Thursday, December 13, 2018

Dec. 14: Communal Penance, St. James, Rockford

St. James, Rockford


On Dec. 14 at 6:30 p.m. St. James Parish, 428 N. Second St., Rockford will host an Advent Communal Penance service.
There will NOT be a Communal Penance Service at St. James Parish in Belvidere.
The Observer regrets the error.

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

Dec 1: Marmion-Rosary Cheerleaders to host clinic

AUIRORA--The Marmion Academy/Rosary High School Cheerleaders are hosting a cheer clinic for students in grades K-8 on Saturday, Dec. 1 from 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Marmion Academy field house, 1000 Butterfield Road. 
Participants will learn cheers, jumps, and stunts along with a dance routine that they will perform during half time at the Marmion Academy basketball game on Dec. 14 at 7 p.m. 
The cost is $35 and includes a snack and a T-shirt. Sign up at

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Oct. 6: 22nd Ecumenical Brunch in Rockford

22nd Annual Ecumenical Benefit Brunch
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Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
St. Bernadette Parish
2400 Bell Ave. 
Rockford, Illinois

Far Away and in Our Backyard –
Continuing our conversationsHuman Trafficking

Jimmie Getter, RSAC, and Brittney Fry, RAASE, will be speakers and responders in a question and answer session. 

REGISTRATION:  8:30 AM      

Tuesday, September 18, 2018

Sept. 22: SVdP Walks in Geneva and Carpentersville

Sept 22
South East District: 8:30 a.m. check-in, 9 a.m. walk; Fabyan Forest Preserve Bear Cage Shelter, 1925 S. Batavia Ave.Info: St. Peter Parish
St. Monica: 9 a.m.; 90 N. Kennedy Dr. Info: 847/428-5467

Proceeds for St. Vincent de Paul Society local charitable work in the community.

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Saturday, September 15, 2018

Sept. 15: SVdP walk in Algonquin

Sept 15
St. Margaret Mary Parish: 9 a.m.;111 S Hubbard St. Info: 847/628-5161

Proceeds for St. Vincent de Paul Society local charitable work in the community

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Friday, August 31, 2018

Sept. 6: 'Priest with a Mic' on Sirius radio

Father Kyle Manno

Starting Sept. 6, Father Kyle Manno will be the "Priest with a Mic" on the Sirius radio series.

It will be a three-week series, brodcasting Sept. 6, 13, and 20 at 11 a.m. CST for an hour on Sirius XM 129, the Catholic Channel.

Father Manno is the vocations director for the Diocese of Rockford and a parochial vicar at Christ the Teacher University Parish and Newman Center at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb.

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Sept. 15: Golfing for All Saints Catholic Academy

Already supporters of Rockford's All Saints Catholic Academy, due to open for the 2019-20 school year, are raising funds. 
They've scheduled a golf and dinner for men and women at 1:30 p.m., Sept. 15, at Westlake Village Golf Course, 3820 Westlake Village Dr. in Winnebago. 
There will be nine-holes and cart for golfers in a scramble format with prizes for lowest score, men's and women's longest drive and closest to the pin. 
Dinner with a silent auction, 50/50 raffle will follow at 6: p.m. at  St. James Parish Beauvais Center, 428 N. Second St., Rockford. 
Reservations are due by Sept. 1.
Cost: $25 golfing; $20 dinner. 
Info: Ed Geeser, 815/540-0224; Dale Sanders, 815/222-6884

Friday, May 18, 2018

May 22: Aquin CCHS opens assembly to the public

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FREEPORT--Aquin Catholic Schools, here, welcomes families, friends, and community members to join them for a special program at 10:45 a.m. May 22.  Lt. William Gleason will share his heroic and inspiring message.
 Lt. Gleason a highly decorated retired New York City Fire Department lieutenant and a World Trade Center rescuer. 
Lt. Gleason will talk about his experience on Sept. 11, 2001, and the time after the rescue and recovery operation. Lt. Gleason brings a positive inspirational message of hope from tragedy
His talk will be in the Aquin Central Catholic Junior/Senior High School auditorium. Visitors should use the Galena Street entrance.

Monday, April 2, 2018

April 7: Flea Market at St. Mary’s in Sycamore

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SYCAMORE--As warmer days approach, it means garage sale season is right around the corner. But you don’t have to wait for a nice day or drive all over for some good finds! Stop by St. Mary’s in Sycamore Flea Market on Saturday, April 7. Not only will you find some treasures you will be supporting a wonderful cause. Proceeds from this event will go towards St. Mary’s Youth Ministry 2018 Summer Mission trip.

“We would like to invite you to join our teens and our vendors for a day of shopping fun!  The Parish Activity Center will be filled with antiques, housewares, unique gadgets, holiday decor, baked goods, and much more,” explained Carolyne Schoen, St. Mary’s Youth Minister.

If you are spring cleaning and would like to donate items for the Flea Market, you can drop them off at 322 Waterman Street on April 2-3 between 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. or April 4-6 from 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please note that clothes, large appliances, large furniture, electronics or gaw-powered equipment will not be accepted.

About 20 students will be going to New Orleans as part of a Catholic Heart Work Camp (CHWC) in June.  CHWC is an organization that offers quality service camps, serves people in need, and spiritually enriches the lives of Workcamp participants. Examples of work projects include painting, home maintenance and repairs, neighborhood revitalization, indoor/outdoor clean-up, helping with children in daycare centers for low income families, helping at centers that distribute food for the needy, and above all restoring hope to those who have none.

