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Statement of U.S. Bishops’ President on George Floyd and the Protests in  American Cities

May 31, 2020

WASHINGTON – Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles and president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) has issued a statement on George Floyd and the protests in American cities that have taken place over the last several days. This follows the Friday statement from seven U.S. bishop chairmen of committees within the USCCB.

Archbishop Gomez’s full statement follows:

The killing of George Floyd was senseless and brutal, a sin that cries out to heaven for justice. How is it possible that in America, a black man’s life can be taken from him while calls for help are not answered, and his killing is recorded as it happens?

I am praying for George Floyd and his loved ones, and on behalf of my brother bishops, I share the outrage of the black community and those who stand with them in Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and across the country. The cruelty and violence he suffered does not reflect on the majority of good men and women in law enforcement, who carry out their duties with honor. We know that. And we trust that civil authorities will investigate his killing carefully and make sure those responsible are held accountable.

We should all understand that the protests we are seeing in our cities reflect the justified frustration and anger of millions of our brothers and sisters who even today experience humiliation, indignity, and unequal opportunity only because of their race or the color of their skin. It should not be this way in America. Racism has been tolerated for far too long in our way of life.

It is true what Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, that riots are the language of the unheard. We should be doing a lot of listening right now. This time, we should not fail to hear what people are saying through their pain. We need to finally root out the racial injustice that still infects too many areas of American society.

But the violence of recent nights is self-destructive and self-defeating. Nothing is gained by violence and so much is lost. Let us keep our eyes on the prize of true  and lasting change.

Legitimate protests should not be exploited by persons who have different values and agendas. Burning and looting communities, ruining the livelihoods of our neighbors, does not advance the cause of racial equality and human dignity.

We should not let it be said that George Floyd died for no reason. We should honor the sacrifice of his life by removing racism and hate from our hearts and renewing our commitment to fulfill our nation’s sacred promise — to be a beloved community of life, liberty, and equality for all.

Keywords: U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, USCCB, Archbishop José H. Gomez, racism,
Ad Hoc Committee Against Racism.
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May 25, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St. James:
Praised be Jesus Christ!
 
In preparation of reopening St. James to celebrate Mass, the diocese has prepared the attached video for all parishioners as to the directives necessary to ensure the safety and health of us all. 
 
 
Please call the parish office, 815-547-6397 to sign up for Mass.
 
God bless you,
Fr. Geary 

 

 


THURSDAY, MAY 21, 2020

COMMUNICATION UPDATE

New videos to share with parishioners!

Even though parishes and offices have been closed, this time away has been very, very busy. It cannot be communicated enough how appreciative we are in the Communications Office for your work, cooperation and dedication in these difficult times.

Now for a recap of the past week and NEW items of information…

• Priests and parishes have been sent the necessary documents and training instructions to reopen their parishes for the public celebration of Mass with a limit of 10 people for the time being. As the trainings and preparations are made, parishes then certify their preparedness with the Diocese.

• The theme for this process is “Back in His Presence.” A landing page under that name is listed on the Diocese of Rockford website. Parishes having questions about this process should direct them to reopen@rockforddiocese.org.

• A link to a new video from Bishop David Malloy is included here. Please share this with your parishioners on your websites and social media platforms.  https://youtu.be/6KY5nXR2pwU 

• Another video from the Office of Divine Worship about the changes and what to
expect when coming to public Mass has been produced for you to share. That link is https://youtu.be/3NHgwcNMMwY


Bishop Malloy’s Letter to the Faithful

Diocese of Rockford
555 Colman Center Drive
P.O. Box 7044 (815) 399-4300
Rockford, Illinois 61125 Fax (815) 399-4769

Office of the Bishop                                                                         May 13, 2020

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

For the last eight weeks we have been faced with unprecedented challenges in our faith and in our lives. An unseen and previously unknown contagion has broken out among us and, in Illinois, has claimed over 3,600 lives according to the Illinois Department of Public Health. Others who have survived the coronavirus have gone through great suffering, and the future holds enormous financial challenges for families and individuals who have lost jobs, savings and a life time of work and savings.

On March 17, 2020, I wrote to you noting, “First and foremost, we are people of faith. Our lives of prayer, the sacraments and the practice of our faith come together as our witness to the gift of faith. In that context, the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium 11). At the same
time, as citizens we are participants in our society and so we bear our responsibility to contribute to the common good.”

In that context I announced that in order to help slow and hopefully stop the spread of the coronavirus among us, the public celebration of the Mass was to be temporarily suspended. Other limitations, in order to follow the guidance of health officials, were also announced and we have been living that spiritual sacrifice for the last two months.

Today, I write to inform you that we are taking the first steps toward gradually reopening the pubic celebration of the Mass in the Diocese of Rockford. I do so consistent with the announcement of Cardinal Blase Cupich of Chicago who stated today, “I am heartened to announce that we have reached an agreement
with the Office of the Governor on a multi-phase Plan for re-opening our churches for the celebration of the sacraments, private prayer, adoration and Mass.”

Attached you will find an executive summary as well as some details of a two-stage plan for reopening as agreed upon by the Bishops of Illinois. A specific plan adapted to the particular needs of the Diocese of Rockford, and which seeks to ensure the health and safety of all who take part in the Mass and the celebration of the sacraments, will be released shortly.

Our goal at this point is to begin to celebrate Mass in the presence of the faithful, consistent with the guidelines for gatherings, on Monday, May 25. That will be subject to the ability of each parish to fulfill the necessary conditions.

As we begin this important process, I ask for your patience and for your prayers. We have reached a point where reopening is possible because of great sacrifice by all of us. The nature of the virus suggests that there may still be ups and downs in our struggle to return to public life. If we are not cautious and
prudent, we are told that the virus could break out again, undoing all of the sacrifices that have been made.

Above all, our goal is to begin again to safely and publicly practice our faith. This is indeed an essential aspect of our lives. Even if we are only at the beginning, how good it is to be able to open our hearts and our parish doors, both to meet Christ in prayer and the sacraments.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford


13 de Mayo de 2020

Hermanos y hermanas en Cristo,

En las últimas ocho semanas hemos enfrentado retos sin precedentes en nuestra fe y en nuestras vidas. Un contagio invisible y hasta ahora desconocido ha estallado entre nosotros y, en Illinois, ha cobrado más de 3.600 vidas según el Departamento de Salud Pública de Illinois. Otros que han sobrevivido al
coronavirus han pasado por un gran sufrimiento, y el futuro presenta enormes desafíos financieros para las familias y las personas que han perdido empleos, ahorros y una vida de trabajo.

El 17 de marzo de 2020, les escribí señalando: “En primer lugar, somos personas de fe. Nuestras vidas de oración, los sacramentos y la práctica de nuestra fe se unen como testigos del don de la fe. En ese contexto, la Eucaristía es “fuente y cumbre de toda la vida cristiana.” (Lumen Gentium 11). Al mismo
tiempo, como ciudadanos somos participantes en nuestra sociedad y, por lo tanto, tenemos nuestra responsabilidad de contribuir al bien común.”

En ese contexto anuncié que para ayudar a frenar y, con suerte, detener la propagación del coronavirus entre nosotros, la celebración pública de la misa debía suspenderse temporalmente. También e anunciaron otras limitaciones, para seguir la guía de los funcionarios de salud, y hemos estado viviendo
ese sacrificio espiritual durante los últimos dos meses.

Hoy, escribo para informarles que estamos dando los primeros pasos para reabrir gradualmente la celebración pública de la Misa en la Diócesis de Rockford. Lo hago de manera consistente con el anuncio del Cardenal Blase Cupich de Chicago, quien hoy declaró: “Me alienta anunciar que hemos llegado a un acuerdo con la Oficina del Gobernador sobre un Plan de múltiples fases para reabrir nuestras iglesias para la celebración de los sacramentos, oración privada, adoración y misa.”

Anexo encontrará un resumen ejecutivo, así como algunos detalles de un plan de dos etapas para la reapertura según lo acordado por los Obispos de Illinois. En breve se publicará un plan específico adaptado a las necesidades particulares de la Diócesis de Rockford, y que busca garantizar la salud y la seguridad de
todos los que participan en la Misa y la celebración de los sacramentos.

Nuestro objetivo en este punto es comenzar a celebrar la Misa en presencia de los fieles, de acuerdo con las pautas para las reuniones, el lunes 25 de mayo. Eso estará sujeto a la capacidad de cada parroquia para cumplir con las condiciones necesarias.

Al comenzar este importante proceso, les pido su paciencia y sus oraciones. Hemos llegado a un punto donde la reapertura es posible debido al gran sacrificio de todos nosotros. La naturaleza del virus sugiere que aún puede haber altibajos en nuestra lucha por volver a la vida pública. Si no tomamos
precaución y no somos prudentes, nos dicen que el virus podría volver a aparecer, deshaciendo todos los sacrificios que se han hecho.

Sobre todo, nuestro objetivo es comenzar de nuevo a practicar nuestra fe de manera segura y pública. Este es de hecho un aspecto esencial de nuestras vidas. Incluso si solo estamos al inicio, qué bueno es poder abrir nuestros corazones y las puertas de nuestra parroquia, tanto para encontrarnos con Cristo en oración
como en los sacramentos.

Sinceramente suyo en Cristo,

Reverendísimo David J. Malloy
Obispo de Rockford


EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

This document is an Executive Summary of the multi-phased protocols and procedures, known as the Plan, for reopening churches and resuming public participation in the sacramental life of the Church for the Catholic dioceses in Illinois. The full Plan is provided at the end of this Executive Summary. The Plan has been developed by the bishops of the Chicago Province in consultation with and the approval of state and local public health officials and civil authorities.

Four guiding principles undergird the multi-phased Plan:
1. Everything possible should be done to provide people the solace of the church’s
sacramental life in a timely and reasonable way.
2. The current situation in Illinois remains dangerous and fragile. While much has been achieved, there remains the potential that the gains could be lost by a second more virulent wave.
3. Trust needs to be established that the top priority in any Plan is the safety and wellbeing of people. We cannot take for granted that people will return just because churches are reopened.
4. Calling people to exercise faithful citizenship will be key. Each Catholic will need to take personal responsibility for the common good as well as their own safety.

