Peru. That work included initiating a partnership for a mission program with the Rockford Diocese and Bishop Loras T. Lane in 1966.
Bishop Arthur J. O'Neill dedicated priest volunteers to serve in the village of Montero, Peru, in what was, at the time, the Prelature of Chulucanas. The Rockford Diocese helped build the San Antonio de Padua Mission Church there.
The partnership between the Peruvian and Rockford dioceses continues today through the Heart to Heart Program for school supplies sponsored by The Junior Observer and the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women.
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Hospital Chapel Blessed
On Feb. 29, Bishop David Malloy blessed the newly-renovated chapel at OSF St. Anthony Medical Center after celebrating Mass with hospital chaplains Father Pierre Polycarpe, pictured right, and Father Steven Lange, left. The renovations included new floors, refurbished pews, new doors and walls and more.
See the March 4 issue of The Observer for an article and another photo of the event.
Bishop Malloy to Observe World Day of the Sick
Pope Francis has issued his letter for World Day of the Sick which is observed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016. Bishop David Malloy will observe the day in this Year of Mercy with a special Mass and anointing at 9:30 a.m. Presence St. Joseph Center Nursing Home, 659 E. Jefferson St. in Freeport.
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