Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
April 20, 2019
Rockford - 7:45 p.m., Easter Vigil Mass at the Cathedral
April 21, 2019
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Easter Sunday Mass at the Winnebago County Jail
April 23, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at St. Rita Church
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April 26-28, 2019
Springfield - 2019 Illinois State Council Convention of the Knights of Columbus
April 29, 2019
Woodstock - 9:00 a.m., School Mass at Marian Central Catholic High School
April 29, 2019
Rockford - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation at SS. Peter & Paul Church
April 30, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Jubilee Mass for Diocesan Priests at St. Rita Church
May 3, 2019
Crystal Lake - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for the Hispanic Community of St. Thomas the Apostle Church
May 5, 2019
St. Charles - Confirmation for St. Patrick Church – 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.
May 5, 2019
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
May 7, 2019
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Clergy Relief Meeting at the DAC
May 7, 2019
Rockford - 2:00 p.m., Presbyteral Council Meeting at the DAC
Upcoming Events

Art Exhibits

April 4 @ 10:00 am - June 2 @ 5:00 pm

Earth Day Retreat

April 22 @ 10:30 am - 2:00 pm

End of Life Decision Making

April 24 @ 6:00 pm

Painting Class

April 25 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Claretian Missionaries

April 26 @ 8:00 am - April 28 @ 3:00 pm
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Parish Boundaries
Very Rev. Kenneth J. Anderson, V.F.
Very Rev. Kenneth J. Anderson, V.F.
Parochial Administrator

St. Michael, Galena
Freeport Deanery

Very Rev. Kenneth J. Anderson, V.F., Parochial Administrator

Deacon Theodore Kocol
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.