Aurora Central Catholic High School has begun a second phase of fundraising to expand the school facility to meet its growing population and educational needs. "Public phase" materials were distributed
at parishes the first weekend of February.
More on this new effort in the Feb. 17 issue of The Observer.
St. Blaise Celebrated at Catholic Schools
On Friday of Catholic Schools Week 2017, the feast of St. Blaise, bishop and martyr, was celebrated at some of the Catholic schools of the diocese. Known as a saintly healer, student throats were blessed in Sterling and other communities.
Photos and an article on this event are coming Friday in this week's Observer.
March for Life Send-Off Mass
Students from St. Rita School and Boylan Central Catholic High School attended a March for Life Send-Off Mass in Boylan's chapel the afternoon of Jan. 25 before heading to Washington D.C. A second send-off Mass, also celebrated by Bishop David Malloy and a handful of priests from the diocese, was held at St. John Neumann Parish in St. Charles that evening (pictured).
Those attending the evening Mass filled two buses for a trip to the March organized by the diocesen Life and Family Evangelization Office. They came from parishes and school in Richmond, Crystal Lake, Aurora, Dixon, Sterling, DeKalb and McHenry. The bishop will join the marches in Washington D.C. for the vigil Mass on Jan. 26 and at the march itself on Jan. 27.
Bishop Blesses New Police Station
Bishop David Malloy traveled the new District Two Police Station in Rockford, blessing it from top to bottom during a ribbon cutting and open house on Jan. 25. The former Turner School, built in 1898, was most recently used as an abortuary. Following years of protests and prayer, it was closed by the State in 2011 for numerous health code violations.
Members of the community toured the structure, some pausing to thank the bishop for his words of blessing. He is pictured here with his bottle of holy water outside of the station's Chaplain's Office, which he called a very important place.
In Memoriam: Reverend William P. Collins
Reverend William P. Collins, a priest of our diocese for the past 60 years, died Dec. 31, 2016 at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Father was born on August 17, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, to Thomas Collins and Katherine Kennedy Collins.
Father Collins was ordained to the priesthood on May 26, 1956, by The Most Reverend Martin McNamara, Bishop of Joliet, at St. Joseph Church in Aurora.
Mass of Christian Burial will be on Friday, January 6, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church Street, Rockford. Visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, January 5th at the church with rosary at 7:30 p.m. and visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. at the church prior to the Mass. Private interment will be at St. Mary Cemetery, Evergreen Park on Saturday, January 7, 2017.
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Blankets for Moms and Kids
The Catholic Women's League cut and tied fringe to make 100 fleece blankets for the moms and children served by area agencies. The women first enjoyed Mass for the deceased bishops, priests and religious of the diocese at St. Bridget Parish. Brunch and the blanket workshop followed in the parish center.
More photos in The Observer on Dec. 9.
Your Help is Needed
Bishop David Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese would appreciate your help in contacting our state legislators to prevent public money from funding abortion.
Please write and pray.
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National Day of Prayer for Peace
As we are all aware, our society is increasingly divided and polarized. This past summer, social tensions led to incidents of violence that resulted in the targeting of law enforcement officials. The racial divisions in our society also came under increased scrutiny.
In response to these incidents that have exacerbated our societal divisions, Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, has on behalf of the Bishops of the United States called for a National Day of Prayer for Peace in our Communities.
Archbishop Kurtz asked that we join in that prayer intention on Friday, September 9. However, in view of the funeral of our beloved Bishop Thomas Doran scheduled for that day, I ask that we join in that National Day of Prayer over the weekend of September 17-18.
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Letter to Priests (English) | Letter to Priests (Spanish)
Bishop Emeritus Thomas G. Doran Has Died at Age 80
ROCKFORD, IL - The Most Reverend Thomas G. Doran, Bishop Emeritus of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford died peacefully Thursday, Sept. 1, 2016 at his residence in Presence Cor Mariae here. Bishop Doran was 80 years of age.
Bishop Doran was appointed the eighth Bishop of the Rockford Diocese on April 19, 1994 and served until he retired on March 20, 2012. He was the second native born priest of the Rockford Diocese to serve as its bishop.
Funeral arrangements are being completed by Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Crematory, Rockford. Services for Bishop Doran will be held at the Cathedral of St. Peter, 1243 N. Church St., Rockford. Public viewing of the body of Bishop Doran will be Thursday, September 8 beginning with evening prayer at 4 p.m. with viewing to continue until 8 p.m. Public viewing will also be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. Bishop Doran's funeral Mass will be celebrated by Bishop David J. Malloy and priests of the Rockford Diocese on Friday, Sept. 9 at 11 a.m. It will be live streamed here on our website.
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