Christmas Waferts (Oplatki)

Christmas Wafers
The Christmas customs that connect people are important. Polish Catholics have a beautiful custom of the Christmas Wafer or Oplatki. At the Christmas Eve dinner, a wafer is placed under each person’s plate. In place of “grace” each person breaks a piece off of their wafer and gives it to another person. As they do this, they make a special wish or say a prayer for that person. This goes on until every person has greeted every other person at the meal. This can be adapted to Christmas Day or even New Year’s Day. A flat bread can be used as the customary Christmas Wafer. Oplatki packets will be available for $1.00 after Mass the weekends of December 1/2, 8/9 and 15/16 (or as long as supplies last).

Final Knights of Columbus Blood Drive

The Knights of Columbus final Blood drive will take place Sunday, December 9th, from 9 – 1pm in the school gym. If you are able to donate, please consider it. Thank you

School Book Fair

The Scholastic Book Fair will be in our school library on Friday, November 16 from 2:30 - 7:00pm and Saturday, November 17 from 9:00am - noon. The book fair will also be available online from November 9 to November 29 at Enter 60013 as the zip code, find SSPP School toward the bottom of the page and click on “View Fair Homepage.” Online purchasing is convenient, available to extended family, and will allow you to choose from an even greater selection of books. All books that are ordered online will arrive before Christmas vacation.

St. Peregrine

Please join us on November 17 at 8:45am in the church for the St. Peregrine Prayer Service.

St. Peregrine is the patron saint for cancer patients. He was miraculously healed of cancer after praying fervently to an image of the
Crucified Christ. The St Peregrine Prayer Service meets monthly on the 3rd Saturday of the month.
St. Peregrine, pray for us.

All Souls Day, Scrolls & Procession to Cemetery, Nov. 2nd

All Souls Day is Friday, November 2nd when we remember the faithful departed. Scrolls for parishioners to write the names of deceased family members and friends are in the gathering space. The scrolls will be hung in the church to remember the names on All Souls Day. Although this is not a holy day of obligation, Mass times are at 6:30 and 8am, and 7:30pm. The Spanish Mass is at 6pm.

And, new this year, Fr. Trowbridge will be leading a procession with our 4th – 8th grade Catholic School Students to the Cary Cemetery on First Street to pray for the souls of the faithful departed on November 2nd. The procession will depart from the school at 8:45am and arrive at the cemetery at 9am.  If you would like to attend you can either meet us at the school or await our arrival at the cemetery. All are welcome.

Baby Bottle Drive

Baby bottles will be available for donations to support First Way Life Center in Johnsburg on the weekends of Oct. 6/7 and Oct. 13/14. Bottles will be collected the weekend of October 27/28.

Please note due to banks no longer accepting loose coins, donations of bills and checks are preferred.

Thank you for your generosity.

Rosary Coast to Coast, Sunday, Oct. 7th @3pm

SS. Peter and Paul Parish invites you to join us in praying the Rosary Coast to Coast this Sunday, October 7.
We will meet in the rosary garden at 3:00pm. (in the gathering space if raining). The Knights of Columbus will be leading us in prayer. For more information, click HERE.

Official Church Statements Concerning the Abuse Crisis

Below are official publications from Bishop David Malloy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford, and from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, of whom Cardinal DiNardo serves as President. These serve as the most appropriate sources of information regarding the practical and spiritual posture of our local and national Church.

May your faith in Jesus Christ remain firm in this difficult time.  We need the Life and Love of God to imbue our world very deeply.   I encourage you to deepen your disposition of prayer for the many needs which are so evident in our world today.

Know of my daily prayers for you and your intentions.
Fr. Trowbridge

Letters from Bishop David Malloy, Bishop of the Diocese of Rockford

November 14, 2018:  Report of Diocesan Clergy with Credible Allegations of the Abuse of a Minor

October 31, 2018:  Bishop Malloy to Join U.S. Bishops In Week of Prayer and Penance

August 28, 2018:  Letter and Invitation to Prayer to the Catholic Faithful

August 17, 2018:  Statement

Press Releases from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, of whom Cardinal DiNardo serves as President

September 19, 2018:  U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Administrative Committee Statement on Sex Abuse Scandals; Committee Releases Actions to be Taken Within Its Authority

September 13, 2018:  President of U.S. Bishops’ Conference Issues Statement Following Meeting with Pope Francis

August 27, 2018: President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Renews Commitment for Greater Effectiveness and Transparency in Disciplining Bishops

August 16, 2018:  President of U.S. Bishops' Conference Announces Effort That Will Involve Laity, Experts, and the Vatican as U.S. Bishops Resolve to Address "Moral Catastrophe"

August 14, 2018:  President of U.S. Bishops' Conference and Committee Chairman Response to Pennsylvania Grand Jury Report

August 1, 2018:  President of U.S. Bishops Conference Issues Statement on Course of Action Responding to Moral Failures on Part of Church Leaders

July 28, 2018:  President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Statement on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Resignation from College of Cardinals

June 20, 2018:  President of U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops Offers Statement on Cardinal Theodore McCarrick Announcement






Extended: Don't Miss the Gala Early Bird Ticket Sales!

