Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
January 21-22, 2020
Washington, DC - Gathering on Catholic Education at the USCCB
January 23-24, 2020
Washington, DC - March for Life
January 26, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
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January 28, 2020
Aurora - 8:10 a.m., Catholic Schools Mass at Aurora Central Catholic High School
January 31, 2020
West Dundee - 9:00 a.m., School Mass at St. Catherine of Siena Church
February 2, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
February 2, 2020
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Mass for Scout Sunday at the Cathedral
February 3-5, 2020
Dallas, Texas - National Catholic Bioethics Center Workshop for Bishops
February 6, 2020
Rockford - 10:00 a.m., Diocesan Finance Council Meeting at the DAC
February 8, 2020
Mount Carroll - 4:00 p.m., Pastoral Visit at SS. John and Catherine Church
February 9, 2020
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
February 9, 2020
Sterling - 1:00 p.m., Confirmation at St. Mary Church
February 10-12, 2020
Fontana, WI - Winter Clergy Conference for Diocesan Priests at The Abbey
Upcoming Events

Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary

January 23 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

Placement test

January 25 @ 8:00 am - 11:30 am

All You Can Eat Chili and Vegetable Soup Supper

January 25 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Open House

January 26 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Care Givers Coffee

January 30 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 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.