Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 27, 2017
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
April 28, 2017
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., 8th Grade Aurora Catholic Schools Mass at Aurora Central Catholic High School
April 29, 2017
St. Charles - 9:30 a.m., Mass for Totally Yours Evangelization Conference at Pheasant Run Resort and Convention Center
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April 30, 2017
Huntley - 12:30 p.m. and 3:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
May 2, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Jubliee Mass for Diocesan Priests at St. Rita Church
May 2, 2017
Hanover - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. John the Evangelist, Hanover and St. Mary, Elizabeth at St. John Church
May 3, 2017
Woodstock - 6:30 p.m., Mass for Celebration of the Feast of the Holy Cross of Redemption at St. Mary Church
May 4, 2017
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Diocesan Finance Council Meeting at the DAC
May 5, 2017
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph Church, Elgin at St. Patrick Church
May 6, 2017
Sugar Grove - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Katharine of Drexel Church
May 6, 2017
Prophetstown - 6:00 p.m., Mass for 100th Anniversary of Dedication of St. Catherine Parish at St. Catherine Church
May 7, 2017
DeKalb - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
May 8, 2017
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Mass and Dedication of Altar and Altar Stone at St. Patrick Church (Cedar Street church)
May 9, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
May 9, 2017
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
May 10, 2017
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Catholic Women's League Annual Mass for Peace and Installation of Officers at Corpus Christi Monastery
May 10, 2017
Loves Park - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Bridget Church
May 13, 2017
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Mass for the Sacred Order to the Priesthood at the Cathedral
May 14, 2017
Champaign - 10:30 a.m., Graduation Mass for the University of Illinois at St. John Catholic Newman Center
May 16, 2017
St. Charles - 7:00 p.m., Commencement Ceremony for St. Edward Central Catholic High School at St. Patrick Church
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Wed 26

31st Annual Caritas Luncheon

April 26 @ 10:30 am
Rockford
Thu 27

End-of-Life Decision Making Discussion

April 27 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Durand
Sat 29

25-year Jubilee

April 29 @ 4:30 pm - April 30 @ 10:30 am
May 03

Blingo

May 3 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
North Aurora
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.