Join us for a magical evening! Our 8th Annual Fall Gala is Saturday, November 10, 2018 at Avante Banquets in Fox River Grove.
Let entertainment and ambience take you away for an evening of elegance as you enjoy butler style appetizers, a gourmet dinner, drinks and a sweets table with assorted desserts!
Fabulous Raffles, Silent Auctions and Live Auctions!
Early Bird Discount has been extended through September 16th. Purchase your tickets now!

Labor Day Mass, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018

Please join us for Mass at St. John Nepomucene Cemetery in Fox River Grove on Monday, September 3, 2018, at 10:30am. Fr. Trowbridge is the celebrant. All are welcome.

Annual Parish Picnic, August 19th after 11am Mass

Come celebrate the Annual Parish Picnic in appreciation of you, our parishioners! Join us after the 11am Mass on Sunday, August 19, 2018 for hotdogs, hamburgers, tacos and corn on the cob. We will have inflatable bounce houses, a dunk tank, live big band, games for the kids and so much more. Come and bring the family!

Are You Celebrating a Milestone Wedding Anniversary?

Couples celebrating the milestone wedding anniversaries of 25, 50, 55, 60, and 65 or more years of marriage in 2018 are invited to a special Mass celebrated by Bishop Malloy at St. Mary Parish in Huntley on Sunday, August 19th at 2:30pm.

A cake and punch reception will immediately follow. Are you celebrating a special milestone? The Life & Family Evangelization office welcomes your registration online by August 3rd by phone at 815-399-4300 or Commemorative certificates to mark this special occasion will be available for those who pre-register for this event. Deadline to pre-register is Friday, August 3rd.

Addiction Forum

Please join us for a forum on addiction here at SS. Peter & Paul on Wednesday, June 27th at 7pm. There will be speakers from several McHenry County programs along with representatives from rehab facilities.

Click the link for more information:  pdf Addiction Forum (35 KB)

New This Year: Spiritual Bouquet Offered for Fathers

Is there a special father in your life, living or deceased, that you would like to recognize on Father's Day? If so, then please consider remembering him as part of our spiritual bouquet that will be displayed on Father’s Day. Ask the Mass Coordinator after any weekend Mass or stop by the Parish Center during the week to purchase a Father's Day Mass card. Cards will be available until June 15. A donation of $10 per card is suggested but any amount is appreciated.

On Father’s Day, a basket with the names of dads to be remembered will be placed in front of St. Joseph with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. What better way to say "I love you Dad" than to put his name before St. Joseph?

Please contact Laura Nick at the Parish Center if you have any questions.

New This Year: Spiritual Bouquet Offered for Mothers

Is there a special mother in your life, living or deceased, that you would like to recognize on Mother’s Day? If so, then please consider remembering her as part of our spiritual bouquet that will be displayed on Mother’s Day. Ask the Mass Coordinator after any weekend Mass or stop by the Parish Center during the week to purchase a Mother’s Day Mass card. Cards will be available until May 10. A donation of $10 per card is suggested but any amount is appreciated.

On Mother’s Day, a basket with the names of moms to be remembered will be placed in front of the Blessed Mother with a beautiful bouquet of flowers. What better way to say "I love you Mom" than to put her name before our Mother, Mary?

Please contact Laura Nick at the Parish Center if you have any questions.

In Loving Memory of Rev. Msgr. Thomas Bales

It is with profound sadness that we inform you of the passing of our beloved Fr. Tom.

Msgr. Bales left this earth on Saturday, April 21, 2018 and, in his own words, "went to see Jesus."

Fr. Tom's strong faith was an example to us all, and his willingness to share it with others was an inspiration to all who had the privilege to know him.

We will always remember his larger-than-life smile, sense of humor and the joy he brought to our parish.

Please continue to pray for the repose of Fr. Tom's soul, as well as for his family.

Eternal rest, grant unto him O Lord

and let perpetual light shine upon him.

May he rest in peace. Amen.


May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed,

through the mercy of God, rest in peace.



Mass of Christian Burial will be on Thursday, April 26, 2018 at 11:00AM at Holy Family

Church, Rockford, IL. Visitation will be from 2PM-7:30PM Wednesday, April 25 at the church

with prayer service at 7:30PM and visitation from 9:00AM-10:45AM at the church prior to the

Mass. Private interment will be at Oakwood Cemetery, Dixon, Illinois at a later


date. Arrangements are being made by Fitzgerald Funeral Home, Rockford, Illinois.

