Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
November 29, 2022
Johnsburg - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Peter-Spring Grove and St. John the Baptist-Johnsburg at St. John the Baptist Church
December 3, 2022
Pecatonica - 1:00 p.m., 100th Anniversary Mass, St. Mary Church
December 4, 2022
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Sunday Mass, Cathedral of St. Peter
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December 8, 2022
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Mass with Fox Valley Servi Christi and Knights and Ladies of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem, St. John Neumann Church, followed by dinner
December 12, 2022
Carpentersville - 6:00 p.m., Our Lady of Guadalupe Mass, St. Monica Church
December 13, 2022
Huntley - 7:00 p.m., Diocesan Christmas Concert, St. Mary Church

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Parish Boundaries
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Rev. Howard C. Barch
Pastor

Rev. Joel N. Lopez
Rev. Joel N. Lopez
Parochial Vicar

St. Michael, Galena
Freeport Deanery

Rev. Howard C. Barch, Pastor
Rev. Joel N. Lopez, Parochial Vicar

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

227 S. Bench Street  (Mailing)
Galena, IL 61036

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

Website:
www.CatholicGalena.com

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:
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (at St. Mary, Galena)
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.