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."
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.
"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.
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.
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.
As Clerics of St. Viator provincials from around the world gather in Kankakee at the beginning of August to celebrate the 125th anniversary of their community's American province, there is a trace of sadness in the Springfield diocese, where Viatorians have served in ministry for nearly eight decades.
QUINCY - Father Kenneth Capalbo, OFM, has been named chairman of the Quincy University Board of Trustees, replacing chairman William Metzinger whose term expired in May.
Shelves at Catholic Charities' Holy Family Food Pantry in Springfield are low and desperately in need of donations to help struggling families in the city and surrounding area.
Recent visitors to the Web site for the Springfield diocese, www.dio.org, have no doubt noticed the site has a more modern look and several new capabilities.