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During Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (April 13), Lent ends and the Easter triduum begins. A single three-day celebration of the Paschal mystery, the triduum opens with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening. Here’s a short explanation of what happens at your parish and at Catholic parishes all over, during this sacred time.

EDWARDSVILLE — Two bands featuring young musicians from Edwardsville will be gathering April 5 to raise funds to financially assist the family of Willow Tolly, a junior at Edwardsville High School.

ALTON — Saint Anthony’s Health System (SAHS) has signed a Letter of Intent to affiliate with OSF Healthcare System (OSF), one of the largest integrated health care systems in Illinois. The affiliation with OSF would give Saint Anthony’s and the surrounding communities access to enhanced high-quality health care, close to home, Saint Anthony’s officials said.

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SHG presents Bye, Bye, Birdie musical

Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield will present the musical Bye, Bye, Birdie, April 3 through 6 in the SHG Auditorium, 1200 W. Washington.

Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will hold its Sixth Annual World’s Fair April 26 at Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, 4930 LaVerna Road in Springfield. Held in celebration of the ongoing ministry of bringing hope to those in need, the event will feature cuisine and entertainment of Western Africa while showcasing the efforts of Mission Outreach’s distribution of medical equipment and supplies throughout the developing world.

The Diocese of Springfield in Illinois continues to be firmly committed to its safe environment programs at all parishes, schools and other Catholic institutions, said Ember Beddingfield, director of the Office for Safe Environment.

Twelve years after the implementation of the Charter for the Protection of Children and Young People members of the diocesan review board continue to perform their responsibilities under the Charter for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, said Patricia Kornfeld, victim assistance coordinator for the diocese.

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Obituary - Sister Mary Ellen Rombach, OSF

Sister Mary Ellen Rombach, 89, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died March 27 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield.

Thanks to three area Knights of Columbus councils, the Knights of Columbus Supreme Council and fundraising campaigns held at various parishes, the Lifetime Pregnancy Health Center (LPHC) in Springfield now has an ultrasound machine to allow expectant mothers to see their unborn babies — many for the first time.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki blessed St. John’s Hospital’s new Outpatient Surgery Center (OSC) in Springfield on March 19. Over a dozen Franciscan Hospital Sisters joined hospital administrators, staff, board members and St. John’s supporters at the blessing service, held in the OSC Pavilion Atrium.

The annual Good Friday Way of the Cross for Peace and Justice will be held on Friday, April 18, beginning at noon at the Supreme Court Building, Second Street and Capitol Avenue in Springfield. The two-hour prayerful walk remembers Jesus’ Passion and its connection with the sufferings of injustice experienced in God’s people in the world today. All are invited to join with others in the ecumenical experience of prayer.

I wasn’t always a writer. When I was a teenager, I held down a series of low-paying retail and food service jobs. I was a checkout girl, I stocked books, and I worked at a fast-food joint, where every Friday night I was stuck scrubbing the gross fry machine until it was cleaner than anything I’d cleaned before (not fun at all).

A Pan-Orthodox Council has been announced for 2016. This is extraordinary news, especially in light of the fact that no such gathering of bishops in Eastern Christianity has taken place since the Second Council of Nicaea of 787 — the seventh and last council recognized by east and west as “ecumenical” (of the entire household of Christianity).

I’ve often written about the years when I served with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps long ago in a remote Alaskan bush village where I taught at a Jesuit boarding school. A large staff worked at the isolated mission: Jesuits, Ursuline sisters and a large contingent of mostly right-out-of-college “Jesuit volunteers.”

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Although some details have emerged of the conversation between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama March 27, the public may never know all that was said in that 50-minute get-together behind closed doors at the Vatican.

I have a large family and I've also been on several parish staffs, so I've attended more than my share of funerals. Most of the families of the deceased espoused a belief in an afterlife, which gave them a great deal of comfort in their loss.

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Daily Readings

Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of April 6 and 13.

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Diocesan Datebook

Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.

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Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of April 6 and 13.

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