With these principles in mind, a Plan to prudently and gradually resume the full scope of public sacramental celebrations, liturgies and faith practices, has been designed. The Plan envisions a set of required measures and phases. There will be an ongoing review of the Plan so that adjustments are made in accord with new data. The basics of the Plan are as follows:

1. A robust communications effort to inform parishes and parishioners of the Plan and any updates to it.
2. Each parish needs to recruit non-vulnerable volunteers at the parish level to assist the pastor in implementing the Plan.
3. The selected volunteers are to complete training by way of a webinar. The training will begin the week of May 18.
4. A required certification of readiness to reopen will be required of each parish at each phase. Each parish is to complete an implementation template confirming completion of all action steps and demonstrating that there are a sufficient number of trained volunteers to execute it.
5. Phase I allows for parishes to reopen for Baptism, Reconciliation, Weddings and Funerals with a limit of 10 attendees.
6. Phase IA allows for parishes to reopen for private prayer and adoration with a limit of 10 attendees. Given the training schedule noted above, it is anticipated that all parishes, if they choose to do so, could be opened by May 23 for Phase I and by May 30 for Phase IA.
7. Phase II allows for reopening for weekday and weekend Masses for larger groups depending on the guidelines from the state and the capacity of the church building.
8. Through ongoing discussions with pastors, health care professionals and civil authorities, there will be a review of the Plan at each stage with an eye to making adjustments in accord
with new data.


MULTI-PHASED PLAN FOR REOPENING CHURCHES

PHASE I: Limited Sacramental Celebrations and Private Prayer
Parish Actions and Responsibilities

• The pastor will need the assistance of the parish community, as he will be required to create a parish leadership team consisting of 6 people, including himself, to co-manage operations and to supervise cleaning, set-up and greeting.
• The parish business manager or someone designated by the pastor will serve as the compliance manager for the parish and assist with the submission of necessary compliance forms.
• The entire team of leaders is required to attend training and submit an implementation template for reopening, which needs to be reviewed and certified by the archdiocese or respective diocese.
• The parish will need to maintain an on-going procurement program for safety and cleaning supplies.
• Based on go-forward approval, each parish will have the prerogative to offer Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals, and Reconciliation in the church within the current limit of 10 attendees excluding ministers and on-site staff (“Phase I”).
• With additional preparation, each parish may optionally offer Eucharistic Adoration and private prayer times (“Phase IA”). In choosing to do so, parish leadership teams must comply with all published bishops’ guidelines outlining precautions preparing for, during and after the rite(s).

NOTE: During Phase I, parishes will not be allowed to offer either daily or Sunday Mass, even with 10 or fewer attendees. The resumption of public Mass, regardless of the number of attendees, is a more complex process, which requires the input of lessons that will be learned from Phase I. To that end, parishes and archdiocese or diocese will collaborate to gather data to
improve the protocols and processes of the Plan before we move to worship services in Phase II.

Archdiocesan/ Diocesan Actions and Responsibilities

The archdiocese or diocese, depending on capacity, will provide the following services to support the parishes and pastors:
• Provide parishes information on securing supplies or a list of preferred vendors for supplies throughout the phases of the Plan.

• Conduct required training webinars for clergy, parish leaders and volunteers, to assist the pastor in managing the Plan in each phase. The Archdiocese of Chicago will develop a standard webinar based on these guidelines and make it available to the other dioceses in the Chicago Province.

• Create and distribute to parishes a video message from the local bishop to explain the Plan for reopening churches.

• Evaluate and certify parish proposals for opening during the phases. Create a dedicated email box that will be monitored by staff to answer questions or otherwise support parishes that feel they cannot open safely without additional help.

• Gather and evaluate data from parishes on their Phase I and IA experience to adapt Phase II protocols for larger numbers, which will include public Mass.

• Work with government officials to explore possible increases in crowd size taking into consideration the capacity of church buildings.

PHASE II: Resumption of Public Masses
Parish Actions and Responsibilities

In Phase II parishes may apply for certification to offer daily and Sunday Mass. Parishes will also continue to celebrate Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals and Adoration. Given the more complex nature of celebrations of the Mass, entering Phase II will require parishes to:

• Expand the number of parish team members if civil authorities permit an increase in the crowd size for Phase II.

• Maintain an on-going procurement program for safety and cleaning supplies.

• Continue recruitment and training of new, non-vulnerable volunteers as needed.

• Develop logistical procedures in accord with the guidelines of the Plan to manage more frequent and larger services that cover actions before, during and after the rites.

• Implement a safe and secure attendance reservation/ ticketing system to maintain order and facilitate possible contact tracing of infection.

• Submit a detailed proposal for implementing Phase II.

Archdiocesan Actions and Responsibilities

To support the parishes in the preparation and implementation of Phase II, the Archdiocese or diocese will:

• Establish and update requirements for all services and rites according to the standards of government officials, health care experts and church authorities.

• Review and certify all parish proposals for reopening with celebration of Mass.

• Provide additional required webinars and training, as needed.

• Create and distribute to parishes a video message from the local bishop to explain procedures for attendance at Mass in Phase II.

• Conduct random assessments over time to ensure continued compliance with published requirements.

• Gather feedback from parishioners across the Archdiocese or diocese on how well the safety protocols are working and how comfortable they are with church precautions for their safety.

• Continually monitor feedback on execution and resources to assist in problem solving through ongoing communication with parish leadership, state and local authorities and public health officials.


RESUMEN EJECUTIVO

Este documento es un Resumen Ejecutivo de múltiples fases de los protocolos y procedimientos, conocidos como el Plan, para reabrir iglesias y reanudar la participación pública en la vida sacramental de la Iglesia para las diócesis católicas en Illinois. El Plan completo se proporciona al final de este Resumen Ejecutivo. El Plan ha sido desarrollado por los obispos de la provincia de
Chicago en consulta y con la aprobación de los funcionarios de salud pública estatales y locales y las autoridades civiles.

Cuatro principios rectores sustentan el Plan de varias fases:

1. Se debe hacer todo lo posible para proporcionar a las personas el consuelo de la vida sacramental de la iglesia de manera oportuna y razonable.

2. La situación actual en Illinois sigue siendo peligrosa y frágil. Si bien se ha logrado mucho, queda el potencial de que las ganancias se pierdan con una segunda ola más virulenta.

3. Se debe establecer la confianza de que la máxima prioridad en cualquier Plan es la seguridad y elbienestar de la gente. No podemos dar por sentado que la gente volverá solo porque se reabran las iglesias.

4. Será clave llamar a las personas para que ejerzan una ciudadanía fiel. Cada católico deberá asumir la responsabilidad personal del bien común y de su propia seguridad.

Con estos principios en mente, se ha diseñado un Plan para reanudar prudentemente y gradualmente el alcance completo de las celebraciones sacramentales públicas, liturgias y prácticas de fe. El Plan prevé un conjunto de medidas y fases requeridas. Habrá unarevisión continua del Planpara que los ajustes se realicen de acuerdo con los nuevos datos. Los conceptos básicos del Plan son los siguientes:

1. Un sólido esfuerzo de comunicación para informar a las parroquias y feligreses del Plan y cualquier actualización al mismo.

2. Cada parroquia necesita reclutar voluntarios no vulnerables a nivel parroquial para ayudar al párroco a implementar el Plan.

3. Los voluntarios seleccionados deben completar la capacitación a través de un seminario web. El entrenamiento comenzará la semana del 18 de mayo.

4. Se requiere y será necesaria una certificación de preparación para reabrir en cada parroquia, en cada fase. Cada parroquia debe completar una plantilla de implementación que confirme la finalización de todos los pasos de acción y demuestre que hay un número suficiente de voluntarios capacitados para ejecutarla.

5. La Fase I permite que las parroquias se vuelvan a abrir para bautismo, reconciliación, bodas y funerales con un límite de 10 asistentes.

6. La Fase IA permite que las parroquias se vuelvan a abrir para la oración y adoración privadas con un límite de 10 asistentes. Dado el programa de capacitación mencionado anteriormente, se anticipa que todas las parroquias, si así lo eligen, podrían abrirse para el 23 de mayo para la Fase I, y para el 30 de mayo para la Fase IA.

7. La Fase II permite la reapertura de misas entre semana y fines de semana para grupos más grandes, según las pautas del estado y la capacidad del edificio de la iglesia.

8. A través de discusiones continuas con párrocos, profesionales de la salud y autoridades civiles, habrá una revisión del Plan en cada etapa con miras a hacer ajustes de acuerdo con los nuevos datos.

PLAN DE MÚLTIPLES FASES PARA ABRIR IGLESIAS

FASE I: Celebraciones sacramentales limitadas y oración privada 

Acciones y responsabilidades de la parroquia

 


• El párroco necesitará la asistencia de la comunidad parroquial, ya que se le pedirá que forme un equipo de liderazgo parroquial compuesto por 6 personas, incluido él mismo, para administrar conjuntamente las operaciones y supervisar la limpieza, la preparación y el saludo.

• El gerente de negocios de la parroquia o alguien designado por el párroco servirá como gerente de cumplimiento de la parroquia y ayudará con la presentación de los formularios de cumplimiento necesarios.

• Se requiere que todo el equipo de líderes asista a la capacitación y presente una plantilla de implementación para la reapertura, que debe ser revisada y certificada por la arquidiócesis o la diócesis respectiva.

• La parroquia deberá mantener un programa continuo de adquisiciones de suministros de seguridad y limpieza.

• Con base en la aprobación, cada parroquia tendrá la prerrogativa de ofrecer bautismos, bodas, funerales y reconciliación en la iglesia dentro del límite actual de 10 asistentes, excluyendo ministros y personal del lugar (“Fase I”).

• Con preparación adicional, cada parroquia puede ofrecer opcionalmente Adoración Eucarística y tiempos de oración privados (“Fase IA”). Al elegir hacerlo, los equipos de liderazgo de la parroquia deben cumplir con todas las directrices publicadas de los obispos que describen las precauciones que se preparan para, durante y después del rito(s).

