Bishop David Malloy celebrated the 7:30 a.m. Mass on Palm Sunday at the Cathedral of St. Peter. Palm Sunday begins Holy Week, and all are welcome to the many special services. Those include the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Thursday; Good Friday services – held in the afternoon and/or evening at most parishes; the Vigil Mass on Holy Saturday, which welcomes catechists and catechumens into full communion with the Catholic Church, and the Easter season begins next Sunday with the Mass of the Resurrection.
Bishop Malloy's Easter Message
Annual Acies Gathering Held in Belvidere
The annual Legion of Mary Acies was held March 25 at St. James Parish in Belvidere. The event began with prayers and a rosary procession, followed by a Mass, talk, additional prayers and a luncheon. See more in the April 7 Observer.
Bishop Honored at Biennial Luncheon
Bishop David Malloy was honored by the Diocesan Council of Catholic Women on March 22 in Algonquin. The luncheon is held every other year at a location in the diocese. He is pictured here with a table of mostly St. James, Belvidere, parishioners.
Celebrating the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and Mary
Montini Middle School in McHenry recently followed the lead of Montini Elementary School and Marian Central Catholic High School in enthroning images of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the school. The devotion is meant to raise students’ awareness of the love of Jesus and Mary for them and the world, and to encourage holiness. That week a mission at St. Patrick Parish in McHenry encouraged families to enthrone the Sacred Hearts in their homes. See more in the April 14 issue of The Observer.
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.
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. Click here to take action. Bulletin insert / more information: English | Spanish | Polish
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.
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