Date: October 29, 2014
Ministry Day will take place at St. Rita Parish Center in Rockford on Friday, November 7th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Ministry Day is a practical, four-hour workshop for a pastor and his staff. It is designed to help them provide leadership for the "missionary dynamism" that Pope Francis encourages, making their parish more vital.
Ministry Day features a presenter who provides significant content on how parish leaders may take steps toward becoming a more engaged parish.
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Second Diocesan Youth Summit Rocks
Date: October 26, 2014
Nearly 2,000 junior and senior high school students (plus their chaperones) converged on Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford Oct. 26 for the second Catholic Youth Summit sponsored by the Rockford Diocese. The event featured both fun and faith-filled moments, including games and songs, speakers and Mass with Bishop David Malloy. The Q&A session with Bishop Malloy started out with a heavy emphasis on angel questions, but soon broadened to a variety of topics – from the fate of the unbaptized to ways for young people to evangelize.
Look for more in upcoming issues of The Observer and watch video online.
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
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.
Hundreds of Couples with Long-Lasting Marriages Honored
Date: October 1, 2014
ROCKFORD—"One of the most attractive elements of silver and gold...is 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.
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.
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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