Welcome to the Cathedral of St. Peter

Most Reverend David J. Malloy, D.D., J.C.L., S.T.D. 
Bishop of Rockford

 Cathedral of St. Peter is a Roman Catholic Church whose mission is that of Jesus Christ: the conversion of sinners and the salvation of souls. This is accomplished by preaching the Gospel, celebrating the Sacraments and evangelizing the world around us.


The Year of Mercy Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter

On Dec 8th Pope Francis will open the Holy Door at St. Peter Basilica in Rome, opening the celebration of a year of mercy. 

Pope Francis explained the purpose of this extraordinary year in this way:

“We want to live this Jubilee Year in light of the Lord’s words: ‘Merciful like the Father’. . . I present this Extraordinary Jubilee Year dedicated to living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us.”

“. . . to reach the Holy Door in Rome or in any other place in the world, everyone, each according to his or her ability, will have to make a pilgrimage.  This will be a sign that mercy is also a goal to reach and requires dedication and sacrifice.  May pilgrimage be an impetus to conversion: by crossing the threshold of the Holy Door, we will find the strength to embrace God’s mercy and dedicate ourselves to being merciful with others as the Father has been with us.”  (from Misericordiae Vultus)

The designated Holy Door at the Cathedral of St. Peter is the main door on Church Street at the south end of the Cathedral.  This entrance will be closed off on the weekend of the Feast of Christ the King, Nov. 21/22.  The door will be solemnly opened for the Holy Year at the end of a Mass on 11:00 a.m. on Sunday Dec. 13th

This Holy Year is a strong call to repentance and to the experience of God’s grace in the sacraments, especially through Reconciliation.  It is also a special time to live out the call to mercy and forgiveness in the Church, in our families, and in our society and world. 


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Election 2016:  Weigh Your Conscience Before Casting Your Ballot

The general election on November 8 offers Illinois residents the opportunity to vote for candidates for U.S. president, Congress, and the state legislature.  The Catholic Church is nonpartisan, and does not endorse candidates nor tell parishioners which candidates they should elect. The Church does offer guidance for discernment as parishioners make their decisions on how to vote with a properly formed conscience. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops has updated its document, Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship, which may be found at www.usccb.org/issues-and-action/faithful-citizenship/index.cfm

.The Catholic Conference of Illinois encourages you to carefully review the seven themes of Catholic Social Teaching listed below as you consider candidates. More information may be found at www.ilcatholic.org
Seven Key Themes of Catholic Social Teaching
Life and Dignity of the Human Person
Human life is sacred, and the dignity of the human person is the foundation of a moral vision for societyand of Catholicsocial teaching.Abortion, physician-assisted suicide, cloning, embryonic stem cell research and racism are evils to be guarded against and opposed. Our promotion of human dignity and life also moves us to work for an end to war and the death penalty.
Care for God’s Creation
We are called to protect the planet, living in relationship with all of God’s creation. Pope Francis underscores the importance of our stewardship of the Earth in his encyclical Laudato Si’: On Care for Our Common Home. In it, he poses a key question: “What kind of world do we want to leave to those who come after us, to children who are now growing up?”
Protection of & Participation in the Family & the Community
Social and economic policies affect our ability to grow in community. Marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported. Pope Francis stresses the significance of the family in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), observing that marriage and the family are the central social institutions that must be supported by the state.
Rights of the Person Protected, & Each Person’s Responsibilities Met
Human dignity can be protected and a healthy community can be achieved only if human rights are protected and responsibilities are met.  Every person has a fundamental right to life and to those things required for human decency, including food, water, shelter, employment and health care.  As citizens, we all have duties to one another, our families and society.
Care for the Poor and Vulnerable
While the common good embraces all, those in greatest need deserve our preferential concerns. A moral test for society is how we treat the weakest among us, including children, the disabled, refugees, the elderly, the unemployed, the poorand the marginalized. 
Dignity of Work and the Rights of Workers
The economy must serve people, not the other way around. Work is a form of continuing participation in God’s creation.  Workers must have basic rights to decent work, fair wages, workplace safety, collective bargaining, private property andeconomic initiative.
We are one human family whatever our national, racial, ethnic, economic, and ideological differences. We are our brothers and sisters keepers.  We work to create unity through dialogue and a civil discourse that is respectful of others.
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