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  • Bishop Paprocki closes fourth diocesan synod

    Bishop Paprocki closes fourth diocesan synod On Nov. 26, the Solemnity of our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated a Mass to officially close the fourth diocesan synod for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The synod had been under way since its official opening on April 11 at the chrism Mass. About 200 people — including a number of religious sisters and brothers, many lay people of all ages and several large young families — were in attendance at the 2 p.m. Mass, which was concelebrated with over 30 priests from all over the Springfield diocese. Approximately a dozen Read More
  • Springfield diocese joins others suing to stop House Bill 40

    Case filed in Sangamon County on taxpayer-funded abortion law The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois has joined a coalition of pro-life organizations and legislators in filing suit against state officials to stop the implementation of House Bill 40. “I am grateful to the Thomas More Society for bringing this lawsuit on behalf of Illinois taxpayers, county and statewide pro-life organizations, several Illinois legislators from across the state, and the Catholic Diocese of Springfield in Illinois,” said Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. “It is despicable that the Illinois General Assembly passed this bill requiring taxpayers to pay for abortions and shameful that Read More
  • Parents, donors urged to heed tight schedule of new scholarship tax credit

    New program begins Jan. 1, 2018 One of the final actions of the extended spring session of the General Assembly was the passage of the Invest in Kids Act which, among other things, will allow Illinois taxpayers to receive a scholarship tax credit for making donations for scholarships to private schools — Catholic or otherwise — in Illinois. Emergency administrative rules to implement the five-year pilot program were published late last month ahead of the Jan. 1, 2018 launch date when donations to scholarship granting organizations (SGO) can begin where donors can  receive a 75 percent credit toward their state Read More
  • SHG Key Club, girls’ swim team join in to feed the hungry

    SHG Key Club, girls’ swim team join in to feed the hungry Just in time for Thanksgiving, students at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield prepared baskets of donated food for distribution to many needy families in the Springfield area. “The SHG Key Club, under the direction of theology teacher and club moderator, Dan Wilson, rallied the entire student body, faculty and staff to gather 150 baskets filled with Thanksgiving dinner essentials and 150 turkeys for Catholic Charities to help those in need this season,” said Amanda Mandeville, director of Enrollment Management and Communications at SHG. Read More
  • Taylorville sixth-graders spread the word about saints

    Taylorville sixth-graders spread the word about saints TAYLORVILLE — Sixth-graders in Cathy Schaeffer’s class at St. Mary School have embarked on a new adventure to add to their studies on saints called “Paint My Saint.” Following the tradition of previous years, each student chose a saint to research and write about — and they also created Google Slides presentations to present to all grade levels at their K-6 school. Read More
  • Schools make historic donation to Holy Family Food Pantry

    Just over eight tons of food was collected and donated to Holy Family Food Pantry in Springfield during Springfield Catholic Charities’ “Super Food Drive Challenge.” During October, six Catholic elementary schools in Springfield (St. Aloysius, St. Agnes, Christ the King, Little Flower, Blessed Sacrament and Cathedral) collected food each week from students and families.  Read More
  • City ornament celebrates LLCC anniversary

    City ornament celebrates LLCC anniversary For 25 years, celebrating the Christmas season with the “Official City Ornament” has been a beloved Springfield holiday tradition for both current and former Springfield residents. Moreover, from Ossie Langfelder to Jim Langfelder, each Springfield mayor has participated in the unveiling of the annual ornament which is a fundraising project to support St. Joseph’s Home of Springfield. Now, in honor of Lincoln Land Community College’s 50th anniversary, the 2017 ornament celebrates a half-century of community college education. Read More
  • St. Aloysius: becoming a discipleship parish

    St. Aloysius: becoming a discipleship parish Informed by the Gospel of St. Matthew 25: 31-46 — “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me,” — the parishioners at St. Aloysius Church in Springfield have been reaching out to those most in need. Read More
  • Sister M. Bernice Curtin, OP

    Sister M. Bernice Curtin, OP Springfield Dominican Sister M. Bernice Curtin died Nov. 26 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Taylorville, in 1932, and named Martha Eileen by her parents, Henry and Helen Marie Spressor Curtin. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent. Read More
  • Father Maurus Hawickhorst, OFM

    SANTAREM, BRAZIL — Father Maurus Hawickhorst, OFM, died Nov. 12 at the friary of San Francisco in Santarem, Brazil, South America. He was 86 years old. Father Maurus (Frank) was born July 10, 1931 in Teutopolis, the son of Albert and Mary Hawickhorst. He was ordained a priest in June 1958 and left in November 1959 for the mission in the Amazon Valley of Brazil, South America. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister M. Francis Kuo, OSF

    Sister M. Francis Kuo, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Oct. 24 at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 97 years old. Sister Francis, the former Mary Kuo, was born in Beijing, China on Jan. 12, 1920, the daughter of Joseph Kuo and Ann Shon. She entered the congregation on March 25, 1944 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 17, 1947 in Tsinan, China. Sister Francis had to leave her homeland in 1948 when the Communist threat became serious. She and the other sisters traveled to Springfield, leaving behind their ministry to the sick Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU

    Obituary - Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU Sister Helen Louise Schmitz, OSU, formerly known as Mother Mary Julian, died on Nov. 13. She was 98 years old. She was born in Glendale, Mo., on May 26, 1919, daughter of Frederick William and Elsie Louise Boehm Schmitz. She entered the Ursuline Order in 1939, and professed her vows on July 16, 1941. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of December 10 and 18. 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 December 10 and 18. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop. Read More
  • The intersection of time and God’s timelessness

    Many of us seem to have been taken aback by the occurrence of Advent and Christmas this year. First of all, there is the matter of Dec. 25 falling on a Monday. This means, of course, that the Fourth Sunday of Advent will be Dec. 24, and, after the regular Sunday Masses, we go immediately into the Christmas Masses on Sunday evening. Read More
  • This Advent, let’s herald the Good News

    As I grew up I really enjoyed reading the Litchfield News Herald which kept me informed about all the important news of what was happening in both Montgomery County and my own Macoupin County in central Illinois. In my early years of priesthood I was assigned to St. Mary Parish (now Blessed Sacrament) in Quincy of Adams County, where I enjoyed keeping up with the area happenings by reading the Quincy Herald–Whig. Both these papers were excellent in my humble opinion. Read More
  • The Advent blahs; living in the joy of the Gospel

    Advent: Time to figure out which Commandments I’ve been breaking and squeeze in confession before Christmas. Is that the message of today’s readings? Sure, that’s part of it. But primarily an announcement is being made. God is going to do something! Read More
  • Join the revolution of tenderness this Christmas season

    TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan “ideas worth spreading.” Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. In his nearly 20-minute talk, our Holy Father challenged his listeners to ignite a much-needed revolution of tenderness in our world. Read More
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