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Come Follow Me is the theme for the 2019 Diocesan Appeal.  With this theme in mind we are all called to follow the example of Jesus, putting our faith into action by what we say and do.  As always this time of year, I need to ask you for your help and support. It is during this busy season that we act together to help care for the larger Church of the Diocese of Rockford.

It is through your generous gift to the 2019 Diocesan Appeal that we can continue to bring the love of Jesus to those in need and teach the faith to young and old alike. That work takes many forms in many different diocesan ministries. Marriage preparation, promoting human dignity and respect for life, youth ministry, and vocations are just some of the diocesan ministries and services we support through this Appeal.

What we give in support to the Diocesan Appeal comes back to help us in many ways! Our parish itself receives support for many of the diocesan ministries including our religious formation programs, our schools, and in the future the very fruits of the vocations we which we pray. This is why the annual Appeal is so important to us and our Diocese.  Our goal this year for our parish is $58,480.00. Please remember that whatever we raise beyond this goal returns to our parish. 

Please join St. Mary in supporting the 2019 Diocesan Appeal. This year, if you plan to make your gift by credit card or automatic withdrawal from your bank account, you can do so by visiting:  to donate easily and securely. Feel free to contact our office if you would like further information about donating from a donor-advised fund or through your IRA.

Through your gift, we can share the love of Jesus with our Catholic parish family and others throughout the Diocese. Thank you for your support as we participate in living the Church’s mission to be a witness of compassion and mercy to those in need. Some of the diocesan ministries funded by the Diocesan Appeal (DA) are:

  • Social Ministries (St. Elizabeth Center, Catholic Charities)


  • Catholic Education (Training Catechists for School and Religious Education, Certifications for Directors and Coordinators of RE programs,Developing school policies, dealing with personnel concerns, curriculum development. Youth Ministry, Diocesan Lay Ministry Formation, Diocesan Theological Institute)


  • Family Programs (Life and Family Evangelization office, Marriage Preparation and natural family planning, Dealing with issues of human dignity, Bishop Lane Retreats, Ministry Day, Hispanic Ministry)


  • Clergy and Religious (Seminarian Education, Permanent Diaconate Program, Retired Priests Pension Plan, Clergy Development, Vacations Office, Vicar for Clergy and Religious Office)



DA Chart - How funds are used









Max Oswalt is a seminarian for the Diocese of Rockford.  He will be a senior in the fall at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Seward, Nebraska.  His home parish is St. Patrick’s in Dixon.  His favorite devotion is to Mary, Mother of Sorrows.
Caroline Payne is from Northern Virginia.  This is her second year doing Totus Tuus!  She is a senior at Franciscan University of Steubenville studying History and Philosophy.  She hopes to be a teacher one day.  Her favorite saints include St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Catherine of Siena and Padre Pio.  She enjoys baking, running and other sports.  “I’m looking forward to serving parishes again this summer!”
Krystal Pold is going into her third year at St. Norbert College.  She is studying Theology and Music.  Her home parish is St. Patrick’s in St. Charles. “I am excited to walk alongside others as we grow in love for Christ.”

Adrian Ruiz is a junior in college with plans of entering Northern Illinois University’s Nonprofit Studies program.  He was born and raised in corn town named DeKalb.  His three loves include Jesus, family, and food.  Jokes aside he loves his community, his parish (NIU Newman Center) and serving our Lord.  “I’m grateful for the opportunity to serve your community and family with Totus Tuus this summer!”




 Click here to print: Directions on how to get started with Online Giving

We are now offering Online Giving! You can now sign up and to begin contributing automatically to our parish. This convenient new system does not require you to contact your bank to sign up or to make changes. You can use any of your checking or savings accounts and the funds will automatically be transferred to our parish bank account. This system is more convenient for the parish than electronic checks from your bank, and its more convenient for you because you can make changes at any time. You can see reports on your contribution history and generate tax statements at each year's end.  

Registering is easy to do.  Printable instructions are above.

Help yourself by helping others discover St. Mary Catholic School.  

For every new student that is referred, registers, and attends St. Mary Catholic School for the 2019-2020 school year, the referring family will receive a $150 tuition credit.

Refer a new family with two children, receive a $300 tuition credit.  

Refer a family with five children and receive a $750 tuition credit!


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