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  • Bishop to lead dedication of new FMCHS Aug. 30

    GLEN CARBON — The leadership team that spearheaded the fundraising and oversaw construction of the new Father McGivney Catholic High School building will thank the community at a dedication ceremony on Sunday, Aug. 30 at 2:30 pm. A pivitol part of the ceremony will be when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will bless all areas of the facilities including the building, grounds and even the parking lots. McGivney officials said the dedication is open to the public, and all are welcome to tour the school and meet the families of the school. Read More
  • Adult enrichment courses scheduled throughout diocese

    The Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, in conjunction with local parishes, is pleased to offer faith formation courses for adults in locations across the diocese. These courses, which are open to everyone, are designed to help Catholics grow in their faith, respond to questions about the church, and make faith-filled decisions in their lives. Read More
  • Holy Family Band performs at Busch Stadium

    ST. LOUIS — On Aug. 12, the Holy Family School Band from Decatur and their supporters traveled to Busch Stadium as the band performed the Star-Spangled Banner before the evening St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. The students wore red T-shirts emblazoned with "Carter" and the number 33 in honor of Adam Carter who was a student at Holy Family. Read More
  • Diocesan music day deemed a success

    Some 50 musicians from throughout the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception for Diocesan Music Day. Returning for the first time in several years, the event featured various workshops in church music. Read More
  • Diocesan Catholic grade schools welcome new leaders

    With the 2015-2016 school year just under way, 10 elementary schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are depending on new leaders — nine principals and one interim acting administrator — to guide them in a positive direction. Many of these individuals were in the schools over the summer months and most of them were at the Catholic Pastoral Center in early August, attending the annual new principal's meeting. Read More
  • Find your faith at area college and university campus ministries

    Don't know where Mass is at your campus? The following list provides updated names of local campus ministries and other relevant information for students to maintain and grow their Catholic faith during the college years. Read More
  • Diocese implementing new religious education standards in Catholic education

    Catholic school teachers will take a fresh look at their religious education materials this school year, as a step in the process of adopting new religious education standards promulgated by the diocesan Office of Catechesis. Read More
  • Obituary - Sister Charlotte Sohovich, OSU

    Sister Charlotte Sohovich, OSU, died Aug. 4 at St. Andrew's at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She was 102. Sister Charlotte, the former Leona Dolores Sohovich, was born Sept. 13, 1912 in Livingston to Joseph and Anna Varga Sohovich, both natives of Czechoslovakia. She entered the Ursuline Sisters in Alton in January 1929 and professed her vows in July 1931. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of August 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 August 23 and 30. Read More
  • Looking for fulfillment and following commandments

    St. Augustine, fifth-century bishop and writer of the Confessions, is often quoted as saying to God, "Our heart is restless until it rests in you." St. Augustine knew himself — and the condition of the human heart — very well. In spiritual life, as in most things, we often are attracted by novelty. Like the tribes of Israel who were drawn to the spiritual practices of their Canaanite neighbors, we get easily distracted and forget the great works that God has done for us. Read More
  • Associating religion with utterly evil behavior

    Since Aug. 13, when I read a report in The New York Times, I have felt that I need to write about the horrific abuse of women and girls by the "Islamic State" (perhaps better known to us by the acronym ISIS, for "Islamic State in Iraq and Syria.") Read More
  • A concert with good music and life lessons

    I went to a One Direction concert with my niece recently. Many fellow adults winced when I told them. Some said they were "sympathetic," but, truth be told, I had a lot of fun. It was comparatively low-key. There were pyrotechnics at the beginning and at the end of the concert. There were smoke machines and laser lights. But the producers kept the focus on the boys' singing, their talent and their looks. It also helped that band members sang live instead of lip-syncing to a track. They wore basic white T-shirts and jeans, and messy hair that didn't look Read More
  • A spiritual stroll at the cemetery, including Oak Ridge in Springfield

    This summer, my husband and I did something we didn't do when we lived in Alaska — we took road trips throughout 48 states. And in some of those places we visited cemeteries. On this summer's trip, since we both love Abraham Lincoln, we stopped at the Gettysburg battlefield — and the cemetery where Lincoln delivered his famous address. We also visited Springfield, Ill., where Lincoln lies buried in an impressive tomb. We visited the street near the state Capitol that has been preserved just as it was when Lincoln lived there and was an attorney in the city. Read More
  • The perils of terms like ‘preferred peers’ in academia

    On Catholic campuses that aspire to Top Ten or Top Twenty status in publicity sweepstakes like the U.S. News and World Report college rankings, one sometimes hears the phrase "preferred peers." Translated into plain English from faux-sociologese, that means the schools to which we'd like to be compared (and be ranked with). At a major Catholic institution like the University of Notre Dame, for example, administrators use the term "preferred peers" to refer to universities like Duke, Stanford, and Princeton, suggesting that these are the benchmarks by which Notre Dame measures its own aspirations to excellence. Read More
  • Examining our aspirations — are they good or bad?

    While reading a United Nations Development Program report on violence in Latin America, I encountered the term "aspirational crimes," used to explain the tragic acceleration in crimes on and by young people. The term refers to crimes motivated by money and the irresistible desire for consumption. Partly this is to support one's family in situations where poverty is intolerable. But a large part is for the "cool" gadgets, shoes, clothes, electronics, etc., that swell a young man's swagger and elevate his position within a gang, mark his achievement and anesthetize his misery for the moment. Read More
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