May is traditionally the month attributed to honoring Mary, the Mother of God. Why honor and pray to Mary? Well, she obtains special graces for us from her Son. Imagine that you desired to give Jesus a mere apple, representative of your offering or prayer to God. Yes, you can give the apple directly to Jesus. However, imagine rather giving it first to Mary and asking her to give it to her Son. Mary would take your apple, your offering and prayer, she would coat it in gold and place it upon a gold platter, and then give it to Jesus. How beautiful is this. Surely, Jesus listens and does what his Most Blessed and Pure Mother desires. Just as Mary at the Wedding of Cana asked Jesus to help the newly wed, so she asks and intercedes for us now.
Not only is this a beautiful and mysterious reality, but it is deeply intertwined with God’s infinite and Divine Mercy! Mercy which has an unbelievable history in our own world, involving such Saints as John Paul II, Maximilian Kolbe, and Maria Faustina Kowalska. You can read the full riveting story here: http://aleteia.org/2016/05/05/polands-passion-a-pope-and-divine-providence/
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Dear Friends in Christ:
In this Holy Year of Mercy called by Pope Francis, we are asked to open the doors of our hearts and make mercy real and present by our actions. The ministries supported by the Diocesan Appeal allows us as a Catholic family to be merciful throughout our diocese.
Through your gifts to this Appeal, our schools, and religious education programs benefit from the Office of Education which helps to prepare our teachers and catechists to pass on the knowledge of our faith. The Ministry Formation Program has trained so many adults who go back to their parishes and evangelize by proclaiming the depth of God’s mercy present in the Scripture.
You also play a crucial part in the formation of our priests and deacons who serve us throughout their lives – even in retirement.
Together, we can reach so many by pooling our resources to feed the hungry, welcome the stranger, and to lift them up through our Catholic Charities programs. Your gift demonstrates that God’s mercy is alive today, experienced by many, and practiced by all who follow Jesus.
Let God’s mercy lead us…
To care for those who are hungry and poor
To welcome the lost and forsaken
To educate the hearts, minds, and spirits in the Catholic faith
We cannot let the love of Christ stay behind closed doors – we must open our hearts to Christ so we can spread His mercy to everyone we meet.
Please join me in giving to the 2016 Diocesan Appeal so we can help make God’s mercy a reality for people in our parishes, communities and throughout our diocese. Thank you.
The Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford
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Discussing death and dying can be difficult and uncomfortable, yet perhaps no conversations are more profound or necessary for all of us. End-of-life decisions are among the most challenging we will ever face. Join us for an informative evening as we discuss topics such as ordinary and extraordinary treatments, euthanasia, nutrition and hydration. Our panel of speakers will include Fr. Ken Wasilewski, Ethicist for the Diocese of Rockford, as well as representatives from Fitzgerald Funeral Home and Calvary Cemetery. This evening will be hosted at St. Rita Parish (6254 Valley Knoll Drive in Rockford) in Wahl Hall on Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 PM. For more information, contact Mary Kinney at (815) 519-7066.
On April 23rd Patti Gallagher Mansfield will speak at a Charismatic day of renewal, “Come Holy Spirit: Sharing the graces of Pentecost,” at St. Patrick Church, 244 Kelley Drive, Rochelle, IL. Registration begins at 8:30. The day is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early registration is $15, $20 at the door. Bring a sack lunch. There will be a love offering. The day is sponsored by the Catholic Charismatic Renewal Services for the Diocese of Rockford. Information: Linda 815-264-3240 or firstname.lastname@example.org
International Catholic speaker, author and radio host Jon Leonetti will be hosting a Marriage Enrichment Workshop titled “Mission of the Family” on Saturday, April 16 from 9:00am – 3:30pm at St. Rita Church in Rockford. Register online at stritarockford.org or call the church office at 815-398-0853. The cost is $35, lunch included. Take advantage of this dynamic speaker and enjoy the day with your spouse!