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  • Twelve Baskets Full ‘accomplishing’ mission

    “I would like to point out one success story of our sending antiseizure medications to a 13-year -old girl in Santiago. Her family could not afford the medications and she was unable to attend school. We sent at least six months worth of levitiracetam with ER Abroad from Sherman. They go there twice a year. She is in school now.” Read More
  • Quotes for bulletins meant to inspire parishioners

    At age 90, Louis G. Kubacki knows how important it is to read and appreciate the words penned by saints and church leaders. That’s why, last month Kubacki — who lives in the Joliet diocese — presented Bishop Thomas John Paprocki with a book of quotes for use in parish bulletins throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Read More
  • Catholic Conference of Illinois offers end-of-life guidance

    CHICAGO — The Catholic Conference of Illinois (CCI) recently announced the publication of a new booklet offering guidance on end-of-life health plans, Encouraging End-of-Life Conversations: A Catholic Perspective on Advance Directives. Advance directives are legal documents that outline medical treatments an individual wants — or not — as they grow older or reach a health status in which they cannot speak for themselves. The documents also allow individuals to appoint an agent to carry out their wishes. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Mary Rose Schleeper, OP

    Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Rose Schleeper died on Dec. 30, 2016 at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Grafton, in 1920, to Henry and Rose Etta (Breden) Schleeper and named Mildred Louise. She made her profession of vows in 1945 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield. Read More
  • Official Appointments

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  • Understanding the past; hope for the future

    Back in November, I let you know that there was some planning going on among Catholics and Lutherans in the Springfield area to commemorate the beginnings of the activity, five hundred years ago in Europe, which led to what is today called “the Protestant Reformation.” Read More
  • Teens show true meaning of Christmas

    PITTSFIELD — Each year, Veritas, the teen group at St. Mary Parish in Pittsfield sponsors a “Christmas Giving Tree” to help where local need identifies itself to the youth. This year, the beneficiary was a local mother, and her 3-year-old and 8-month-old sons. The mother had just returned home in mid-December to recuperate from severe injuries she suffered in an automobile accident. Read More
  • On Epiphany, let’s ask: What gift do we bring?

    Gold, frankincense and myrrh have never been under my tree. No one has ever given these gifts to me and I have not given them to others as a Christmas gift. They were the three symbolic gifts that the wise travelers laid at the manger as they honored Jesus as their Lord and Messiah. Read More
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