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March 7, 2015
Rockford - 9:00 a.m., Diocesan Pastoral Council Meeting at the DAC
March 8, 2015
Rockford - 7:30 a.m., Mass at the Cathedral
March 9-11, 2015
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March 4, 2015 - 7:30pm (McHenry)
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March 5, 2015 - 6:00pm (Belvidere)
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March 5, 2015 - 7:00pm (Dubuque, Iowa)
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March 6, 2015 - 4:00pm (Erie)
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Rite of Election

Date: February 22, 2015

Men and women scheduled to receive the sacrament of baptism and other sacraments at the Easter Vigil on April 4 were presented to Bishop David Malloy at the annual Rite of Election. Three ceremonies were held Feb. 21 and 22 at the Cathedral of St. Peter to accommodate catechumens from across the Diocese of Rockford.
See more in the Feb. 27 issue of The Observer.
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Ash Wednesday

Date: February 18, 2015

Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass on Ash Wednesday at the Cathedral of St. Peter. The ashes on their foreheads could help others "to remember that it's Lent," Bishop Malloy said, and he encouraged everyone to "Keep them all day long. Be proud to wear them."

Click here for Lenten Resources.
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New Bishop Lane Retreat Center Director

Date: February 17, 2015

The new director at Bishop Lane Retreat Center is Christopher Cooper, a 2007 Boylan Central Catholic High School graduate.

See the Feb. 20 issue of The Observer for more about him.

Click here to visit the Bishop Lane Retreat Center website
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A Year of Consecrated Life

Date: February 7, 2015

A Year of Consecrated Life has been proclaimed by Pope Francis, and the Diocese of Rockford will soon begin to celebrate the men and women religious of our diocese.

Today Bishop David Malloy hosted members of religious communities at a special event that included a morning Mass at the Poor Clares Monastery Chapel followed by a luncheon at the Cathedral of St. Peter.

The Observer diocesan newspaper will begin to feature weekly snapshots of the religious communities currently represented in the diocese. The project is expected to stretch out through the year.

Click here for prayers intentions, prayer cards, and a video on consecrated life

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In Memoriam: Rev. Msgr. Raymond J. Wahl

Date: January 31, 2015

The Chancery received word Saturday, January 31, 2015 that Reverend Monsignor Raymond J. Wahl, JCD, PA, died at OSF St. Anthony Hospital, Rockford, after a brief illness. Monsignor was a resident of Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, Illinois. Monsignor was born on January 26, 1928, in Sterling, Illinois, to Leo J. and Verna (Glafka) Wahl.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, February 6, 2015, at 11:00AM at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Visitation will be from 3PM-8PM Thursday, February 5 at the church with rosary at 7:30PM and visitation from 9:30AM-10:45AM at the church prior to the Mass. Bishop David J. Malloy will be the main celebrant. Interment will be at Calvary Cemetery, Sterling, Illinois. Arrangements are being made by Anderson-Klotz-Long Funeral Home, Rockford, Illinois.

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In Memoriam: Rev. Anthony J. Becker

Date: January 16, 2015

The Chancery received word Thursday that Reverend Anthony J. Becker died at Franklin Grove Health Care Center, Franklin Grove, Illinois. Father was born on January 5, 1922, in Maytown, Illinois, to Anton F. and Margaret (Meister) Becker.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on January 20, 2015, at 11:00AM at St. Patrick Church, 32 N. Jones Avenue, Amboy, Illinois. Visitation will be from 9:00AM-10:45AM at the church prior to the Mass. Bishop David J. Malloy will be the main celebrant. Interment will be at St. Patrick Cemetery, Amboy, at a later date. Arrangements are being made by Mihm Jones Funeral Home, Amboy, Illinois.

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At the conclusion of the III Extraordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, celebrated in 2014 to treat the topic, The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelization, Pope Francis decided to make public the Relatio Synodi, the document which concluded the synod's work. At the same time, the Holy Father indicated that this document would be the Lineamenta for the XIV Ordinary General Assembly to take place from October 4 to 25, 2015 to treat the topic, The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World.

The Relatio Synodi, which is sent as the Lineamenta, concludes in the following words: "These proposed reflections, the fruit of the synodal work that took place in great freedom and with a spirit of reciprocal listening, are intended to raise questions and indicate points of view that will later be developed and clarified through reflection in the local Churches in the intervening year leading to the XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops" (Relatio Synodi, n. 62)

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In Memoriam: Rev. Bernard A. Ratazak

Date: January 1, 2015

The Chancery received word Thursday that Reverend Bernard A. Ratazak died at Presence Cor Mariae, Rockford, Illinois, and went to join his beloved wife Gloria who died January 15, 1965. Father was born on July 10, 1917, in Spring Valley, Illinois, to Stanley and Antoinette (Reinsch) Ratazak.

Mass of Christian Burial will be on Wednesday, January 7, 2015, at 11:00AM at St. Bernadette Church, 2400 Bell Avenue, Rockford. Visitation will be from 9:00AM-10:45AM at the church prior to the Mass. Bishop David J. Malloy will be the main celebrant. Interment will be at Valley Memorial Park, Spring Valley, Illinois. Arrangements are being made by Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Rockford, Illinois.

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"The Catholic Forum" Signs Off Of WROK Radio Dec. 29

Date: December 26, 2014

ROCKFORD, IL — "The Catholic Forum" radio show, hosted each week by the Catholic Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, David J. Malloy, will sign off during its regularly scheduled show, Monday, December 29, 2014 on WROK 1440 AM, a Townsquare Media Inc., station.

Click here to read the press release.
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