NOTA: Durante la Fase I, las parroquias no podrán ofrecer misa diaria o dominical, incluso con 10 o menos asistentes. La reanudación de la misa pública, independientemente del número de asistentes, es un proceso más complejo, que requiere la aportación de las lecciones que se aprenderán de la
Fase I. Con ese fin, las parroquias y la arquidiócesis o la diócesis colaborarán para recopilar datos
para mejorar el protocolo y los procesos del Plan antes de pasar a los servicios de adoración en la
Fase II.

Acciones y responsabilidades arquidiocesanas / diocesanas

La arquidiócesis o diócesis, dependiendo de la capacidad, proporcionará los siguientes servicios para apoyar a las parroquias y párrocos:

•Proporciona información a las parroquias sobre cómo obtener suministros o una lista de proveedores preferidos para los suministros a lo largo de las fases del Plan.

• Lleva a cabo seminarios web de capacitación necesarios para el clero, líderes parroquiales y voluntarios, para ayudar al párroco a administrar el Plan en cada fase. La Arquidiócesis de Chicago desarrollará un seminario web estándar basado en estas pautas y lo pondrá a disposición de las otras diócesis en la provincia de Chicago.

• Crea y distribuye a las parroquias un mensaje en video del obispo local para explicar el Plan para reabrir iglesias.

• Evalúa y certifica propuestas parroquiales para abrir durante las fases. Crea un buzón de correo electrónico dedicado que será monitoreado por el personal para responder preguntas o apoyar a las parroquias que sienten que no pueden abrir de manera segura sin ayuda adicional.

• Reúne y evalúa los datos de las parroquias en su experiencia de Fase I y IA para adaptar los protocolos de Fase II para un mayor número, que incluirá la misa pública.

• Trabaja con funcionarios del gobierno para explorar posibles aumentos en el tamaño de lamultitud teniendo en cuenta la capacidad de los edificios de la iglesia.

FASE II: Reanudación de las misas públicas.

Acciones y responsabilidades de la parroquia

En la Fase II, las parroquias pueden solicitar la certificación para ofrecer misa diaria y dominical. Las parroquias también continuarán celebrando Bautizos, Bodas, Funerales y Adoración. Dada la naturaleza más compleja de las celebraciones de la misa, entrar a la Fase II requerirá que las
parroquias:

• Amplíen el número de miembros del equipo parroquial si las autoridades civiles permiten un aumento en el tamaño de la multitud para la Fase II.

• Mantengan un programa continuo de adquisición de suministros de seguridad y limpieza.

• Continúen reclutando y capacitando a nuevos voluntarios no vulnerables según sea necesario.

• Desarrollen procedimientos logísticos de acuerdo con las pautas del Plan para administrar servicios más frecuentes y más grandes que cubran acciones antes, durante y después de los ritos.

• Implementen un sistema seguro de reserva de asistencia /emisión de boletos para mantener el orden y facilitar el posible rastreo de contacto de la infección.

• Presenten una propuesta detallada para implementar la Fase II.

Acciones y responsabilidades arquidiocesanas

Para apoyar a las parroquias en la preparación e implementación de la Fase II, la Arquidiócesis o diócesis:

• Establece y actualiza losrequisitos para todos los servicios y ritos de acuerdo con los estándares de los funcionarios gubernamentales, expertos en atención médica y autoridades eclesiásticas.

• Revisa y certifica todas las propuestas parroquiales para reabrir con la celebración de la misa.

• Proporciona seminarios web y capacitación adicionales necesarios, según sea necesario.

• Crea y distribuye a las parroquias un mensaje de video del obispo local para explicar los procedimientos para asistir a la Misa en la Fase II.

• Realiza evaluaciones aleatorias a lo largo del tiempo para garantizar el cumplimiento continuo de los requisitos publicados.

•Reúne los comentarios de los feligreses de la Arquidiócesis o la diócesis sobre qué tan bien funcionan los protocolos de seguridad y qué tan cómodos están con las precauciones de la Iglesia para su seguridad.

• Monitorea continuamente los comentarios sobre la ejecución y los recursos para ayudar en la resolución de problemas a través de la comunicación continua con los líderes de la parroquia, las autoridades estatales y locales y los funcionarios de salud pública.


 

May 6, 2020

Dear Parishioners of St James:

    Praised be Jesus Christ!

Two weeks ago, I wrote to you about the enormous impact COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has had not only on precious human lives lost, on our health care system and economy, but also on all of the faithful here at St. James.

Unfortunately, I must write to you again and share the dark reality we must all face. 

In my April 24 letter I explained that the suspension of Masses has negatively impacted our parish finances. St. James School depends on financial contributions from St. James Parish in order to operate. Each year, the parish directs over 30%,  (about $250,000) of Sunday financial offerings to the school to keep it afloat.  With the decline in parish contributions since the suspension of Masses, we have not taken in enough money to support the school as we once did.  Another strain as you know has been the steady decline in enrollment over the years like so many other Catholic schools.  We have had to increase fundraisers, putting an additional burden on our school staff because of a decline in volunteers. Many of our school families were unable to pay full tuition and many pay amounts that do not even reach 25% of the actual cost to educate their children. And we know that many will be unable to do so in the year to come as they deal with lost jobs and wages.

Last year we educated 104 students at the school, pre-K through 8th.  With the assistance of our principal, every school family has been contacted in regard to registering for the 2020-2021 school year.

Sadly at the close of registration on May 1, only 36 students were registered.  The educational integrity of our academic program at St. James cannot be sustained with this enrollment. This enrollment, coupled with the devastating financial impact of closures from COVID-19 has crippled our ability to sustain a Catholic elementary school here at St. James.

In consultation and guidance from our parish finance council I presented the grim details of our status to Bishop David Malloy and recommended that he grant permission for us to permanently close St. James School at the end of this 2019-2020 school and he agreed.

I have met with the school staff to share this decision and to thank them for the great gift they have been to our school. All of our dedicated teachers will be supported by the Rockford Diocese Catholic Education Office in finding new employment. Please continue to pray for them.

I encourage all of our St. James School families, who are able, to continue their education in Catholic Schools and I am assured they will be welcomed into any Catholic School in which they wish to enroll. And of course, all our children can continue their faith formation in our parish religious education program.

This is a difficult reality for all of us to face especially during these unprecedented moments not just in our nation but in our world. Together we can lean on our Catholic faith which sustains us in these moments of sorrow and joy. Together we will certainly mourn the loss of our school. But together, we can also celebrate our students, their families, our teachers and our administrators who have worked tirelessly to educate our children before and during these trying times. 

I thank them and all of you from the bottom of my heart for contributing to the education of our young people at St. James School. 

Thank you for all of your understanding, your perseverance and your continued prayers for our parish.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

 


6 de mayo de 2020

Queridos feligreses de Santiago Apóstol:

    ¡Alabado sea Dios!

Hace dos semanas les escribí acerca del enorme impacto que el COVID-19 (Coronavirus) ha tenido no solo por la pérdida de preciosas vidas humanas, en nuestro sistema de salud y economía, sino también sobre todos los fieles aquí en Santiago Apóstol.

Desafortunadamente, tengo que escribirles nuevamente y compartir la oscura realidad que todos tenemos que enfrentar.

En mi carta del 24 de abril, expliqué que la suspensión de misas ha impactado negativamente nuestras finanzas parroquiales. La escuela Santiago Apóstol depende de las contribuciones financieras de la parroquia Santiago Apóstol para poder operar. Cada año, la parroquia dirige más del 30%  (cerca de $250.000 dólares) de las ofrendas financieras del domingo para mantener la escuela a flote. Con la disminución  de las contribuciones a la parroquia desde la suspensión de las misas, no hemos tenido suficiente dinero para apoyar a la escuela como lo hacíamos antes. Otra tensión como saben, ha sido la constante disminución  en las matriculas a través de los años, como en muchas otras escuelas católicas. Hemos tenido que aumentar la recaudación de fondos, lo que supone una carga adicional para el personal de nuestra escuela debido a la disminución de voluntarios. Muchas de nuestras familias escolares no pudieron pagar la matrícula completa y muchas cantidades de pago que ni siquiera alcanzan a cubrir el 25% del costo real para educar a sus hijos. Y sabemos que muchos no podrán hacerlo en el próximo año, ya que lidiarán con la pérdida de empleos y salarios.

El año pasado educamos a 104 estudiantes en la escuela, desde preescolar hasta octavo. Con la ayuda de nuestra directora, todas las familias de las escuelas han sido contactadas para inscribirse en el año escolar 2020-2021.

Lamentablemente, al cierre de la inscripción el 1 de mayo, solo se registraron 36 estudiantes. La integridad educativa de nuestro programa académico en Santiago Apóstol no puede sostenerse con esta inscripción. Esta inscripción, junto con el impacto financiero devastador de los cierres de COVID-19, ha paralizado nuestra capacidad de mantener una escuela primaria católica aquí en Santiago Apóstol.

En consulta y orientación de nuestro consejo parroquial de finanzas, presenté los sombríos detalles de nuestro estado al obispo David Malloy y le recomendé que nos otorgara permiso para que cerremos permanentemente la escuela Santiago Apóstol, al final de este año escolar  2019 – 2020, y estuvo de acuerdo.

Me he reunido con el personal de la escuela para compartir esta decisión y agradecerles por el gran don que ellos han sido para nuestra escuela. Todos nuestros dedicados maestros serán apoyados por la Oficina de Educación Católica de la Diócesis de Rockford para encontrar un nuevo empleo. Por favor, continúa orando por ellos.

Animo a todas nuestras familias de la Escuela Santiago Apóstol, las que puedan, a continuar su educación en las Escuelas Católicas y estoy seguro de que serán bienvenidas en cualquier escuela católica en la que deseen inscribirse. Y, por supuesto, todos nuestros niños pueden continuar su formación en la fe en nuestro programa parroquial de educación religiosa.