St. Mary’s Flea Market will be on Saturday, April 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 322 Waterman St. in Sycamore. For more information call Carolyne Schoen at 815/501-5480.

Friday, March 30, 2018

Illinois becomes a diocese in 1843

As Illinois celebrates its bicentennial this year, The Observer will present occasional features from Rockford Diocese history books.

The Provincial Council that assembled in Baltimore in May, 1843, finding that from the very great spread of the Catholic Church several additional Bishops were needed, passed a decree recommending the formation of the new Sees of Chicago, Illinois; Little Rock, Arkansas; Hartford, Connecticut; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; and the Apostolic Vicariate of Oregon Territory. The recommendation of this Council was immediately acted upon in Rome, and accordingly in the following year the Apostolic letters for the consecration of the three new Bishops arrived in New York. They were consecrated on March 10, 1844 (including) the Rt. Rev. William Quarter, D.D., for the Diocese of Chicago.
When the new Bishop arrived in Chicago, accompanied by his brother, the Rev. Walter J. Quarter, the almost total absence of priests presented a disheartening problem, (says) the author of the Life of the Rt. Rev. William Quarter, D.D. (p. 48) ... .

Exerpts from the bishop’s diary  tell some of the early history of Catholicism in northern Illinois.
First Bishop of Illinois
August 8 (1844). The Bishop set out in company of Rev. Walter J. Quarter for Galena; arrived about 12:30 a. m. Saturday morning. The Rev. Ostlangenberg said an early Mass; after Mass saw the Rev. Petiot; preached on Sunday at 10 o’clock and in the afternoon. On Monday morning at 9 o’clock administered the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Church of Galena to about forty-two persons. It was the first time the Bishop administered this Sacrament; some were converts to the Catholic faith.
August 18. On Sunday morning, the feast of St. Joachim, the Bishop officiating pontifically at 6:30 o’clock Mass, conferred the order of Deacon on the Rev. Thomas O’Donnell and at the same Mass raised to the dignity of the priesthood the Rev. Messrs. John Brady and John Ingoldsby.
August 27. Today the Rev. John Brady set out for Galena, where he is to officiate as assistant pastor to the Rev. Mr. Petiot.
September 8. Rev. Mr. Ingoldsby left in the afternoon on a mission to Aurora.
April 7 (1845). The Rev. John Brady of Galena and the Rev. P. McMahan of Donnelly’s Settlement are here on a visit.
September 27. Died on Saturday morning, the 27th of September, the Rev. John Faughan, pastor of Elgin, in the forty-second year and three months of his age. R. I. P.
Source: 1924 Complete History Book of the Diocese of Rockford

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

April 14: 29th Tidal Wave for St. Edward CCHS

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St. Edward High School Celebrates Service at 29th Annual Fundraiser

Tidal Wave: La Vita Bella Dinner, Auction tickets on sale until April 1

ELGIN--St. Edward Central Catholic High School will host its 29th annual benefit gala on Saturday, April 14, 2018 at the Chicago Marriott Northwest, Hoffman Estates starting at 5:30 p.m.  Tidal Wave: La Vita Bella, chaired by parent volunteers, Vito and Maria Corso, celebrates the “beautiful life”
surrounding St. Edward Central Catholic High School students and families.
Attendees will enjoy dinner, drinks, silent and live auctions for more than 300 items, including vacation packages to Las Vegas and Sonoma, Cubs tickets, outdoor grills, a big screen TV, spa and restaurant gift certificates, and more. 
Tickets are $150 per person, or $1,350 for a table of 10, and can be purchased through April 1 by calling 847-741-7535, ext. 123.
Proceeds from the event benefit academic advances and provide scholarship funds for students in need to attend the nonprofit, college preparatory, Catholic high school located in Elgin, Ill. Founded in 1941, St. Edward Central Catholic has a legacy of academic excellence, with 96 percent of 2017 graduates attending a college or university and 4 percent enrolling in technical schools. Thirty percent of students receive a financial scholarship through the St. Edward Central Catholic Guardian Angel scholarship fund.
During the gala, St. Edward Central Catholic will celebrate members of the community who provide unwavering service to the 76-year-old college preparatory high school, including:
-          Ted Meyers, Class of ’78, Alumnus of the Year:  A fourth-generation lawyer and partner with Meyers and Flowers Trial Lawyers, Meyers exemplifies the qualities and values of a St. Edward Central Catholic education.  
-          Jackie Tabbert, St. Gregory the Great Award:  The St. Gregory the Great Award recognizes a St. Edward Central Catholic faculty member for his or her commitment to students’ education. Serving as the school’s culinary and fashion arts instructor for more than 25 years, Tabbert has influenced the career paths of many St. Edward students and remains beloved among the alumni.
-          Frank Celarek, Loyal Order of St. Edward Award:  Honoring a volunteer who goes above and beyond, the Loyal Order of St. Edward Award will be presented to Frank Celarek of Elgin. An active member of the Boosters’ Club and a steadfast advocate of St. Edward Central Catholic, Celarek has remained a champion for the school long after his children graduated.
-          Joe Bero and Son Plumbing and Piping, Patron of the Year:  Joe Bero Plumbing and Piping has been a supporter of St. Edward Central Catholic for multiple generations. This award recognizes the company’s commitment to the school and its students.