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  • Gov. Rauner breaks promise, signs HB40

    First governor to authorize taxpayer-funded abortions In what many veteran state Capitol observers regard as a stunning reversal, Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) has signed a bill that allows taxpayer money to pay for abortions. Rauner vowed to veto the bill last April. House Bill 40 authorizes the use of taxpayer money to pay for elective abortions for Medicaid participants and state of Illinois employees who are covered by state health insurance. It also removes a “trigger” provision in state law that called for elective abortions to become illegal in Illinois if the U.S. Supreme Court ever overturned its 1973 decision Read More
  • Forty Martyrs church undergoes refurbishment project

    Forty Martyrs church undergoes refurbishment project TUSCOLA — When Father Angel Sierra was named pastor of Forty Martyrs in 2015, he came on board during a landmark year — the 150-year anniversary of the Tuscola parish. Because he was aware of the timing, Father Sierra wondered how the parishioners would like to celebrate. It wasn’t long before he discovered that the people hoped to refurbish the church, which was built in 1925 and had last been refurbished in 1978. Read More
  • New members join Franciscan family

    New members join Franciscan family The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sept. 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés and Michelle Wood (from Springfield); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers and Jane Herman (from Effingham); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (from Highland); and Pam Achten (from Green Bay, Wis.). Read More
  • Diocesan seminarian among 31 ordained to transitional diaconate in Rome

    Diocesan seminarian among 31 ordained to transitional diaconate in Rome ROME — Diocesan seminarian Dominic Rankin was one of 31 seminarians from the Pontifical North American College who were ordained to the transitional diaconate Sept. 28, in Rome. Deacon Rankin is a member of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Quincy and is the son of Mark and Stephanie Rankin. Bishop James F. Checchio, Bishop of Metuchen — rector of the North American College from 2006 to 2016 — was the ordaining prelate, celebrating the Mass at the Altar of the Chair of St. Peter, in the Papal Basilica of St. Peter, in the Vatican. Read More
  • Obituary - Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM

    Obituary - Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM, died Sept. 29 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital fortified with the sacraments of his faith and the prayerful support of his brothers and sisters in religious life and of his colleagues at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Catholic Pastoral Center. He was 69 years old. Born June 29, 1948 in Rice Lake, Wis., the son of Francis Michael and Martha (Early) Shea, he lived with his family in Shell Lake, Wis., and Ashland, Wis.  Read More
  • Daily Reading

    Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of October 15 and 22. 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 October 15 and 22. Read More
  • Official Appointment

    Official appointment from the Office of the Bishop Read More
  • Discovering true Christian stewardship in Wichita

    Discovering true Christian stewardship in Wichita Recently 65 “intentional disciples” from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois traveled to the Spiritual Life Center in Wichita, Kan., for a three-day conference/mini retreat on “Discipleship as a Way of Life.” Our experience was truly amazing. Some of the Wichita diocese’s best and most committed “disciples” came to speak to us on stewardship and discipleship. Most of all we witnessed by their very presence how to live “Discipleship as a Way of Life.” You could see very clearly how the four pillars of hospitality, prayer, formation and service have become this way of life for these evangelizing disciples. It Read More
  • Respect Life Month: Be not afraid. We’re in this together

    Each October we observe Respect Life Month in dioceses around the United States. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid,” but of what, or whom, are we supposed to not be afraid? Pondering this question, I recalled an experience I had while attending the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando last summer. I met a young woman and her mother from my diocese. The daughter, who had an obvious disability and was using a power wheelchair, had been chosen as a delegate to the convocation; her mother, a college professor, was there as her assistant. Read More
  • Take this call; give God what belongs to him

    This week’s readings move along smoothly, up to a point. Isaiah looks forward to God giving a wonderful feast for everyone. The psalmist sings of God as his good shepherd. St. Paul rejoices in being able to do everything in God who strengthens him. You couldn’t find a more comforting set of Bible texts. Then we get to the Gospel. Read More
  • The Catechism of the Catholic Church at 25

    John Paul II called the Extraordinary Synod of 1985 to assess what had gone right and what had gone wrong in two decades of implementing the Second Vatican Council. In Vaticanese, it was styled “extraordinary” because it fell outside the normal sequence of synods. But Synod-1985 was extraordinary in the ordinary sense of the word, too.  Read More
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