Esta es una realidad difícil para todos nosotros, especialmente durante estos momentos sin precedentes, no solo en nuestra nación sino en nuestro mundo. Juntos podemos apoyarnos en nuestra fe católica que nos sostiene en estos momentos de tristeza y alegría. Juntos lamentaremos la pérdida de nuestra escuela. Pero juntos, también podemos celebrar a nuestros estudiantes, sus familias, nuestros maestros y nuestros administradores que han trabajado incansablemente para educar a nuestros hijos antes y durante estos tiempos difíciles.

Les agradezco a ellos y a todos ustedes desde el fondo de mi corazón por contribuir a la educación de nuestros jóvenes en Santiago Apóstol.

Gracias por toda su comprensión, perseverancia y constantes oraciones por nuestra parroquia.

Dios los bendiga,

Padre Geary

 


Bishop Malloy’s Letter to the Faithful
 
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
 
This Friday is May Day, May 1st. So begins the traditional month dedicated to Mary as our Mother.
 
As a mother, both of Jesus and of all of us, Mary carries out that special maternal role entrusted to her by Jesus on the cross. At this exceptional moment of the outbreak of the coronavirus, here and throughout the world we feel the great need for Mary’s protection and her intercession for us in our bodily and our spiritual needs.
 
This Friday, May 1st, at 2:00 p.m., a special ceremony is going to take place. At that time Archbishop José Gomez, Archbishop of Los Angeles and President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will lead a brief liturgy with the prayer of re-consecration of our nation to our Blessed Mother under her title of Mary, Mother of the Church.
 
I strongly encourage all of us, if at all possible, to join in that prayer raising our hearts and minds to heaven asking for Mary’s intercession for us. In particular, Archbishop Gomez has stated that he will lead us to pray for Mary’s “continued protection of the vulnerable, health of the unwell, and wisdom for those who work to cure this terrible virus.” We remember as well all of those families and individuals suffering from the lack of employment and income as a result of the numerous closures.
 
The necessary information including links on social media and the Order of Worship are available on the website of the Diocese of Rockford. Let’s join together to pray to Mary as the Mother of the Sick and Mother of the Church, asking her to guide our way in this moment.
 
Sincerely,
Bishop David J. Malloy
 
The links to join in this ceremony are:
 
 
Order of Worship for May 1, 2020:

 

Dear Parishioners of St James: 
Praised be Jesus Christ! 

The impact of COVID-19 (Coronavirus) has been devastating in terms of human lives lost, strain on our health care system and the economy. Record numbers of people are unemployed and the prospects of restoring the economy to pre-outbreak levels are tentative, at best. Thank you for continuing to make financial offerings to the parish to the best of your ability. 

The pandemic has forced the Church to suspend Masses indefinitely as we await the crisis to abate and local officials to ensure public safety in large gatherings of people. We long to worship Our Lord in the Holy Mass and receive Holy Communion again. Pray that the day comes sooner rather than later. 

Unfortunately, the pandemic has also had a deep impact on our parish finances. St. James School depends on financial contributions from St. James Parish in order to operate. Each year, the parish directs over 30%, (about $250,000) of Sunday financial offerings to the school to keep it afloat. With the decline in parish contributions since the suspension of Masses, we have not taken in enough money to support the school as we once did. Another strain as you know, has been the steady decline in enrollment over the years like so many other Catholic schools. We have had to increase fundraisers, putting an additional burden on our school staff because of a decline in volunteers. Many of our school families were unable to pay full tuition and many pay amounts that do not even reach 25% of the actual cost to educate their children. 

Last year we educated 104 students at the school, pre-K through 8th. To date, we have only 24 students registered for the fall. This enrollment, coupled with the devastating financial impact of closures from COVID-19 is impacting our ability to sustain a Catholic elementary school here at St. James. If enough children are not registered for the next school year we will not be financially able to continue. 

Registration for the coming school year closes on May 1, 2020. I have consulted with the parish Finance council and the Diocese, keeping the good of the entire parish in mind. I will be working with them to ensure that we make the best decision based on prayer and financial responsibility. I will update you in the coming weeks on any determinations to be made. 

Our teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly to educate our children during these trying times. I thank them and from the bottom of my heart thank all of those who have contributed to the education of our young people at St. James School. You have truly obeyed the Lord’s commission to teach everything He commanded knowing that the Lord is with us even until the end of the world (cf. Mt. 28-20). 

Catholic education is something that is ongoing throughout all our lives. We offer religious education for parish children grades K-12 and adult education in the Faith through a myriad of opportunities at St. James. Formation in our Faith is the responsibility of every Catholic and those opportunities are available to any who seeks them here at St. James. 

We will get through the current crisis together solid in our Faith. St. James Catholic Church has been a beacon of hope and a place of salvation in Christ Jesus for over 150 years in Boone county. With the grace of God we will continue to proclaim, celebrate and live the salvation we have in Jesus until He comes again. 

God bless you, 
Fr. Geary


 
Queridos feligreses de Santiago Apóstol:
¡Alabado sea Jesucristo! 
 
El impacto del COVID-19 (coronavirus) ha sido devastador en términos de pérdida de vidas humanas, tensión en nuestro sistema de atención médica y en la economía. Un número récord de personas están desempleadas y son vacilantes las perspectivas de restaurar la economía a los niveles previos a la epidemia, en el mejor de los casos. ¡Gracias! por continuar, lo mejor que puedes, haciendo ofrendas financieras a la parroquia. 
 
La pandemia ha forzado a la Iglesia a suspender indefinidamente las misas, mientras, esperamos que la crisis disminuya y el gobierno local avale la seguridad pública en reuniones de grupos grandes de gente. Anhelamos adorar a Nuestro Señor en la Santa Misa y recibir la Sagrada Comunión nuevamente. Ora para que el día llegue más temprano que tarde. 
 
Desafortunadamente, la pandemia también ha tenido un profundo impacto en las finanzas de nuestra escuela Santiago Apóstol, la cual depende de las contribuciones financieras de la parroquia Santiago Apóstol para poder operar. Cada año, la parroquia dirige más del 30% (alrededor de $250.000) del ofertorio financiero de los domingos a la escuela para mantenerla a flote. 
 
Con la disminución en las contribuciones de la parroquia desde la suspensión de las misas, no hemos recibido suficiente dinero para apoyar la escuela como lo hacíamos antes. 
 
Otra tensión a lo largo de los años, como saben, ha sido la disminución constante de niños inscritos, como en tantas otras escuelas católicas. Hemos tenido que aumentar la recaudación de fondos, lo que supone una carga adicional para el personal de nuestra escuela debido a la disminución de voluntarios. Muchas de nuestras familias escolares no pudieron pagar la matrícula completa y muchas cantidades de pago ni siquiera alcanzan el 25% del costo real para educar a sus hijos. 
 
El año pasado, en la escuela educamos 104 estudiantes, desde pre kínder hasta octavo grado. Hasta la fecha, solo tenemos 24 estudiantes registrados para el otoño. Esta inscripción, junto con el devastador impacto financiero de los cierres de COVID-19 está afectando nuestra capacidad de mantener una escuela primaria católica aquí en Santiago Apóstol. Si no se registran suficientes niños para el próximo año escolar, financieramente no podremos continuar. 
 
La inscripción para el próximo año escolar cierra el 1 de mayo de 2020. He consultado con el Consejo de Finanzas de la parroquia y con la Diócesis, teniendo en cuenta el bien de toda la parroquia. Trabajaré con ellos para asegurarnos de que tomemos la mejor decisión basada en la oración y la responsabilidad financiera. Te informaré en las próximas semanas sobre cualquier determinación que se haga.
 
Nuestros maestros y administradores han trabajado incansablemente para educar a nuestros hijos durante estos tiempos de dificultad. Les agradezco y desde el fondo de mi corazón, agradezco a todos los que han contribuido en la educación de nuestros jóvenes en la escuela Santiago Apóstol. Ustedes realmente han obedecido la comisión del Señor de enseñar todo lo que Él ordenó, sabiendo que el Señor está con nosotros hasta el fin del mundo.
 
La educación católica es algo que está durante el curso de toda nuestra vida. Ofrecemos educación religiosa para los niños de la parroquia desde kínder hasta grado 12, y educación de adultos en la fe a través de una gran cantidad de oportunidades en Santiago Apóstol. La formación en nuestra fe es responsabilidad de todos los católicos y esas oportunidades están disponibles para cualquiera que las busque aquí en Santiago Apóstol. 
 
Juntos superaremos la crisis actual, sólidos en nuestra fe. La Iglesia Católica Santiago Apóstol, en el condado de Boone, ha sido un faro de esperanza y un lugar de salvación en Cristo Jesús por más de 150 años. Con la gracia de Dios continuaremos proclamando, celebrando y viviendo la salvación que tenemos en Jesús hasta que Él venga nuevamente. 
 
Dios te bendiga, 
 
Padre Geary

 


Dear Parishioners of St. James,

Bishop Malloy has issued an Updated Dispensation Statement. Please visit the Rockford Diocese website at: http://www.rockforddiocese.org/ to read the updated statement in both English and Spanish.

God bless you,

Fr. Geary

 


Pray the Holy Rosary with Fr. Geary


March 26, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

As we continue to respond to the spread and the danger of the coronavirus, I write once more to offer a word of encouragement. Many exceptional steps have been taken both in the Church and in the wider society, in an effort to protect individuals from exposure to the virus or from becoming a carrier that
might expose others.

As Catholics, we recognize a particular obligation to see Christ in every moment of our lives, both the good and the challenging. Every sacrifice that we make is another step on our way to choosing for Christ, and therefore for eternal life in heaven itself.

We are a people of hope and trust in the Lord. Jesus has told us that His true followers are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. That means that we have received not only the gift of faith, but also the responsibility that comes with that gift. The current moment challenges us to live as those who truly
believe that Jesus has not left us alone, but is with us even more closely when difficulties arise. Others, especially those who are fearful, ill, lonely or without faith, need to have our witness, especially now.

As the coronavirus problem is projected to intensify in the coming days, I write to convey to you some further dispositions to address the projected spike in cases and the longer timeframe that appears to be anticipated for protective measures. To that end:

1) Through Easter Sunday (up until and including Easter Sunday), all Masses are to continue to be celebrated privately without the presence of the faithful.

