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  • Catholic officials applaud Illinois’ new scholarship tax credits

    PEORIA (CNS) — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other Catholic officials statewide in applauding state education funding reforms that include a scholarship tax credit program designed to provide up to million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools. Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly debated reforms Aug. 31 at an elementary school in Chicago. Read More
  • Summer lunch program deemed success by all

    Summer lunch program deemed success by all HIGHLAND — When the world seems to be falling apart, and people question if people care for one another, a group of volunteers teamed up during the summer to feed children who may have been missing meals; because when schools are not in session, kids miss meals. Nearly one-third of students in the Highland School District qualify for free or reduced lunches. Read More
  • When you’re the caregiver

    When you’re the caregiver Observing that “no real training exists for family caregivers,” Donna Moore extended an invitation to the communiy to attend a conference on aging held at the Cathedral Atrium on Aug. 26. “But, there are things an individual can do to make it easier when the time comes to step in to help parents,” said Moore, director of the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in her introduction. Read More
  • Christ the King pastoral leaders at work

    Christ the King pastoral leaders at work Parish Catalyst is a creative leadership learning community collaborating with 11 other leadership teams from across the United States. Sharing best practices with these parishes, as well as instruction and insight from prominent leaders in the Catholic Church, the goal of Parish Catalyst is to imagine and stretch current visions of ministry and to develop and implement a specific strategic plan with a core goal of intentional discipleship. Read More
  • Seminarians number 24 as new school year begins

    With the new school year now under way, two dozen seminarians are either settling in for the school year, or serving in parishes, says Father Brian Alford, director of Vocations for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of September 17 and 24. 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 17 and 24. Read More
  • No matter what else, we all have talent to share

    Anyone who knows me knows of my love for music and my love for singing, which I developed at an early age. I do not have the gift of playing any instrument, but have been given a gift to use my voice to sing. I know many of you who are reading this have this same gift. As I write this article I have my mom close to my heart as today is the 15th anniversary of her death. One of my fondest memories was most every night around 5:30 our dinner was made and being warmed in the oven. Read More
  • Simple but challenging logic; in a vineyard

    To get the message of today’s Gospel, ask the nearest 6-year-old. The logic of Jesus’ parable is simple: If you refuse to forgive someone for a small thing they did to you, how on earth can you expect God to forgive your sins against him? Sure, a biblical scholar could take us through the text and its background and illuminate some points. But in the end, we would come back to the same message. The challenge of the parable is not to the head but to the heart. I can ask myself: Who has hurt me? How deeply? What injuries Read More
  • Where are you, and where are you going?

    For a real conversion there is no need for long homilies on the world’s evil or the evils hidden in your life. Few words are enough for Jesus to change the direction of your steps … just one question to pierce your heart. This Gospel passage is illuminated by one simple question: “Where?” The question of every quest, every treasure hunt that kids play and we ourselves play whenever we lose something: a ring, our glasses, the direction of our life. Where? Where are you, and where are you going? To ask “where” is to enter a deeper awareness of Read More
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