Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
March 23, 2019
Carpentersville - Confirmation at St. Monica Church – 9:30 and 11:30 a.m.
March 24, 2019
Huntley - Confirmation at St. Mary, Huntley – 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
March 24, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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March 25, 2019
Sugar Grove - 11:30 a.m., Groundbreaking for new parish rectory at St. Katharine Drexel Church
March 28, 2019
Chicago - 12:00 p.m., Provincial Meeting at the Archdiocese of Chicago
March 29, 2019
Chicago - 10:00 a.m., Board Meeting of the Catholic Conference of Illinois at the Archdiocese of Chicago
March 31, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 1, 2019
Elgin - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
April 2, 2019
Pecatonica - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
April 4, 2019
Algonquin - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Margaret Mary Church
April 6, 2019
Crystal Lake - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Thomas the Apostle Church
April 7, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 7, 2019
Loves Park - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Bridget Church
April 9, 2019
Hampshire - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Charles Borromeo Church
April 11, 2019
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Mass with Aurora Deanery 8th Grade Students at Aurora Central Catholic High School
April 14, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Palm Sunday Mass at the Cathedral
April 14, 2019
DeKalb - 9:00 p.m., Palm Sunday Mass at Christ the Teacher University Parish
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March 24

Sinsinawa Art Gallery

March 24 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Parish Mission

March 24 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

Super Raffle

March 25
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Rev. David J. Reese
Rev. David J. Reese
Pastor

St. Michael, Galena
Freeport Deanery

Rev. David J. Reese, Pastor

Deacon Theodore Kocol
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.