For the complete obituary, click here.

Attention Altar Servers

You and your families are invited to a pizza dinner after the 4:30 Mass on Saturday, April 21st where you will be recognized for your service. The dinner is hosted by the Knights of Columbus. Please RSVP to Laura K. at the parish center by this Monday if you plan on attending.


April 6th is First Friday Adoration

We will have adoration round the clock for 24 hours beginning after the 8am Mass on the first Friday and continuing until the 8am Mass on Saturday (except for during the 7:30pm Spanish Mass on Friday evenings). You are encouraged to come for any amount of time you would like. Please enter through the main doors until 9pm. After 9pm please use the south church door off of the parish center parking lot. Please knock and someone will open the door.

In order to keep the Lord company, we need sentries. Sentries are invited to register via Sign Up Genius. Click here to sign up. Thank you for spending time with Our Lord.

Community Meal, Thursday, April 5, 2018

Join us for a free meal on Thursday, April 5th from 5-7pm in the gathering space. All are welcome.

Triduum and Easter Mass Schedule

Triduum Schedule 2018 and Easter Mass Schedule

Holy Thursday, March 29, 2018
No 6:30am or 8:00am Mass
Misa en Español a las 5:00pm
Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm Adoration of the Eucharist until midnight

Good Friday, March 30, 2018
1:00pm Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion with Veneration of the Cross with Communion
7:30pm Stations of the Cross with Veneration of the Cross (no Communion)
3:30pm Viacrucis En Vivo en Español
5:00pm Liturgia de la Pasion del Senor en Español

Holy Saturday, March 31, 2018
11:00am Easter Food Blessing
Easter Vigil Mass at 6:00pm
Vigilia Pascual en Español 8:30pm

Easter Sunday, April 1, 2018
Masses at 6:30am, 8:00am, 9:30am & 11:00am (no 5:00pm)
Misa de Resurrecion en Español 1:30pm

Confessions & Lenten Penance Services

There are still many remaining opportunities for confession before Easter.

Communal Penance Services all beginning 7pm

Thursday, March 8th at St. Mary in Huntley
Tuesday, March 20th at SS. Peter & Paul
Tuesday, March 27th at St. Thomas in Crystal Lake
Wednesday, March 28th at St. Margaret Mary in Algonquin

Be Reconciled Day, Wednesday, March 21st

Confessions and adoration from 8:30am-8pm at SS. Peter & Paul.
Confessions at all churches in the Rockford Diocese from 9am - 8pm.

For more information, click here.


Individual confessions with adoration every Tuesday and Thursday (except March 8 due to St. Mary penance service, March 27 due to St. Thomas penance service and March 29 due to Holy Thursday Mass of the Lord's Supper).

Also on Saturdays from 8:30-9am and 3:15 - 4:15pm except Holy Saturday.

Or by appointment--call the parish office at 847-516-2636.

Examination of Conscience:

For examination of conscience for adults, click here.
For examination of conscience for children, click pdf here (29 KB) .

Parish Mission, March 4-6 at 7pm

A Family of Love

Sunday, March 4 through Tuesday, March 6 at 7:00pm in the Church

Mr. Jack Rigert, co-found of the John Paul II Renewal Center in Rockford, and Fr. Kyle Manno, Parochial Vicar at St. Patrick Parish in St. Charles, will be here at SS. Peter & Paul on Sunday, March 4th through Tuesday, March 6th for our parish mission. They will share how God's plan has been all about love since the beginning. Using the writings of Pope Saint John Paul II you will encounter a God who loves you infinitely and desires you to love Him in return. Our families are to be a model of God's plan in our world. We are all called to experience and bring God's Love into the world. Click pdf here (143 KB) for more details.

Easter Memorials

As we remember and pray for those who have gone before us in faith during this Lenten Season, we are reminded of those who are no longer with us. If you would like to remember a loved one in a special way this Easter Season, please consider offering a memorial donation in their honor. Your donation will go toward the cost of our Seasonal Church Décor here at SS. Peter & Paul. Please  pdf click here (262 KB) for the form and return it in the offertory collection or return to the parish center by March 19. Thank you!

School Fundraiser at Eggville Cafe

Meal After Mass:  head over to Eggville Cafe after Mass to help support SSPP School. Eggville will donate 20% of your total bill back to the school. Click on the flyer below to let them know are there to support SSPP when you pay your bill. Thank you.

pdf Eggville Flyer (1.37 MB)

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14

Mass Times:  6am, 8am, 12:10pm,
4:30pm & 7:30pm (en Espanól 6pm)