Thursday, February 8, 2018

Feb. 1-23: Check out FORMED

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DIOCESE--FORMED is an online platform that provides access to Catholic audio talks, movies, ebooks, and video-based studies from trusted providers like the Augustine Institute, Ignatius Press, Catholic Answers, the Knights of Columbus, St. Paul Center, Sophia Press and more.
All parishes in the Diocese of Rockford have free access to through Feb. 23.
For this free trial, simply go to and click LOGIN. Then enter email and password formed#18 in the spaces shown above. Click submit and look around.
Look for Catholic faith features in English and Spanish.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Feb. 15: Creighton fertility discussion in Rockford

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ROCKFORD--OSF Institute for Women’s Health and Fertility will offer an introductory session to the Creighton Model Charting System The system is a means to help married couples avoid or achieve pregnancy, or help married or single women monitor their gynecological health naturally and effectively.
Creighton Model is a charting system with a user effectiveness rate of 96.8 percent. As a women learns to chart her cycle, NaPro Technology provides medical and surgical treatments to address reproductive and gynecologic abnormalities. These treatments don’t just mask abnormalities, the goal is to eliminate them completely.
As a Catholic health care system, OSF believes in offering alternatives to contraception and artificial reproductive technologies that are safe, effective and consistent with their commitment to the sanctity of life.
There is no cost to attend the session on Feb. 15 in the OSF St. Anthony Medical Center Foundation Room at 5666 E. State St., but registration is requested. (The session will be repeated March 15.)
Info: Mary O’Grady, RN, CFCP, 815/332-3015, mary.e.o’;

Saturday, January 6, 2018

Jan. 7-14: Events in the Rockford Diocese

Jan. 7 and 9: Boylan to host tax credit scholarship talk

Parents and others are welcome to attend one of two sessions about the new Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Program scheduled at Boylan Central Catholic High School.
The first session will be Jan. 7 at 2 p.m. The second will be Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. Both will be in the school cafeteria on the campus at 4000 St. Francis Dr. in Rockford.
Elizabeth Heitkamp, assistant superintendent of the diocese's Catholic schools will present information and answer questions.
The event is free and open to parents of students in kindergarten through high school.

Jan. 10: Prayer breakfast in Batavia

The Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary will host a prayer breakfast, 9-10:30 a.m., Jan. 10,  at the Nazareth Spirituality Center, 717 N. Batavia Ave. Mary Cornell will talk about Pietra Fitness, a stretching and strenghthening class that integrates Christian prayer into the workout. A donation is asked for the continental breakfast. Registration is requested.
Info: Linda Isleib, 630/879-1296

Jan. 14: Dixon KC free throw contest starts

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Dixon area students age 9 to 14 are eligible for the annual Knights of Columbus Council 690 free throw contests. They will be held Jan. 14, Feb. 11 and March 11 at St. Patrick, 612 Highland Ave., in Dixon. Students must enter the council contest on Jan. 14 in order to advance to later events. Registration starts at 11:30 a.m. and competition at noon each day.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Sister who was inspiration for 'The Trouble With Angels' character dies

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SINSINAWA, Wis. (CNS) -- A funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 2 for Dominican Sister John Eudes Courtney, who spent 68 years in religious life. Sister Courtney died Dec. 22 at age 95 at the Sinsinawa Dominicans' motherhouse in Sinsinawa.
She served as inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book "Life With Mother Superior" by Jane Trahey, which was turned into the movie "The Trouble With Angels," starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy and Rosalind Russell as the mother superior. Trahey was best friends with young Mary Courtney when both were students at Providence High School in Chicago.
Also featured as a nun in the movie's fictional convent was Marge Redmond, who parlayed the role into a two-season stint as Sister Jacqueline in the television series "The Flying Nun."
Sister Courtney was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of Harvey and Josephine Ogden Courtney. She made her first profession in 1949 and took final vows in 1952.
Primarily involved in teaching ministry -- including 30 years of high school English -- Sister Courtney taught at schools in the archdioceses of Chicago; Milwaukee; St. Paul and Minneapolis; and Omaha, Nebraska. She also taught in the dioceses of Nashville, Tennessee; Peoria and Rockford, Illinois; Helena, Montana; Arlington, Virginia; and Owensboro, Kentucky.
In addition, Sister Courtney worked in pastoral ministry and as a community organizer, prison visitor and librarian. Her last assignment before retiring from active ministry in 1993 was serving in the Sinsinawa Dominicans' motherhouse in the transportation department.
See more in The Observer, Jan. 12

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

Dec. 12: Fox Valley Catholic

Fox Valley Catholic - Gathering young adults (18-35ish) from all over the Fox Valley and surrounding areas

ELGIN--On the second Tuesday of the month, join Fox Valley Catholic at the Elgin Public House, 219 E. Chicago St., from 7:00-9:00 p.m. for some beer, friendships, and a little formation.  
The next Brew Night will be Tuesday, Dec. 12. We hope to see you there! 
Do you know anyone 18-35ish? Please share this invitation with them. 

