It was a beautiful day for the annual Polish Fest at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Rockford on Aug. 21. The event began with 10 a.m. Mass and continued throughout the day with great food, games for young and old, music, dancing, raffles and plenty of visiting. Parishioners handmade some 12,000 pierogis this year – and lines were long for that treat. Also featured were made on-the-spot potato pancakes (pictured), Polish sausages and beer, and a full Polish dinner that was served in the parish community center.
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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Founder's Feast Day Celebrated
Bishop David Malloy blesses the Poor Clare nun after celebrating Mass on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11, at their Corpus Christi Monastery chapel in Rockford. During his homily, the bishop expressed his gratitude for the 100 years of prayers and presence of the nuns in the diocese. As publisher, he presented a check, notes and cards collected from a signature ad published in The Observer on July 8 in honor of the Poor Clares' centennial. The Observer staff framed the signature ad for the nuns.
Fundraising Begins for a Bigger Elgin Church
St. Joseph Parish in Elgin has received permission to begin to raise funds to build a new church – one that will seat some 900 more people than the present church, which has been unable to comfortably seat the estimated nearly 2,000 families attending Masses.
See the July 22 issue of The Observer for more information.
First Call Vocations Retreat Welcomed Several Jeremiah Days 'Graduates"
Parents and siblings of First Call campers joined the young men for the opening Mass on July 17. Several campers were familiar with camp offerings because they had attended Jeremiah Days (for junior high boys) or past First Call camps (for high school/college young men). The camp was the final of the three vocations camp offered each year by the diocesan Department of Vocations.
Prayer for Peace
The National Council of Catholic Women, in the wake of the recent violence across the United States, joins the Knights of Columbus in their call to families and all people of good will to pray a novena -- nine days of prayer – from July 14-22 by praying St. Francis of Assisi's Prayer for Peace. Click on the image on the right to view the prayer.
El Concejo Nacional de Mujeres Católicas, a raíz de la violencia reciente en los Estados Unidos, se ha unido a los Caballeros de Colón en su llamado a las familias y a todas las personas de buena voluntad a hacer una novena, rezando la Oración por la Paz de San Francisco de Asís; del 14 al 22 de julio. Haga clic en la imagen de la derecha para ver la oración.
Vocation Camp Activities
An Obstacle Course proved to be a fun summer camp activity for 28 Jeremiah Days campers on July 11. Team members hula hooped, stacked game pieces, tossed and kicked balls, and, perhaps most challenging, blew up and guided balloons to a target. Outdoor and indoor games were just part of this vocation camp, which also offered prayer times, talks about discerning God's will, and camp activities such as a bonfire and grilled lunch. Jeremiah Days is one of three camps offered each year by the diocesan Vocations Office, also welcoming young women for the June St. Therese Camp and upper grades young men to First Call camp.
Monthly Group Welcomes Youths of the Diocese
The newly-named Stateline Catholic Youth (ScY for short) will welcome Bishop David Malloy to a July 31 gathering at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Freeport. The free monthly evening events are getting bigger all the time with youths coming from parishes near and far. The evening features Mass, dinner and outdoor activities.
Visit www.stthomasfreeport.org/youth for more information.
Celebrating 100 Years in Rockford
The Poor Clare Colettine nuns of Rockford held a Mass on the 100th anniversary of their coming to Rockford. It was a full chapel at the 8 a.m., June 29 Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy and a handful of other priests. Bishop Malloy noted how the first Bishop of Rockford, Peter J. Muldoon, requested the presence of the Poor Clares just a few years after the Diocese of Rockford was established. Bishop Muldoon wanted "a continual beseeching of heaven on behalf of you," Bishop Malloy said. "It began (a presence that has) endured to this very hour." The sisters set up a display of memorabilia in the public accessed hallways and basement area of the monastery and greeted guests in the parlor area.
More on this happy anniversary in the July 8 issue of The Observer.