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May 4, 2016
West Dundee - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Catherine of Siena, West Dundee, and St. Mary, Gilbert, at St. Catherine of Siena Church
May 6, 2016
Rockford - 8:30 a.m., School Mass and Ground Breaking of Rosary Walk at St. Rita Catholic Church
May 6, 2016
St. Charles - 6:00 p.m., Confirmation for St. Joseph Church, Elgin, at St. Patrick Church, Crane Road
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May 8, 2016 - 4:00pm (Loves Park)
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Fundraising for Children, Who are 'Precious As Pearls'

The 30th annual Caritas luncheon was held on April 27 at Giovanni's restaurant in Rockford. It welcomes a record crowd of some 380 people who enjoyed lunch, a silent auction, music by Carl and Diana Cole and a fashion show with clothing by Chico's. The event is sponsored by the Catholic Charities Auxiliary, and all funds raised support children's programs and activities at St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center. Pictured is Catholic Charities' director, Patrick Winn, visiting with some of the participants.
An Enthusiastic Evangelizing Effort

Lori and Mike Pacer began their married life in typical fashion, but later God called them to new and different things. They now are the founders and directors of Evangelize All Ministries, which provides a one-day faith boost for people who find it hard to schedule a weekend retreat.

Read more in the April 22 Observer.
Pope Francis releases Amoris Laetitia
(The Joy of Love)

Today, the Holy Father Pope Francis released his Postsynodal Apostolic Exhortation titled Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

You can find out more about the document and in background provided by Catholic News Service and in some frequently asked questions at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops website USCCB Information

Full Document - English

Full Document - Spanish

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Celebrating Mercy

People near and far came to Rosary High School the evening of March 30 to watch "The Original Image of Divine Mercy," a film about the painting of Jesus completed under the direction of St. Faustina in the 1930s and its journey to its present location in a small chapel in Vilnius, Lithuania. Filmmaker Daniel deSilva spoke at the showing about his work to make the film.

See more in the April 8 issue of The Observer.

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Easter in the Year of Mercy

Bishop David Malloy celebrated Easter Sunday Mass for inmates at the Winnebago County Jail. It was the third year he came to the jail for Easter, and he encouraged the men to "think about how much it is that (Jesus) loves us." This year, he also was able to provide communion to two women inmates before leaving the jail. Pictured is Laura Ortiz, chairman of the board for Rockford's jail ministry, who provided music for the Easter Mass.

More coming in the Friday issue of The Observer.

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A Bridge of Love and Hope

Catholics in several parishes of the Diocese of Rockford come together to Build a Bridge of Love to Africa with an organization called ImaBridge Africa. Begun in 2008 by Father Godwin Asuquo, now pastor of St. Patrick Parish in McHenry, the organization works through a U.S. board of directors and a Nigeria-based board of directors to provide assistance with health, education, clean water and micro-financing to benefit the poor.

More in the March 18 issue of The Observer.

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New Legatus Chapter Chartered

On March 15, the St. Charles Chapter of the international Legatus organization was chartered during a Mass celebrated by Bishop David Malloy at St. John Neumann Church in St. Charles. Twenty-three business executives are founding members of the chapter, which also includes their spouses. Members meet monthly to hear a variety of speakers, to network, to support and challenge one another and to grow spiritually. Tom Monahan, founder of Legatus, spoke at the dinner that followed the chartering ceremony.

More in the March 25 issue of The Observer.

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