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  • Hundreds participate in pro-life activities across diocese

    GRANITE CITY — A bracing autumn wind swirled vestments and participants' scarves Oct. 4 as hundreds joined Bishop Thomas John Paprocki in Granite City to pray the rosary, sing and walk to The Hope Clinic for Women, the only facility within the diocese's borders that performs surgical abortions. Read More
  • SDCCW readies for annual convention, Oct. 29

    GRAFTON —"Mary, Queen of Peace, here I am, show me the way" is the theme for the 86th annual Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) convention to be held at Pere Marquette Lodge and Conference Center, Oct. 29, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. For overnight accomodations, call (618) 786-2331. Read More
  • Hospital Sisters welcome Franciscan associates

    The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis welcomed nine new Franciscan associates on Sept. 28 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. The new associates are Mary Contri, Helen Crusen, Amy Hermes, Kris Myszka and Erik Wagner, all of Springfield; Gloria Guy of Decatur; and Dan Dallich, Lynn Gonwa and Mike Winter of Green Bay, Wis. Read More
  • Mission Mass draws hundreds to Springfield Cathedral

    Lively young voices were raised in prayer and song Oct. 1 as approximately 700 children and their adult chaperones gathered in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield for the annual diocesan Mission Mass, hosted by the Office for the Missions. Read More
  • Forming Intentional Disciples: The Path to Knowing and Following Jesus ... an excerpt

    When I first stumbled across a draft of Schaupp's initial paper on the thresholds eight years ago, I instantly sensed that here was a language for something that nearly everyone in pastoral ministry has encountered. We all know lots of Catholics who have some genuine spiritual yearnings — Catholics in whom the Holy Spirit is obviously at work — and yet who are clearly not yet disciples or even close to discipleship. Listening to people's journeys in light of these thresholds or stages of conversion enables us to honor the first reality while dealing effectively with the second. Read More
  • Hundreds of students take part in 2014 Youth Days

    More than 700 students from schools and parishes across the diocese participated in this year's Youth Days, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. They gathered in different venues to learn to be "missionaries in training." This is the fifth year that Kyle Holtgrave, associate director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Springfield diocese, has organized and hosted Youth Days, which began in Springfield and have grown to include many other areas. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Adella Goeckner, ASC

    RUMA — Sister Adella Goeckner of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ, passed away Sept. 25 at Ruma Center. She was 95 years old and had been an Adorer for 78 years. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Kathryn Hoener, SSND

    ST. LOUIS — Sister Kathryn Hoener, SSND, died Sept. 26 at Anna House at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Mo. She was 64 and a former teacher, principal and preschool director. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister M. Bernardine Kapusta, OP

    Sister M. Bernardine Kapusta, a Dominican Sister of Springfield, died Oct. 5 at age 90. She was born in Benld on Aug. 1, 1924 to Peter and Magdalen Koniak Kapusta. She joined the Springfield Dominicans in 1942. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of October 19 and 26. 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 October 19 and 26. Read More
  • An examination of the ‘separation’ of church and state

    It comes up every three years, and every six years it coincides with a presidential or state election. I'm referring to this Sunday's Gospel passage, Matthew 22: 15-21, in which Jesus taught us to "repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God," and thereby established the principle of separation of church and state. Read More
  • Where God wants me to be: love God and love your neighbor as yourself

    I've always admired educators, especially those skilled in teaching children. So I enjoy hearing Ellen, a middle school librarian, talk about her vocation. Highly respected by school administrators and her peers, Ellen is particularly committed to inspiring a love for reading and literature in her young learners. She's been at it for more than 20 years. Read More
  • Living in the 21st century without being on display

    When I was a kid, "sharing" meant splitting your lunch sandwich with a friend or sharing a book or toy. Today, "sharing" usually means writing a status update on Facebook, posting an Instagram photo or talking via Snapchat. What many call "sharing" today, a previous generation might call "posting" or "exhibiting," as if the Internet were an art gallery and our lives were the art on display. Read More
  • What our church teaches about Jesus ‘descended into hell’

    A The Apostles' Creed mentions that "Jesus descended into hell." The Catechism of the Catholic Church treats this question (nn. 631-637). In short, Jesus did suffer on the cross and die, but through his death, he conquered sin, death, and the devil. After his death, Jesus descended into the realm of the dead or Sheol, in the Jewish tradition, to open the gates of heaven to the souls of the just who waited there. Read More
  • Having patience for the sausage-making synod at the Vatican

    The midterm report on the deliberations of the Synod on the Family has appeared and there is a fair amount of hysteria all around. John Thavis, a veteran Vatican reporter who should know better, has declared this statement "an earthquake, the big one that hit after months of smaller tremors." Certain commentators on the right have been wringing their hands and bewailing a deep betrayal of the church's teaching. One even opined that this report is the "silliest document ever issued by the Catholic Church," and some have said that the interim document flaunts the teaching of St. John Paul Read More
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