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  • Bishop Paprocki asks faithful to participate in Vatican questionnaire for Synod of Bishops

    Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has announced that a questionnaire available at the diocese's website will be part of the 2015 Ordinary Synod of Bishops in Rome next October. The theme of the assembly is "The Vocation and Mission of the Family in the Church and Contemporary World." Read More
  • Father Edwards: Creating a ‘total stewardship diocese’

    The Holy Spirit has chosen to lead our diocese in a direction that will greatly impact our local Catholic Church. It is all about "discipleship," the personal call inviting each of us to enter into a personal relationship with Jesus Christ who calls us to be his modern day disciples. For those who embrace this call it becomes a "total way of life." Read More
  • SDCCW opens annual scholarship competition

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering Diocesan Leadership Scholarships that recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Four 0 scholarships will be awarded this year. According to scholarship chair Mary Ann Scopel, applicants will be judged on how they exemplify DCCW's mission values of leadership, faith and service. Read More
  • Springfield Dominican among delegates traveling to Iraq

    Sister Marcelline Koch, OP, speaks about advocacy, what she found among displaced Christians, minorities A delegation of three U.S. Dominican Sisters recently returned from a 10-day journey to Iraq that was meant to be a show of solidarity with their Iraqi Dominican counterparts. Not surprisingly, they came home with the determination to advocate — to speak out for displaced Christians and minorities in that country and also for refugees who are in Jordan and Syria. Read More
  • Peaceful prayer vigil being held during 40 Days for Life

    For the fifth year in a row, Springfield Right to Life is sponsoring a local 40 Days for Life prayer vigil in the see city. This year the vigil began on Ash Wednesday and will conclude on Palm Sunday, March 29. The peaceful vigil is being conducted from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week during the 40 days, on the sidewalk in front Planned Parenthood at 1000 East Washington St. Read More
  • Diocesan events mark farewell and God’s blessing to Bishop-elect Cheri

    Bishop-elect Fernand Cheri, OFM, will be ordained Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of New Orleans at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans on March 23. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of February 22 and March 1. 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 February 23 and March 1. Read More
  • Considering Genesis in early days of Lent

    I live near a lovely part of the country where rolling hills blanketed with vegetation and century-old live oak trees provide habitat for wildlife and even a couple of rare species of birds. One of those endangered species, the golden-cheeked warbler, depends upon the ash juniper for its nesting material and for its very survival. On a recent drive through the hills, I was shocked and dismayed to see huge tracts of ash juniper habitat replaced by bare, rocky soil, cleared for future housing construction. Read More
  • Youth presence at pro-life march shows commitment

    For many years, teenagers have walked in the March for Life, the annual pro-life demonstration in Washington that recently marked its 42nd anniversary. The event aims to bring awareness to the laws surrounding legalized abortion, hoping to change them. It attracts people of all ages from all over the country, united in one common purpose. Read More
  • What on earth (in church teaching), is wrong with Reiki?

    Q What does the church teach about Reiki? Why do people turn to these types of things instead of Jesus or the saints? Read More
  • Helping our families to go from ‘I want’ to ‘you have’

    As a book lover, I'm all ears when National Public Radio interviews an author. Often, I grab a pen and paper and jot down a title to put on my Christmas wish list. Read More
  • Having a heart of gold is not what Christianity is about

    Many atheists and agnostics today insistently argue that it is altogether possible for non-believers in God to be morally upright. They resent the implication that the denial of God will lead inevitably to complete ethical relativism or nihilism. And they are quick to point out examples of non-religious people who are models of kindness, compassion, justice, etc. In point of fact, a recent article has proposed that non-believers are actually, on average, more morally praiseworthy than religious people. In this context, I recall Christopher Hitchens remark that, all things considered, he would be more frightened of a group of people Read More
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