The Easter Vigil is the premier time each year for the making of Catholic adults through the celebration of the sacraments of Christian initiation. For the purposes of baptism, "adults" are those of catechetical age (about 6 or 7 years) and older. This year, in 59 parishes and one university within the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, 370 persons will have come to the Easter Vigil to celebrate rites that joined them to the Catholic Church.
Although the Easter Vigil is the normative time for the baptism of adults and children of catechetical age (about the age of 7 and older), it is not the only time the Roman Catholic Church “makes” new Catholics. Infants of Catholic parents are regularly baptized soon after birth.
QUINCY — St. Francis Solanus School fourth-graders recently had the opportunity to meet and talk with Olympic legend Jackie Joyner-Kersee, whom Sports Illustrated for Women recently named “Greatest Female Athlete of the 20th Century.” During her Olympic career, she won three gold, one silver and two bronze medals in the heptathlon and long jump events.
Jon Bluhm, a senior at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, has received an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is the son of Josh and Wendy Bluhm of Springfield.
CHATHAM — Sixty junior high students from the Springfield/Jacksonville areas gathered at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Chatham March 28-29 for a Timothy Retreat.
VANDALIA — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main speaker on May 3 at Our Sorrowful Mother’s Ministry in Vandalia when the Black Madonna icon is there as part of its ongoing pilgrimage throughout North America to promote a message of family and life.
EFFINGHAM — Effingham Catholic Charities and St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital have launched a dental voucher program for adults 18 years and older who are underinsured or uninsured and in need of an emergency tooth extraction. Residents of Effingham, Jasper, Cumberland, Fayette, Clay and Shelby counties are eligible for the program.
Sister Hermogene Ruesken, OSF, 99, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died April 5 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.
Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.
Life is about rules. We learn that lesson young when a parent says, “Don’t put that in your mouth.”
On Good Friday, we recall the violation, mutilation and crucifixion inflicted on Christ. Sadly, such acts continue today. This April marks the 20th anniversary of the genocide that resulted in the killing of 800,000 Rwandans.
I look around the house and wonder how I came to possess so many things. Forty years ago, as I recall, I began our marriage with a few items of clothing, a box or two of books, a clock radio and a typewriter.
This coming Aug. 3 will mark the golden anniversary of Flannery O’Connor’s “passover,” to adopt the biblical image John Paul II used to describe the Christian journey through death to eternal life. In the 50 years since lupus erythematosus claimed her at age 39, O’Connor’s literary genius has been widely celebrated.
When my friend Nita’s husband died unexpectedly a year ago, she felt what Mary of Magdala must have felt when she first entered Jesus’ empty tomb.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of April 20 and 27.
Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of April 20 and 27.