Along with plenty of socializing, smiles and food, a silent auction, live music and raffles galore rounded out this year’s La Promesse luncheon fundraiser for the Catholic Women’s League.
See more in the Sept. 28 issue of The Observer.
Bishop Malloy on the USCCB Statement
I welcome the statement issued today by The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Administrative Committee announcing that it has moved ahead and taken some definitive steps within its authority to address the issues surrounding policies, reporting of sexual abuse, codes of conduct for bishops and an investigation into the actions of Archbishop Theodore McCarrick.
As the Committee stated in its announcement, ‘This is only a beginning.’ But it is an important first step for us bishops and our church in working to restore justice for those we serve and repair the loss of trust. I support this important work and hope you will join me in prayer for its successful completion.
Click here to read the USCCB Statement
A Holy Spirit Filled Day!
Father Max Striedl, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Huntley, was the first speaker at the Gifts of the Spirit day on Sept. 1 at the parish. He, parochial vicar Father Sean Grismer, and several men and women from charismatic prayer groups at several parishes provided talks at the all-day event, which welcomed 225 people.
See the Sept. 7 edition of The Observer for more about this spirited event!
A letter and invitation to prayer to the
Catholic Faithful from Bishop David J. Malloy
Bishop Malloy has issued a letter in regard to the most recent revelations on sexual abuse in the Catholic Church to all parishes in the diocese and asks for special Masses to be said for victims.
Click here to read his letter: English | Spanish
Statement Regarding Potential Inquiry from the Illinois Attorney General's Office
Date: August 24, 2018
The Diocese of Rockford has learned through a press release that Attorney General Lisa Madigan plans to conduct an inquiry of the Catholic dioceses in Illinois. We look forward to discussing with the Attorney General’s office the Diocese’s sexual abuse policies and procedures.
Click here to read the Diocese's press release
Statement from Bishop David J. Malloy
Our Church is again profoundly shocked by scandal this week. We first learned of allegations of grave sins involving Archbishop Theodore McCarrick earlier this month. Now, through a Grand Jury Report from six dioceses in the State of Pennsylvania, we learn of further grievous crimes and moral failures dating back some 70 years.
Since 2002, the Church in the United States has undertaken rigorous efforts to address the scandal of sexual abuse, particularly as it relates to minors. Since my consecration as Bishop of Rockford in 2012, I have written and spoken a number of times to detail those efforts. I have also taken the opportunity to apologize to the victims of sexual abuse within the Church.
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's full statement
Declaración del obispo David J. Malloy
Click to read the statement from Cardinal DiNardo, USCCB President
St. Rita, Boylan Grad Ordained
Canon Peter Heidenreich was ordained as a priest of the Institute of Christ the King – Sovereign Priest on Aug. 2 by Cardinal Raymond Leo Burke in St. Louis. He celebrated his first Mass at St. Mary Oratory on Saturday, Aug 4. Canon Heidenreich is a 1998 Boylan Central Catholic High School graduate and a graduate of St. Rita School in Rockford.
Find more in the Aug. 10 issue of The Observer.
Seminarians Build Fellowship, Faith at Retreat
Seminarians of the Diocese of Rockford gathered at Bishop Lane Retreat Center at the end of July for a retreat featuring speaker Father Brett Brannen of the Diocese of Savannah who is the author of a book about the priesthood, “To Save a Thousand Souls.” Bishop David Malloy celebrated the retreat’s closing Mass and visited with the seminarians for a few minutes afterwards.
Look for more in a special Vocations section in the Aug. 17 Observer.
The Ribbon is Cut!
Bishop David Malloy joined parishioners and clergy at St. James Parish in Rockford for their 165th anniversary celebration on July 22. The event included Mass, blessing of the new engraved bricks entrance to the parish center, and a picnic with awards and games for children and adults.
More to come in the July 27 issue of The Observer.
Reflexiones del Obispo David Malloy acerca de Humanae Vitae