Update on the Status of Mass Attendance and non-sacramental gatherings in Region I of Illinois
Date: October 1, 2020
Bishop David Malloy issued a letter to all parish priests and administrators today updating them on the current status of parish operations in light of Governor JB Pritzker’s new directives in regard to the ongoing mitigation of the COVID-19 virus.
The directives apply only to the nine counties of the Rockford Diocese included in Region I of the Restore Illinois plan. McHenry and Kane Counties are not affected.
Catholic faithful are reminded that the following guidelines are still in effect for all Catholics.
• All vulnerable individuals with underlying health conditions, compromised immune systems, those aged 65 and older and anyone feeling sick are asked to please stay home and those individuals may watch Masses on television or online and make a spiritual communion.
• A dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass has been granted and still in effect during this pandemic until further notice. However, it is suggested that Catholics unable to publicly participate in Mass should do so through broadcast or online Masses and make a sincere spiritual communion.
• All those attending Mass must adhere to the requirements of social distancing, wearing of masks and proper sanitation before and after Mass.
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** STATEMENT UPDATED AS OF 8:00 AM, 4/9/2020 **
Bishop Malloy has issued a new statement extending dispensation past Easter.Bishop Malloy's Dispensation Statement
Spanish Dispensation Statement
** STATEMENT UPDATED AS OF 1:00 PM, 3/26/2020 **
Bishop Malloy issues new statment regarding indulgences.
Bishop Malloy's Indulgence Statement
** STATEMENT UPDATED AS OF 2:30 PM, 3/20/2020 **
Bishop Malloy issues new directives to priests for Churches, Holy Week and Easter
Bishop David J. Malloy today issued new directives to priests and pastors of the 104 parishes in the 11-county Diocese of Rockford. In an effort to cooperate with the ever-changing guidelines being issued by local state and national health and government authorities in regard to the coronavirus pandemic, Bishop Malloy is instructing his priests on compliance measures in regard to the celebration of the sacraments and other gatherings including all services planned for Holy Week and Easter. These directives may be changed at any time as new direction is received.
Bishop Malloy's Letter
Clarification Regarding the Former Chancery
Date: December 21, 2018
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The Diocese of Rockford Response to Attorney General of Illinois Report
Date: December 21, 2018
Statement in Response to the Illinois Attorney General
The Full Report From the Illinois Attorney General
Statement Regarding Potential Inquiry from the Illinois Attorney General's Office
Date: August 24, 2018
The Diocese of Rockford has learned through a press release that Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to conduct an inquiry of the Catholic dioceses in Illinois. We look forward to discussing with the Attorney General’s office the Diocese’s sexual abuse policies and procedures.
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In Memoriam: Reverend Edward R. Hughes
Date: June 3, 2017
The Chancery received word Saturday morning, June 3, 2017, that Reverend Edward R. Hughes, died at Heritage House, Mendota, Illinois. Father was born on January 19, 1934, in Chicago, Illinois, to Edward J. and Irene (Rowland) Hughes.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, June 7, 2017 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Sublette, IL at 11:00AM. Visitation will be from 4PM-7:00PM Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at the church with rosary at 7:00PM and visitation from 10:00AM-10:45AM at the church prior to the Mass. Interment will be at the parish cemetery. Arrangements are being made by Mihm-Jones Funeral Home, 303 E. Main Street, Amboy, IL.
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Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
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In Memoriam: Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL
Date: August 15, 2016
The Chancery received word Monday, August 15, 2016, that Reverend Monsignor William J. Clausen, STL, died this morning at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Monsignor was born on June 25, 1936, in Freeport, Illinois, to John Thomas and Cecilia Margaret Pettit Clausen.
Monsignor Clausen was ordained to the priesthood on June 2, 1962 by Most Reverend Loras Lane. He attended St. Thomas Catholic High School, Rockford (1950-52), and Sacred Heart, Geneva, Illinois (1953-55). He then attended college at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hales Corners, Wisconsin (1954-55) and St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois (1955-58), and seminary at St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein (1958-62). Monsignor was first assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish, Harvard, Illinois (1962-64); St. Mary Parish, Pecatonica,Illinois (1964-65); St. Joseph Parish, Elgin, Illinois (1965-69); St. Anne Parish, Dixon, Illinois(1969-71), St. Patrick Parish, Rochelle, Illinois (1971-1974).
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