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July 30, 2014
Maple Park - 5:30 p.m., Mass and Installation of Fr. Perfecto Vasquez at St. Mary Church
July 31, 2014
Warren - 5:30 p.m., Mass for Centennial Celebration of St. Ann Church
August 2, 2014
Rockford - 10:30 a.m., Mass for Silver Jubilee of Sister Marie Christine of His Merciful Providence at Corpus Christi Monastery
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July 31, 2014 - 9:00am (Spring Grove)
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August 1, 2014 - 1:00am (Johnsburg)
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August 1, 2014 - 1:00am (Rockford)
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Archbishop Chaput Says Pope Will Visit Philadelphia in September 2015

Date: July 28, 2014
Catholic News Service

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in the U.S. next year, even though the Philadelphia Archdiocese still has not received official confirmation from the Vatican.

Archbishop Chaput made the announcement July 24 before giving his homily during the opening Mass of the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo.

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Pope Heads to Vatican Cafeteria for Friday Fish Menu

Date: July 25, 2014
Catholic News Service

Taking the chef completely by surprise, Pope Francis unexpectedly showed up to eat with the Vatican's blue collar workers at their cafeteria in the tiny city-state's "industrial park." "He showed up, got his tray, silverware, he stood in line and we served him," the cafeteria's chef, Franco Paini, told Vatican Radio July 25. He acted "normally, like the humblest of the workers," Paini said, his voice still trembling from the thrill. "Please forgive me, I'm still excited, you know?"

Wearing his white cassock and zucchetto, the pope grabbed an orange plastic tray and chose what he wanted from the array of prepared foods. He got a plate of pasta without sauce; a portion of cod; a whole wheat roll; some "au gratin" vegetables; a few French fries; an apple; and a bottle of spring water — but not the fizzy, bubbly kind, witnessed reported.

"I didn't have the courage to give him the bill," said Claudia Di Giacomo, who was sitting behind the cash register.

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Raising NFP Awareness One Couple at a Time

Date: July 18, 2014

Natural family planning (NFP) may be the best kept secret in the Diocese of Rockford. But Life and Family Evangelization (LiFE) Office is hoping to raise awareness of and accessibility to this moral, natural and scientific method of family planning.

You can read more about this in the July 18 Observer or visit the Observer Website.
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Study: College Choices Can Steer Men Toward Thinking About Priesthood

Date: July 17, 2014
Catholic News Service

The college experience -- and the Catholic college experience, especially -- can influence a young man's decision toward considering a priestly vocation, according to a study issued in early July by Boston College.

Among the factors that have helped sway a man's decision to enter priestly life are access to clergy at the college as well as access to the Mass and other elements of Catholic life.

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Diocesan High School Students Work on Bishop Lane Retreat Center Repairs

Date: July 14, 2014
WIFR-Rockford

This week 24 sophomores are making repairs to the Diocese of Rockford's Bishop Lane Retreat. The guys are working with retired contractors, engineers and tradesmen to do the construction on the 50 year old center. Some of the work includes fixing the roof of the outdoor chapel, replacing carpet and painting.

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Pope App 2.0 Released

Date: July 10, 2014
Vatican Radio

Pope Francis has expressed his appreciation for the work being done by all the Vatican's media services in enhancing their presence and participation in the digital world. The Pope's words came on Monday as he was given a personal viewing of the new updated version of "The Pope App", developed by the Pontifical Council for Social Communications.

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Bishop Malloy's Fortnight for Freedom Mass

Date: July 7, 2014

Bishop David Malloy celebrated Mass on July 4, the end of the Fortnight for Freedom, at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Crystal Lake. He called it "appropriate" and "a matter of living our faith" to pray "for our beloved country." For the complete text of his homily, see his column in the July 11 issue of The Observer.
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Bishop of Rockford Issues Statement Regarding Today's U.S. Supreme Court Ruling

Date: June 30, 2014

ROCKFORD, IL — Bishop David J. Malloy issued a statement today following the decision handed down by the Supreme Court of the United States in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties:

"The U.S. Supreme Court's 5-4 decision today, finding in favor of Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties, is a very encouraging ruling. It upholds the very fundamental rights of religious expression and practice granted to all citizens under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

"The court ruled that closely-held corporations can have religious beliefs within the meaning of that Act, and that the Health and Human Services mandate violates the religious freedoms of those corporations.

"This limited ruling respects and reaffirms the rights of people to conduct their businesses guided by their respective religious beliefs.

"With this clarification that applies to closely-held for-profit corporations, we pray the administration will now take the appropriate steps to apply equally to religious entities as well, the principles learned today.

"It has famously been said, "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance." The U.S. Supreme Court ruling today is a reflection of that vigilance for the religious freedom of believers and all people of goodwill."

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Bishop Malloy to Ordain Two Men to the Priesthood

Date: June 26, 2014

This Saturday, June 28, 2014 at 11:00am at the Cathedral of St. Peter, two seminarians from the Diocese of Rockford will take the final step toward becoming priests. Deacons Andrew Deitz and Jared Twenty will be ordained by Bishop Malloy to the service of the Priesthood. The ordination of two new priests is a cause of rejoicing and deep gratitude to God for the entire Diocese.

Both deacons have already been given their parish assignments:

Deacon Jared Twenty has been assigned to be Parochial Vicar pro tempore for Holy Cross Parish in Batavia, IL effective July 1, 2014 and Deacon Andrew Deitz has been assigned to be the Parochial Vicar for St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, IL effective July 1, 2014.

The Ordination Mass will be streamed live here at www.rockforddiocese.org
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Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve

Date: June 23, 2014
USCCB

The Fortnight for Freedom: Freedom to Serve will take place from June 21 to July 4, 2014, a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power—St. Thomas More and St. John Fisher, St. John the Baptist, SS. Peter and Paul, and the First Martyrs of the Church of Rome. The theme of this year's Fortnight will focus on the freedom to serve the poor and vulnerable in accord with human dignity and the Church's teaching.

Bishop David Malloy will celebrate a special Mass for the Fortnight for Freedom on July 4 at 9 a.m. at St. Thomas the Apostle Church in Crystal Lake.

Remember to pray for religious Freedom during your Independence day celebrations.

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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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