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  • Bishop shares vision of the diocese

    Bishop Thomas John Paprocki delivered to priests at their annual convocation in September his reflections on some of the most important matters facing the diocese. He also recently shared with the curia at the Catholic Pastoral Center in Springfield his self-described "state of the diocese." Read More
  • QU announces million comprehensive campaign

    Quincy University has recently announced the launch of a million comprehensive campaign titled "Forever Forward." To date, more than million has already been raised. The comprehensive campaign is the first of its kind in university history. Read More
  • Twelve Baskets Full — an update

    A local non-profit organization first profiled in Catholic Times last year has begun making the difference it promised in the healthcare of those with no access to general medications. Twelve Baskets Full, Inc. of Springfield last month accepted its first-ever donation of medications, many of which were sent on a mission trip to Honduras. The Sangamon County Sheriff's office made the donation. Read More
  • Sacred Heart-Griffin High School presents ‘Football Legends: Life Lessons’

    Sacred Heart-Griffin High School will present "Football Legends: Life Lessons," with featured speakers Dave Casper, Steve Sylvester and Ken Leonard on Thursday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. in the SHG Springfield Dominican Hall Theatre, 1200 West Washington. Read More
  • HSHS St. Anthony’s, Catholic Charities bring health programs to area residents

    Effingham Catholic Charities and HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital are cooperating in a couple of programs to benefit the health of area residents. Read More
  • Parish mission set for Staunton

    STAUNTON — The faith community of St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Staunton will hold a four-day parish mission from Nov. 15-18. The principal message takes place each evening in the church at 7 p.m. Read More
  • St. Joseph’s Home offers 23rd annual city ornament

    Just in time for Christmas gift-giving and holiday decorating, St. Joseph's Home of Springfield has released its latest Springfield city ornament, which pays tribute to the Henson Robinson Zoo. "This year marks the 23rd ornament in the Springfield City ornament series," says Director of Development Terri Hempstead. "Who could have predicted that it would remain so popular for so long?" Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Mary Carolyn Englum, OP

    Sister Mary Carolyn Englum, 85, a Springfield Dominican Sister for 65 years, died Oct. 26. An Illinois native, her parents Louis and Agnes Dugan Englum named her Barbara Ann when she was born in Paris, in 1930. She took the name Mary Carolyn at her first profession of vows in 1950. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of November 15 and 22. 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 November 15 and 22. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Encountering God, celebrating Jesus as King

    It is a 30-year tradition for my parish youth group's annual weekend canoe trip: Before we leave the parking lot, I ask the group to keep their eyes open for signs of God throughout the trip. Then, on the second night of the trip, sitting around the campfire after the melted marshmallow and chocolate have finally been licked off all our s'more-stained hands, we tell the stories of how and where we saw God. Read More
  • Parliament, an occasion for various religions to tell their story

    "So, are all the religions going to merge?" This was the gist of a couple of questions I have received concerning the Parliament of the World's Religions, held last month in Salt Lake City. I imagine that such unrealistic expectations are spurred by that word, "parliament," which was first used in 1893. We tend to think of a parliament as a legislative body; therefore, we might imagine delegates of various religions deliberating resolutions which might be adopted by all religions. Read More
  • Bishop, athletes hold rosary rally

    More than 150 athletes from all seven of the Catholic high schools in the diocese participated in the first rosary rally at St. Teresa High School in Decatur on Oct. 11. Read More
  • St. Aloysius, Springfield celebrates, gets statue of patron saint

    St. Aloysius Parish and its grade school recently dedicated a statue of their patron saint during an October homecoming celebration. The statue was donated by Father Jeff Holtman, who was parochial vicar at the parish from 1988-1992. Read More
  • Gratitude: a spiritual practice that brings inner peace

    Like many families, during the holidays we try to focus on thankfulness by asking each guest at a festive meal to express that for which they are most thankful. Surprising how tongue-tied a roomful of noisy siblings, aunts, uncles and cousins suddenly becomes when given this task. Sometimes, one kid comes up with a winning response — "I'm thankful for my family," — and the sentiment becomes repeated by every child at the table until I want to scream, "Can't you guys think of anything original?" Read More
  • Giving thanks for the year-round bounty

    What might be a unique means for taking the meaning of Thanksgiving to a new level of thankfulness this year? How about reserving a few moments to meditate on the origins of food adorning the table? And what might be the focus of the meditation? It would be centering on God's laws of nature and the spellbinding way they interact in producing food. Read More
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