St. Patrick Church was designated as an historical landmark after the Saturday evening Mass on Sept. 30 by the Landmark Commission of the City of McHenry. The church, built in the 1922-23 time period, is the 19th structure to be so designated. Father Godwin Asuquo and Father James McKitrick pulled the cords to unveil the plaque located outside at the front of the church.
Parish Staff Annual Event
On Sept. 28, the 13th annual Ministry Day was held for pastors and their staffs at St. Mary Parish hall in Huntley. The event focused on “Live It! One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church.” Keynote speaker, Bishop David Malloy, began the presentations, which after lunch included three “lightning round” presentations on serving Alienated Catholics, Millennials and Multicultures presented by Tara Kaufmann, Father Timothy Piasecki and Matt Schwartz.
More in the Oct. 6 issue of The Observer.
Pope Francis Visits Colombia
For the third time in its 207 years of existence, Colombia received a visit from a pope. In 1968, Colombia was the first Latin-American country to be visted by a pope when Pope Paul VI arrived. Then in 1986 the country welcomed St. John Paul II, and from Sept. 6 to 10, Catholics in Colombia welcomed Pope Francis.
In the days before and after the Pope’s visit, he was the main topic of conversations. TV channels were covering the visit almost 24 hours a day, following him in every step and every detail, and in the radio and written media, pieces were dedicated to the pontiff’s visit.
Click here to read more...
Bishop to Offer Mass for the 100th Anniversary of Fatima
This year marks the 100th anniversary of the apparition of Mary at Fatima to the three young children, Lucia de Jesus Santos and Francisco and Jacinta Marto.
The 100th anniversary falls on Friday, October 13th, the date of Mary’s final appearance and of the famous Miracle of the Sun witnessed by tens of thousands.
Bishop Malloy will offer a Mass to commemorate those events on Thursday, October 12th, at 7 p.m. at St. Peter Cathedral in Rockford. In the course of that Mass Bishop Malloy will renew the consecration of the Diocese of Rockford to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Click Here to Read Bishop Malloy's Letter on the Anniversary Mass in English
Click Here to Read Bishop Malloy's Letter on the Anniversary Mass in Spanish
First Call Camp a Blend of Fun, Faith
The final vocation camp, First Call for grade 10 through college, took place July 23-26. Regular summer camp activities were interspersed through times of prayer and reflection, talks and small group sharing.
See more in the July 28 edition of The Observer.