Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 18, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Chrism Mass at the Cathedral
April 18, 2019
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Cathedral
April 19, 2019
Aurora - 10:00 a.m., Outdoor Way of the Cross at Sacred Heart Parish
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April 19, 2019
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Passion of the Lord at the Cathedral
April 20, 2019
Rockford - 7:45 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral
April 21, 2019
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Easter Sunday Mass at the Winnebago County Jail
April 23, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Rita Church
April 26-28, 2019
Springfield - 2019 Illinois State Council Convention of the Knights of Columbus
April 29, 2019
Woodstock - 9:00 a.m., School Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School
April 29, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at SS. Peter & Paul Church
April 30, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Jubilee Mass for Diocesan Priests at St. Rita Church
May 3, 2019
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for the Hispanic Community of St. Thomas the Apostle Church
May 5, 2019
St. Charles - Confirmation for St. Patrick Church – 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
May 5, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
May 7, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
May 7, 2019
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
Upcoming Events

Art Exhibits

April 4 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm

Brain Health Program

April 18 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Lenten Fish Fries

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Fish Fries

April 19 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Maytown’s St. Patrick Church Celebrates 100

Mass to celebrate St. Patrick Church building’s 100th anniversary was celebrated on March 30. The Maytown Mass was followed by a dinner in the parish hall.

See more in the April 12 issue of The Observer.
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Life Day at the Capitol

The Rockford Diocese provided 260 volunteer lobbyists who traveled to Springfield on March 20. They joined others from the dioceses of Belleville, Peoria and Springfield to be trained and then do their best to encourage representatives and senators to vote No on House bills 2495 and 2467 and Senate bills 1942 and 1594. The bills would make abortion a “fundamental right” in the State, undermine women’s health, attack conscience rights, require all insurance plans subject to State regulations to cover abortions and expand public funding of abortion, not to mention repeal the Parental Notice of Abortion Act. An afternoon rally against the bills in the Capitol rotunda increased the total of abortion opponents to a State office-estimate of 4,000 people.
See more in the April 5 issue of The Observer.
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Statement regarding the Anderson Report

Attorney Jeff Anderson and Associates held a press conference in Chicago today, March 20, 2019 to reveal names of clergy sexual abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses of Illinois. In the document he calls “The Anderson Report on Child Sexual Abuse in the Archdiocese and Dioceses in Illinois”, he lists names of those accused of sexual abuse gleaned from public sources already made available from the Catholic Dioceses of Illinois. The Diocese of Rockford issued a response to that press conference today.

Click here to read that response
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RDCCW Honors Bishop, Priests

The biennial Bishop’s Luncheon sponsored by the Rockford Diocesan Council of Catholic Women welcomed 136 men and women on March 13 in Dixon. Bishop David Malloy was honored as were the deanery spiritual assistants, including Father James Keenan, shown here with RDCCW president-elect Josie Whaley.
See more in the March 22 issue of The Observer
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Rite of Election Celebrated

Two gatherings at the Cathedral of St. Peter on March 9 brought catechumens and candidates together for the annual Rite of Election. At both ceremonies, the names of catechumens (those coming into the Catholic Church who have not been baptized previously) were enrolled (see photo), and candidates (those who will receive the sacraments of confirmation and Eucharist at the Easter Vigil) were presented and recognized. Bishop David Malloy then prayed over the elect and the candidates before the gatherings were dismissed, with many joining the bishop at a reception in Fellowship Hall.
See the March 15 issue of The Observer for more photos and a list of the catechumens and candidates.
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Bishop Malloy Issues Letter Regarding Abortion Legislation

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I write to you at a moment of profound challenge to the citizens of the State of Illinois. In recent weeks Democrats in the Illinois House and Senate, following the examples of other states, have introduced bills that, if passed and signed, would expand attacks on the life of the unborn through abortion while, at the same time, attacking the rights of conscience and the rights of parents of a minor child or of an adult mentally or developmentally disabled child seeking an abortion...

Read entire letter:   English   |   Spanish

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Deacons Continue Their Education

A roomful of permanent deacons and wives gathered on Feb. 23 at the Cathedral of St. Peter for the annual Deacon Assembly Day. The topic this year was “Protect Your Flock” – a program to help clergy respond with knowledge and effective resources if a victim of domestic abuse comes to them. Part of the program was interactive as groups of three were given real-life victims’ stories, making choices of which step to take, and receiving bandages whenever they come to a station where “Abuse Happens.”

See more in the March 1 edition of The Observer.
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Scout Sunday

The annual Scout Sunday Mass was held at the Cathedral of St. Peter on Feb. 3. The event includes a presentation by Bishop David Malloy of religious awards earned by scouts in the past year.

See more in an upcoming issue of The Observer.
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