Call-in Day for Dreamers. Diocese of Rockford joins USCCB in National Effort

 ROCKFORD–The Diocese of Rockford joins with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ president, vice president, and migration chair in encouraging Catholics to join in a National Call-in Day for Dreamers on Feb. 26. 

USCCB President, Vice President, and Migration Chair Announce National Call-in Day for Dreamers for Feb. 26

WASHINGTON—Late last week, the Senate failed to achieve the 60 votes needed to move forward with debate on legislation to provide relief to Dreamers. Cardinal Daniel DiNardo of Galveston-Houston, USCCB president; Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, USCCB vice president; and Bishop Joe S. Vásquez of Austin, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Migration, together issued the following statement:
“We are deeply disappointed that the Senate was not able to come together in a bipartisan manner to secure legislative protection for the Dreamers. With the March 5 deadline looming, we ask once again that Members of Congress show the leadership necessary to find a just and humane solution for these young people, who daily face mounting anxiety and uncertainty.
“We are also announcing a National Catholic Call-In Day to Protect Dreamers. This coming weekend, we will be asking the faithful across the nation to call their Members of Congress next Monday, Feb. 26, to protect Dreamers from deportation, to provide them a path to citizenship, and to avoid any damage to existing protections for families and unaccompanied minors in the process.
“Our faith compels us to stand with the vulnerable, including our immigrant brothers and sisters. We have done so continually, but we must show our support and solidarity now in a special way. Now is the time for action.”

Cuaresma en Acción: Apoyando a los Soñadores

Campaña de llamadas al Congreso
¡Participe en la campaña nacional para llamar al Congreso el lunes 26 de febrero del 2018! Su apoyo es
fundamental para ayudar a los casi 1.8 millones de jóvenes y niños que fueron traídos a este país por
sus padres. A partir del 6 de marzo, estos jóvenes enfrentan ser deportados a menos que el congreso
llegue a un acuerdo bipartidista para protegerlos. Por favor siga estos pasos para ayudarles:
Llame a la central telefónica del Capitolio al 855-589-5698 y presione el 1 para conectarlo a sus
Senadores. Una vez conectado a la oficina, por favor pídale a la persona en el teléfono entregar el
siguiente mensaje:
“Urgimos que apoye una solución bipartidista y humana para nuestros soñadores que:
• Proteja a nuestros Soñadores de las deportaciones y les ofrezca un camino hacia la
• Rechace propuestas que socaven la inmigración de familias o elimine protecciones para
los niños no acompañados.
• Como persona de fe, la Iglesia Católica nos enseña que las familias no son “cadenas”
sino, más bien, una bendición que debe ser protegida.
• Actué ahora para proteger a los soñadores, nuestros hermanas y hermanos
Llame una segunda vez a la central del Capitolio 855-589-5698 y esta vez presione el 2 para
conectarlo a sus Representantes. Una vez conectado pida a la persona en el teléfono entregar el
mismo mensaje.
Después que complete su llamada, visite la página
para encontrar otras sugerencias de como demostrar su apoyo.

Adoration for Vocations

March 3rd

8:30 a.m. – 12:00 noon


Adoracion Eucarística por las vocaciones

3 de marzo 

8:30 a.m. 12:00 p.m.


Youth Group

Wednesday, March 7th

6:30 p.m.

Parish Center

Grupo Juvenil

Miércoles 7 de marzo

6:30 p.m.

Centro Parroquial 

Lenten Penance Service

Tuesday, March 6th

7:00 p.m. 


Confesiones de Cuaresma

Martes 6 de marzo

7:00 p.m.


Lenten Mission

Have you lost your sense of spiritual direction?

March 12 – 14, 2018

Deacon Bill Johnson 

Misión de Cuaresma

El pecado y el perdón

El arrepentimiento y la conversión

19 y 20 de marzo de 2018

Movie Night

Wednesday, March 21st

7:00 p.m.

Parish Center

Tarde de Películas

Miércoles 21 de marzo

7:00 p.m.

Centro Parroquial

Be Reconciled

Wednesday, March 21st

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  –  Church

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  –  Church

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  –  Church


Miércoles 21 de marzo

11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.  –  iglesia

4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.  –  iglesia

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.  –  iglesia

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Tim Glemkowski, a dynamic national speaker and founder or L’Alto Catholic Institute, a not-for-profit dedicated to renewal in the Church, came to St. Rita January 23rd  to unpack how cultural shifts not just in the last 50 but actually in the last 500 years have led to our increasingly secularizing society.




Our beautiful church is ready for Christmas







Christmas Eve Mass – December 24th 4:30 pm Christmas Carols (English), 5:00 pm Mass (English), 6:30 p.m. Christmas Carols (Spanish) and 7:00 pm Mass(Spanish)
Christmas Day Mass – December 25th at 9:00 am (English) and 11:00 am (Spanish)

Misa de Nochebuena – 24 de diciembre 5:00 pm (inglés) y 7:00 pm (español)
Misa de Navidad – 25 de diciembre 9:00 am (inglés) y 11:00 am (español)


Mariachi Concert 2017


Woman of Inspiration/Mujer de Inspiración

Congratulations to Maria Velazquez, Woman of Inspiration 2017. Felicidades a María Velázquez, Mujer de Inspiración 2017



Kermés/Outdoor Festival 2017

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 St. Rita of Cascia celebrates 90th Anniversary

On May 21, 2017 Bishop David Malloy presided at the 10:15 a.m. Mass, a baccalaureate for the parish school’s eight graders and this kicked off the year of celebrations for the parish. We are a very diverse parish with people from different countries such as Poland, Nigeria, Philippines, Vietnam, an all Latin America. Fr. Oscar Cortés said “having a big diversity of cultures is not an obstacle. It is a blessing from God. It is a means to evangelize people. We can show other the real meaning of being the Church of Christ.”