Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
January 20, 2018
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary Church
January 21, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 23, 2018
Amboy - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Patrick, Amboy; St. Mary, Walton; and St. Flannen, Harmon in St. Patrick Church
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January 24, 2018
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church
January 26, 2018
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Respect Life Banquet at Holy Family Church
January 27, 2018
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
January 27, 2018
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., OSF St. Anthony Medical Center’s Pink Ball at Giovanni’s Restaurant
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Patrick Church
January 28, 2018
Rockford - 5:00 p.m., Rockford DCCW Catholic Women of the Year Banquet at Giovanni’s Restaurant
January 30, 2018
Sandwich - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Paul the Apostle Church
February 1, 2018
Woodstock - 10:00 a.m., All County School Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School
February 2, 2018
Sterling - 10:00 a.m., Mass for Sterling Deanery Schools at Newman Central Catholic High School
February 3, 2018
Belvidere - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. James Church
February 4, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
February 4, 2018
Harvard - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Joseph Church
February 5-7, 2018
Fontana, WI - Winter Clergy Conference for Diocesan Priests at the Abbey
Upcoming Events

Chili/Vegetable Soup Supper

January 20 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Mass, dinner and talk

January 20 @ 5:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Caritas Scholarship Ball

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 11:30 pm

Knight of Wine and Beer Tasting

January 20 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

“One Acts”

January 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
XV Ordinary General Assembly of Bishops
Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment


Date: February 23, 2017

The Rockford Diocese received formal notice that Pope Francis will convoke the XV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops in October 2018. The topic for this synod will be: “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” To assist the Holy See and the bishops in their discussions for this synod, a preparatory Document for the Synod has been released to all episcopal conferences, the synods of the Eastern Catholic Churches sui iuris, the Union of Superiors General and Decasteries of the Roman Curia. The Holy See asks that information on this synod be shared as widely as possible so that all those Catholics, especially young people, who wish to do so in the Diocese of Rockford and around the world may have an opportunity to provide input.

To assist the universal church in that effort, Bishop David J. Malloy has circulated the Preparatory Document for this Synod to the Deans and priests throughout the diocese and to the Diocesan Pastoral Council for response. The responses from dioceses will be gathered by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops to be passed on to the General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops assembled by the Holy See.

For those Catholics wishing to submit responses please read very carefully the body of the Preparatory Document found in the links provided below. This context will help prepare you to address the series of questions and aid you in framing a response. When answering these questions please keep in mind that “young people” are defined as those 16-29 years of age.

To those wishing to provide input, we offer the following suggestions.
1. First, read just the body of the Preparatory Document (follow link in English or Spanish).
2. Then note your initial responses.
3. Next, review the questions. There are 21 questions, under 4 sub headings or categories.
4. You are invited to respond to any or all questions. You may wish to focus on one or more of the subsections. Treat the questions as a guide. We suggest you focus on either an area of particular interest, experience or expertise.
5. On the topic(s) you choose to address, prepare a brief response of roughly one or two paragraphs each.
6. To submit your responses you must include all the information below along with your responses. Due to the time needed by the Holy See to assemble this material, your responses must be received in writing, signed and received NO LATER THAN JUNE 2, 2017.

RESPONSES MUST INCLUDE
• Your name and complete address.
• Your parish name and the city of your parish.
• Your role if you are making a submission on behalf of a group or parish
• Your signature

Mail your responses to:
THE DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD
P.O. BOX 7044
ROCKFORD, IL 61125
ATTN: SYNOD RESPONSES

Thank you for your consideration in taking part in this important synodal process and assisting in the Holy Father's request through this work.