Bishop Malloy issues update to Holy Cross Parish, Batavia

Bishop David Malloy sent a letter Nov. 23, 2021, to Father Jared Twenty, parochial administrator of Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, updating him and the parishioners there regarding the former pastor, Father James Parker.

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Bishop Malloy issues statement on repeal of parental notification law

Bishop of Rockford, Most Reverend David Malloy issued a statement in reaction to the approval by the Illinois Senate and House of Representatives to repeal the parental notification act in the State of Illinois.

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Oct. 17 Synod Opening
Mass to be livestreamed

Bishop David Malloy will join with bishops around the world in opening the preparation process for the Synod of Bishops during the celebration of holy Mass Sunday, October 17 at 7:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford. The Mass “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission,” will be livestreamed on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page.

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Father Anthony Pantyra

ROCKFORD--Rev. Anthony F. Pantyra, died early Sunday morning, Sept. 26, 2021 at his home in Rockford.

Father was born on Dec. 3, 1951 in Dabrowa, Tarnow, Poland to Jozef and Joanna Pantyra. Father Pantyra attended the Pontifical Theological Institute, Krakow, Poland (1972-1978) where he received a Master’s Degree. Father went on to further his studies at the Catholic Theological Academy, Warsaw, Poland (1985) where he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL).

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Rev. John T. Heraty, S.T.L.

The Chancery received word that Reverend John T. Heraty died on September 24, 2021 at Friendship Village of Schaumburg, where he was a resident.

Father was born on June 23, 1939 in Chicago, IL, to Peter and Catherine Heraty. Father Heraty attended St. Maur Seminary, South Union, KY (1963-1967). He then attended The Catholic University of America, Washington, DC (1969) where he received his Licentiate of Sacred Theology (STL). Father went on to further his studies at Loyola University, Chicago, IL (1973) where he received a Master’s Degree in Guidance & Counseling. He later attended DePaul University, Chicago, IL (1976) and received a Master’s Degree in Sociology.

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Living the Truth of Our Creation

The Diocese of Rockford issued a new document of guiding principles on human sexuality titled “Living the Truth of Our Creation.” This document was released in English and Spanish to all priests and parishes Aug. 6.
Diocese to welcome three new priests

On Saturday, June 5, at 11 a.m., Bishop David Malloy will ordain three men to the holy order of priesthood for the Diocese of Rockford.

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Rest in Peace
Deacon Robert Plazewski

ELGIN—Deacon Robert E. Plazewski, 83, of Elgin, Illinois, died on Saturday May 15, 2021, with his family around him.

He was born on March 19, 1938, to Helen (Grogan) and Edward Plazewski in Chicago.

After his discharge from the U.S. Air Force Veteran, he married his wife, Mary Jane, in 1964. They raised three children.

Deacon Plazewski was a life-long public servant, and retired owner of a delivery service.

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Back in His Presence Update

Bishop David Malloy tells priests in a new letter that “Registration is no longer required for Mass attendance."

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State of Illinois Moves to Bridge Phase:
Back in His Presence Guidelines updated

As the State of Illinois moves into the Bridge Phase of its COVID-19 mitigation recommendations, the Diocese of Rockford has updated its guidance for parishes, schools and related activities.
See the new May 13, 2021 updates here.

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