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  • Through adoption, a family celebrates the miracle of Theo

    Most parents look forward to celebrating their baby's first birthday, complete with photos, gifts and funny hats. However when your child has overcome several life-threatening conditions, that celebration becomes even more important; just ask Michele Levandoski and her husband Charlie McVay, who recently sang Happy Birthday to their baby, Theo. Read More
  • Christmas cover winners announced for 2014

    The staff of Catholic Times thanks all the young artists who sent in artwork for the annual Christmas cover contest. This year hundreds of children in grades K-6 submitted artwork to vie for the honor of appearing on the newspaper's cover. Submissions came from all around the diocese; some in group packages submitted by a teacher and some as singular submissions. Read More
  • Quincy native makes first profession of vows

    MARBURY, Ala. — On Nov. 22, Sister Mary Thomas of the Holy Name of Jesus, OP, made her first profession of vows as a cloistered Dominican nun at the Dominican Monastery of St. Jude in Marbury, Ala. The former Nicole Rankin graduated from her family's homeschool high school in Quincy and completed her freshman year at Quincy Community College prior to entering the monastery in 2011. Read More
  • The reason for the season of joy and hope on display

    One of the many Nativity displays throughout the Springfield diocese that bears special mention is the one restored recently at Holy Trinity Church in Stonington. Church historians tell Catholic Times Father J. J. Corcoran was the parish priest in 1913 when the pieces were purchased for 5. In January 2013, a letter to parishioners was attached to the Sunday bulletin which reported that for the past several years, church officials had noticed how fragile some of the statues were becoming and that they were in need of repair. There were also random areas on the crèche where the paint had chipped. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Wilma Marie Broemmel, OP

    Sister Wilma Marie (M. Pius) Broemmel, OP, a Dominican Sister of Springfield, died Nov. 30. She was 98 years old and was born in Quincy to Bernard and Antoinette Holtkamp Broemmel. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Loretta Jo Geigel, OSF

    Milwaukee — Sister Loretta Jo Geigel, a School Sister of St. Francis who lived her religious vocation in education, died Nov. 19 at Sacred Heart Convent in Milwaukee. She was 104 years old. Read More
  • Obituary - Father Thomas Shaughnessy, OFM

    QUINCY — Father Thomas Shaughnessy, OFM, of St. Francis Solanus Friary in Quincy, died Nov. 29 in Blessing Hospital at age 81. He was born Aug. 3, 1933 in St. Louis, the son of Thomas and Margaret Moore Shaughnessy. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of December 14 and 21. 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 December 14 and 21. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop. Read More
  • Discovering what the world’s religions have in common

    With its two volumes and 4,400 pages, the just-published Norton Anthology of World Religions may seem quite imposing. I am only 100 pages into it, and I am happy to report that it is in fact a friendly guide to the religious heritage of a great proportion of the peoples of the earth. Read More
  • Thinking about how God calls you by name

    The third Sunday of Advent brings us to the brink of Christ's coming, as the Scriptures place us in the moments just before the light — Jesus — appears in the world. There is no stopping the light. Its presence is ordained by God. It is here and continues coming to us eternally. Read More
  • Finding the good in your present situation

    It doesn't matter whether you're in a classroom or boardroom, working for minimum wage or for a large salary: There's somewhere else you'd rather be. Look around you. Out of all the countless places you could be, you are in a particular place doing a particular thing. You are not skiing in the snow-capped mountains of Utah or communing with kangaroos in Australia. Read More
  • Struggles with Catholic Church stance on ultimate penalty

    Q I hear the church's teaching on the death penalty but struggle to believe that some don't deserve it. Shouldn't someone like Dr. Kermit Gosnell receive the death penalty? Read More
  • Of missing dentures and just how saints may help

    A guest staying at my house recently awoke in a panic to discover he couldn't find his bottom denture. He had come home from a speaking engagement the night before and sat down in the living room with a couple of slices of pizza to finish watching the Green Bay football game with my husband. Read More
  • Are you full of ‘stuffing’ or grace this season?

    In preparation for Thanksgiving, the farmer stuffs his flock of turkeys with the most fattening feed, so that they will gain weight; then the cooks meticulously stuff them with well seasoned dressing so they will be tantalizing to all who gather to celebrate, and those who partake, stuff themselves. Thanksgiving seems to be a time for stuffing; not only the turkey but ourselves as well; still many neglect to take time to thank God by gathering for the celebration of Mass, or by some special time in prayer that day. Read More
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