Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
June 20, 2019
Byron - 5:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Father Richard Rosinski at St. Mary Church
June 22, 2019
Rockford - 4:30 p.m., Mass and Corpus Christi Procession at St. Rita Church
June 23, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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June 23, 2019
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Mass for St. Therese Vocation Camp at Bishop Lane Retreat Center
June 24, 2019
Aurora - 5:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Father Matthew McMorrow at St. Joseph Church
June 25, 2019
Madison - 11:00 a.m., Mass of Installation of Most Rev. Donald J. Hying as Fifth Bishop of Madison at St. Maria Goretti Church
June 26, 2019
Virgil - 5:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Father Ariel Valencia at SS. Peter & Paul Church
June 27, 2019
Galena - 5:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Father Howard Barch at St. Mary Church
June 29, 2019
Cary - 4:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Father Jeremy Trowbridge at SS. Peter & Paul Church
June 30, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
July 7, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
July 9, 2019
St. Charles - 5:30 p.m., Mass of Installation as Pastor of Monsignor Daniel Deutsch at St. Patrick Church
Upcoming Events

Rachel’s Vineyard Retreat

June 28 @ 6:00 pm - June 30 @ 4:00 pm

World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend

June 28 @ 8:00 pm - June 30 @ 4:30 pm

Rachel’s Vineyard Spanish Retreat

July 12 @ 7:00 pm - July 14 @ 4:00 pm

World Wide Marriage Encounter Spanish

August 9 @ 8:00 pm - August 11 @ 4:30 pm

World Wide Marriage Encounter weekend

September 6 @ 8:00 pm - September 8 @ 4:30 pm
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Parish Boundaries
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Pastor

St. Michael, Galena
Freeport Deanery

Rev. Howard C. Barch, Pastor

Deacon Jay Achino
Address:
227 S. Bench Street  (Church)
Galena, IL 61036

231 S. Bench Street  (Office)
Galena, IL 61036

Website:
www.CatholicGalena.org

Email:
StMichael-Galena@RockfordDiocese.org

Phone: (815) 777-2053

Mass Times:
Sunday:8:00 a.m.
Tuesday:5:00 p.m.
Thursday:8:00 a.m.
Saturday:5:30 p.m.
Holy Day:See church bulletin or website.

Sacrament of Reconciliation:
Half hour before Mass
Or by appointment

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Founded:  1832
Built:  1863
Registered Families:  343
Church Capacity:  600
History:
Galena is one of the oldest settlements in Illinois and St. Michael Parish in Galena is the oldest parish in the Diocese of Rockford. Bishop Rosati of St. Louis appointed a pastor there in 1832, five years before the parish was established in the Chicago Diocese. In 1832 Father John McMahon was appointed as the first resident pastor in Galena. With the establishment of a new diocese in 1908, St. Michael became part of the Diocese of Rockford.

The Church of St. Michael was completed in 1842 at a cost of fourteen thousand dollars. In 1856 a fire broke out which destroyed a large section of Galena, including St. Michael Church. The building of the new church was completed in 1863. In 1871 new altars were installed, paintings of the Stations of the Cross were hung and the cathedral glass windows were installed. In 1884 the square towers were finished. Renovations to the interior, including pews, painting, lights and kneelers have continued over the years.

No history of St. Michael Parish would be complete without a mention of St. Mary Parish, Vinegar Hill. This Irish community north of Galena was a regular stop for missionaries in the area prior to the establishment of St. Michael Parish. Mass was regularly celebrated as early as 1824 in the home of John Furlong there.