TEUTOPOLIS — The 41st Annual Day of Prayer for Life will be held Wednesday, June 24, at St. Francis Church, 203 E Main St., Teutopolis. All are welcome to come and pray for renewed respect for all human life, and in reparation for our nation allowing 57 million pre-born human lives to be ended by abortion since 1973.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will again lead the public in a prayer rally in front of the Illinois state Capitol on Tuesday, June 23 at noon. In the event of rain, the rally will be held in the Howlett Building auditorium.

Participants in the Prayer Rally for Fortnight for Freedom will assemble at the Lincoln statue on South Second Street and Capitol Avenue.

CHICAGO — Illinois Catholic bishops have updated their 1999 publication on gambling in light of the possibility of an expansion of gambling (SB 1382) to help address the dismal finances of both the state and the city of Chicago.

Media reports indicate that a city-owned casino in Chicago is being considered, in addition to four other casinos located throughout the state and smaller so-called "satellite" casinos in central and southern Illinois. Additionally, slot machines may be allowed at horse-racing tracks.

QUINCY — What began as a short conversation at a parish meeting ended up with one large Quincy family making international news.

According to his daughter, Donna Lane, Leo Zanger was talking to a friend from St. Rose of Lima Parish in March and commented that he and his wife Ruth were about to become grandparents again — for the 100th time! Thinking that this kind of event would be newsworthy in a town where the Zangers are already very well-known, that man passed the information on to a reporter at the Quincy Herald-Whig.

On Saturday, May 23, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain four men priests for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois during 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Recently, Deacon Samuel Bagyo Jr., Deacon Adam Prichard, Deacon Martin Smith and Deacon Jason Stone — all who are completing their theology studies at Mundelein Seminary in Mundelein — shared with Catholic Times how they look forward to serving in the future.

Sunday, 17 May 2015 18:01

Father Weitzel passes at age 88

Father Eugene J. Weitzel, CSV, a priest of the Viatorian community, died April 30 in Rushville at age 88.

He was born March 5, 1927, in Chicago, the son of Frank and Frances Julia Quinn Weitzel. He graduated in 1945 from Cathedral Boys High School in Springfield. Father Weitzel pronounced his first vows with the Clerics of St. Viator in 1951 and was ordained to the priesthood in 1959.

Two Sacred Heart-Griffin High School students will present their Silver Cross Recitals in voice on May 17.

Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois held its first ever "Senior Springboard" event April 26 in the Jim Belz Gymnasium at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Originally begun with professional athletes, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki said that he and other American bishops believed getting much younger people involved in CAC would provide early benefits.

Lincoln Land Community College named Sister M. Gianna Nazar, FSGM, of Springfield its 2015 Outstanding Graduate at the annual Student Recognition Ceremony May 5.

Sister M. Gianna was honored as Outstanding Graduate based on grade point average, leadership, motivation, service to others and ability to overcome obstacles. She graduated May 15 with an associate in applied science degree in radiography.

At the end of each school year, educators and catechists in parish schools and religious education programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special service anniversaries.

World and national media attention focused on the capital city May 1-3 for the 150th anniversary of President Abraham Lincoln's final funeral and laying to rest in Springfield's historic Oak Ridge Cemetery, second only to Arlington National Cemetery as the nation's most visited cemetery precisely because the remains of the martyred 16th president rest there.

Catholic Times is pleased to recognize the following religious sisters and priests who have lived in or served in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and are celebrating a significant jubilee in 2015.

The rainy and chilly weather outside did nothing to dampen the joy felt on Saturday, April 25 as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained two third-year seminarians to the transitional diaconate during Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

GLEN CARBON — As construction of the new Father McGivney Catholic High School (FMCHS) continues, this year's annual appeal is concentrating on funds to furnish and equip the new building when students return for the new school year on Aug. 20, 2015.

Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather on Tuesday, May 12 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield for the annual Priests' Jubilee Celebration with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. The special presenter for the day will be Bishop Joseph Perry of the Archdiocese of Chicago, who is the official postulator for the cause of canonization for Father Augustus Tolton. He will speak on Father Tolton's priesthood.

The fourth annual Our Lady of Good Counsel: Women of Distinction Award and Luncheon will be held Saturday, June 20 beginning with Mass at 10 a.m. at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. The event theme is "Christ Be Our Light" and is hosted by the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW).

The Franciscan Friars of the Sacred Heart Province will hold an information session for all interested men, ages 21-40, on Sunday, May 17 from 2-4 p.m. at Our Lady of Angels Friary, 4849 LaVerna Road in Springfield.

HSHS St. John's Hospital in Springfield was recently recognized for two separate aspects of hospital care. The hospital was named one of Illinois' 10 "Best Value Hospitals" and also received an award for cancer care.

Maria Palazzolo, daughter of Paul and Suanne Palazzolo of Springfield, has been chosen to participate in the prestigious Hesburgh-Yusko Scholar Program at the University of Notre Dame this coming fall.

Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois held its first ever Senior Springboard event April 26 at the West Campus of Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield. Catholic high school senior athletes from throughout the diocese were honored and their parents, principals, athletic directors, and CAC moderators and facilitators were also recognized.

Officials from the University of St. Mary of the Lake traveled from Mundelein to Springfield's Catholic Pastoral Center March 26 to inspect and take possesion of what they described as an "impressive" collection of canon law books printed prior to the First Code of Canon Law in 1917.

On Saturday, April 25, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain two men to the transitional diaconate during 10 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Paul Bonk and Braden Maher are both completing their third year of theology training and will be vested that day.

PARIS — Carolyn Louise Harmon, mother of Father Barry J. Harmon of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on Holy Thursday, April 2 at Paris Community Hospital. She was 75 years old.

QUINCY — The Quincy Catholic Elementary Schools (QCES) Foundation is accepting applications for the 2015 Newcomer's Scholarship. The Newcomer's Scholarship is a partially need-based full-tuition scholarship that is awarded annually to one student in grades K-8, either Catholic or of another faith, whose family does not currently have any children enrolled in one of Quincy's four Catholic elementary schools: Blessed Sacrament, St. Dominic, St. Francis or St. Peter.

ROCHESTER — "Incarnation" is the blessed truth that God entered into our earthly existence in the person of Jesus Christ; forming our way of being in this world. Just as Jesus is fully present to us in the bread and wine, so too our faith must take on concrete form so that others can see, hear, taste, smell and touch this reality.

Sunday, 19 April 2015 17:01

In Unison — Where art meets heart

Young musicians and artists from Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield will present a combination concert and fine arts exhibit on Sunday, May 3 at 4 p.m. Under the direction of Blessed Sacrament's music director, Jody Kienzler and art teacher, Ruth Ficke, In Unison will benefit the construction of an outdoor prayer grotto in the parish of Ss. Peter and Paul in the Tamale archdiocese of Ghana, Africa. Tamale is Ghana's third largest city, located in the northern part of a country whose total population is 24.2 million, of which 13.1 percent are Catholics.

Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will host its seventh Annual World's Fair on April 25. The event, featuring the cuisine of South America, begins at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 7 p.m. and will be held at the organization's headquarters, 4930 LaVerna Road, Springfield. The World's Fair showcases the international work of Mission Outreach along with its midwest partners and those in 87 countries around the world.

We, the Catholic bishops of Illinois, write in regard to House Bill 4013, legislation which is a radical departure from longstanding Illinois health policy. As it allows taxpayer money to pay for abortions and funds grants to organizations that advocate for and perform abortions, we ask that you join us in opposing it.

Illinois Catholic health and social service agencies have a major, positive impact on the quality of life for many citizens in Illinois.

Hundreds of people from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were in attendance when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of March 31.

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