Diocese Starts Phase 2 for Masses Beginning June 6-7

DIOCESE— Bishop David Malloy issued a letter June 1 to diocesan pastors authorizing them to move to the second phase of reopening for public Mass celebrations beginning with Masses on June 6-7.

The second phase allows for more people at Masses.

However, parishes can only welcome more parishioners if they have completed all the necessary requirements issued in “Back in His Presence” and complete at least one week of Masses with groups of 10. Health and safety guidelines for the gradual reopening listed in “Back in His Presence” were issued in early May so parishes could begin offering Mass to groups of 10 on May 25.

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Statement of U.S. Bishops' President on George Floyd and the Protests in American Cities

Date: May 31, 2020

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB.

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Bishop David J. Malloy to Ordain Boylan Grad, Jack Reichardt to Diocesan Priesthood

ROCKFORD--On Saturday, June 6, at 11 a.m., Bishop David Malloy will ordain Jack Reichardt as a priest to the Rockford Diocese.

The Sacred Rite of Ordination will take place in the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Due to the coronavirus restrictions the ordination will be a closed event for family only.

However, the ordination will be livestreamed on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/user/RockfordDiocese/
And on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page.

Rev. Mr. Jack Reichardt, age 26 is the son of Mark and Debbie Reichardt, Rockford and his home parish is Holy Family. He attended Holy Family School, Boylan Central Catholic High School and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minn. He attended seminary at St. John Vianney College Seminary at St. Thomas University. He studied theology in Rome at the Pontifical North American College and Gregorian University before transferring home to the University of St. Mary of the Lake Seminary in Mundelein where he graduated in May.
Limited Public Masses to Begin May 25

Bishop Malloy Announces Phased Plan to Reopen Churches for Public Mass

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Father John Kraemer

The Chancery received word that Reverend John A. Kraemer died on Friday, May 15 at Adventist La Grange Memorial Hospital in La Grange, Illinois. Father was born on June 13, 1930 in Chicago Heights, Illinois, to Jacob Kraemer and Mary Berg.

Father Kraemer was ordained by the Most Reverend Loras Thomas Lane at St. James Parish in Rockford on May 25, 1957. Father attended St. Procopius Seminary in Lisle, Illinois where he received a BA in 1953. He later attended Northern Illinois University in DeKalb where he received a Master of Arts. Father’s first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at Holy Angels Parish in Aurora (1957-1960). He was then assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Joseph Parish in Freeport (1960-1963); and then as Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles (1963-1966). In 1966 Father was assigned as Parochial Vicar at St. Mary Parish in Aurora. Father was assigned Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Freeport in 1970. He then served as Pastor of St. Mary Parish in Sycamore (1988-1989) and finally as Pastor of St. Paul Parish in Sandwich from 1989-1998 and retired there from active ministry on September 1, 1998.

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A Message of Thanks from Bishop Malloy

As the Stay at Home order to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus in the State of Illinois continues through the month of May, our churches remain closed to public worship but their ministries and the Catholic faith that compels them, goes on and remains strong.

Bishop David Malloy seeks to acknowledge that work as well as send encouragement and thanks to the people in the entire diocese for their patience, prayer and good work.

To do this, Bishop Malloy has released a video message of thanks. This message can be viewed on the diocesan YouTube channel, the Diocese of Rockford website and Facebook page.

The links to Bishop Malloy’s message are also included here in English and Spanish.

You are invited to post this video on your parish and school websites as well as on any and all your social media channels.

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Bishop Malloy to Celebrate Web Masses and Devotions

Bishop David J. Malloy will begin offering Sunday Mass online beginning Sunday, March 22 at 9 a.m. He will continue through the suspension of public Masses in the Rockford Diocese.

Bishop Malloy will also offer a devotion and/or reflection every Wednesday at 12 noon.

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