Honoring St. Joseph
St. Anthony of Padua Parish, Rockford, again hosted hundreds of people at the annual St. Joseph Altar on the feast of St. Joseph, March 19. From 11:30-3 p.m. that day, visitors first viewed the room-length altar filled with decorated breads and sweets and then enjoyed a meatless meal of pasta, frosha (vegetable omelets) and pastries.
Sports Plus Faith Equals Excellence
Sister Miriam James Heidland and Father Chase Hilgenbrinck were the keynote speakers at the final talk during the Here I Am Lord weekend at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. Both spoke of the quest for excellence and growth that can come through sports. They also witnessed the value of their Catholic faith in giving them even greater peace and joy.
See the March 17 issue of The Observer for more on this first of what is planned to be several IMPACT talks and events.
'Boy Bishop' Tradition Brought to Geneva
The medieval tradition of a Boy Bishop was begun at St. Peter Church in Geneva on the Feast of the Chair of St. Peter this year. Its purposes include reminding people that the Church is apostolic, encouraging them to pray for the diocesan bishop, and to show that bishops and priests come from parish families. As seen here, kids from the parish were inspired by a "bishop" just their size!
More in the March 3 edition of The Observer.
Fast and Abstinence Regulations for Lent
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are obligatory days of fasting and abstinence for Catholics. In addition, Fridays during Lent are obligatory days of abstinence.
Catholics age 18 to age 59 are obliged to observe the fast. When fasting, a person is permitted to eat one full meal, as well as two smaller meals that together are not equal to a full meal.
The norms concerning abstinence from meat are binding upon members of the Catholic Church from age 14 onwards.
Bishop David Malloy has issued a dispensation for the Feast of St. Patrick on March 17: English | Spanish
Aurora High School Enters New Campaign Phase
Aurora Central Catholic High School has begun a second phase of fundraising to expand the school facility to meet its growing population and educational needs. "Public phase" materials were distributed
at parishes the first weekend of February.
More on this new effort in the Feb. 17 issue of The Observer.
St. Blaise Celebrated at Catholic Schools
On Friday of Catholic Schools Week 2017, the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, was celebrated at some of the Catholic schools of the diocese. Known as a saintly healer, student throats were blessed in Sterling and other communities.
Photos and an article on this event are coming Friday in this week's Observer.
March for Life Send-Off Mass
Students from St. Rita School and Boylan Central Catholic High School attended a March for Life Send-Off Mass in Boylan's chapel the afternoon of Jan. 25 before heading to Washington D.C. A second send-off Mass, also celebrated by Bishop David Malloy and a handful of priests from the diocese, was held at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles that evening (pictured).
Those attending the evening Mass filled two buses for a trip to the March organized by the diocesen Life and Family Evangelization Office. They came from parishes and school in Richmond, Crystal Lake, Aurora, Dixon, Sterling, DeKalb and McHenry. The bishop will join the marches in Washington D.C. for the vigil Mass on Jan. 26 and at the march itself on Jan. 27.
Bishop Blesses New Police Station
Bishop David Malloy traveled the new District Two Police Station in Rockford, blessing it from top to bottom during a ribbon cutting and open house on Jan. 25. The former Turner School, built in 1898, was most recently used as an abortuary. Following years of protests and prayer, it was closed by the State in 2011 for numerous health code violations.
Members of the community toured the structure, some pausing to thank the bishop for his words of blessing. He is pictured here with his bottle of holy water outside of the station's Chaplain's Office, which he called a very important place.
Your Help is Needed
Bishop David Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese would appreciate your help in contacting our state legislators to prevent public money from funding abortion.
Please write and pray.
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National Day of Prayer for Peace
As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny.
In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.
Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18.
Prayer Card (English) | Prayer Card (Spanish)
Letter to Priests (English) | Letter to Priests (Spanish)
Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
Click here to read the full press release (Español)
Click here to read Bishop Malloy's homily from Bishop Doran's funeral
Click here to watch the video from Bishop Doran's funeral