Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 21, 2024
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 21, 2024
SYCAMORE - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation, St. Mary Church
April 23, 2024
ROCKFORD - 11:00 a.m., Jubilarian Mass, St. Rita Church
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April 23, 2024
AURORA - 6:00 p.m., Mass and Blessing of Tabernacle, St. Therese of Jesus Church
April 24, 2024
WARREN - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Ann-Warren, St. Joseph-Lena, and St. Mary-Elizabeth, at St. Ann Church
April 27, 2024
CRYSTAL LAKE - 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. (two ceremonies), Confirmation, St. Thomas the Apostle Church
April 28, 2024
WOODSTOCK - 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (two ceremonies), Confirmation, St. Mary Church
April 28, 2024
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
April 29, 2024
ELBURN - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Gall-Elburn, St. Mary-Maple Park, and SS. Peter and Paul-Virgil, at St. Gall Church
May 4, 2024
ELGIN - 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. (three ceremonies), St. Joseph Church
May 5, 2024
ROCKFORD - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
May 5, 2024
ST. CHARLES - 2:00 p.m., Confirmation, St. John Neumann Church
May 7, 2024
LOVES PARK - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation, St. Bridget Church

Rest in Peace
Deacon Richard Gerdeman


Please pray for the repose of the soul of Deacon Richard Gerdeman 81, who died April 4, 2024. Arrangements are being provided by Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory. Funeral Mass will be celebrated on April 12, at 11:00 am at St. Bernadette Catholic Church, Rockford with burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery., Winnebago.

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Bishop Malloy offers prayers for victims and end to violence

Date: March 27, 2024

ROCKFORD-- Bishop David J. Malloy today issued the following statement in response to reports of acts of stabbing violence in the last two days in the City of Rockford.

"I was shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the senseless stabbings in the last two days resulting in the loss of precious lives."

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Rev. Donald E. Donahugh

Pray for the repose of the soul of retired Father Donahugh. May he rest in eternal peace.

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Lent Helps Us Know the Fullness of
Ourselves in the Light of Jesus


By Most Rev. David Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
(This column will appear in the Feb. 16 issue of The Observer Catholic Newspaper)


We have now begun the season of Lent. It is a period of necessary reflection and action to strengthen our discipleship with Jesus.
Discipleship with Jesus is not simply an empty phrase. It gets to the heart of our calling and our baptism. As Christians and Catholics, we have been personally called by Jesus. Our calling is to be like Him, to follow Him, to imitate Him, to suffer and then rise with Him, and ultimately to be with Him forever.

Jesus has reminded us, however, that to be worthy of the promise, we must put our calling into practice. In our society which is characterized by the emphasis on comfort, individualism and materialism, we are tempted either to put God aside completely, or reduce our relationship with Him to a thought exercise or a mere good intention that does not interrupt or inconvenience our lives.

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Rest in Peace
Monsignor William Schwartz


The Chancery received word that Reverend Monsignor William H. Schwartz, P.A., S.T.L., 80, of Williams Bay, WI., died on Wednesday, January 31, 2024, while under hospice care in Oregon, IL.

Monsignor was born on May 18, 1943, in Aurora, IL, to Harry and Eula Mable (Satterlee) Schwartz. Monsignor attended and graduated high school from Marmion Military Academy (1957-1961). He then attended Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa (1961-1965) where he received a BA in History. He then attended The Pontifical North American College, Rome, Italy (1965-1969) where he received a Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (S.T.B.) and a Licentiate in Sacred Theology (S.T.L.).

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Father Jonathan P. Bakkelund, S.T.L.

BATAVIA--Reverend Jonathan P. Bakkelund died on Thursday, January 25, 2024, while under hospice care in Batavia. He was 39 years old.

Father was born on April 5, 1984, in Rockford, IL, to Gary D. Bakkelund and Pamela L. May. Father attended Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI (2002-2006) where he received a bachelor’s degree in Theology and a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy. Father attended Seminary at The Pontifical North American College, Rome (2006-2009; 2010-2011). He received his Baccalaureate in Sacred Theology (STB) at the Gregorian University, Rome (2009). In 2011 Father received his Master of Divinity in Dogma at the Gregorian University, Rome.

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Bishop Malloy issues letter on Fiducia Supplicans

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