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Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
September 19, 2014
Milwaukee - 6:30 p.m., Mass for Project Rachel at St. Margaret Mary Church
September 20, 2014
McHenry - 5:00 p.m., 25th Anniversary Mass for Church of Holy Apostles
September 21, 2014
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
Protecting God's Children
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La Promesse 2014 -- "Musi...
September 17, 2014 - 11:00am (Rockford)
5B's BBQ drive-thru
September 17, 2014 - 4:30pm (Somonauk)
Women's Bible Study
September 19, 2014 - 9:15am (Saint Charles)
Christ Our Life Regional Catho...
September 20, 2014 - TBA (Des Moines, Iowa)
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LaPromesse Annual Luncheon

Date: September 17, 2014

New this year at the LaPromesse luncheon on September 17, at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford, was a 'basket raffle' of 11 different, grouped prizes such as 'Never Cook Again' with restaurant gift certificates, monthly pies for a year, housecleaning services and the like.

The annual event raises funds for the many service projects done by Catholic Women's League each year. In his blessing, Bishop David Malloy called it "impressive" to see such a "sea of faces" and experience such enthusiasm, adding that "being there ... supporting each other ... is so much a part of the faith."

Read more in the Sept. 26 issue of The Observer.
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Deacon Information Days

Date: September 13, 2014

Father Ken Wasilewski, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, spoke on Sept. 13 with 10 men and a handful of wives at the first of three Deacon Information Days for men who are interested in exploring a vocation to the permanent diaconate.

Those who were inquiring came from Woodstock, Genoa, East Dubuque, Crystal Lake, Spring Grove, Belvidere, Rockford, St. Charles and Batavia.

The remaining dates of these informational sessions are: Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, both at 10 a.m. at the Diocesan Administration Center, 555 Coleman Center Drive, Rockford. No registration is necessary; just come and learn more about what it means to be a permanent deacon.
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Haitian Fundraisers Draw Crowds in Rockford

Date: September 8, 2014

Two fundraisers held Sept. 6 in Rockford drew crowds on opposite sides of town. "A Night in the Tropics" at Giovanni's on Bell School Road featured a silent auction (pictured) to the rhythms of a steel drum. Four parishes and pastors were honored with Ambassadors for the Poor awards from Hope for Haiti after dinner. Haitian speaker Delane Baily-Herd thanked the audience for their generous donations to Haitian improvement.

At the same time, at Boylan Central Catholic High School, the Big Event also drew a generous crowd for Mass, a shared supper and presentation of the annual Louverturian Award. Louverture Cleary School in Port au Prince, Haiti, benefited from funds raised there.

Look for more information Sept. 12 in The Observer.
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St. Wendelin Parish's Blue Mass - September 11th

Date: September 3, 2014

St. Wendelin Parish's Blue Mass on Sept. 11 promises to be even bigger and better this year, and everyone is welcome to any or all of the events.

The day will begin with a 10 a.m. flag raising over Main Street (Hwy. 72) in Shannon. At 12:30 p.m., a 9/11 commemorative float coming from Milwaukee will be met north of Freeport near Hwy. 26 and Bypass 20. The float will be escorted along Hwy. 26 through Freeport south to Hwy. 72 to Shannon. The float will be on display all afternoon outside of the parish on Linn Street a block south of Main Street. The float visit is sponsored, in part, by the St. Wendelin Parish Knights of Columbus Council 12841. The 6:30 p.m. procession with first responders and the float will go from St. Wendelin Parish along Main Street to the fire station. Boy and Girl Scouts plan to provide a Flag Alley.

The Blue Mass will begin at 7 p.m. at the fire station. The Blue Mass honors and prays for first responders, welcoming Catholics and others alike. All are welcome to come and remember the first responders lost on Sept. 11, and to thank and pray for first responders from Illinois and neighboring states.
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St. Katharine Drexel Mosaic Dedicated

Date: September 2, 2014

Sister Pat Downs, SBS, director of the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, greets artist Gianfranco Tassara and his wife outside St. Katharine Drexel Church in Sugar Grove on Aug. 31. Gary Scott, right, and other associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament also attended the dedication of a mosaic of St. Katharine Drexel (far right), designed by Tassara. Before the blessing, Bishop David Malloy encouraged parishioners in his homily to call on their parish patron for help and to learn about her life.

See more about this event in the Sept. 5 Observer.
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New Bishop Lane Retreat Center Director

Date: August 27, 2014

Elizabeth "Beth" Kenagy began her new work as director of Bishop Lane Retreat Center in Rockford on Aug. 25. She is a Drake University graduate whose background includes work as a funeral director. Read more about her in the upcoming issue of The Observer, coming Sept. 5.


Click here to visit the Bishop Lane Retreat Center website
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Bishop: Child Safety Crucial

Date: August 24, 2014

Bishop David Malloy asked that a letter regarding the safety of children be read at all Masses the weekend of August 23rd and 24th. In the letter he states, "I take this opportunity to renew publicly the commitment of the Diocese of Rockford, our priests, our staff and especially our schools and educational and youth programs to the safety and well-being of our young people."

Click on the links below to see the full letter in English or Spanish.
Bishop Malloy's Safe Environment Letter - English
Bishop Malloy's Safe Environment Letter - Spanish

USCCB Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People

Click here to read more in the Observer

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All Over the Diocese People are Helping Haiti

Date: August 20, 2014

Parishes and schools often pick special mission projects to focus on. In the Diocese of Rockford, many have opted to help in Haiti. Two of the best known and best supported groups in the diocese are Hope for Haitians and The Haitian Project. Each is planning a Sept. 6 fundraiser in Rockford. "A Night in the Tropics" with Hope for Haitians helps provide better housing and more, while the "Big Get-Together" with The Haitian Project supports Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince. There's plenty of need for everyone to help Haiti.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.
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Cultures Join in Praying the Living Rosary

Date: August 17, 2014

The International Living Rosary celebrated its 25th anniversary at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford, Aug. 17. According to Angie Kelly, event chairperson, it has been held at several different parishes throughout its history, always on a Sunday near the feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The Diocesan Council of Catholic Women sponsors the event, at which speakers of any language are welcome to come to offer prayer in their native tongues. This year languages included Polish, Spanish, Latin, Italian, Filipino, Pangasinan (a Filipino dialect) and English.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.
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En Español
2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"


"I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people."
- Psalm 116:18

We live in God's presence when we give of ourselves to all His people. The Diocesan Appeal helps add power to our gift. By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large.

Click here for more information!
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