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Masks now required in all indoor spaces

As required by Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s executive order, masks are now required in all indoor spaces. Bishop David Malloy issues a new instruction to all priests of the diocese outlining the latest protocols in a Aug. 27 letter.

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Collection for Earthquake Relief in
Haiti to be taken up Aug. 28-29


A second collection will be held at Masses in parishes across the Diocese of Rockford the weekend of Aug. 28-29 to provide humanitarian relief for Haitians suffering from the recent natural disasters in that country. Funds will assist places like St. Famille du Toirac Church in Toirac, Haiti (right) where 20 people died in the 7.2 magnitude earthquake during a funeral Mass there, Aug. 16.

Checks should be made out to your parish and one check from each parish will be sent for the total collected to the diocesan Finance Office for “Haiti Natural Disaster Collection 2021.”

The total from all the parishes will be sent by the diocese as follows:

The funds collected in this special appeal will become part of the Bishops Emergency Disaster Fund and will be used to support the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops for pastoral and reconstruction needs of the Church as well as the efforts of Catholic Relief Services and/or Catholic Charities USA, the official relief agencies of the U.S. Catholic Church, as they and their local agencies respond to immediate emergency needs and aid in long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.

Funds will be used in response to the earthquake and Tropical Storm Grace calamities in Haiti and any other disasters that occur and will be distributed where they are most needed.

However, if such purpose(s) become unnecessary, impractical, or impossible to fill, USCCB may use such contributions for other emergency disaster relief where it is most needed as determined by the Committee on National Collections using its emergency response protocol.

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Diocese updates COVID-19 protocols

Bishop David Malloy issued an update to the diocesan protocols to help mitigate the coronavirus and its new variants.
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The Diocese of Rockford Response to Pope Francis’ July 16 Motu Proprio

Bishop David Malloy issues his response to Traditionis Custodes. Read More
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Rev. Bernard Schaefer, OSB
1931 - 2021


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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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