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  • Ransomware. It’s everywhere

    Ransomware. It’s everywhere Bill Glover brought his expertise as the former chief information officer for the Archdiocese of Baltimore to his role as one of the presenters at the Diocesan Information Systems conference (DISC) hosted this year by the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Almost daily, headlines scream of financial institutions, cell phone companies and even governments contending with online theft and breaches of personal information. Millions of dollars are spent on patches and other corrective measures. Hacking goliaths like Target and Bank of America is one thing. But what about your parish? What happens if your diocese is hacked? Read More
  • Alton Franciscans to celebrate sisters’ professions, welcome postulant

    Alton Franciscans to celebrate sisters’ professions, welcome postulant ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2. Three junior professed sisters will make their final profession of vows, three novices will make their first profession of vows and one postulant will be received into the novitiate. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, celebrated at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests. Read More
  • Ss. Peter and Paul Parish to host ‘women’s day’ event

    Ss. Peter and Paul Parish to host ‘women’s day’ event COLLINSVILLE — The women of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville will be putting the recently-constructed church gathering space to good use late this summer when they host their annual Women’s Day celebration. This year’s event, “Miracles of our Faith,” will take place on Saturday, Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. through 1:30 p.m. in the newly-blessed fellowship hall in the basement of the gathering space, which is located at 207 Vandalia St. The main speaker at the event will be Catholic Radio hostess and award-winning author Elizabeth Ficocelli. Read More
  • A pilgrimage: NCCW members travel to the Holy Land

    A pilgrimage: NCCW members travel to the Holy Land The National Council of Catholic Women (NCCW) recently sponsored a pilgrimage to Italy to visit holy sites and a papal audience. Thirty-nine women (and a few husbands) from parishes across the United States participated in this historic pilgrimage. Arriving in Venice, the group toured St. Mark’s Basilica to revere the remains of St. Mark and take a gondola ride that evening. On to the Basilica of St. Anthony in Padua, this gave the ladies an opportunity to light a candle in thanksgiving for good husbands or to find a good husband; a tradition of the Basilica. Read More
  • A pilgrimage to Servant of God Father Tolton’s gravesite

    A pilgrimage to Servant of God Father Tolton’s gravesite QUINCY — The church record, its pages yellow and age-withered, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Brush Creek, Mo., documents that on April 1, 1854, Augustus Tolton was born. It reports the baby’s baptism nearly two months later on May 29. In a final note — enclosed in parentheses, the baby’s status was disclosed: (Slave of Stephen Elliott). Born a slave and spirited by his mother, Martha, to freedom in 1862, the man that child became was honored by pilgrims in a procession and prayer service in Quincy on Sunday, July 9. It was the 120th anniversary of his death. Read More
  • Golf balls from heaven benefit Blessed Sacrament

    Golf balls from heaven benefit Blessed Sacrament On July 10, Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield awarded prizes in in its second “Golf Balls from Heaven” raffle. Father Jeff Grant, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, released the numbered golf balls from a helicopter over the driving range at Illini Country Club at approximately 6:45 p.m. Six hundred tickets, representing six hundred numbered golf balls, were sold for each. Read More
  • Speaker to lead presentation on Fatima

    Speaker to lead presentation on Fatima GODFREY — The Knights of Columbus Council 7804 and St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey are hosting a presentation called “Fatima 2017: 100 Years Later, Mary’s Triumph, Our Hope, a Final Warning” on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event begins at 7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane in Godfrey. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of July 23 and 30. 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 July 23 and 30. Read More
  • Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry

    Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry CHARLESTON, S.C. — The college years are an exciting and rewarding time, but they also can be difficult when it comes to young adults and their faith. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of Catholic students stop going to Mass while they are at college. A new initiative in the Diocese of Charleston aims to stop that trend. Read More
  • Always remember to just say this: ‘I am blest’

    When was the last time you truly felt blessed by God and maybe shared your true feelings with another person? Did your parents buy you a new car for your graduation? Did you sell your home after burying St. Joseph in the backyard? Did you get hired for the job you and nine others interviewed for? Did you marry the love of your life, and now 50 years later are still celebrating that love you felt when God united you as one? Was it when you held your first born for the first time in your hands? When do we Read More
  • Giving thanks for the bride and the groom

    Several weeks ago, I had the great good pleasure of presiding at the wedding of my niece, Bryna. She has been, all her life, a lovely girl, full of joy and good cheer — and eager to give herself in service to others. Her husband, Nelson, is also a fine person, and he took the courageous step of becoming a Catholic in anticipation of his wedding. So it was a joy to join my whole family in celebrating the coming-together of this splendid couple. Read More
  • God is kind, patient and generous with his children

    I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list. Read More
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