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October 22, 2014
Polo - 9:00 a.m., Mass and Installation as Pastor of Fr. Joseph Naill at St. Mary Church
October 23, 2014
Rosemont - 8:30 a.m., ICHA Board Meeting at the Hilton Rosemont/Chicago Hotel
October 23, 2014
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October 21, 2014 - 6:00pm (Geneva)
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October 23, 2014 - 11:00am (South Beloit)
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October 23, 2014 - 12:45pm (DeKalb)
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2014 Youth Summit, Sunday - October 26

Last October, Bishop Malloy hosted the first-ever Diocesan Youth Summit to celebrate the year of Faith with an event for the youth of the diocese.

This year's Youth Summit will be held Sunday, October 26, at Boylan High School in Rockford.

This promises to be a high-impact spiritual experience for the youth of our diocese. Bishop Malloy will offer Sunday Mass as well as host a Question-and-Answer session with the teens. Confessions will be available as will Adoration and Benediction.

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Vitae Conference, Saturday - October 18

This year's Vitae Conference will be held on Saturday, October 18 in Rochelle with the theme: Each of us is a MASTERPIECE of God's creation.

This year's Vitae Conference will feature several individuals who work with the weak, the vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn, and the poor who live in our midst, here in the Diocese of Rockford.

Join us for a day of inspiration where we will be challenged by the stories of those who work daily to preserve and protect the dignity of individuals who are too often neglected and forgotten.

This is a free event open to anyone who is interested in attending, please RSVP.

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Frequently Asked Questions About the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops

Date: October 9, 2014
Catholic News Service

Q. What is its purpose?
A. Pope Francis has written that the synod will discuss the "challenges of marriage, of family life, of the education of children, and the role of the family in the life of the church." The discussion will be based largely on responses to a questionnaire sent out to the world's bishops in November 2013.

Q. When and where is it?
A. Oct. 5-19, 2014, Vatican City

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Catholics Celebrate Life Chain Sunday Oct. 5

Date: October 6, 2014
McHenry County

Several hundred people of all ages and faiths participated during the National Life Chain together on Respect Life Day on Oct. 5.

Catholics throughout the diocese gather annually on Respect Life Sunday to remind passers-by of the importance of life at all its stages as they stand silently along busy thoroughfares.

Read more in The Observer, Oct. 10.

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Hundreds of Couples with Long-Lasting Marriages Honored

Date: October 1, 2014

ROCKFORD—"One of the most attractive elements of silver and that deep down, they never lose their shine. They may have a little tarnish on the outside...but the glitter is always there."

So said Bishop David Malloy to couples celebrating 25, 50 or more years of marriage at the diocese's annual Silver and Gold Mass, Sept. 28, at the Cathedral of St. Peter. More than 200 couples from across the diocese attended the Mass making this year's Silver and Gold celebration the largest gathering since the event began in 1987.

Among those honored were Louis and Agnes Verbout of St. Mary Parish, Sterling, who were the longest-wed couple honored at the Silver and Gold Mass. They have been married 67 years. Janet and Floyd Bennett of Sacred Heart Parish in Sterling were honored for their 65th anniversary. Louis and Janet are brother and sister.

Read more in The Observer Oct. 3.

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Annual Life Chains Scheduled October 5 in Rockford Diocese

Date: September 29, 2014

The annual Life Chain is an hour long peaceful and prayerful public witness and a visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life from the moment of conception until natural death.

The Life Chain event is in solidarity with more than 1,200 Life Chains across the United States and Canada.

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Bishop Malloy Ordains Record Number of Permanent Deacons

Date: September 27, 2014

On Sept. 27, the largest class ever of permanent deacons (21) in the Diocese of Rockford was ordained to the Sacred Order of Deacons. Their ordination brings diocesan totals to 172 (including some who are retired or on a leave of absence), and 152 of those deacons are active.
Previously the largest class was 18 men (both in 1978 and 2001). Seventeen men are in formation for ordination to the diaconate in 2016, and 16 are in studies as the class of 2018.

Pictured is newly-ordained Deacon Reynaldo "Jovie" Reyes Jr. receiving a congratulatory hug after the Mass.

Press Release on the Diaconate Ordination

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All Over the Diocese People are Helping Haiti

Date: August 20, 2014

Parishes and schools often pick special mission projects to focus on. In the Diocese of Rockford, many have opted to help in Haiti. Two of the best known and best supported groups in the diocese are Hope for Haitians and The Haitian Project. Each is planning a Sept. 6 fundraiser in Rockford. "A Night in the Tropics" with Hope for Haitians helps provide better housing and more, while the "Big Get-Together" with The Haitian Project supports Louverture Cleary School in Port-au-Prince. There's plenty of need for everyone to help Haiti.

Read more in The Observer Aug. 22.

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2014 Diocesan Appeal:
"In His Presence"

"I will fulfill my vows to the Lord in the presence of all His people."
- Psalm 116:18

We live in God's presence when we give of ourselves to all His people. The Diocesan Appeal helps add power to our gift. By pooling our resources, we can make a difference in our parishes, our diocese and society at large.

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