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  • Sept. 7 Mass at Cathedral honors long-married couples

    With a clear blue late summer sky and a just-warm-enough temperature, Sept. 7 would have been a lovely day for a wedding. However, for the many couples who gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that Sunday afternoon, it turned out to be a beautiful day to celebrate decades of married life. Read More
  • Women’s conference offers suggestions for a ‘new feminism’

    "God has a word for you this day." Pat Gohn, author of Blessed, Beautiful and Bodacious spoke these first words to more than 120 women that attended "In Her Cherished Heart 2014" on Sept. 13, at the Chiara Center in Springfield. Read More
  • In the spirit of St. Francis: Quincy’s Brother Ed Arambasich

    QUINCY — When terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, by crashing hijacked airliners into New York's World Trade Center, Father Mychael Judge, OFM, a fire department chaplain, rushed to the scene to administer sacraments to dying firefighters. In ministering to others, Father Mychael himself became the first officially announced fatality of 9-11. NYC firemen said Father Mychael opened the gates to heaven for the firefighters and others soon to arrive. Read More
  • Two Red Masses to be celebrated in upcoming weeks

    One at Cathedral, Springfield; one at St. Peter Church, Quincy Two Red Masses will be celebrated in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in the upcoming few weeks: one at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield and another at St. Peter Church in Quincy. Read More
  • Decatur perpetual eucharistic adoration sponsors 40-hour devotion

    DECATUR — Decatur area Catholics will gather Sept. 22, 23 and 24 for a 40-hours devotion at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, 3850 Lourdes Dr., Decatur. Read More
  • Quincy Catholic elementary schools enrollment up

    QUINCY — Quincy Catholic elementary schools and the QCES Foundation have announced total enrollment has increased by 68 students, to 1,023, or an increase of 7 percent, for the 2014-15 school year. Read More
  • School sets date for historic groundbreaking, bishop blessing

    There is a familiar saying around Father McGivney Catholic High School that goes something like this, "It's a great day to be a Griffin," and it appears this saying continues to hold true. Within the last two weeks, the Father McGivney Board of Education officially voted to move forward with its .5 million project to construct a new, state-of-the-art facility on the property the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois owns in Glen Carbon at the corner of Old Troy and Bouse Roads. Read More
  • Catholic Camp-O-Ree at Camp Illinek

    In an end-of-summer, start of the school year event, the third annual Catholic Camp-O-Ree for all Scouts in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois was held Sept. 5-7 at Camp Illinek on Lake Springfield. Camp Illinek is one of the camp properties of the Abraham Lincoln Council of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of September 21 and 28. 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 21 and 28. Read More
  • Official Appointments

    Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Years have different calendars depending on beliefs

    In Judaism, the most solemn time of the year is almost here. Wikipedia tells us: "Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, which begins on the first day of Tishrei. The day is believed to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the realization of humanity's role in God's world. Rosh Hashanah customs include sounding the shofar (a hollowed-out ram's horn) and eating symbolic foods such as apples dipped in honey to evoke a 'sweet new year.'" This year Rosh Hashanah ("Head of the Year") begins at sunset Read More
  • Are you envious because I am generous?

    Our daughter was not pleased the day she found out her dad had offered her brother a guitar if he got a B average on his report card. He already had the guitar in hand by the time she learned of his good fortune. Read More
  • Go offline to connect and turn in to your real life

    Recently, I left my cellphone on the kitchen table when I left the house. It felt as if the apocalypse happened. The first hour wasn't so bad. It was bright and early in the morning, and I had coffee to drink and work to do. The second hour was a little worse. I really wanted to check my email, and my texting thumb was getting twitchy. It was only the third hour away from my phone when I got a frantic email from a relative: Why wasn't I answering the phone? Was everything all right? Read More
  • How to respond to barbarism, as horrific as it is, has always been

    I was moved when, at August's end, we celebrated the feast of the beheading of John the Baptist. I have always been intrigued by this saint, this cousin of Jesus who retired to the wilderness to preach repentance and live on locusts and wild honey. Read More
  • Catholic moral theology: The ends do not justify the means

    Q Is it OK for someone to have umbilical blood saved from a live birth to use in stem cell research or attempts to find a cure for diseases like MS? Read More
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