Nancie Brown, pictured with a new friend from El Salvador, and Jennifer Collins of the Diocesan Administration Center staff had two very different, but good, experiences in Philadelphia at the World Meeting of Families.
Transitional deacon Charles Fitzpatrick and Bishop David Malloy visited Washington, D.C. to see the pope, and several others from the diocese traveled to papal events as well.
Read stories and enjoy lots of photos in the Oct. 2 issue of The Observer.
Diocesan Receptionist Wins Trip to See Pope
Date: September 24, 2015
Nancie Brown, receptionist at the Rockford Diocesan Administration Center, won a trip from the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops to Philadelphia from Sept. 24-27. Besides airfare and hotel, the trip includes special seating tickets to the pope's talk at the World Meeting of Families.
She entered the contest, which awarded this one and only trip, at the USCCB website at the urging of a co-worker friend.
Watch The Observer newspaper and Facebook pages for photos and stories of diocesan Catholics who travelled to see the pope during his U.S. tour.
Bishop Malloy Greets Pope Francis
Date: September 23, 2015
Bishop Malloy, representing Region 7 of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops greets Pope Francis today at St. Matthew Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
40 Days for Life
The kick-off rally for 40 Days for Life was held on Sept. 19 in front of the Planned Parenthood in Aurora, along East New York Street. Speakers included Eric Scheidler, pictured here. See more photos and an article about the rally as experienced by Kathy Berkes, pastoral care coordinator for the diocesan Life and Evangelization Office in the Sept. 25 issue of The Observer. On the same page you will find a list of Life Chains coming Oct. 4 in locations across the Diocese of Rockford.
Annual Catholic Women's League Luncheon
La Promesse, the annual fundraiser luncheon for the Catholic Women's League, welcomed a large crowd to "A Date With Frank Sinatra" on Sept. 16 at Giovanni's Restaurant in Rockford. Chicago's Anthony "Frank" Cassano entertained the crowd with Frank Sinatra songs. The event also featured cash and basket raffles and a silent auction. Members of the Catholic Women's League serve a variety of agencies in a number of ways in the Rockford area.
More photos coming soon in The Observer.
If you would like to assist in bringing food and aid to the growing numbers of refugees, here are ways you can help. You can provide a financial donation to the following local and international agencies currently assisting.
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Time for Blue Masses Around the Diocese
A Blue Mass will be held on September 9, at 8:30 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Court St., Rockford. All are welcome to come to honor and pray for police, fire fighters, EMTs and other first responders.
The Knights of Columbus, St. Wendelin Council #12841 in Shannon, will again host a Blue Mass to honor and pray for law enforcement, fire fighters and emergency service personnel. This year's event will be held on Thursday, September 10 (not on the 11th) beginning with a procession at 6:30 p.m. from St. Wendelin Church around the block to the Shannon Fire House. The Blue Mass will start at 7 p.m. at the fire house. It will be celebrated by Father Michael Bolger, St. Wendelin pastor. Light refreshments will follow. Questions to Bill Spoerlein at 815-541-9420. Those who sacrificed so much at the 9-11 attacks will be remembered throughout. All are welcome.
A Blue Mass will be held Sept. 17, 7 p.m., at Holy Angels Church, 180 S. Russell Ave., Aurora. Offered for police, fire and emergency medical personnel and first responders. Sponsored by the Knights of Columbus, Cardinal Bellarmine Council 4849.
Poor Clare host "Come and See" Retreat
The Poor Clare nuns of Rockford held a "Come and See" retreat on Aug. 20-21, welcoming six young women seeking a taste of the monastery life. The nuns held the retreat in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.
See more in The Observer's Sept. 4 issue
350 Couples Celebrate Silver and Gold Mass
About 350 couples were blessed by Bishop Malloy at the annual Silver and Gold Mass, held this year on Aug. 30 at St. Mary Parish in Huntley. The anniversary couples were joined by friends and family, filling the church.
More photos and a story are coming in the Sept. 4 edition of The Observer.
In Memoriam: Rev. Edward J. Seisser
Date: August 17, 2015
The Chancery received word Monday, August 17, 2015, that Reverend Edward J. Seisser, died on Sunday, August 16, 2015. Father was born on December 15, 1957, in Elgin, Illinois, to Joseph F. and Shirley F. (Knudsen) Seisser.
Father Seisser attended Cardinal Stritch University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and continued to Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, Wisconsin. He was ordained to the priesthood on May 16, 1998, by the Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford, Illinois. Father's first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at St. John Neumann Parish, St. Charles, Illinois (6/1998-6/2001); Pastor, St. Mary Parish, Elgin, Illinois (6/2001-10/2011); Superintendent and Principal at St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (4/2006-7/2009); Pastor, Holy Family Parish, Rockford, Illinois (10/2011-7/2014); Chaplain, Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council (11/2011-11/2014); Pastor, St. Catherine of Siena Parish, Dundee, Illinois and St. Mary Parish, Gilberts, Illinois (7/2014-present) and Superintendent of St. Edward Central Catholic High School, Elgin, Illinois (7/2014-present).
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Saturday, August 22 is the National Day of Protest Against Planned Parenthood
The Pro-Life Action League will be conducting a protest at Planned Parenthood in Aurora as part of this National Day of Protest. Citizens for a Pro-Life Society, Created Equal, and other pro-life groups are calling for the protests to be held from coast to coast to raise public awareness of the practices recently brought to light in a series of undercover videos by the Center for Medical Progress.
The event will be held on Saturday, Aug. 22, 9 a.m. at Planned Parenthood, 3051 E. New York St., Aurora. Parking at Our Lady of Mercy Church, 701 S. Eola Road, with shuttles running beginning at 8:30 a.m. Signs and informational flyers will be provided.
Bishop Malloy Celebrates the Feast of St. Clare
Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass at the Poor Clares Corpus Christi Monastery in Rockford on the feast of St. Clare, Aug. 11. Following the Mass, he blessed the bread that is traditionally distributed to those who attended the Mass.
See additional photos in the Aug. 14 Observer.
Bishop Malloy Visits Oratory
Bishop David Malloy made his first pastoral visit to St. Mary Oratory in Rockford on Sunday, Aug. 9. Canon Matthew Talarico of the religious order Christ the King Sovereign Priest in Chicago was the main celebrant at the Latin Mass, with Bishop Malloy serving as homilist. The bishop was available to greet everyone at a reception following the Mass.