Monday, December 11, 2017

Dec. 12: ACC Christmas concert

Christmas Band Concert
Tuesday, December 12, 2017 7:00pm
On Tuesday, Dec. 12, 2017 the Aurora Central Catholic High School Band will be performing its 2017 Christmas Concert in the cafetorium. The school is at 1255 N. Edgelawn Dr. in Aurora.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Nov. 9-12: Rosary High School presents "The Sound of Music":

AURORA--Rosary High School will come alive with The Sound of Music as the school presents this heart-warming musical November 9-12 at Rosary’s McEnroe Auditorium, 901 N. Edgelawn Dr. in Aurora.

The Sound of Music has captured the hearts of audiences of all ages. This classic and endearing musical is based on the true story of Maria Rainer, a spirited young postulant who was sent to serve as a governess for Captain Von Trapp, a widower with seven children. Rodgers and Hammerstein's inspirational musical features favorites such as "Climb Every Mountain," "Edelweiss," "My Favorite Things," "Sixteen Going on Seventeen," and, of course, "The Sound of Music."

The production team includes Megan Drahos, producer, vocal and orchestra director, and director Laura Biancalana, both teachers at Rosary High School.

The cast, crew, and pit orchestra includes more than 90 students from Rosary High School and Marmion Academy in Aurora.  Music is provided by members of the Rosary Symphony Orchestra, the Rosary Chamber Orchestra, and the Marmion-Rosary Band, as well as some local musicians. Several Rosary faculty and staff members will make a cameo appearance as abbey nuns.

Show dates are Thursday, November 9, at 6 pm; Friday, November 10 at 7 p.m., Saturday, November 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, November 12 at 2 p.m. Show tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for students and senior citizens.

Saturday evening features a pre-show wine reception with hot hors d'oeuvres, an opportunity for photos with the cast, and a dessert reception during intermission. A family Picnic in Vienna is planned for Sunday at Noon. Pre-registration is required. Both events are fundraisers sponsored by the Rosary Fine Arts Boosters.

Tickets are available online at Tickets may also be purchased by mail and in the Rosary school office. An order form can be found online. For additional information, call the school at (630) 896-0831.

This production marks the fifth time Rosary has staged The Sound of Music in its 55-year history. Cast members from previous shows in 1970, 1979, 1989 and 2009 have been invited and will be recognized at the performances and at the surrounding special events. If you were in one of these shows, please contact the school to let us know you'll be attending at

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Oct. 15: Celebrity organist to perform at St. Catherine of Siena

WEST DUNDEE— Organ maestro Hector Olivera will perform at 3 p.m., Oct. 15, at St. Catherine of Siena Parish, 845 W. Main St., here.
The concert is free but donations to subsidize future organ concerts will be appreciated.
Olivera is a world-renown improviser who can spontaneously generate imaginative, complex compositions. 
As the son of an organist, Olivera started playing the organ at age 3 and entered the Buenos Aires Conservatory at age 6. 
He grew up without access to much printed/published organ music. As a boy, he listened to and transcribed great organ symphonies and concertos.
As an adult, he has played every important organ in every distinguished church and concert hall in the world.
He is known for astonishing keyboard velocity and his savant like musical gifts.  He has been known to say, “Hold onto your hats, this is going to be loud and fast”.
Olivera's concert is being co-sponsored by Allen Organs and Allen Organs of Chicago (Bolingbrook). 
Info: 847/426-2217.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Oct. 14: Erie hosts chicken bar-b-q

St. Ambrose Parish will host a chicken bar-b-q on Oct. 14. Serving will be from 4 to 6 p.m. in the church hall at the corner of Fifth and Main streets.
One-half or one-quarter chicken will be swerved with potato salad, cole slaw, dinner roll, dessert and beverage for a donation.

