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April 21, 2014
Rockford - 10:05 a.m., Radio Program WROK 1440AM
April 23, 2014
Carpentersville - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Monica Church
April 27, 2014
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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April 23, 2014 - 10:30am (Rockford)
Blood Drive
April 24, 2014 - 8:00am (Freeport)
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April 24, 2014 - 6:00pm (Streamwood, IL)
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April 24, 2014 - 6:30pm (Clinton, Iowa)
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Bishop Malloy Welcomes New Members of the Church at Easter Vigil

Date: April 19, 2014
By: Thomas Mark

Presiding over Easter Vigil Mass, Bishop Malloy welcomed the new life of the Church, baptizing 3 and confirming 12 at the Cathedral of St. Peter Saturday night.

The Easter Vigil Mass, held on Holy Saturday evening, is among the Church's most solemn liturgies. One of the most dramatic moments of the evening occurs when the Paschal candle is lit out front of the church and Bishop Malloy shares the light of his candle with the congregation. The entire procession then enters the darkened cathedral, each with a lone candle, illuminating the interior of the cathedral. This symbolic Mass celebrates the darkness of the crucifixion of Jesus and His death on Good Friday, shifting to the joy and light of His resurrection on Easter Sunday.

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Good Friday Liturgies Are Solemn and Prayerful

Date: April 18, 2014
By: Thomas Mark

With the churches stripped of their ornaments, the altars bare and the tabernacles empty, the church is in mourning. Priests from around the diocese directed our focus to the suffering and death of Jesus. A suffering and death which ultimately reconciles us with God.

"God loves us so much, that in Jesus, he showed us the true price of sin...and the greatness of his Love" said Bishop Malloy.

Good Friday serves as a time for the entire Church to turn her attention to the Cross at Calvary and through that, contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord. All of the faithful are given the opportunity to adore Jesus through the veneration of the cross which is an inseparable representation of His sacrifice. "Because of Christ's death, precisely because of the death of Christ, you and I are offered forgiveness."

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Oils Are Blessed, Priests Renew Vows at Diocesan Chrism Mass

Date: April 17, 2014
By: Thomas Mark

As we come to the end of Lent, white-robed priests from across northern Illinois gathered together today at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford to celebrate a special Mass. The Chrism Mass, held every year on Holy Thursday, is one of the only settings in which priests from all over the 11 county Diocese are gathered in one place. It is also a time for them to recommit themselves to the priesthood.

"We are reminding ourselves of the gift of the priesthood, the gift of our priests, and the gift of their presence at our parishes", said Bishop David J. Malloy. "Brothers, you have my prayers...and my humble thanks as well."

During this elaborate Chrism Mass, Bishop Malloy also blessed the three main oils for use in sacraments throughout the diocese. The oil of catechumens, the oil of the infirm and holy chrism will be used for the next year in all baptisms, confirmations, anointing of the sick and ordinations.

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Cathedral of St. Peter Holy Week Mass Schedule
April 13:  Palm Sunday, 7:30 a.m., 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m.
April 17:  Chrism Mass, 11:00 a.m.*     (Live Stream Only via
April 17:  Holy Thursday, Mass of the Lord's Supper, 7:00 p.m.*
April 18:  Good Friday, the Passion of the Lord, 12:00 p.m.*
April 19:  Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil, 7:30 p.m.*
April 20:  Easter Sunday, Mass, 7:30 a.m.*, 9:00 a.m., 11 a.m.

*Bishop David J. Malloy, Celebrant
The Easter Triduum
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The summit of the Liturgical Year is the Easter Triduum - from the evening of Holy Thursday to the evening of Easter Sunday. Though chronologically three days, they are liturgically one day unfolding for us the unity of Christ's Paschal Mystery.

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Blessed is He Who Comes in the Name of the Lord, Hosanna in the Highest

Date: April 14, 2014
By: Thomas Mark

This past Sunday during Palm Sunday Mass, Bishop Malloy reflected on the narrative of Christ's Passion and Death and reminded us that "the joy of the Messiah, the joy of salvation cannot come without the suffering of Christ". Bishop said that while this week begins with a festive procession of welcome and praise of Jesus, it also recalls the mystery of the Lord's death and resurrection of Holy Week.

One of the central points of the Passion of the Lord is to remember that we too are sinners and bear a responsibility like the crowds who chose the criminal Barabas over Jesus. "Who of us cannot, having participated in this reading of the Passion, have some thought and some reflection about our own sinfulness that contributed to this and continues to ratify the very need for Jesus to have gone to the Cross to bring the world back to bring the world to Himself?" Bishop Malloy asked. "Isn't that underscored for us when we read that part and they say he deserves death, let Christ be crucified and we stand with the crowds who called out."

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2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"

Date: April 14, 2014

"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.

