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.
Saturday, 25 August 2007 20:00

Celebration planned for long-married couples

Melissa Blankestyn - now officially Sister Melissa - completed her candidacy and was accepted as a novice by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during the Rite of Initiation Aug. 7 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She now begins a two-year period of prayer, study, and integration into the life of the Springfield Dominican congregation.
Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Local group commissions feasibility study

Catholic School for Me (CS4Me), a group of Catholic parents, teachers, and pastors, has commissioned a feasibility study for a possible new Catholic high school in southern Madison County to serve primarily the Illinois communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Bethalto, Troy, Maryville, Collinsville, Highland, Marine and Granite City.

Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Co-op Bar-B-Cue to benefit K. of C. councils

The 86th annual Knights of Columbus Cooperative Bar-B-Cue, will be hosted by Springfield Council 364 on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at 2200 Meadowbrook Road.

Sister Janet Folkl, CDP, has been elected general superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Sister Martha Yang, CDP and Sister Monika Mrosek, CDP are the new general councilors. The

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary Parish) in Assumption is celebrating its sesquicentennial with two special Masses the week of Aug. 12.

Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Pro-life day of prayer planned

The Office for Social Concerns (Ministries to Promote the Dignity of the Human Person) will be hosting a pro-life day of prayer and reflection on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9:30 a.m. through 2:30 p.m. in Shively Hall at Villa Maria on Lake Springfield. The theme of the day will be "Come aside and rest awhile."

Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Franciscan sisters to celebrate on Aug. 15

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during a Mass on Aug. 15, the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin. Bishop George J. Lucas, the main celebrant, will be joined by other bishops and several priests.

Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Funeral Mass held for Father Rebert

"Let Your Light Shine" will be the theme of the Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) convention, which will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at the Country Inn and Suites by Carlson in Quincy. The Quincy Deanery will serve as host of the convention.

BUFFALO, N.Y. - Over 2,500 black Catholics were in Buffalo, N.Y., July 12-15 to celebrate their faith and each other at the 10th National Black Catholic Congress, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. The theme of the congress was "Christ is With Us: Celebrating the Gifts of the Sacraments." The congress was hosted by the Diocese of Buffalo's Office of Black Ministry.

Saturday, 28 July 2007 20:00

Priest offers audio of weekly homily

Even though serving in the military halfway around the world, a soldier with access to the Internet can watch Mass as it was celebrated that week in his or her home Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Father Bill Kessler, pastor of the two Calhoun County parishes of Blessed Trinity and St. Francis of Assisi, is the priest celebrant at the Mass. It is his technology skills plus commitment to the project which makes the Mass video available on the Internet.

JERSEYVILLE - St. Francis Xavier Parish celebrated its 150th anniversary on July 1. The sesquicentennial celebration included a potluck luncheon with games for children after the 10 a.m. Mass.

Saturday, 28 July 2007 20:00

Our Patron Saints

ROCHESTER - High school-age students who are members of St. Jude Parish are learning that maintaining an active prayer life and taking part in social justice issues go hand-in-hand, says Dan Frachey, director of Christian formation.

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