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  • Funeral Mass celebrated for father of Father Schwartz

    Funeral Mass celebrated for father of Father Schwartz Louis S. Schwartz of Witt, father of Father Rodney Schwartz of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away at the Nokomis Rehab and Health Care Center on Aug. 8. He was born on July 8, 1933 to John and Florence (Hoehn) Schwartz and was the youngest of 12 children. He resided in Witt his whole life. He married Mary Boehler in 1962, and she survives. Read More
  • Springfield swimmer Held wins Olympic gold

    Springfield swimmer Held wins Olympic gold At the summer games, Ryan Held competed as part of the U.S. freestyle relay team after narrowly missing out on a individual slot by just three-hundredths of a second in the Olympic trials. A 2014 graduate of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, Held was a multiple state champion and record-holder and named Illinois state swimmer his senior year. Read More
  • New diocesan principals set to begin school year

    New diocesan principals set to begin school year With the 2016-2017 school year now under way, six Catholic grade schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are under the direction of new principals. Brandi Borries, who recently took on the position of superintendent of schools, led the principals in a day-long meeting at the diocesan Catholic Pastoral Center on Aug. 2. “I am looking forward to a great school year with a super group of new administrators who’ve joined our wonderful team of experienced principals,” says Borries. Read More
  • Adult enrichment courses scheduled throughout diocese

    The Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, in conjunction with local parishes, is pleased to offer faith formation courses for adults in locations across the diocese. These courses, which are open to everyone, are designed to help Catholics grow in their faith, respond to questions about the church, and make faith-filled decisions in their lives. Read More
  • Dominican Sister Kelly professes first vows

    Dominican Sister Kelly professes first vows Sister Kelly Moline, OP, professed her first profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Springfield during the Eucharistic liturgy on Aug. 7 at the Sacred Heart Convent chapel in Springfield. The Minnesota native met the Dominican Sisters when she moved to Springfield for work. “I kept bumping into Springfield Dominicans where I worked, at the Springfield Area Young Adult Mass, and at Cursillo in Quincy,” she recalls. “I’d been thinking about religious life already. The joy I saw in those first three sisters I met — Sister Maxine, Sister Concepta, and Sister Loyola — made me want to learn Read More
  • Author, speaker on faith and family previews women’s conference, in her words ...

    Author, speaker on faith and family previews women’s conference, in her words ... “In sharing ‘The Grace of Yes’ with participants at the upcoming In Her Cherished Heart retreat, I hope to help those who attend the day to find the joy of emulating Mary’s fiat in their own lives. I truly believe that when we offer God our own unique and worthy ‘yes’ to his will for our lives, we have the potential to bless ourselves and our families, but also the world around us which is so greatly in need of love. Read More
  • Father Austin Albers, OFM, passes away in Quincy

    Father Austin Albers, OFM, passes away in Quincy Father Austin Albers, OFM, age 80, of St. Vincent’s Home, Quincy died on Aug. 9, in the home. Father Austin was born July 7, 1936 in St. Louis, a son of Anthony and Margaret (Wienstroer) Albers. Father Austin was the youngest of 10 children. He decided to follow in the footsteps of his brother Father Edwin, and became a Franciscan priest. He entered the Franciscan Order on June 21, 1956, and was ordained on Jan. 19, 1964 by Bishop Henry Ambrose Pinger, OFM, at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Teutopolis. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of August 21 and 28. Read More
  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of August 21 and 28. Read More
  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of August 7 and 14.   Read More
  • The last will be first; in great humility lies great power

    The final part of the Gospel for this week speaks of an event many of us are looking forward to with eagerness. Jesus says, “And people will come from the east and the west and from the north and the south and will recline at table in the kingdom of God. For behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.” Read More
  • Real friendship with God who became human

    Numerous people around our diocese are reading Forming Intentional Disciples by Sherry Weddell (Our Sunday Visitor, 2012). We are doing so upon the recommendation of Father Chuck Edwards, who is leading diocesan efforts in stewardship and discipleship. After his resurrection, Jesus told his disciples: “Go … and make disciples of all nations” (Matthew 28: 19). The term disciple — learner — is to be preferred to any other description of a Christian. We are not passive recipients of our church’s pastoral care. We are active in our openness to being changed and formed by our union with God and, in Read More
  • Doing what it takes —let’s go for the gold

    All of us in central Illinois watched with pride and extreme joy as Ryan Held, Sacred Heart-Griffin High School alumnus, won a gold medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. I joined his fans in screaming for joy when the relay finished with the U.S. team winning. The real beauty of who Ryan Held is was seen not only in his great accomplishment as an Olympic swimmer, but as well as we watched Held be “real” with his emotion during the playing of the National Anthem. A true American, his tears said it all and it brought all of us Read More
  • Baptism: Sacrament that brings extraordinary gifts

    Q It is my understanding that baptism removes original sin and fills the individual’s soul with sanctifying grace. According to St. Paul’s Letter to the Ephesians, the Holy Spirit gives the individual “every spiritual blessing in the heavens” (1:3). My thinking is the Holy Spirit gives these blessings like a package at baptism that includes the seven spiritual gifts (see Is 11:2-3) and the nine charismatic gifts (1 Cor. 12:8-10). Of course, the package of gifts could also include other things such as organizational or listening skills. It makes sense to me that the individual would get all these gifts at Read More
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