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March 31, 2015
Freeport - 5:30 p.m., Confirmation for St. Mary, Freeport, and St. Joseph, Freeport, at St. Joseph Church
April 2, 2015
Rockford - 11:00 a.m., Chrism Mass at the Cathedral
April 2, 2015
Rockford - 7:00 p.m., Mass of the Lord's Supper at the Cathedral
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Bishop Visits Dixon Correctional Center

Date: March 27, 2015

There were some familiar faces in the group of 40 men who came for confession and Mass at the Dixon Correctional Center the afternoon of March 25, the day for Catholics throughout the diocese to Be Reconciled. It was a second trip to the center by Bishop David Malloy, who had provided those sacraments to Dixon Catholic inmates on Be Reconciled day in spring 2014.

The bishop fit this year's Dixon visit between assistance with morning and evening confessions at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Rockford. "I remember my first visit (here) very well – it made a big impact on me," he said to the inmates. "I wanted to come back!"

For more on the bishop's visit and on Be Reconciled Day throughout the diocese, see the April 3 Observer.
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In Memoriam: Monsignor Charles McNamee

Date: March 13, 2015

The Chancery received word Friday, March 13, 2015, that Reverend Monsignor Charles W. McNamee, JCL, STL, PA, died at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford, where he was a resident. Monsignor was born on July 2, 1924, in Chicago, Illinois, to Charles J. and Loretta (Emond) McNamee.

Monsignor McNamee attended Archbishop Quigley Preparatory Seminary, Chicago, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary, Mundelein, and St. Mary Seminary, Baltimore, being ordained on May 20, 1950, by Bishop John J. Boylan at St. Patrick Church, Dixon. He furthered his studies and received a Master of Education from Loyola University, Chicago in 1959 and a Licentiate in Canon Law (cum laude) from Rome in 1980. He was appointed Prelate of Honor (Monsignor) by Pope John Paul II on November 14, 1994, and later Protonotary Apostolic Supernumerary by Pope John Paul II on May 11, 1999. His first assignment was as Parochial Vicar at the Cathedral of St. Peter, Rockford (6/1950-1/1951).

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National Catholic Sisters Week

Date: March 12, 2015

In the Rockford Diocese, National Catholic Sisters Week started with a Run for the Nuns. The 5k walk/run was part of the annual Here I Am Lord National Vocations Conference, hosted by St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles. More than 125 people took part in the run.

Look for more in The Observer, March 13.
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"Bishop David Malloy and the people of the Catholic Diocese of Rockford join with the entire Aurora Central Catholic community and their families in prayer and sympathy as they mourn the loss of two of their students killed last evening (March 10) in a terrible car accident. We unite our prayers with the ACC community also for those who were injured and their families. As we pray for the repose of the souls of these young ones, we ask for God's comfort and healing to all those affected by this tragic accident."
 
Spring Appeal Helps the Church Universal

By: Amanda Hudson

DIOCESE—"There are those who suffer daily from hunger, violence and atrocities from war," says Bishop David Malloy in his message for the annual International Appeal coming to parishes the weekend of March 14-15.

"We have an opportunity to help them by participating" in this appeal, he adds, noting that "we can personally help Pope Francis' ministry through Peter's Pence," one of the individual collections included in this combined appeal.

Three combined collections each year replace what otherwise would be about a dozen special collections in parishes. The National Appeal was held in January and the Mission Appeal is held in fall.

Click here for more information about the International Appeal.
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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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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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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.

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