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.
Blessed Sacrament Parish will hold a parish mission, “Becoming Aware,” Sunday, Oct. 22 through Wednesday, Oct. 25. Each evening will begin at 7 p.m. in the parish church at 1119 S. Seventh St.
Internationally-known youth abstinence advocate Pam Stenzel will be in west central Illinois Oct. 14-18 to aid in the effort of preventing pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases among teenagers.
The recommendations were made Oct. 9 at a city-wide meeting at St. Agnes, where over 600 school parents and faculty members packed the church. Bishop Lucas asked that comments be sent through the school principals so that a decision for the 2008-2009 academic year could be made by Nov. 9 at the latest.

Over 700 students, missionaries and relatives, teachers, chaperones, and PSR representatives from throughout the diocese attended the Mass celebrated by Bishop George J. Lucas. Fathers Tom Meyer, Chris Comerford, Dean Probst, Chuck Edwards, Donald Knuffman and Michael Haag, were concelebrants, and Father Chris House was master of ceremony.

St. Boniface Parish is celebrating the return of religious sisters' presence at St. Boniface School at a reception on the church plaza after the 5 p.m. Mass on Saturday, Oct. 6.
Saturday, 06 October 2007 20:00

SHG announces commended students

Seven students from Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield have been named commended students in the 2008 National Merit Scholarship Program.
Saturday, 06 October 2007 20:00

Covenant radio adds two stations in diocese

Covenant Network, an all-Catholic programming radio broadcasting system based in St. Louis, has added two new FM low-power repeater stations in the Springfield diocese.
Saturday, 06 October 2007 20:00

Springfield DCCW collects record amount

The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) collected a record amount of money for designated projects during the last fiscal year, according to a report given at the annual DCCW Convention in September in Quincy.

Students at St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield are temporarily without swing sets, slides and jungle gyms. However if Norman Calmese and the staff at the Capital City Courier, a local monthly newspaper, meet their financial fund-raising goals, the children will once again be swinging, climbing and playing on brand new outdoor playground equipment.

St. Francis Hospital introduced a redesigned logo and new slogan in a marketing campaign launched on Sept. 24.
Pope Benedict XVI has accepted the resignation of Bishop Victor H. Balke of Crookston, Minn. His successor will be Msgr. Michael J. Hoeppner, vicar general of the Diocese of Winona, Minn.

For the first time, use of funds from the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope endowment for the formation of ordained ministers have been approved to help pay expenses for the recent priests' convocation.

Saturday, 29 September 2007 20:00

Cathedral student among HCA Christmas art winners

For the second year in a row, a student from the Springfield diocese has been chosen a winner in the Holy Childhood Association Christmas Artwork Contest. Carmen Gobble-Barger, a student at Cathedral School in Springfield, was one of 24 students chosen nationwide to have her artwork reproduced as a 2007 Holy Childhood Association Christmas card. Ten honorable mentions were also chosen.

For the second year, teachers and administrators in the diocese's 43 Catholic elementary schools and six Catholic high schools are eligible for continuing education tuition reimbursements from an endowment created through the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope campaign.
Saturday, 29 September 2007 20:00

Long-married couples celebrate

In a strong testimony to the sacrament of marriage, approximately 85 couples attended the annual anniversary celebration for couples who have been married 50 years or longer.
Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will celebrate its first anniversary Sept. 28 with an open house for the public to see how the recycling and redistribution effort of medical equipment and supplies is having a global impact.

St. Antoine Hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, will soon have much needed hospital beds, surgical instruments and other hospital supplies, thanks to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach (HSMO) in Springfield and the diocesan Office for the Missions, who responded to an appeal from the Haiti Ministry of Health for assistance in stocking and supplying the hospital with much needed items.

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