Holy Family Catholic Church
We are a marriage and family building parish living the New Evangelization of Pope Benedict XVI.
4401 Highcrest Road, Rockford, Illinois 61107
Our Parish Mission ~ Symphony of Faith begins on Sunday, March 9 with Fr. George Knab, OMI, Fr. George Knab, O.M.I. A priest of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Fr. Knab has worked for years as a pastor, hospital chaplain and missionary in Mexico and Brazil. He also conducted a renewal program for more than 90 churches in the eastern United States. His easygoing manner makes the invitation to draw closer to God very attractive. Read the homilies of Fr. Knab.
Carly and Kyle's parents attended the orientation meeting for parents of Confirmation Candidates. The family of four often attended Mass on Sundays and the children had received their sacraments. Now, at the start of 8th grade, the children would be attending Confirmation Class. The parents were informed about the preparation for Confirmation and that it required a commitment of time and attendance. The students became Confirmation Candidates. All agreed about the necessity to make a commitment and fulfill the requirements.
Carly and Kyle and were serious about their preparation. They were at Mass with their parents every Sunday. They attended the events and classes. They volunteered to do Christian Service Projects, and chose a sponsor and a saint. They bonded with the other students and many friendships were formed. They were even leaders at many events. The big day for the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation arrived. The Bishop came to confer the Sacrament on all the Candidates and celebrate the
After Confirmation day, the parish priest did not see the family for many weeks. The priest finally called the mother and asked about their absence, if something was wrong. Mom was surprised. “Father, I thought they were all done. I mean, the children were Baptized, went to religion class, attended Mass, received the Eucharist and Reconciliation and have now been Confirmed. Aren't we done?”
This is a story that is well known to most of us.