Bishop Malloy's Public Schedule
May 15, 2021
Transitional Deacon & Permanent Deacon Ordination – Cathedral of St. Peter @ 11am
May 16, 2021
Cathedral Mass @ 730am
May 17, 2021
Confirmation – St. Bridget, Loves Park (2 ceremonies) @ 530pm and 7pm
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May 18, 2021
Confirmation – St. Catherine of Siena, West Dundee and St. Mary, Gilberts (2 ceremonies) @ West Dundee at 530pm and 7pm
May 19, 2021
Graduation – Newman Central Catholic HS, Sterling @ 7pm
May 20, 2021
Graduation – St. Edward Central Catholic HS, @ St. Patrick Church, St. Charles @ 7pm
May 21, 2021
Graduation – Boylan Central Catholic HS, Rockford @ 2pm
May 21, 2021
Graduation – Aquin Central Catholic HS @ St. Thomas Aquinas Church, Freeport @ 7pm
May 22, 2021
Confirmation – Holy Cross, Batavia (2 ceremonies) @ 10am and 11:30am
May 23, 2021
Cathedral Mass @ 730am
May 24, 2021
Confirmation – St. Peter, Geneva (2 ceremonies) @ 530pm and 7:00pm
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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

227 S. Bench Street  (Mailing)
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:
Saturday: 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. (at St. Mary, Galena)
Or by appointment

To submit corrections, please use your @rockforddiocese.org email account to
send an email to webmaster@rockforddiocese.org.
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.