2) I also take this opportunity to extend the dispensation given to all the faithful from the obligation of attending Sunday Mass through Easter Sunday.

3) All adoration chapels are now to be closed in order to increase our response to protect the faithful from the spread of the coronavirus.

Given the continuing unavailability of the sacraments to the faithful except in grave circumstances, there is a widespread feeling of longing to be with Christ and with the Church. It is important that we continue to recognize the ability of Jesus to be close to us even in such an exceptional time.

I have asked Father Jonathan Bakkelund, Director of the Office of Divine Worship of the Diocese of Rockford, to prepare some thoughts on the Plenary Indulgences that the Vatican has made available at  this time, as well as means for a spiritual communion when Eucharistic communion is not available, and likewise the richness of making a perfect act of contrition when sacramental reconciliation cannot be accessed. His very helpful comments are attached.

Please know of my prayers for all of you during this unprecedented time. I ask for your prayers as well.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

Attachment

Plenary Indulgences

The Holy See recently granted a plenary indulgence to the faithful suffering from Coronavirus, who are subject to quarantine by order of the health authority in hospitals or in their own homes if, with a spirit detached from any sin, they unite spiritually through the media to the celebration of Holy Mass, the recitation of the Holy Rosary, to the pious practice of the Way of the Cross or other forms of devotion, or if at least they will recite the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer and a pious invocation to the Blessed Virgin Mary, offering this trial in a spirit of faith in God and charity towards their brothers and sisters, with the will to fulfil the usual conditions (sacramental confession, Eucharistic communion and prayer according to the Holy Father’s intentions), as soon as possible.

As well as to Health care workers, family members and all those who, following the example of the Good Samaritan, exposing themselves to the risk of contagion, care for the sick of Coronavirus according to the words of the divine Redeemer: “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” (Jn 15:13), will obtain the same gift of the Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions.

And to those faithful who offer a visit to the Blessed Sacrament, Eucharistic adoration or reading the Holy Scriptures for at least half an hour, or the recitation of the Holy Rosary, or the pious exercise of the Way of the Cross, or the recitation of the Chaplet of Divine Mercy, to implore from Almighty God the
end of the epidemic, relief for those who are afflicted and eternal salvation for those whom the Lord has called to Himself.

The Holy Father, Pope Francis, also announced after the Angelus prayer on Sunday, March 22, that this coming Friday, March 27, at 6:00 pm, he will preside over a moment of prayer on the sagrata of Saint Peter’s Basilica, before the empty square. He invites everyone to participate spiritually through the means of communication. We will listen to the Word of God, we will lift up our supplication, we will adore the Blessed Sacrament, with which at the end, he will give the Urbi et Orbi blessing, to which will be connected the possibility of receiving the plenary indulgence.

A plenary indulgence validly obtained, grants the remission of all temporal punishment due to sin.

A plenary indulgence is obtained by:

-carrying out one of the external acts listed above
-sacramental confession (as soon as possible)
-receiving Holy Communion (as soon as possible)
-praying for the Holy Father’s intentions

Perfect Contrition

Where the individual faithful find themselves in the painful impossibility of receiving sacramental absolution, it should be remembered that perfect contrition, coming from the love of God, beloved above all things, expressed by a sincere request for forgiveness (that which the penitent is at present able to
express) and accompanied by votum confessionis, that is, by the firm resolution to have recourse, as soon as possible, to sacramental confession, obtains forgiveness of sins, even mortal ones (cf. CCC, no. 1452).

Perfect contrition means a sorrow for sin out of love for God. It does not mean being “perfectly sorry.”

Perfect contrition is sorrow for sin out of love for God and His goodness, whereas imperfect contrition (while still a gift of God) is sorrow for sin due to a fear of hell, judgment and punishment (CCC 1452-1453).

Act of Spiritual Communion

It is a beautiful and praiseworthy tradition to recite an act of spiritual communion when one is unable, for whatever reason, to receive Holy Communion. Below is an act of spiritual communion composed by Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.

My Jesus,
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and
unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Amen.


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

COMMUNICATION UPDATE

Llamado del Obispo David Malloy y el papa Francisco

El obispo David Malloy

PARA EL MIERCOLES, MARZO 25: El obispo David Malloy te invita a unírtele para orar los misterios Gloriosos del Rosario, el miércoles 25 de marzo a las 12 del mediodía. El Rosario se rezará en inglés y en español, en la página web y las páginas de Facebook de la Diócesis de Rockford.

El papa Francisco llama a los cristianos, para este miércoles, unirse en oración al Señor por la pandemia del coronavirus.

También orará el viernes ante el Santísimo Sacramento, dando la bendición urbi et orbi y la indulgencia plenaria a los participantes.

El papa Francisco está llamando a los cristianos en todas partes a responder a la nueva epidemia del coronavirus uniéndose a él en oración al Señor a las 6 a.m. (mediodía de Roma), el miércoles 25 de marzo. Ese día se celebra la Fiesta de la Anunciación, cuando los fieles celebran la visita del ángel Gabriel a la Virgen María, anunciando la Encarnación del Verbo. El Santo Padre ofreció la invitación el domingo en el tradicional Ángelus en la Plaza de San Pedro.

Su Santidad también invita a los católicos a unírsele cuando él esté orando frente al Santísimo Sacramento, el viernes 27 de marzo a las 12 del mediodía (6 p.m. en Roma). Al concluir, dará su bendición urbi et orbi (“a la ciudad y al mundo”) en súplica por el fin de la crisis de salud actual.

Todos los participantes recibirán indulgencia plenaria, siempre y cuando recen por las intenciones del Papa y reciban la Sagrada Comunión y el sacramento de la penitencia cuando puedan.

 


MONDAY, MARCH 23, 2020

COMMUNICATION UPDATE

Call to Prayer from Bishop Malloy and Pope Francis

Bishop Malloy’s Wednesday Devotions

FOR WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25:  Bishop David Malloy invites you to join him on the Diocese of Rockford Facebook page, and the Diocese of Rockford website to pray the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary this Wednesday at 12 Noon. The rosary will be prayed in both English and Spanish.

Pope Francis Calls on Christians to Join Lord’s Prayer

Wednesday over Coronavirus Pandemic

Will also pray Friday before the Blessed Sacrament, giving blessing urbi et orbi and the plenary indulgence to participants

Pope Francis is calling on Christians everywhere to respond to the novel coronavirus pandemic by joining him in praying the Lord’s Prayer at 6:00 a.m. CT (noon in Rome) on Wednesday, March 25. That day marks the Feast of the Annunciation, when the faithful celebrate the angel Gabriel’s visitation to the Virgin Mary, announcing the Incarnation of the Word. The Holy Father offered the invitation on Sunday at the traditional recitation of the Angelus on St. Peter’s Square.

His Holiness also invited Catholics to unite themselves with him as he prays before the Blessed Sacrament on Friday, March 27, at 12 Noon. CT (6:00 p.m. in Rome). At the conclusion of that gathering he will give his blessing urbi et orbi (“to the city and the world”) in supplication for an end to the current health crisis.

All participants will receive a plenary indulgence, provided they pray for the intentions of the pope and receive Holy Communion and the sacrament of penance when they can.

Established in 1908, the Diocese of Rockford is comprised of 105 parishes in Boone, Carroll, DeKalb, JoDaviess, Kane, Lee, McHenry, Ogle, Stephenson, Whiteside and Winnebago Counties in Northern Illinois serving a  Catholic population of more than 300,000.  For more about the Catholic Diocese of Rockford visit www.rockforddiocese.org.


March 17, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The outbreak of the coronavirus has become an event unique in our lifetime. While diseases and epidemics have always been a part of human history, in recent decades medical advances have largely protected us from such outbreaks, at least in our part of the world.

As we have seen in recent days, the growth in understanding of the danger of this virus along with the corresponding expansion of guidance from health professionals has impacted our lives as believers and as citizens.

First and foremost, we are people of faith. Our lives of prayer, the sacraments and the practice of our faith come together as our witness to the gift of faith. In that context, the Eucharist is “the source and summit of the Christian life.” (Lumen Gentium 11).

At the same time, as citizens we are participants in our society and so we bear our responsibility to contribute to the common good.

In light of these considerations, and with deep regret, I am announcing today the suspension of public Masses, both weekday and Sunday Masses, in the Diocese of Rockford effective tomorrow, March 18, 2020. That suspension reflects the most recent guidance from the Federal Government and from the State of Illinois for the limitation of public gatherings to reduce the opportunity for contracting and
spreading the coronavirus. All Catholics within the Diocese are dispensed from the obligation of attending Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation (per canons 85 and 87 in the code of canon law of 1983).

During this time all priests are to continue to offer the Mass privately each day. Pastors are obliged to celebrate a “Pro Popolo” Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation in fulfillment of Can. 534. Emergency requests for urgent pastoral needs including the Last Sacrament and the Eucharist should of course be covered. Churches should as much as possible remain open for private prayer and for confessions.

At this time, even if we cannot physically attend Mass, each of us needs to continue to pray daily. During this Lenten Season, consider praying over the readings for the Mass of the day which are available on line (http://www.usccb.org/bible/) or in prepared Missals. Guidance for prayer and making a spiritual communion is posted at www.rockforddiocese.org. Please keep in your prayers all those who are afflicted by the virus, their family members, doctors and nurses treating the sick, those who have lost employment
and all whose lives have been upended in this moment.

As indicated in previous guidance from the Diocese of Rockford, weddings and funerals and baptisms should still be offered under conditions of limited numbers of attendees in order to minimize the opportunity for transmission of the virus. I am also announcing the temporary closure of the Diocese
Administration Center, beginning tomorrow and continuing through March 31, 2020. Whether this date must be extended will be evaluated as March 31 approaches. Diocesan Administrative staff will attempt to monitor email communications during this urgent situation. Likewise, given the guidance of the health authorities, all parish center and school offices should be closed. Coverage should be from the parish priests and if necessary one staff member on a very minimal schedule for essential business only.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Community Center and Catholic Charities offices will function with modified and restricted hours related to food distribution for the poor and urgent services only.

