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Happy Mother’s Day, May 8, 2022

A Prayer for all Mothers

O almighty and eternal God, Lord of both the living and the dead, Your tender mercy embraces all men foreknown to be Yours by faith and a good life. Through the intercession of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary our Mother, and of all the saints, grant Your merciful pardon to all mothers for whom we pray, whether they still are living in this world or have departed from this flesh into the world to come. Especially, dear Lord, grant the requests I now make of You for my own beloved mother.

Vatican Tribunal Imposes Penalty on Father Joseph Nicolosi

Father Joseph P. Nicolosi, a priest of the Diocese of Rockford ordained in 1997, has had a penalty imposed upon him by a judicial sentence of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota, which serves as an appellate ecclesiastical court in Rome.

Bishop Thomas G. Doran restricted the ministry of Father Nicolosi in September 2011. In April 2017, following a penal process in the Diocese of Rockford conducted in accordance with canon law, Father Nicolosi was found guilty of the delict of living in concubinage with an adult woman (canon 1395 §1), as well as guilty of two other related delicts.

Father Nicolosi appealed the judicial sentence to the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. The Roman Rota has sent notice that it has upheld the conviction of the delict of concubinage established by canon law but overturned the convictions on the other two delicts. As part of this decision, the Rota imposed upon Father Nicolosi the penalty of a six-month prohibition from the exercise of the power of orders except for the celebration of Mass without other people present. In determining this penalty, consideration was given to the fact that Father Nicolosi’s ministry has been restricted since 2011, and it was noted that the six-month penalty imposed by this sentence should therefore not be viewed as a light penalty. With this sentence from the Roman Rota, this penal process against Father Nicolosi regarding the above-mentioned case is now completed.

At this time, Father Nicolosi is forbidden from exercising the power of orders (e.g., celebrating Mass or the sacraments, etc.) except for celebrating Mass without anyone else present.

Please, continue to pray for Father Nicolosi and all of our priests.

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New Time Announced as Rockford Diocese Plans To Join Pope Francis in Consecration of Russia

Ceremony will now be at 11 a.m.
March 25, from the Cathedral of St. Peter

DIOCESE—"In a moment of unity and solidarity with Our Holy Father as well as with the people of Ukraine and Russia and all people of good will,” Bishop David Malloy announced March 18, he will join Pope Francis in the renewal of prayers of consecration for Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

The ceremony originally scheduled for the evening of March 25 was rescheduled after a letter was received by U.S. bishops from the Apostolic Nuncio requesting the consecration ceremonies and prayers were to be held in dioceses around the world, be held at the same time as the ceremony in Rome.

Therefore, Bishop Malloy has rescheduled the local consecration and prayer ceremony for March 25 at 11 a.m. from the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford. The service will include recitation of the rosary and the prayer of consecration.

The ceremony was originally scheduled to take place in the evening with solemn vespers, as Bishop Malloy outlined in a letter to priests of the diocese. After the announcement was sent March 18, a letter was received by all U.S. Bishops over the weekend from the Apostolic Nuncio requesting that ceremonies in individual dioceses be held at the same time as Rome. A letter updating the new time was sent to diocesan priests March 21.

Bishop Malloy also encouraged all pastors in his March 18 letter, to hold similar services in their respective parishes, “especially on March 25 to visibly demonstrate unity with Pope Francis.” If a parish is not able to hold a service on March 25, Bishop Malloy asked the pastors to do so as close to March 25 as possible.

The public service at the Cathedral is being streamed on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page.

To read more about the consecration
Rite of Election Celebrations Held at Cathedral of St. Peter


Two ceremonies of the “Celebration of the Rite of Election of Catechumens and the Call to Continuing Conversion of Candidates” took place at the Cathedral of St. Peter on March 5, one in the English language and the other in Spanish.
See photos and a list of the elect in the March 11 issue of the Observer.
The Observer Catholic newspaper.
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