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.
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.
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.
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.
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.