Of course we need to ask how long such restrictions will be needed. Much of the current guidance is directed at reducing personal contact for the next two weeks. For that reason, the suspension of the public offering of Mass will last until at least Saturday April 4. Given the constantly updated guidance being given by health authorities, that date appears to be only advisory at this time. The Diocese of Rockford will continue to monitor developments and further directives will be issued closer to that date, especially with regard to the celebration of Holy Week.

I ask for your prayers, your patience and your understanding in these difficult days. Jesus told His followers, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” (Mt. 28:20). We trust in His guidance now as we respond to the threats from the coronavirus.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford

 


Let us hold up each other in prayer during this time of concern, asking Mary Help of Christians to intercede on our behalf. Together we can pray this Spiritual Act of Communion:

 An Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus,

I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.

I love You above all things, and I desire to receive You into my soul.

Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,

Come at least spiritually into my heart.

I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You.

Never permit me to be separated from You.

Amen.

 None of this is easy, but we rely on the Lord and His help to heal, guide, and bless us during this challenging and difficult time.

 


Diocese of Rockford
555 Colman Center Drive
P.O. Box 7044 
Rockford, Illinois 61125 

Office of the Bishop

March 13, 2020

Dear Priests, Deacons and Parishioners,

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, on your own intelligence do not rely; in all your ways be mindful of Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6

In response to the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Diocese of Rockford, its parish communities and schools have implemented its guidelines for Influenza and the Liturgy to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. With further guidance from the Center for Disease Control and, more recently, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker, and in reviewing the guidance of the health departments of the counties comprising the Diocese, taking into account our pastoral mission and service to all members of the faithful and the public, I am hereby issuing the following
statement.

In times of difficulty such as our current concerns about the coronavirus, recourse to prayer and the sacraments is a strength and a consolation enabling us to trust God. Nevertheless, in view of the guidance given to
address the spread of the virus, a dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass is granted to all who are suffering from any underlying medical condition. In particular, any who are not feeling well because of symptoms
of cold or flu or who have compromised immune systems are dispensed from attending Mass.

The same dispensation from Sunday Mass is granted to all who are 60 years old or older given their increased vulnerability to the coronavirus.

Finally, any persons of any age who, in the current circumstances, are in any way uncomfortable in gatherings involving a large number of people are similarly dispensed from the obligation of Sunday Mass.

These dispensations are for the weekends of March 15, 22 and 29, and will be reviewed as needed in light of developments and further guidance.

For any who avail themselves of this dispensation, they are asked to substitute a time of prayer at home, possibly including watching a televised Mass or reviewing the Readings of the Mass of Sunday in order to continue
to join their spiritual lives to the prayer of the Church throughout the world.

Pastors are asked to consider other steps to help reduce the number of people gathering for Mass such as temporarily adding additional Masses or publicizing the Mass schedules of nearby parishes where Mass attendance may be less crowded.

Further, for the next three weekends, parishes are directed to:

• Suspend all physical contact at the exchange of the sign of peace.
• Suspend holding hands at the Our Father – a gesture not prescribed in the Roman Missal.
• Suspend the distribution of the Precious Blood of Christ via the chalice.
• Sanitize and regularly refresh water in holy water fonts or temporarily drain the fonts completely.

All non-sacramental parish events should be cancelled until further notice. Also, all athletic events and practices, extra-curricular activities, retreats and Religious Education classes and events sponsored in our parishes and by parish schools should be cancelled until further notice. The Bishop Lane Retreat Center will also be closed until further notice.

All sacramental retreats are also cancelled immediately. Those preparing for sacraments should be allowed to advance to the sacraments given this extraordinary situation.

I, your Bishop, will continue to administer the Sacrament of Confirmation. However, arrangements will be made to do so without the celebration of Mass, with the attendance of the candidates and his or her immediate
family members only. Proxies may stand in for sponsors who are non-immediate family members.

Diocesan Catholic elementary and high schools will suspend classes beginning Monday, March 16, 2020, until further notice. The schools will implement e-learning at that time. Further guidance for the schools sponsored
by the Diocese of Rockford will be issued by the Office of Catholic Education.

Parishes are encouraged to work with their employees to permit remote working to the extent practical until further notice. The Diocesan Administration Center will remain open and all services to the parishes and schools
will continue, but the building will be closed to visitors.

All diocesan ministries are directed to use their emergency preparedness plans as necessary and to continually monitor and cooperate with local public health officials on best practices. I also ask each Catholic to exercise personal responsibility in keeping themselves, their families and fellow parishioners healthy and safe.

As this situation continually changes and evolves, the Diocese of Rockford is prepared to take additional steps if necessary to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and will communicate that information as necessary
through the parishes, diocesan website, newspapers and social media. Please continue to communicate regularly at your parishes on how to stay healthy both physically and spiritually during this current pandemic.

Please pray for all of the sick, especially those most affected by the current viral outbreak. Pray also for the medical personnel who treat them and for all who minister to them.

Sincerely yours in Christ,

Most Reverend David J. Malloy
Bishop of Rockford


5th Sunday Rosary

Please join the Knights of Columbus and the Legions of Mary in praying the Rosary, Sunday afternoon, March 29th at 1:30 pm in church.

 


Mass times 

Ash Wednesday

February 26, 2020 

7:30am, 8:45am, & 5:30pm in English and 12:00 noon & 7:00pm in Spanish. 


LENTEN REGULATIONS

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days for fast and abstinence.
Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
FASTING is to observed by all, 18 years of age and older, who
have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal
is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be
taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal
another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids,
including milk and juices, are allowed.
ABSTINENCE is observed by all, 14 years of age and older. On
days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability
to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in
doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be
consulted. (CCC 1251-1252)
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines
of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices
seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of
renewal of baptism at Easter.

 


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday, 5:30 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish. 

Join us for Friday Fish Fry Dinner, served 4-7:00 pm in the school gym.


Evangelization Weekend
With Speaker
JESSE ROMERO
Friday, Jan. 31, 2020, 7:00 pm
Evangelization—Spanish
(Open to Diocese)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 9:00 am
Confirmand, Parents, & Sponsors
Benediction to follow until 12:00 pm
(St. James School & Religious Education)
Saturday, Feb. 1, 2020, 7:00 pm
Evangelization—English
(Open to Diocese)
Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020, 9:15 am—10:15 am
Living in the State of Grace—English
Sunday, February 2, 2020, 1:15 pm—2:15 pm
Living in the State of Grace—Spanish
(In Connolly Hall—Lower Level of the Church)
Jesse Romero is an Author, Radio Host, and Bi-Lingual
Catholic Evangelist who is nationally acclaimed for his
dynamic, upbeat Christ-centered preaching. He has a B.A.
degree from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles,
CA, and a M.A. degree in Catholic theology from
Franciscan University in Steubenville, OH.
No cost for admission—free will offerings appreciated.
Promoted by the Knights of Columbus.


Wednesday, January 1, 2020 – Holy Day of Obligation

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass Schedule

Tuesday, December 31 – 7:00 pm Vigil

Wednesday, January 1 – 8:00 am & 10:30 am – English; 12:00 pm – Spanish

 


5th Sunday Rosary

Please join the Knights of Columbus and the Legions of Mary in praying the Rosary this Sunday afternoon, December 29th at 1:30 pm in church.


In celebration of Christmas and the New Year holiday, the
Parish Office will be closed on the following dates:
Tuesday, December 24th through Friday, December 27th.
And
Tuesday, December 31st and Wednesday, January 1st.
Regular office hours will resume on Thursday, January 2nd.

 


“Beloved: Living Marriage”

Registrations are being taken for the upcoming “Beloved:  Living Marriage” 6 week study which will be held in Connolly Hall on Monday nights beginning January 6th. Registration Fee for the Study is $15.00, and includes a couple’s study guide.
Fr. Geary will be leading this study on four of the six nights and invites all couples to join in the eternally worthwhile quest of finding greater happiness in marriage as we undergo sanctification in preparation for heaven.
The study includes an offsite Valentines Dinner. Estimated cost of dinner will be $20 – $25 per person.   The Knights of Columbus are sponsoring the venue for the dinner as well as all service/fees associated with hosting a Cash Bar.
Please stop by the table in the Narthex on 12/14, 15, 21 or 22 to register. You may also register with the Church office. 

 


St. James Parish Advent Dinner
Saturday, December 7th, 2019
Social Hour at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
Dancing 8:00 ~ 11:00 p.m.
Place: The United Auto Workers Local 1268
1100 W. Chrysler Dr., Belvidere, IL
Tickets: $30.00 per Person, Cash Bar Available
Tickets may be purchased at:
~ The St. James Parish Office, 815-547-6397
~ John Fitzpatrick, 815-765-5164, jfitz6kidz@yahoo.com
~After Mass in the church narthex & at Coffee & Donuts
* Sponsored by Knights of Columbus Council 735 *


NOVENA Y FIESTA NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE 2019

Parroquia “St. James” Belvidere

 Martes 03 diciembre

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Miércoles 04 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Jueves 05 diciembre

Adoración del Santísimo, Confesiones, Rosario, Misa como de costumbre

Viernes 0a6 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

Sábado 07 diciembre

6:00 pm – Rosario a continuación video sobre la vida de San José Luis Sanchez

Domingo 08 diciembre

12:00 mediodía – Misa Dominical

6:00 pm – Rosario a continuación video sobre la Virgen de Guadalupe

Lunes 09 diciembre, Martes 10 diciembre, Miércoles 11 diciembre

5:45 – 6:15 pm – Confesiones

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misa

JUEVES 12 DICIEMBRE DIA CENTRAL FIESTA DE NUESTRA SENORA DE GUADALUPE

5:00 am Mañanitas

6:00 am – Misa a continuación refrigerio en el Salón Parroquial

7:00 am – Rosario en ingles

7:30 am – Misa en ingles

6:00 pm – Rosario

6:30 pm – Misal Solemne a continuación “Las Apariciones” y Compartir en la Escuela

****NO Habrá confesiones ni adoración****


What Vatican II Taught about Sacred Music 

Come join Fr. Geary and our Music Director, Christopher Aune for this session about Sacred Music on Monday, November 18 at 6:30 pm in Connolly Hall. Refreshments will be provided.

