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.

Saturday, 22 September 2007 20:00

Area K. of C. councils honored

Four area Illinois State Knights of Columbus council's from District 76 have been recognized as award winners for outstanding programs during the 2006-2007 fraternal year. The announcement was made at the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, Conn.

Saturday, 22 September 2007 20:00

Never alone

Just over a month after Nick's health problems began, Lisa's 22-year-old daughter Megan Reeves unexpectedly collapsed and passed away on July 15. The young woman and her fiancé had been boating on the river near Beardstown on one of the hottest days in 2006. Lisa believes the heat contributed to Megan's death.

Science labs, classrooms, a school chapel, large music room and individual practice rooms, huge multipurpose rooms, and a gymnasium are just some of the new school facilities which were built at Catholic high schools in the Springfield diocese, in part by funds raised in the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope campaign.

Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:00

Granite City Catholic schools to hold open houses

Holy Family and St. Elizabeth Catholic schools in Granite City will host coordinated open houses Sept. 16-17 to allow the public the opportunity to see first-hand the learning environment at each location.
Marquette Catholic High School is celebrating 80 years of Catholic education in Alton, first with a series of graduate decades' recognition at Marquette home football games, and then an all-school class reunion on Jan. 12, 2008 at the Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:00

Quincy community celebrates Catholic education

Over 1,500 students, faculty and staff from local Catholic schools and families of students and supporters of Catholic education attended a Quincy All-Catholic Schools Mass Sept. 6 in the Pepsi Arena at Quincy University.

Tuition assistance totaling $120,085 from the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope education endowment is available for distribution to diocesan schools for the 2007-2008 school year. The figure represents a $21,985 increase from the previous year's total distribution of $98,100.

As the new head of Family and Youth Ministry in the Springfield diocese, Patrick O'Toole plans to rally the troops to get the word out that families and solid marriages are alive and well and flourishing.

PSR Class for Exceptional People (religion classes for the developmentally disabled) will begin later this month at Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield. The classes are open to all developmentally disabled children and adults, ages 7 and up, from the greater Springfield area.

Saturday, 08 September 2007 20:00

Christian spirituality workshop offered

A spirituality workshop under the direction of Father Albert Haase, OFM, will be held Oct. 5-7 at the new Chiara Center located on the motherhouse grounds of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Influenced by the writings of spiritual masters throughout the centuries, the workshop will examine some key themes including the true and false self, growth toward freedom, prayer, and the spiritual journey.

Twenty-six parishes in the diocese recently received checks totaling $172,559.11 in the final distribution to parishes from the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope Campaign. Final distribution of parish sharing funds was made Aug. 17 as the diocese closed the books on the campaign after completion of the fifth pledge year. Since the campaign began in January 2002, over $2.8 million has been returned to parishes - well over the $2.4 million originally estimated at the beginning of the campaign.

Eight months after a serious fire destroyed the St. Joseph altar at St. Mary Church in Paris and did considerable other damage, extensive repair and restoration work is nearly finished. Liturgical services resumed in the over 100-year-old church when Bishop George J. Lucas celebrated the 8:45 a.m. Mass on Aug. 29, and gave a blessing for the church and its parishioners.
Patty Schneier will be visiting St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, to present an inspirational talk, "Prove it, God! ... And He Did." She will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary's, located at 1802 Madison Ave. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Two diocesan seminarians spent 10 weeks of their summer break at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University, a Jesuit Catholic University in Omaha, Neb. Steve Thompson and Joel Robert Heine, both who are about to enter their second year of theology at Mundelein Seminary, were in intensive spiritual formation from May 29 through Aug. 4.

Saturday, 01 September 2007 20:00

Freshman enrollment up 46 percent at QU

First-year student enrollment at Quincy University stands at 235, up 46 percent from last year's fall 2006 total of 161, according to QU executive vice president Patricia Laytham. This year's number is also an increase from fall of 2005, when first-year student enrollment stood at 202.
Seven men are being inducted into the 2007 Springfield Chapter Knights of Columbus on Oct. 27. A Mass, dinner and the induction will take place at Bethalto Council #4688.
Thanks to the generosity of Michael Thoresen and The Thoresen Foundation, a grass lot next to the old parish rectory across the street from the school has been transformed into a playground filled with creative and fun equipment.

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