Bishop of the Rockford Diocese the Rev. David Malloy
Updated: March 18, 2013 6:52AM
AURORA — Rockford Diocese Bishop David J. Malloy will lead a special “Procession and Prayer Service for the Defense of Marriage” in Aurora Monday evening.
The program, at Sacred Heart Parish, 771 Fulton St., is intended to support the sacrament of marriage, diocesan officials said.
Malloy asked the parish to organize the service to help draw attention to what the church teaches about marriage between one man and one woman and its importance to society and the Catholic Church.
The special service, open to the public, will be conducted in Spanish with one reading in English.
Participants are asked to gather at the Sacred Heart Church parking lot at 5:45 p.m. The procession — which will include prayer, songs and the rosary — will begin at 6 p.m. and proceed around the outside of the church.
At 6:30 p.m., the prayer portion of the service will begin inside the church. If the church reaches capacity, participants can gather in the adjacent school, where the ceremony will be available for viewing on large screens.
Besides Malloy’s talk, Monsignor Arquimedes Vallejo, pastor of Sacred Heart Parish, has asked several couples to share their experience of Christian marriage through personal testimony.
The evening will conclude with benediction and song. A reception will be held after the service in Sacred Heart School.
The prayer service will be streamed live on the Diocese of Rockford’s website at www.rockforddiocese.org.