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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.
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Bishop Malloy joins Pope Francis in call for prayer and fasting for Ukraine
“Pope Francis has declared Ash Wednesday to be a “Day of Fasting for Peace.” I ask that all Catholics in the Diocese of Rockford join with the Holy Father on Wednesday, March 2nd, offering our prayers, charity, and fasting for the forgiveness of sins but most especially for the people of Ukraine who are so greatly threatened and suffering. And throughout this holy season of Lent, may we continue to pray with special intent for all our brothers and sisters in the Ukraine along with all those who suffer from violence and instability.”
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(CNS photo/Ammar Awad, Reuters)