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  • Former Florida bishop brings NFP message to gathering

    Bishop Emeritus Victor Galeone, formerly of St. Augustine, Fla., delivered a spirited defense of Pope Paul VI’s prescient 1968 encyclical Humanae Vitae. To a roomful of couples, parents and sometimes squirming children at the Cathedral Atrium Aug. 10., Bishop Galeone spoke about natural family planning as a method to remain true to the church’s doctrine against contraception. He quoted Pope Paul VI extensively from the encyclical itself. 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
  • Effingham Catholic Charities helps meet needs of children

    For many parents, getting kids ready to go back to school plays havoc with the family's finances. Those seemingly endless lists of required school supplies are often costly, not to mention paying the price of replacing clothes the children may have outgrown over the summer. Read More
  • Catholic presence felt annually at State Fair

    For more than 25 years, Msgr. John Ossola has celebrated Mass for untold thousands of visiting Catholics on the two Saturdays of the Illinois State Fair in Springfield. Msgr. Ossola relies on volunteers — both drafted and undrafted —to assist him in the auditorium of the Illinois Building. Read More
  • Five new principals set to begin 2014-2015 school year

    With the new school year just under way, a few Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are depending on new principals to lead them in a positive direction. Most of the principals have been in the schools this summer, preparing for the 2014-2015 academic year. Moreover, they were also at the Catholic Pastoral Center in early August, attending the annual new principal’s orientation. Read More
  • Maryville K. of C. holds Marian prayer Program

    The Knights of Columbus honors the central place the Blessed Virgin Mary holds in the life of the order and the historic devotion that has been afforded to the Immaculate Conception by the Church of North America. The first cathedral in the new world north of Mexico was named for the Immaculate Conception, and the bishops of the United States named Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception as the patroness of the nation. Read More
  • Diocesan archivist awarded honor at recent conference

    Michele Levandoski, director of Archives and Records Management for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, recently was recognized by the Association of Catholic Diocesan Archivists (ACDA). She received the Joseph Cardinal Bernardin Award at a banquet during the ACDA biennial conference held July 21-25 at St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein. Read More
  • What does it mean to be a modern Catholic woman?

    For the answer to the question, the woman organizing the upcoming “In Her Cherished Heart” conference wants to assure that women of all ages are invited and encouraged to attend. Read More
  • ‘Auntie Pearl’ keeps praying for seminarians, priests

    LITCHFIELD — When Pearl Hitchings turned 100 years old on July 23, Father Chuck Edwards was one of the people on hand to wish her well. That’s because he’s known Hitchings since his days in the seminary; back when she first promised to pray for him. Father Edwards says he appreciated the prayers then and adds that he’s always been fond of Hitchings, a woman he first met about 30 years ago. Read More
  • Daily Readings

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of August 24 and 31. 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 24 and 31. Read More
  • Different beliefs call for understanding, recognition

    The last column was in a literary vein, and now I would like to recommend a new memoir: Monastery to Matrimony by Mary Ann Weakley, a frank and moving account of the author’s experience of religious life in a diocese bordering ours from the 1950s to the 1970s. (Full disclosure: Mary Ann is my cousin.) Obviously, the author left religious life; be assured that the book is written with a sense of tremendous respect for her religious community, religious life, and Catholicism in general. Read More
  • Who do you say that I am? Author poses the question

    We are asked many questions in life. When we are young we hear things like: How old are you? What do you want to be when you grow up? As we mature the questions change: Do you have a date for prom? Where do you want to go to college? Read More
  • Living as if we lived in Walt Disney World

    For most people, Walt Disney World is a magical place. It’s a place to get away from the stresses of the world and be a kid again. If you’re a kid, it’s a place where imagination becomes reality. But we all know that magic is no more real in the Magic Kingdom than in the real world. But what about those so-called magic moments? They’re nothing more than immersion in an environment where everyone has the same goal: turning plans into reality. Read More
  • Is artificial insemination wrong even among married couples?

    Artificial insemination introduces sperm into a woman’s body by use of a thin tube (cannula) or other instrument to bring about a pregnancy. Artificial insemination can be either homologous (using sperm from a woman’s husband) or heterologous (using sperm from a man she is not married to). Both forms of artificial insemination raise significant moral concerns. Read More
  • Answers about divorce, remarriage, the church and Communion

    Q I have been divorced twice. The first marriage was in the church and ended in divorce. My second marriage was in a Methodist church and also ended in divorce. I’ve been told that all I need to do is go to confession and then I can go to Communion. Is this true? Read More
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