Jody Kienzler, music director and organist of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield, patiently plunks out the melody on a piano. It’s a chilly Wednesday evening and 35 people have arranged themselves in metal folding chairs, binders open and eyes fixed upon her. The Mozart composition, Lacrimosa, is a difficult piece which will be sung at Sunday’s Mass, just four short days away. The Blessed Sacrament Chorale is up for the challenge.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will lead the public in a prayer rally in front of the Illinois State Capitol on Tuesday, July 1 at noon.
Dear Catholic Times readers:
After 17 years as editor of Catholic Times and over 20 years of service to the Springfield diocese, I am retiring at the end of June. I wanted to take this opportunity to say goodbye and thank you to all our faithful readers. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to meet many of you. It’s been a pleasure to write and edit stories on how people in our diocese live the Gospel, sometimes in mundane and sometimes in heroic ways.
Youth from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois who are interested in music or becoming more active in their parish are invited to take part in The Journey Retreat at Christ the King Parish at 1930 Barberry Drive in Springfield. The retreat, given by Note the Way ministry on Saturday, July 19, begins at 8 a.m. and concludes after 4:30 p.m. Mass. All retreat participants will be singing during the liturgy before going home for the day.
Father Mark Schulte, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Pittsfield will undertake an extended walk through the west-central counties of Scott and Pike over several days in July.
On Saturday, June 21 the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) presented the third annual Our Lady of Good Counsel Women of Distinction Award to 58 women. About 500 people were in the pews as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated the 10 a.m. Mass, which was followed by a luncheon at Northfield Inn and Conference Center.
ALTON — Ss. Peter and Paul Catholic Church will celebrate its feast day with Mass on June 29 at 10 a.m. at the Alton Amphitheater along the Mississippi River. The celebration will be filled with music from the church choirs as well as representatives from various organizations including the Boy Scouts and the “God Squad” youth group.
Sister M. Claudia Loader, 82, a Dominican Sister of Springfield, died June 21. She was born in Detroit, Mich., to George and Flora Boers Loader. In 1950, she joined the Springfield Dominicans.
Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
A while ago, I heard the peppy 1980s song Karma Chameleon on the radio. I wish I could say that song brings up nice memories, but it doesn’t. When I hear Culture Club’s Karma Chameleon, I feel a tight, angry knot forming in my chest. I feel absolutely terrible.
Imagine that two groups of Christians need to come together, and that the mediator is a non-Christian community. Does it seem strange that things should occur in this way?
In America, we all too often tend to substitute blame for analysis.
Since Republican Eric Cantor’s recent stunning defeat in his primary election bid to hold his U.S. House seat in Virginia’s 7th Congressional District, the blame has been spread around in all directions. Analysis, however, has been somewhat thin and often contradictory.
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — When Pope Francis condemns a “cult of money” and the “dictatorship” of a faceless economy, he isn’t trying to damper entrepreneurial spirit or shutter business.
There’s a small working-class Catholic community I know that I’ll call St. X Parish.
St. X’s story is about God’s enduring strength and support for his church. It’s relevant this weekend as we celebrate the solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul, the apostles whose lives are representative of the church as the foundational and missionary presence of Christ in the world.
Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of June 29 and July 6.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of June 29 and July 6.
Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.
CHICAGO — Tan V. Tran, father of Father Thinh Van Tran, OFM, parochial vicar of St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Teutopolis, died June 16.