Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
August 18, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
August 18, 2019
Huntley - 2:30 p.m., Silver and Gold Mass at St. Mary Church
August 24, 2019
Wonder Lake - 4:00 p.m., Mass for the 70th Anniversary of Parish Founding at Christ the King Church
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August 25, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
August 25, 2019
Aurora - 4:30 p.m., Aurora Deanery DCCW, Woman of Inspiration Dinner at Pipers Banquets
August 28, 2019
Rockford - 8:00 a.m., Ribbon Cutting and New School Blessing at All Saints Catholic Academy
August 31, 2019
Rockford - 4:00 p.m., Mass and Parish Visit for 100th Anniversary at St. Patrick Church
September 1, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
September 4, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Patrick Church
September 7, 2019
Hampshire - 5:00 p.m., Mass for 90th Anniversary of School Opening at St. Charles Borromeo Church
September 8, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
September 8, 2019
Sterling - 11:30 a.m., Mass and Parish Visit at St. Mary Church
September 10, 2019
Rockford - 11:15 a.m., Presbytery Day at St. Rita Church
Upcoming Events

Summer Picnic

August 18 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Fundraiser for St. Mary SVdP Conference

August 19 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 pm

Mexican Fiesta

August 25 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

Women of Inspiration Dinner

August 25 @ 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Fish Boil

August 30 @ 4:30 pm - 7:00 pm
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Parish Boundaries
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Pastor

St. Michael, Galena
Freeport Deanery

Rev. Howard C. Barch, Pastor

Deacon Jay Achino
Address:
227 S. Bench Street  (Church)
Galena, IL 61036

231 S. Bench Street  (Office)
Galena, IL 61036

Website:
www.CatholicGalena.org

Email:
StMichael-Galena@RockfordDiocese.org

Phone: (815) 777-2053

Mass Times:
Sunday:8:00 a.m.
Tuesday:5:00 p.m.
Thursday:8:00 a.m.
Saturday:5:30 p.m.
Holy Day:See church bulletin or website.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Half hour before Mass
Or by appointment

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Founded:  1832
Built:  1863
Registered Families:  343
Church Capacity:  600
History:
Galena is one of the oldest settlements in Illinois and St. Michael Parish in Galena is the oldest parish in the Diocese of Rockford. Bishop Rosati of St. Louis appointed a pastor there in 1832, five years before the parish was established in the Chicago Diocese. In 1832 Father John McMahon was appointed as the first resident pastor in Galena. With the establishment of a new diocese in 1908, St. Michael became part of the Diocese of Rockford.

The Church of St. Michael was completed in 1842 at a cost of fourteen thousand dollars. In 1856 a fire broke out which destroyed a large section of Galena, including St. Michael Church. The building of the new church was completed in 1863. In 1871 new altars were installed, paintings of the Stations of the Cross were hung and the cathedral glass windows were installed. In 1884 the square towers were finished. Renovations to the interior, including pews, painting, lights and kneelers have continued over the years.

No history of St. Michael Parish would be complete without a mention of St. Mary Parish, Vinegar Hill. This Irish community north of Galena was a regular stop for missionaries in the area prior to the establishment of St. Michael Parish. Mass was regularly celebrated as early as 1824 in the home of John Furlong there.