Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 20, 2018
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph, Elgin at St. Patrick Church
April 21, 2018
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. Nicholas Church
April 22, 2018
Huntley - 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
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April 22, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 24, 2018
Spring Grove - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Peter Church
April 26, 2018
Aurora - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Timothy Mulcahey as Pastor at Our Lady of Good Counsel Church
April 28, 2018
Carpentersville - 8:00 a.m., Diocesan "V Encuentro" Workshop at St. Monica Church
April 28, 2018
Batavia - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at Holy Cross Church
April 29, 2018
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
April 29, 2018
Loves Park - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Bridget Church
May 1, 2018
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Jubliee Mass for Diocesan Priests at St. Rita Church
May 1, 2018
McHenry - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at the Church of Holy Apostles
Upcoming Events

Sisters of Providence Associate

April 20 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

“In Pursuit of Silence”

April 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

Drama Persentation

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Drama Presentation

April 20 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sisters of Providence Associate

April 21 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Parish Boundaries
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.