Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule

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JUNE 15, 2021
STATEMENT BY THE DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD IN REGARD TO HOLY CROSS PARISH, BATAVIA


As previously announced in the May 31 statement by the Diocese of Rockford, as part of the number of changes of priest assignments in the Diocese of Rockford that are typically announced at this time of year, Father James Parker was informed that his time as pastor at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia would conclude.

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Dispensation for Mass attendance ends July 1

Bishop David Malloy advised priests of the Diocese of Rockford in a June 11 letter, that the dispensation from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the Code of Canon Law of 1983) will be lifted July 1, 2021.

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New Guidelines for Parishes effective June 11, 2021
Bishop David Malloy issued new ‘Back in His Presence’ guidelines for parishes as Illinois enters Phase 5 of reopening.


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MAY 31, 2021
STATEMENT FROM THE DIOCESE OF ROCKFORD
REGARDING CLERGY ASSIGNMENTS AND REV. JAMES PARKER


Recently, as part of the number of changes of priest assignments in the Diocese of Rockford that are typically announced at this time of year, Father James Parker was informed that his time as pastor at Holy Cross Parish in Batavia will soon conclude. Father Parker was appointed pastor in 2014 for a six-year term, and he was, in fact, allowed a seventh year.

At that same time, Father Parker was not given a subsequent assignment at this time. Since last February, efforts have been made to address with Father Parker in a private manner various concerns that have arisen regarding his service as pastor. Father Parker refused to engage in that dialogue and so a just resolution of those concerns has not been possible.

At the same time that Father Parker was informed that his time as pastor was concluding, he was given the option of accepting a diocesan offer of residence which he has declined. Contrary to public commentary, at no point was Father Parker ever going to be left without residence. Additionally, contrary to further public speculation, Father Parker was never informed that either his compensation or insurance would be terminated.

The Diocese of Rockford asks for prayers for Father Parker and for all the priests of the Diocese who are in the process of engaging changes in their ministry at this time.
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Rite of Ordination for Deacons
To Be Livestreamed May 15, 2021


Bishop David Malloy will ordain Mr. Stewart Dobson to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m. in the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford. In the same celebration, Mr. Nathan Pacer will be ordained a transitional deacon in preparation for ordination to the holy diocesan priesthood in 2022. The Rite of Ordination for deacons will be LIVESTREAMED on Facebook and on the Diocese of Rockford YouTube Channel. Include these two men and their families in your prayers of thanks for saying yes to God's call for them.

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Illinois Bishops Urge Action on Invest In Kids Act

The six Catholic Bishops of Illinois have issued a letter urging Catholics to contact their legislators to help preserve the value of the Invest In Kids Act.
Read the full letter here in English and Spanish.
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Chrism Mass to be Livestreamed

On Holy Thursday morning, Bishop David Malloy will gather with priests of the Rockford Diocese to celebrate the Chrism Mass. This Mass manifests the unity of the priests with their bishop as they renew their vows and those celebrating significant anniversaries of priesthood are recognized. At this Mass Bishop Malloy will bless the three oils used in sacraments throughout the year in all parishes and institutions—the oil of Catechumens, the Oil for the Sick and the holy Chrism. This tradition is rooted in the early Church as far back as 496. Due to the health and safety restrictions to mitigate the spread of the current pandemic, the holy oils will be received by the priests rather than four representatives from each parish. To watch the beautiful liturgy and renewal of vows https://youtu.be/6QSRH6IKnes
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