Father John A. Slampak, S.T.L
Please join in prayer for the repose of the soul of Father John Slampak who died last night, Sept. 18, at Presence Cor Mariae in Rockford. May God grant him Eternal peace. Funeral arrangements are pending.
Lightning Strike Damages Marian Central Catholic High School
WOODSTOCK— At approximately 4:30 p.m., Monday, September 9, 2019, a thunderstorm passed through Woodstock. At that time lightning struck Marian Central Catholic High School’s roof causing extensive damage to the chimney and roof. In addition, there is water damage along with some lightning damage in a few areas inside the school. Water seeped through the ceiling outside the auxiliary gym to the first floor.
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Father Bernard Mullane
Remember in prayer Father Bernard J. Mullane who died Wednesday, August 7, at Holton Manor Care Facility in Elkhorn, Wisconsin. Father was born on November 14, 1930 in Rockford, Illinois, to Cornelius Mullane and Sarah Harnett.
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On Saturday, Aug. 31, a Mass and dinner to celebrate St. Patrick Parish’s 100th anniversary was held at the Rockford parish. The date was exactly 100 years since the very first Mass at St. Patrick Parish was celebrated, a fact that Bishop David Malloy noted in his homily.
See more in the Sept. 6 issue of The Observer.
The 41st Festa Italiana was held Aug. 2-4 on the grounds of Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford. The event featured rides, games, food, Italian culture and a variety of entertainment. Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass that Sunday morning at the site.
More on Festa Italiana coming soon in the Aug. 9 Observer.
Father Thomas Burr
COPPELL, Texas—Father Thomas Burr died July 29, 2019, at his residence in St. Joseph Village in Coppell, Texas. He was 83.
Father Burr was born Nov. 25, 1935, in Geneva to Ralph and Clara (Keller) Burr.
Originally from St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, Father Burr graduated from Marmion Military Academy in Aurora in 1953. From there he went to Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., where he studied law for two years after completing his undergraduate studies there.
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Encounter Retreat Blends Old and New for Young Men
The Encounter Retreat that replaced the former Jeremiah Days for young men in seventh through ninth grades welcomed 22 retreatants from July 7-9. It blended physical activity (including a day trip to Starved Rock State Park) with vocation talks and prayers, indoor and outdoor activities.
See more in the July 19 issue of The Observer.
A special noon Mass on Sunday, June 29 was the last official event where Knights of Columbus, Marquette Assembly 188, wore the chapeaus and capes that have been a KC tradition for the last 60 years. Father Christopher DiTomo, a Knight and pastor of St. Gall Parish in Elburn, celebrated a special Mass that day for around 30 fourth-degree Knights and family members. The international Knights organization retired the familiar Color Corps regalia as of June 30.
See more in an upcoming issue of The Observer