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In Memoriam: Thomas E. Brantman

Date: April 11, 2014

The Chancery received word Thursday that Reverend Thomas E. Brantman died in his sleep at St. John the Baptist Rectory, Somonauk, Illinois. Father was born on June 15, 1946, in Waukegan, Illinois, to Robert and Beatrice May Brantman.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at 11:00AM at St. John the Baptist Church, Somonauk, with Most Reverend David J. Malloy as main celebrant. Visitation will be from 4:00-7:00PM on Monday, April 14 at St. John's and from 10-10:45AM Tuesday. Interment will be at a later date. Eighner Funeral Homes, Somonauk, assisting with arrangements.

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Day of Reconciliation helps Freeport-area Catholics 'get right' for Easter

Date: April 10, 2014
Journal Standard
By: Jane Lethlean and Chris Green

FREEPORT — Ted and Norma Stamm went to St. Thomas Aquinas Church to confess their sins and get right with God.

They were among Catholics throughout the Diocese of Rockford who answered Bishop David Malloy's call to return to church for Wednesday's Day of Reconciliation.

Lent kicks into high gear next week, with Palm Sunday and the Triduum: Holy Thursday, Good Friday and the Easter Vigil.

"We came today to prepare for Easter," Norma said. "Confession offers me stability in my faith and, I guess, to be right with the Lord."

"It gives me peace of mind," Ted said. "Confession takes a load off of my shoulders."

That's the same analogy the Rev. Ken Anderson used to teach second-graders about the sacrament while he was serving a parish in DeKalb before he became pastor of St. Thomas Aquinas last year.

He'd fill students' backpacks with rocks to illustrate the heavy weight of sins. Confession, he said, is like emptying those rocks from the backpack, it's "Jesus' way of lifting the weight of one's sins."

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Contrition Confession Satisfaction

Date: March 28, 2014

Whether this is a refresher or an introduction, this film creatively walks through the Sacrament of Reconciliation in a way that will stick with you.

This short film was produced by Outside da Box in collaboration with the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston.
Bless Me, Father: Pope Leads By Example, Goes To Confession

Date: March 28, 2014
Catholic News Service
By: Carol Glatz

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- Leading a penitential liturgy in St. Peter's Basilica, Pope Francis surprised his liturgical adviser by going to confession during the service.

After an examination of conscience March 28, the pope and 61 priests moved into confessionals or to chairs set up against the walls to offer the sacrament to individual penitents.

However, as Msgr. Guido Marini, master of papal liturgical ceremonies, was showing which confessional the pope would be using to hear confessions, the pope pointed to another confessional nearby, indicating that he himself was going to first confess.

The pope, dressed in a simple white alb and purple stole, spent about three minutes kneeling before the priest's open confessional and received absolution. The priest also clasped the pope's hands and kissed his simple silver ring.

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Pope and Obama Discuss Religious Freedom, Life Issues, Immigration

Date: March 27, 2014
Catholic News Service
By: Francis X. Rocca

VATICAN CITY (CNS) -- In their first encounter, Pope Francis received U.S. President Barack Obama at the Vatican March 27 for a discussion that touched on several areas of tension between the Catholic Church and the White House, including religious freedom and medical ethics.

During an unusually long 50-minute meeting, the two leaders discussed "questions of particular relevance for the church in (the U.S.), such as the exercise of the rights to religious freedom, life and conscientious objection as well as the issue of immigration reform," the Vatican said in statement.

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In Memoriam: Rev. Lorenzo Gonzalez

Date: March 17, 2014

The Chancery received word Saturday evening that Reverend Lorenzo Gonzalez died at Sherman Hospital after a battle with cancer. Father was born on September 5, 1973, in San Felipe, Guanajuato, Mexico to Bernardo Gonzalez Longovia and Josefina Hernandez Vargas.

Visitation will be from 4:00-8:00PM on Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at St. Edward Church,3004 11th Street, Rockford, Illinois. Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, March 19,2014, at 11:00AM at St. Edward Church, Rockford. Interment will be at Silao, Guanajuato, Mexico at a later date. Arrangements by Gasparini & Oliveri Funeral Home & Cremation Services.

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Pope Marks Anniversary: "Please pray for me."

Date: March 13, 2014
By: Associated Press

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis marked his one-year anniversary Thursday with a simple tweet: "Please pray for me."

Francis' appeal echoed his gesture on that rainy night one year ago when he came out onto the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica and introduced himself to the world. Rather than impart a blessing on the crowd below, Francis asked first for a "favor," asking the crowd to bless him.

Francis has continued to ask for prayers, ending nearly each appearance with a similar request.

Francis spent his anniversary tucked away on retreat south of Rome with senior Vatican cardinals and monsignors. The Vatican said nothing special was planned, just prayer and meditations.

But in his hometown of Buenos Aires, Argentines were celebrating, particularly the poor who live in the "misery villages" of the capital where the former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio ministered as archbishop. In the Villa 1-11-14 slum, a huge screen was set up for residents to watch an interview Francis gave recently to FM Bajo Flores, a community radio station that broadcasts from the slum.

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