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February 13, 2016
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February 13, 2016
Rockford - 12:30 p.m., Rite of Election for DeKalb, Rockford, Freeport and Sterling Deaneries at the Cathedral
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World Day of the Sick

On February 11th the Catholic Church observes World Day of the Sick on the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. This day was designated to remember those who are sick and suffering by St. Pope John Paul II in 1992.

Bishop Malloy observed this day by praying for and with the sick and aged and conferring the Sacrament of Anointing at a special Mass at Presence St. Joseph Nursing Home in Freeport. He reminded everyone at the Mass "to remember in a special way, especially in this Year of Mercy, to perform that Corporal Work of Mercy that calls us to visit the sick."

Year of Mercy
Statement from the Diocese of Rockford Regarding the Arrest of Father Alfredo Pedraza

Date: February 11, 2016

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It's Catholic Press Month!

The Observer newspaper celebrated Catholic Press Month by providing its annual breakfast for employees of the Diocesan Administration Building on Thursday, Feb. 4.

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Trivia Night Raises Funds for West Dundee School

A Feb. 6 Trivia Night brought St. Catherine of Siena School parents and guests to an evening filled with a trivia contest, raffles, silent auction, and a table decorating contest. Funds raised will benefit the school.

See more in the Feb. 12 issue of The Observer.
Lent Begins - Wednesday, February 10th

The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Through its twofold theme of repentance and baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the paschal mystery. Catechumens are led to the sacraments of initiation by means of the rite of election, the scrutinies, and catechesis.

The faithful, listening more intently to the word of God and devoting themselves to prayer, are prepared through a spirit of repentance to renew their baptismal promises. (Ceremonial of Bishops, 249).

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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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Fun Week Ahead

Date: January 29, 2016

Best wishes for a wonderful Catholic Schools Week to all our Catholic schools.

See today's issue of The Observer for photos of Catholic school students living their faith, knowledge and service.

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Mass a Prayer for Life After Cancelled Trip

This group of NIU students who had planned to travel with the diocese to the annual March for Life in Washington D.C. joined in at a Jan. 20 Mass at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles, originally to be a send-off for the pilgrims. The Mass, celebrated by Bishop David Malloy, welcomed some those pilgrims, friends and families and several parishioners, including religious education students. The Mass was followed by a pizza dinner and socializing.

More about this event and the March itself in the Jan. 29 issue

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Boylan Dedication

"Do you think dad was watching today?" Lou Bachrodt III speculated just before having his picture taken in front of the new Lou and Irene Bachrodt Center for Health and Fitness at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford. The center was dedicated on Jan. 19 and blessed by Bishop David Malloy. In the late 1950's, Lou and Irene Bachrodt were asked by Bishop Loras T. Lane to chair the campaign to build Boylan. Their family provided a $1 million fund matching challenge for the construction of the newest addition to the school, an 18,100 square foot, two-court practice gymnasium.

See more in the Jan. 29 issue of The Observer.

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Warm Hearts, Cold March

A group from the Newman Center at Northern Illinois University was among those that came from the Rockford Diocese to participate in the March For Life Chicago on a frigid Sunday afternoon, Jan. 17. The rally, which included Archbishop Blase Cupich, was held before the march itself, says Kathy Berkes of the Life and Evangelization Office at the Diocese of Rockford, who attended with her husband. One group that Berkes noticed didn't come this year were the protesters. Some 300 had been anticipated.

More photos coming soon in the next Observer, Jan. 22.
Nine Days for Life

January 16th is the 1st day of #9DaysforLife! Join thousands across the country in prayer:

Courage and EnCourage Being Launched in Diocese

Courage is an international apostolate begun in New York in 1980 that ministers to persons with same-sex attractions. Members support one another in growing in their faith and living in accord with the Catholic Church's teaching. Father Phillip Kaim has been appointed as chaplain for the brand new group in the Diocese of Rockford. If you think Courage is for you, email him at:
The EnCourage apostolate is a support group for parents, family and friends of those with same-sex attraction. If you think EnCourage
might be for you or someone you know, contact its chaplain, Father
Ryan Browning, at

Articles on both programs will be coming soon in The Observer.
Special Emergency Collection to help Flood Victims

In response to a special request from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, Bishop David Malloy is asking the people of the Rockford Diocese to join in a special collection this weekend, Jan. 9-10. The collection will help all those impacted by severe weather and historic flooding throughout the South and Midwestern regions of our country. This special, one-time collection will be taken up at all Masses this weekend in all parishes of the diocese and will be sent to Catholic Charities USA for both immediate and long term needs of those affected by the storms, especially the poor.

Click here to read Bishop Malloy's letter

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Jubilee Year Pilgrimage

Father Joel Lopez, parochial administrator of Christ the King Parish in Wonder Lake, led a group of parishioners on its first Jubilee Year of Pilgrimage Dec. 15. They went to St. John the Baptist Parish in Johnsburg to pass through the McHenry Deanery holy door, and also participated in the sacrament of confession, a holy hour, Mass, rosary and ended the day with a visit to sing Christmas carols for residents at a nearby nursing home facility.

Year of Mercy

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A Day to Listen to God

Bishop David Malloy kicked off the Dec. 27-28 Vocation Retreat with an evening Mass at in the chapel at Bishop Lane Retreat Center. About 20 young men came to spend close to 24 hours in discernment of God's call to them. The first-ever event designed by Father Keith Romke, vocation director, included plenty of time for prayer as well as opportunities to visit with the 10 seminarians who volunteered to spend part of their vacation assisting with the retreat.

More photos and information coming soon in the Jan. 8 issue of The Observer.

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Christmas Mass for Inmates

In what has become an annual tradition, Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass on Christmas morning for inmates at the Winnebago County Jail. About two dozen men and two Catholic correctional guards joined the bishop in an empty cell block to sing Christmas songs and hear the Good News of Jesus' birth.

More photos coming soon in the January 9 Observer.

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Laity 'Missioned' at MSC Mass

Richard Salazar of St. Mary Parish, DeKalb, was among thirteen men and women who read and signed commitment statements on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, Dec. 8, during Mass at the headquarters of the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart in Aurora. These new Lay Missionaries of the Sacred Heart will now discern their initial work of service as missionaries so that "The Sacred Heart of Jesus be loved everywhere!"

See more in The Observer's Dec. 18 edition

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Opening the Holy Doors of Mercy

On Gaudete Sunday, the Third Sunday of Advent, Bishop David Malloy opened the main entrance doors of the Cathedral of St. Peter. This "Door of Mercy" for the Jubilee Year of Mercy was one of eight that were opened in the Diocese of Rockford that day, one in each deanery and a special set of holy doors at the Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery.

Read about these doors, their locations and purpose in the Dec. 18 issue of The Observer, and see also the link to the Jubilee Year of Mercy on the diocesan website.

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40 Days for Life

The kick-off rally for 40 Days for Life was held on Sept. 19 in front of the Planned Parenthood in Aurora, along East New York Street. Speakers included Eric Scheidler, pictured here. See more photos and an article about the rally as experienced by Kathy Berkes, pastoral care coordinator for the diocesan Life and Evangelization Office in the Sept. 25 issue of The Observer. On the same page you will find a list of Life Chains coming Oct. 4 in locations across the Diocese of Rockford.

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