Monday, September 25, 2017

Oct. 1: Join a Life Chain on Respect Life Sunday

October is Respect Life Month.
Show your support of life -- from conception to natural death -- by joining a Life Chain at a parish near you.
These parishes in the Rockford Diocese have told us they're hosting a Life Chain.
AURORA: 2:30 p.m.; all area churches; meet at East New York Street and Oakhurst Drive. Info: Chuck Jones, 630/896-3826.
BELVIDERE: 2 p.m., St. James; meet at State Street bridge; pick up signs in Salvation Army parking lot. Info: Dennis Sullivan, 815/793-1386
DIXON: 1:45 p.m., all area churches, sponsored by Lee County Right to Life; meet at shelter in John Dixon Park on Galena Avenue at Chamberlin. Signs available. Join prayer group. Info: Margaret Brechon, 815/288-1156,
ELBURN: 1:30 p.m., St. Gall, 43W885 Hughes Road. Rosary before Life Chain; serving angel food cake and beverages afterward (in honor of Guardian Angels Day Oct. 2). Info: Darlene Biggs, 630/365-6030,
FREEPORT: 12 noon, Aquin Catholic Schools PAWS, for all area parishes; meet at West Avenue and Stephenson Street. Info: Connie Gogel, 815/275-9831,
GENEVA: 2 p.m., St. Peter; meet at corner of Illinois Rts. 64 and 25. Info: Kathy Rizzo, 630/610-0027,
MARENGO: 12:30 p.m., Sacred Heart Parish; meet at corner of Illinois Rtes. 20 and 23.  Info: Barbara Weidner, 815/601-8800,
MCHENRY: 2:30 p.m., McHenry Life Chain for McHenry parishes; meet at Richmond Road and Illinois Rte 120. Signs available at St Mary, 1401  N. Richmond  Road. Prayers at 2:20 p.m. Info: Karen Verr, 815/355-5481
RICHMOND: 2:30 p.m., St. Joseph, 10519 N. Main. St.; signs provided, arrive early to choose a sign. Info: Laura Brumm, 262/374-9338, BRUMMLL@LIVE.COM
ROCKFORD: 2 p.m., area parishes; meet at Holy Famiily, corner of Highcrest and Alpine roads. Signs available. Info: Joann Lewis, 815/978-1239,
ST. CHARLES: 2 p.m., St. John Neumann; meet at corner of Illinois Rt. 64 and Kirk Road. Gather early for blessing; refreshments available afterward. Signs provided; bring chairs and blankets (optional). Info: Rebecca Hendershott, 847/309-5656,
WONDER LAKE: 11:15 a.m., Christ the King Church; Hancock Drive at Wonder Lake Road; meet at Subway parking lot to pick up signs. Info: 815/653-2561

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Oct. 3: Boylan hosts Notre Dame Club speaker

Father Ron Nuzzi, a priest of the Youngstown Diocese in Ohio will speak at Boylan Central Catholic High School in Rockford on Oct. 3. His talk is sponsored by the Notre Dame Club of Rockford.
Father Nuzzi's talk is titled "Only the Strong Can be Gentle: Toward Spirituality for Leadership."
He is a senior director in the Alliance for Catholic Education at Notre Dame University. He is also affiliated with the University of Dayton and St. Louis University.
Admission is free and open to the public. Doors of the auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. Father Nuzzi's talk will begin at 7 p.m.

Oct. 14: Learn to identify, help victims of domestic abuse

Gloria Lange will discussion identifying forms of domestic abuse and ways to help families caught up in it at a presentation Oct. 14 at St. Peter Parish, 1891 Kaneville Road in Geneva.
The discussion will begin with refreshments at 9 a.m., with the talk beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Lange is a licensed clinical social worker, Catholic therapist and registered nurse.
The session is sponsored by the Domestic Abuse Ministry of St. Peter Parish.
Babysitting is available.

Oct. 7: Red Ribbon Fair

Boylan Central Catholic High School will be the site of the annual Red Ribbon Fun Fair, 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Oct. 7.
The family fair promotes drug prevention and wellness through games and other activities. There will be pizza samples (while supplies last) and a chance to screen a t-shirt that says, "Be a Buddy ... Not a Bully."
The free fair begins with a ceremony honoring Rockford Firefighters at 10:30 a.m.
Schools in the Rockford Diocese are among supporters of the fair.
Boylan is at 4000 St. Francis Dr. in Rockford.