The St. Vincent de Paul Society of Immaculate Conception Parish in Mattoon is celebrating the 75th year of its founding. A reception in honor of the anniversary will be held Sunday, Nov. 11, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the parish center, 19th and Richmond. Parishioners and people from the diocese are invited to attend.
Students at Catholic high schools throughout the diocese will have an opportunity to learn about local Catholic history of national significance during the month of November.
Saturday, 10 November 2007 19:00

Jerseyville parish to hold mission

St. Francis Xavier Parish will hold "A Call to Holiness," a parish mission, Thursday, Nov. 15, and Friday, Nov. 16. People from all parishes are welcome to attend. The mission is part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the parish.
Saturday, 10 November 2007 19:00

Fire damages church in Altamont

A furnace fire caused smoke damage to St. Clare Church in Altamont on Saturday, Nov. 3.
The tabernacle at St. Thomas the Apostle Church was stolen in an overnight break-in on Oct. 28. Thieves broke a stained glass window to gain access to the 30-year-old church, which replaced the original church, built in 1929 as a combination church and school.
Saturday, 10 November 2007 19:00

Caring for those who served

If it were not for the sign over the entrance gate, a giant cannon just inside the gate and a few other smaller signs, travelers who happened to turn into the Illinois Veterans Home at the northern edge of Quincy might think they were on a beautiful college campus. The largest and oldest of the four veterans' homes in Illinois, and one of the larger and older veterans' homes in the country, the Illinois Veterans Home at Quincy is home to more than 450 residents.
Father Richard Chiola, pastor of St. Frances Cabrini Parish in Springfield, announced a unique pro-life challenge to his parish on the weekend of Oct. 20-21 that has already begun to reap rewards for people who live in Kenya.
Saturday, 03 November 2007 20:00

Granite City classes to hold reunion

The class of 1957 of the former St. Joseph School will celebrate their 50th anniversary at a reunion with other eighth-grade classes on Nov. 10 at the Holy Family Community Center, 26th and Washington streets (former side entrance to Sacred Heart School).
Saturday, 03 November 2007 20:00

Quincy K. of C. to host Marian Hour of Prayer

The Quincy Council Knights of Columbus will host the Marian Hour of Prayer in honor of Our Lady of Charity for the intentions of Pope Benedict XVI at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, at St. Francis Solanus Church, 1721 College Ave.
Saturday, 03 November 2007 20:00

Men’s retreat scheduled at White House

The 2007 central Illinois area annual men's retreat at the Jesuits' White House Retreat Center in St. Louis will be held Dec. 6-9.
Decatur's four Catholic schools placed first through fourth in the top 10 schools collecting food for the sixth annual WSOY Community Food Drive Oct. 19.
Saturday, 03 November 2007 20:00

Weekend retreat to explore Book of Revelation

Quincy University's Our Lady of Angels Spirituality Center will host a retreat weekend Friday, Jan. 4 through Sunday, Jan. 6. "The Book of Revelation and Debunking the Left-Behind Series" will be presented by Father Bill Burton, OFM.
Saturday, 03 November 2007 21:00

Ecumenical celebration set

St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield will celebrate the life and work of St. Martin de Porres at an ecumenical service held at St. Patrick Church on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 1 to 3 p.m. The celebration is open to the public.
Pro-life supporters from parishes throughout the diocese and beyond filled the pews of Holy Family Church in Granite City to near capacity Saturday morning, Oct. 27, for the annual Diocesan Respect Life Mass.
A group of moms from the Highland area are reaching out to help a woman in Venezuela who supports some 300 orphans. The Highland women are holding a garage sale for Operation Elba's Orphans on Oct. 26-27 at the old Daiber's Martial Arts/KiDo building at 814 Cypress St., Highland.
Leroy Jordan, coordinator for the Black Catholic Ministry for the Springfield diocese, will be the presenter at a Pax Christi meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in De Porres Center at Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. in Springfield.
As familiar as most Catholics are with reaching for a disposable missal at church to follow along at Mass, it may come as a surprise to some to learn a printing company in Quincy was the first to publish disposable worship missals.
Fatima was brought to Quincy during the "Public Square Rosary Rally" at Madison Park, 25th and Maine streets in Quincy, on Oct. 13.
Maronite Bishop Robert Joseph Shaheen paid a visit to Quincy University last month, touring the campus and visiting with university officials and students.
With the holiday season fast approaching, Springfield Catholic Charities and St. John's Breadline are asking area individuals to consider aiding the less fortunate this Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Saturday, 27 October 2007 20:00

Funeral Mass held for Father Gierut

Father Casimir F. Gierut, retired priest of the Springfield diocese, died Oct. 17 at Manor Care of Hinsdale, age 88.
A proposal for the consolidation of several Springfield parish schools will not be implemented as part of the current strategic planning process, Bishop George J. Lucas told parents, faculty and supporters in an Oct. 22 letter.
Saturday, 20 October 2007 20:00

Blessed Sacrament plans parish mission

Blessed Sacrament Parish will hold a parish mission from Sunday, Nov. 4 through Wednesday, Nov. 6. Each evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the parish church at 1119 S. Seventh St.
Saturday, 20 October 2007 20:00

Serra Club to host deanery dinner for priests

The Serra Club of Springfield is sponsoring a dinner for priests in the Springfield deanery and those who have recently served in the deanery.
DePaul University and DePaul's CCM Respect for Life will host the first Students for Life of Illinois Collegiate Conference, "Pro-Life: Mission Possible."  Students will develop the skills necessary for an active pro-life presence on their campuses.
Saturday, 20 October 2007 20:00

Hospital Sisters welcome seven new associates

The Hospital Sisters of the Third Order of St. Francis welcomed seven new associates Sept. 30 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church. Sister Jomary Trstensky, OSF, provincial superior, accepted the first commitment of Rose Burger, Diane Lopez Hughes, Jeff Kinner, Joyce McCumber, Martha Metternich, and Patty Stoutamyer, Springfield; and Kathy Peelman, Eau Claire, Wis. In addition, 90 associates in Illinois and Wisconsin renewed their commitment. 
Holy Family Church in Granite City will be the host for a diocesan Pro-Life Vigil to pray for an end to abortion on Saturday, Oct. 27. Bishop George J. Lucas will be the principal celebrant at the 9 a.m. Mass to mark Respect Life Month.
Thanks to the dedication of people like Evelyn Ring and Rose Marie Ketner, folks around the town of Paris are being made aware that life is precious.
Preschool classes for 3- and 4-year-olds at St. Mary School in Mattoon were expanded this school year to offer a choice of full- or half-day classes, and a choice of class days per week.

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