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  • Author, blogger, ‘CatholicMom’ addresses modern issues facing Catholics

     Best-selling author and founder, editor of CatholicMom.com, Lisa Hendey, spent the weekend of Sept. 9-10 in Springfield as the featured speaker at two separate events. “A lot of people think that I’m going to come and say ‘technology is evil, we must ban it from our homes,’” said Hendey as she began her Sept. 9 presentation sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Holy Family Council 4179 and the diocesan Office for Youth and Youth Adult Ministry at the K. of C. Lake Club. “The truth is that the church is all over this [technology] including Pope Francis’ personal use of Read More
  • Father Hembrow, beloved pastor, passes away

    Father Hembrow, beloved pastor, passes away Father William H. Hembrow, a beloved priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away unexpectedly at the rectory of Holy Ghost Parish on Sept. 6. He was 84 years old. He was born in Jerseyville on April 26. 1932, and was one of three children born to the late Charles and Mary (Dougherty) Hembrow. Read More
  • Memorial Mass held for Father Theodosius, long-time chaplain

    Memorial Mass held for Father Theodosius, long-time chaplain Father Theodosius “Ted” Anthony Schelich, OFM, of Springfield, former chaplain of HSHS St. Francis Hospital in Litchfield, passed away on Aug. 31 in St. Francis Convent in Springfield. He was 84 years old. He was born on July 18, 1932 in Washington, Mo., a son of Frank and Mary (Whalen) Schelich. He attended grade school at St. Francis Borgia Catholic School in Washington, Mo. He continued his four-year high school education at St. Joseph Seminary in Westmont near Chicago along with two years of college. He spent the following year learning about the Franciscan habit and the vows of priesthood. Read More
  • Women of Mercy pilot program to begin in October

    Women of Mercy pilot program to begin in October A pilot program intended to benefit women and children who live in developing countries or who are suffering from poverty will run for three months in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, thanks to Vicki Dhabalt Compton, director of the Office for the Missions. The program, entitled Women of Mercy, has been approved by Catholic Relief Services and will run in October, November and December. Read More
  • Christ the King tackles Parish Catalyst

    Christ the King tackles Parish Catalyst Leadership team from CTK travels to California A parish leadership team from Christ the King Parish in Springfield — Father Joe Ring, pastor, Madonna Jones, pastoral associate and Linda Younkin, director of music ministries — traveled to Los Angeles to participate in a creative and collaborative leadership learning community with 11 other leadership teams from across the United States. Read More
  • QU professor reflects on Fulbright Program experience

    QU professor reflects on Fulbright Program experience Dr. Megan Boccardi recently became one of only three people who have received the Fulbright Award at Quincy University. The Fulbright Program offers the prestigious award to those with leadership potential, strong academic background, and the desire to bring together an understanding of differing cultures in the form of a successful Fulbright project. Read More
  • Effingham CC awarded for public service

    Effingham CC awarded for public service Effingham Catholic Charities picked up a C.E.F.S. Community Service Excellence Award recently for being an outstanding community partner in serving the needs of low income households, seniors and persons with disabilities. C.E.F.S. (which stands for Clay, Effingham, Fayette, Shelby) noted what really set Catholic Charities apart was its willingness to assist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program. Read More
  • Oktoberfest to benefit two Catholic Worker communities

    The sixth annual Oktoberfest, to benefit the St. Hedwig Haus of Hospitality and the Servant of God Augustus Tolton House of Hospitality will be held from noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 24 at the Eastern Illinois University Newman Catholic Center, 500 Roosevelt Drive, in Charleston. Families are invited to the afternoon activities that will benefit the continuing ministry of the Catholic Worker Community. Read More
  • Jubilee Year of Mercy sacred art winners announced

    The Jubliee Year of Mercy sacred art exhibition came to a close Sept. 17. Winners were announced in August when the exhibit opened at the Quincy Art Center. Organizers acknowledge and thank the Quincy Art Center and Director, Jen Teters; Betsy Dollar, director, Springfield Art Association; and Victoria Dhabalt Compton, director, diocesan Office for Missions. Sher Lanham, Karen Boshart and Jeff Boshart were also tireless in their art exhibit committee work. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister J. Emilia Villarreal, OSU

    Obituary - Sister J. Emilia Villarreal, OSU Sister J. Emilia Villarreal, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 23 at Sunset Care Center in Union, Mo. Her life journey included that of a mother and a member of the Ursuline Sisters. Her ministry as an Ursuline brought her to the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in the 1990s. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of September 18 and 25. 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 September 18 and 25. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Chaplain Reverend Dennis Koopman, OFM, upon presentation by his religious superior, is appointed Chaplain of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Springfield, with residence at Our Lady of Angels Friary at Greccio, Springfield.  He is also granted the faculties of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, effective Sept. 26, 2016, and continuing for the duration of his residence in this diocese. Faculties Reverend Michael Grawe, OFM, upon presentation by his religious superior, is granted the faculties of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, effective Sept. 6, 2016, and continuing for the duration Read More
  • Attitudes about wealth; behavior toward the poor

    In this presidential election year, much is made of political candidates and their levels of experience, their platforms and their ability to communicate with their constituents. But nothing seems to raise as much debate as a candidate’s trustworthiness — or the lack of it. In fact, millions of dollars are spent on campaign advertising for the purpose of exposing dishonesty in one’s opponent.       Read More
  • Let’s ask ourselves: Whom do we play for?

    Amid all the Olympics coverage I watched, I was most taken by the women’s basketball team. Their passion was mesmerizing and their tenacity in stepping up to all manner of challenges made me proud. In particular, I could not get over how repeatedly they were described as “unselfish.” Each individual player is a legend in her own right, having led her respective college and WNBA team to notable victories. Yet each played for the good of the whole, sacrificing the chance of individual glory to make sure that the team had the best chance. This made me pause. Read More
  • Kirchenfest — an example of ‘discipleship alive’

    Have you ever been to Kirchenfest? Every year on the fourth full weekend of August, St. Paul Parish in Highland opens their doors and hearts to an average, I once heard, of over 15,000 attendees for their weekend parish picnic. In German, “Kirchenfest” means church (kirchen) festival/picnic (fest). It is an amazing event filled with countless examples of “discipleship,” especially in the stewardship of time, but likewise in the stewardship of talent and treasure. Read More
  • Why not Communion for non-­Catholics?

    Q Could you please explain why non-Catholics are not allowed to receive holy Communion when attending Mass? A Lutheran friend of mine said she often receives holy Communion when she attends Mass with her daughter and her family. I tried to explain that it is not allowed and she got quite upset. Maybe if she sees it in print from a priest she will believe me and stop asking! — via email Read More
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