 


Save the Date!

“A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM”
To Benefit St. James School
Saturday, November 9th
Boone County Museum of History
314 S. State St.
Belvidere, IL

~Watch the Bulletin for Additional Information~


THE COUNCIL OF CATHOLIC WOMEN
IS HOSTING A SWEETEST DAY DINNER
WHEN: October 13, 2019
WHERE: LINO’S, 5611 E. State St., Rockford
TIME: Doors open at 5:00 p.m.
Pasta & Pizza Dinner at 5:30 p.m.
COST: $25.00 Per Person—Cash Bar
Games ~ Door Prizes ~ 50/50 Raffle ~ Music
Contact Laura Greer at (815) 814-0790 or the Parish Office at
(815) 547-6397 for more information.


NATIONWIDE ROSARY
Join a nationwide rosary in honor of Fatima for the United States
of America. This will be held at noon on Saturday, October 12th.
We will pray the rosary together on church premises at the corner of
Main Street and Logan Avenue. Bring your rosary and join the Legion
of Mary!


The Knights of Columbus is selling
Tootsie Rolls by the case or sleeve for your
enjoyment!
– Cases of 300 Tootsie Rolls are $45.00 each
– Sleeves of 50 Tootsie Rolls are $7.00 each
Tootsie Rolls may be purchased at the Parish Office during
office hours. Thank You for supporting our Knights!


JOIN THE 23rd ANNUAL
BELVIDERE LIFE CHAIN!
SUNDAY, OCT. 6TH, 2:00—3:30 P.M.
DOWNTOWN BELVIDERE
ON THE MAIN STREET BRIDGE


Stand with thousands of pro-lifers throughout the USA! You will be
a light in a darkened world as you help put an end to abortion through
prayer! Bring your whole family, rain or shine—water, lawn chairs,
umbrellas, and strollers are welcome.
LIFE CHAIN is a peaceful, prayerful witness of pro-life individuals
standing in honor of 56 million lives lost to abortion, praying for our
nation, for people in crisis situations, and for an end to abortion. It is a
visual statement of solidarity by the Christian community that abortion
kills children and that the Church supports the sanctity of human life
from the moment of conception to natural death.
If you have any questions or concerns, contact Dennis Sullivan at
(815) 793-1386


Thursday, August 15, 2019 – Holy Day of Obligation

The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Mass Schedule

7:30 am, 8:45 am, and 5:30 pm – English; 7:00 pm – Spanish


ATTENTION PARENTS & GRANDPARENTS

St. James Catholic School is pleased to announce that full tuition scholarships are available to NEW FAMILIES registering their children for the 2019-2020 school year. Please call the School Office, 815-547-7633 for more information and schedule a tour. Financial Aid is available to all families who qualify.


ATTENTION !!!
Due to the July 4th Holiday being on
Thursday this year, there will be a
7:30 a.m. Mass in English and a
9:00 a.m. Mass in Spanish. There will
NOT be a 6:30 p.m. Mass in Spanish,
Adoration or Confessions on
Thursday, July 4th. Thank You!


HEALTH & WELLNESS FAIR
Please join us Sunday, June 30th from 12:00 noon to 2:00pm at St. James Church, Belvidere, in Connolly Hall, for Free Health Screenings.
This Health & Wellness Fair is sponsored by the Latino Coalition “Health and Wellness”. It’s free and confidential.


Mass Times for the Triduum

April 18, 2019 – Thursday of Holy Week     

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 19, 2019 –  Friday  of the Passion of the Lord     

1:00 pm English Liturgy 

7:00 pm Spanish Liturgy

April 20, 2019 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 21, 2019 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of The Lord 

8:00 & 10:30 am – English

12:00 Noon – Spanish

 


BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH

While Strengthening Our Parish 5th Sunday Rosary Service

Join Us In Praying the Rosary The Knights of Columbus has put in place a 5th Sunday Rosary Service program. In months where there are five Sundays, on the 5th Sunday, our council will be leading a Rosary service at 1:30 p.m. in the church, and we would like to invite all parishioners to join us. Below are the 5th Sunday dates in 2019: March 31, June 30, September 29, & December 29, 2019.

Construyendo la iglesias domestica Mientras fortalecemos nuestra parroquia Servicio del Rosario del Quinto domingo. Unete a nosotros para rezar el Rosario Los caballeros de Colon han puesto un quinto servicio, el programa del Rosario del quinto domingo. En los meses en que hay cinco domingos, el 5 o domingo, nuestro consejo dirigira un servicio del rosario a las 1:30 p.m. en la iglesia, y nos gustaria invitar a todos los feligreses a unirse a nosotros.

 


The rescheduling of our Natural Family Planning presentation will be on Tuesday, March 26th, at 7:00 p.m. in Connolly Hall. Please join the Respect Life Ministry and speakers Mary O’Grady, RN, BSN, CFCP, and Erica Kornfeind, FCP, of the Fertility Care Center in Cherry Valley, IL, for this informative evening. Light refreshments will be served.


Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent.

Pray the Stations of the Cross every Friday, 5:30 pm in English and 7:00 pm in Spanish. 

Join us for Friday Fish Fry Dinner, served 4-7:00 pm in the school gym.


LENTEN REGULATIONS

Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days for fast and abstinence.
Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
FASTING is to observed by all, 18 years of age and older, who
have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal
is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be
taken according to each one’s needs, but together they should not equal
another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids,
including milk and juices, are allowed.
ABSTINENCE is observed by all, 14 years of age and older. On
days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability
to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in
doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be
consulted. (CCC 1251-1252)
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines
of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices
seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of
renewal of baptism at Easter.

 


URGENT: Your help is needed in Springfield to stop abortion-expansion in Illinois!

Several extreme abortion-expansion bills have been introduced in the Illinois General Assembly, and your help is needed to stop them! If passed, these bills would repeal the state’s ban on partial birth abortions, define abortion as a fundamental right, remove abortion clinics from regulations for serious medical procedures, remove the requirement that only doctors can perform abortions, and repeal the current Parental Notification Law, among other things.  We must make our voices heard and you can make a difference!

 There is an urgent need to meet with legislators in Springfield to personally ask them to “Vote NO” on these bills. The Catholic Conference of Illinois will provide a training session prior to meeting with our legislatures. Please join us and others from throughout the Diocese of Rockford on Wednesday, March 20, 2019. Your help is needed! Visit www.rockforddiocese.org/life for more details and to sign up online. Questions? Contact the Life & Family Evangelization Office atlife@rockforddiocese.org or (815) 399-4300.

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

–          The bishops of all six dioceses in Illinois have issued a joint statement regarding this legislation: https://www.ilcatholic.org/illinois-bishops-warn-against-extreme-abortion-legislation/

–          Bishop Malloy has written about this legislation in his weekly column: http://observer.rockforddiocese.org/column?id=883

–          The Catholic Conference of Illinois has several posts about this legislation on their Facebook page that can be shared: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicConferenceofIllinois/

 

 


Lenten Event

The Legions of Mary are proud to announce the return of the Man of the Shroud Exhibit. This exhibit presents the results of a comprehensive scientific, historical and forensic study of the Shroud of Turin, which has long been venerated by the faithful and is believed by many to be the burial cloth of Jesus of Nazareth. Please join us in Connolly Hall.

March 8    8 am – noon and 4 pm to 7 pm

March 9    8 am to 6 pm

March 10    8 am to 3 pm


Family Faith Connection

St. James is excited to introduce “The Family Faith Connection.” Please join us for Our Lenten Journey with Jesus. 

Click here for more.


Immaculée Ilibagiza

Immaculée Ilibagiza, a Rwandan genocide survivor and New York Times best-selling author of Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Genocide is scheduled to speak at St. James Belvidere, IL about faith, hope, love and forgiveness on October 2 and 3, 2020.

Immaculée’s testimony is an incredible one of love, forgiveness, faith and hope.  She not only survived the genocide by hiding in a cramped bathroom with seven other women, but she was also able to forgive her tormentors and her family’s murderers.

She credits her salvation to prayer and a set of rosary beads given to her by her devout Catholic father. Anger and resentments were eating her alive while she hid from the murderers in the bathroom.  Instead of succumbing to the rage she felt, she instead turned to prayer.

Ilibagiza is regarded as one of world’s leading speakers on peace, faith, and forgiveness. She has shared her universal message with world dignitaries, school children, multinational corporations, churches and many others. She works hard to spread her message and to raise money for her Left to Tell Charitable Fund, which directly benefits the children orphaned by the genocide.

For registration or more information, visit her website:  www.immaculee.com.


Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – Holy Day of Obligation

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass Schedule

Monday, December 31 – 7:00 pm Vigil

Tuesday, January 1 – 8:00 am & 10:30 am – English; 12:00 pm – Spanish


5th Sunday Rosary

Please join the Knights of Columbus and the Legions of Mary in praying the Rosary this Sunday afternoon, December 30th at 1:30 pm in church.


OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE

December 3, 2018 – Novena – 6:30pm

December 11, 2018 – Novena – 6:30pm

December 12, 2018

Mananitas – 4:30am

Misa – 6:00am

Misa en Ingles – 7:30am

Reso Rosario – 8:30am

Angelus – 12:00 Noon

Coronilla – 3:00pm

Reso Rosario – 3:30pm

Presentation de Danzantes – 5:30pm

Reso Rosario – 6:00pm

Misa – 6:30pm

Despues de Misa estremos en el escuela

Terminamos alas 9:30pm


Happy Thanksgiving from Fr. Geary, Fr. Schuessler, and the parish staff. Mass times for Thursday, November 22, 2018 are: 7:30 am in English 9:00 am in Spanish.


ALL SAINTS DAY
Thursday, November 1st, is All Saints Day and a
Holy Day of Obligation. Mass Times for the Holy Day
are: 7:30 and 8:45 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. in English and
7:00 p.m. in Spanish.
Please note the 8:30 a.m. Mass time has been
changed to 8:45 a.m. on HOLY DAYS ONLY due to
the short timeframe between the
morning Masses. Thank You!


