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October 1, 2014
Apple River - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation as Pastor of Fr. Andrew Skrobutt of St. Joseph, Lena; St. Ann, Warren; and St. Joseph, Apple River
October 4, 2014
Rockford - 11:30 a.m., Talk to the Secular Discalced Carmelite Community of the Rockford Diocese at St. Rita Parish
October 4, 2014
Rockford - 4:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church
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Annual Fay's BBQ fundraiser
October 1, 2014 - 4:30pm (Aurora)
Benefit banquet
October 2, 2014 - 6:00pm (Bartlett)
Shepherd's gifts
October 4, 2014 - 9:00am (Freeport)
WWME fall dance
October 4, 2014 - TBA (Waukesha, Wis.)
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Annual Life Chains Scheduled October 5 in Rockford Diocese

Date: September 29, 2014

The annual Life Chain is an hour long peaceful and prayerful public witness and a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

The Life Chain event is in solidarity with more than 1,200 Life Chains across the United States and Canada.

Click Here for a listing of the Life Chains in the Rockford Diocese

Click Here for the full Observer Story


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Bishop Malloy Ordains Record Number of Permanent Deacons

Date: September 27, 2014

On Sept. 27, the largest class ever of permanent deacons (21) in the Diocese of Rockford was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Their ordination brings diocesan totals to 172 (including some who are retired or on a leave of absence), and 152 of those deacons are active.
Previously the largest class was 18 men (both in 1978 and 2001). Seventeen men are in formation for ordination to the diaconate in 2016, and 16 are in studies as the class of 2018.

Pictured is newly-ordained Deacon Reynaldo "Jovie" Reyes Jr. receiving a congratulatory hug after the Mass.

Press Release on the Diaconate Ordination

Quick Facts about Permanent Deacons
Pope Names Bishop Blase Cupich as Archbishop of Chicago

Pope Francis has named Bishop Blase Joseph Cupich (pronounced Soo-Pitch) of the Spokane Diocese as Archbishop of Chicago, succeeding Cardinal Francis Eugene George, OMI.

The appointment was publicized in Washington, September 20, by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, apostolic nuncio to the United States.

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Click Here Bishop Malloy's Statement on the Appointment of Bishop Cupich

Click Here for Archbishop-Designate Cupich's Biography


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LaPromesse Annual Luncheon

Date: September 17, 2014

New this year at the LaPromesse luncheon on September 17, at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford, was a 'basket raffle' of 11 different, grouped prizes such as 'Never Cook Again' with restaurant gift certificates, monthly pies for a year, housecleaning services and the like.

The annual event raises funds for the many service projects done by Catholic Women's League each year. In his blessing, Bishop David Malloy called it "impressive" to see such a "sea of faces" and experience such enthusiasm, adding that "being there ... supporting each other ... is so much a part of the faith."

Read more in the Sept. 26 issue of The Observer.

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Deacon Information Days

Date: September 13, 2014

Father Ken Wasilewski, director of the Office of the Permanent Diaconate, spoke on Sept. 13 with 10 men and a handful of wives at the first of three Deacon Information Days for men who are interested in exploring a vocation to the permanent diaconate.

Those who were inquiring came from Woodstock, Genoa, East Dubuque, Crystal Lake, Spring Grove, Belvidere, Rockford, St. Charles and Batavia.

The remaining dates of these informational sessions are: Oct. 25 and Nov. 22, both at 10 a.m. at the Diocesan Administration Center, 555 Coleman Center Drive, Rockford. No registration is necessary; just come and learn more about what it means to be a permanent deacon.

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Haitian Fundraisers Draw Crowds in Rockford

Date: September 8, 2014

Two fundraisers held Sept. 6 in Rockford drew crowds on opposite sides of town. "A Night in the Tropics" at Giovanni's on Bell School Road featured a silent auction (pictured) to the rhythms of a steel drum. Four parishes and pastors were honored with Ambassadors for the Poor awards from Hope for Haiti after dinner. Haitian speaker Delane Baily-Herd thanked the audience for their generous donations to Haitian improvement.

At the same time, at Boylan Central Catholic High School, the Big Event also drew a generous crowd for Mass, a shared supper and presentation of the annual Louverturian Award. Louverture Cleary School in Port au Prince, Haiti, benefited from funds raised there.

Look for more information Sept. 12 in The Observer.

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St. Wendelin Parish's Blue Mass - September 11th

Date: September 3, 2014

St. Wendelin Parish's Blue Mass on Sept. 11 promises to be even bigger and better this year, and everyone is welcome to any or all of the events.

The day will begin with a 10 a.m. flag raising over Main Street (Hwy. 72) in Shannon. At 12:30 p.m., a 9/11 commemorative float coming from Milwaukee will be met north of Freeport near Hwy. 26 and Bypass 20. The float will be escorted along Hwy. 26 through Freeport south to Hwy. 72 to Shannon. The float will be on display all afternoon outside of the parish on Linn Street a block south of Main Street. The float visit is sponsored, in part, by the St. Wendelin Parish Knights of Columbus Council 12841. The 6:30 p.m. procession with first responders and the float will go from St. Wendelin Parish along Main Street to the fire station. Boy and Girl Scouts plan to provide a Flag Alley.

The Blue Mass will begin at 7 p.m. at the fire station. The Blue Mass honors and prays for first responders, welcoming Catholics and others alike. All are welcome to come and remember the first responders lost on Sept. 11, and to thank and pray for first responders from Illinois and neighboring states.

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St. Katharine Drexel Mosaic Dedicated

Date: September 2, 2014

Sister Pat Downs, SBS, director of the National Shrine of St. Katharine Drexel in Bensalem, Pennsylvania, greets artist Gianfranco Tassara and his wife outside St. Katharine Drexel Church in Sugar Grove on Aug. 31. Gary Scott, right, and other associates of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament also attended the dedication of a mosaic of St. Katharine Drexel (far right), designed by Tassara. Before the blessing, Bishop David Malloy encouraged parishioners in his homily to call on their parish patron for help and to learn about her life.

See more about this event in the Sept. 5 Observer.

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All Over the Diocese People are Helping Haiti

Date: August 20, 2014

Parishes and schools often pick special mission projects to focus on. In the Diocese of Rockford, many have opted to help in Haiti. Two of the best known and best supported groups in the diocese are Hope for Haitians and The Haitian Project. Each is planning a Sept. 6 fundraiser in Rockford. "A Night in the Tropics" with Hope for Haitians helps provide better housing and more, while the "Big Get-Together" with The Haitian Project supports Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince. There's plenty of need for everyone to help Haiti.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.

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2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"

"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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