Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
October 19, 2019
DeKalb - 9:00 a.m., Mass for the Diocesan Society of St. Vincent de Paul at Christ the Teacher University Parish
October 19, 2019
Aurora - 4:00 p.m., Mass and Exemplification Ceremony of the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree at Aurora Central Catholic High School
October 20, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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October 20, 2019
Byron - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
October 22, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
October 23, 2019
South Beloit - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Peter, South Beloit and Church of the Holy Spirit, Roscoe at St. Peter Church
October 24, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Catholic Charities 1st Annual “A Moveable Feast” Fundraiser at the Nordlof Center
October 26, 2019
Somonauk - 10:00 a.m., Confirmation at St. John the Baptist Church
October 27, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
October 27, 2019
Rockford - 10:45 a.m., Mass for the Catholic Youth Summit at Rock Valley College
October 28-29, 2019
St. Paul, MN - Visit with Diocesan Seminarians at St. Paul Seminary and St. John Vianney Seminary
October 29-30, 2019
Seward, NE - Visit with Diocesan Seminarians at St. Gregory the Great Seminary
November 1, 2019
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., School Mass at Boylan Central Catholic High School
November 2, 2019
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting at the DAC
November 2, 2019
Rockford - 1:00 p.m., All Souls' Day Mass at Calvary Cemetery
November 3, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
November 3, 2019
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Ministry Formation Certification Ceremony at the Cathedral
November 5, 2019
St. Paul, MN - 7:00 p.m., Mass for Institution of Acolytes at St. Paul Seminary
November 6, 2019
Evansville, IN - 2:00 p.m., Mass of Dedication of St. Benedict Cathedral in the Diocese of Evansville at St. Benedict Cathedral
Upcoming Events

Monday Evening Bible Study

October 21 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fox Valley Women’s Bible Study

October 24 @ 9:15 am - 11:00 am

Monday Evening Bible Study

October 28 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Fox Valley Women’s Bible Study

October 31 @ 9:15 am - 11:00 am

World Wide Marriage Encounter Spanish

November 1 @ 8:00 pm - November 3 @ 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-GalenaContact

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.