Congratulations to newly ordained Deacon Steven Johnson!

Click here to watch the Deacon Ordination – September 29, 2018


 PARISH MISSION!

Click here for more!

Save the Date: Sunday, October 28 – Tuesday, October 30th

Fr. Dave Pivonka, T.O.R., known to many of you through his renowned Wild Goose series on the Holy Spirit, will be the speaker for our next parish mission! You will not want to miss this powerful series of teachings on the Holy Spirit.  Fr. Pivonka’s work is not just informative, it’s transformative.

Plan to come and plan to be changed!


St. James Parish Festival

The ‘Parish Festival’ will be held on
July 28th & 29th in the school gym and side
parking lot, beginning after the 4:00 p.m. Mass
with an “Alumni Cookout.” Sunday morning
“Breakfast by the Knights of Columbus” starting at
7:30 a.m., followed by “Kermes” serving after the 12:00 p.m.
Mass. Food, drink, and game tickets may be purchased at the
event for $1.00 each. Come join us as we celebrate St. James!

BUY YOUR 50/50 TICKETS AFTER ALL MASSES THIS
WEEKEND OR DURING WORKING HOURS AT THE PARISH
OFFICE!


BUILDING THE DOMESTIC CHURCH

While Strengthening Our Parish
5th Sunday Rosary Service
Join Us In Praying the Rosary
The Knights of Columbus has put in place a 5th Sunday Rosary
Service program. In months where there are five Sundays, on the 5th
Sunday, our council will be leading a Rosary service at 3:00 p.m. in the
church, and we would like to invite all parishioners to join us. Below
are the remaining 5th Sundays in 2018:
July 29, 2018
September 30, 2018
December 30, 2018

CONSTRUYENDO LA IGLESIAS DOMESTICA

Mientras fortalecemos nuestra parroquia
Servicio del Rosario del Quinto domingo.
Unete a nosotros para rezar el Rosario
Los caballeros de Colon han puesto un quinto servicio, el programa
del Rosario del quinto domingo. En los meses en que hay cinco
domingos, el 5 o domingo, nuestro consejo dirigira un servicio
del rosario a las 3:00 p.m. en la iglesia, y nos gustaria invitar a todos
los feligreses a unirse a nosotros. A continuacion estan los 5tos
domingos restantes del 2018.
El 29 de julio, 2018
El 30 de septiembre, 2018
El 3 de diciembre, 2018


The Greg Wilhelm Memorial Golf Outing

When: July 16, 2018
Where: Swanhills Golf Course
2600 Gustafson Rd.
Belvidere, IL 61008

Event: 4-person scramble
Registration time: 9:00 a.m.
Event time: 10:00 a.m. shotgun
Fee: $75.00 per person (FMV $45)
Includes:
18 holes with a cart
Steak dinner
Two (2) drink tickets
 Prizes for flag events and event winners 

 For questions contact: Sue Spahr 815-544-4005

Proceeds will be awarded to a scholarship recipient at
St. James School in honor of
Mr. Greg Wilhelm


Parish Mission

Please join us June 18th & 19th in the School Gym at 7:00 p.m. as
Mr. John F. Kippley will be speaking to us about Blessed Pope Paul VI’s
Encyclical Letter “Humanae Vitae.”

Honoring both the spiritual and physical elements of conjugal love, the
papal teaching recognizes that artificial birth control would fall short of
the fullness of the marital union as total, faithful, exclusive, and
fruitful. The encyclical thoughtfully considers the human person as a
whole—body and spirit—and prophetically presents the practical
social implications if the document’s conclusions—based on the full
respect of the totality of persons—are ignored. As a prophetic teaching,
Humanae Vitae strengthens Christian spouses in a beautiful, holy
expression of human sexuality that profoundly respects the whole
person and is open to life and faithful to love.


TOTUS TUUS
(Latin for “Totally Yours”)
Register Today-Don’t Miss Out!
Grade School (Gr. 1-6)
June 11-15 (Mon-Fri). 9:00 a.m.-2:15 p.m.
Middle and High School (Gr. 7-12)
June 10-14 (Sun-Thurs) 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Cost for all 5 days is $30 per child/youth.
Registration Forms are available in the narthex of the Church, the
School Office, and the Religious Education Office.
We need your help. We still are in need of volunteers to provide either
a lunch or dinner for the team of four adults. We also need teens from
7th through 12th grades from 8:45 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. to help with the
youth during the morning sessions. Any available time you can give is
most appreciated. If you can help, please call the Religious Education
office at 815-544-3698. Thank you.

Parish Pot Luck ! ! !
Please join us in the school gym on
Wednesday, June 13th, at 5:30 pm.
Bring your favorite dish to pass.
Tableware and drinks will be furnished
Everyone is invited!
Totus Tuus is a week-long Catholic youth program
dedicated to sharing the Gospels and promoting
the Catholic faith through evangelization, catechesis,
Christian witness, and Eucharistic worship.


As a sign of common faith and adoration,

please join us for the annual procession on

The Feast of Corpus Christi

June 3, 2018 at 1:00 pm

at Church.


Support St. James School!

Saturday, May 19, 2018, 8:00am – 10:00am

Join us for pancake breakfast at

Applebee’s

2126 Gateway Center Dr., Belvidere, IL 

Tickets – $5.00


Adoración Nocturna

Saturday, May 12, 2018

7:30pm – 5:00am


The St. James Ministry Fair
is May 5th & 6th, 2018 in Connolly Hall
after all the Masses. Stop by to learn more
about the ministries and ask questions. Come see
where your talents may lead you!


Council of Catholic Women
Bake and Craft Sale
April 28th after 4:00 p.m. Mass
April 29th—7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
St. James School Gym
During Knights of Columbus All-You-Can-Eat Breakfast!
~Help us meet our goals for 2018~
Bake and craft donations are always appreciated!


St. James Parish Breakfast
Sponsored by Knights of Columbus #735
Sunday, April 29, 2018
7:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Please come for all of your favorites and enjoy the
company of your fellow parishioners. Don’t Miss Out!
There are only TWO breakfasts left before summer.


TACO Tuesday!
Please join us for a FORMED gathering with
Fr. Geary on Tuesday, May 1st, at 6 PM. We will
be enjoying a Taco Dinner (chicken & beef) with
all the toppings and then share together Episode 4
of Divine Mercy in the Second Greatest Story
Ever Told, “Faustina and the Spread of Divine
Mercy.” A large group discussion will follow
(different than what we did for the kickoff.) If you haven’t been
participating in this study, this will be a great opportunity to see what
it’s all about. Each session is a discovery and celebration of the
message of the Divine Mercy!
Text your name and number of people attending to: 815-543-4738.


Mass Times for the Triduum

March 29, 2018 – Thursday of Holy Week     

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

March 30, 2018 –  Friday  of the Passion of the Lord     

1:00 pm English Liturgy 

7:00 pm Spanish Liturgy

March 31, 2018 – Holy Saturday – Easter Vigil

7:00 pm Bi-Lingual

April 1, 2018 – Easter Sunday of the Resurrection of The Lord 

8:00 & 10:30 am – English

12:00 Noon – Spanish


R.E. CURRENT FAMILY ONLY

REGISTRATION


TOTUS TUUS

Totus Tuus 2018


FRIDAY NIGHT FISH FRY

See our New Prices!

Please join us to help benefit St. James School!

4:00 – 7:00 pm

March 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd

Adults $11.00; Seniors 65+ $10.00; Kids 4-10 $6.00

Kids 3 and Under FREE!


Stations of the Cross

Please join us in the Church for Stations of the Cross

On Fridays during Lent.

5:30 pm in English

7:00 pm in Spanish


What does the Holy Spirit want to renew within you
 Click Here to Learn about our next 
Light of the World Retreat and to Register Now! 
 
 

“DIGITAL NOVENA”

Please join the Respect Life Ministry in Praying Nine Days for Life 

January 18 – 26, 2018

You can pray at church, home, work, or with friends anywhere, anytime. The focus is on cherishing the ‘gift’ of EVERY person’s life. This is a multi-faceted NOVENA highlighting a different intention each day. Reflections & suggested actions also provided.

You may ‘Google’ “Nine Days for Life” for more information or go to: www.9daysforlife.com

“Care for one another is care for Jesus himself.” Pope Francis, 9/27/2015


FIFTH SUNDAY ROSARY

On Sunday, December 31, 2017, the Knights of
Columbus and the Legion of Mary will co-sponsor
the 5th Sunday Rosary – our continuous devotion to our Blessed
Mother and all her guidance and works. We will start the Rosary
at 1:30 p.m. in the church. All parishioners are invited and
encouraged to come to join us in prayer.
Thank you,
The Knights of Columbus
and
The Legion of Mary


TAX CREDITS

Want a huge break on your Illinois taxes and help St. James School at the same time?

Come to a meeting on Monday, December 18, 2017, at 6:00 pm in the school cafeteria to get more information on this limited time program.


Our St. James Parish “APP” is here!

Simply text message the word ‘app’ to 88202 to download our parish app.

1) Download myParish App

2) Select our Parish after opening


FR. SCHUESSLER’S 50TH ORDINATION ANNIVERSARY

God has blessed me with 50 years of priesthood. I will be celebrating a Mass of Thanksgiving here at St. James on December 17th at 3:00 p.m. A buffet supper will follow in the school. It goes without saying that you are invited. If yo would like to share in the supper, please call the Parish Office before December 1st, so that the folks arranging the meal can have an accurate count of the number attending. Space is limited, so it is on a first come, first served basis.

Sincerely,
Fr. Schuessler


 

Pilgrimage to Rome with Fr. Geary!

Visit the Historic Sites of the Eternal City! Attend a Papal Audience with Pope Francis! The trip will leave from Chicago on Friday, November 24, 2017, and return on Saturday, December 2, 2017. Please click on the link below for additional information.

                                                      ATTENTION!!!

PLEASE SEE THE UPDATED ROME TRIP FLYER AND QUESTION & ANSWER SHEET BY CLICKING ON THE LINKS BELOW:

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