DECATUR — Recently, Gloria Guy of Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Decatur; George Menard of Immaculate Conception Parish, Shelbyville; and John Shields of Holy Cross Parish, Champaign made their profession as Secular Franciscans in the Secular Franciscan Order at St. Mary’s Hospital chapel in Decatur. Father Dennis Koopman, OFM, celebrated the Mass with the assistance of Deacon John O’Brien.
Tolton: From Slave to Priest, a theatrical one-man drama performed by actor Andrae Goodnight, begins the first of six performances throughout the Springfield diocese on Nov. 7 in Effingham. There is no admission charge; however, a free-will offering will be taken up at all performances.
According to Saint Luke Productions, the new production, based on the life of Quincy priest Father Augustus Tolton, is a “compelling true story of courage, forgiveness, and reconciliation [that] resonates deeply with modern American audiences.” The production runs approximately 90 minutes, and is suitable for middle school age and up.
Some Sundays in church I sit and listen to the Scripture readings waiting for something to strike me, but nothing does. All of it is good and important, but nothing shouts, “This is meant for you here and now!”
But today I only have to get to the beginning of the first reading: “You shall not molest or oppress an alien, for you were once aliens yourselves in the land of Egypt” (Ex 22:20). What could be more “here and now” than that?
This year, two members of my parish have been deported — the father of one family, the mother of another, both after living and working in town for many years.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of October 29 and November 5.
Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.
Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of October 29 and November 5.
Brother Patrick T. Shea, OFM, died Sept. 29 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital fortified with the sacraments of his faith and the prayerful support of his brothers and sisters in religious life and of his colleagues at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois Catholic Pastoral Center. He was 69 years old.
Born June 29, 1948 in Rice Lake, Wis., the son of Francis Michael and Martha (Early) Shea, he lived with his family in Shell Lake, Wis., and Ashland, Wis.
The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sept. 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés and Michelle Wood (from Springfield); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers and Jane Herman (from Effingham); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (from Highland); and Pam Achten (from Green Bay, Wis.).
Official appointment from the Office of the Bishop
This week’s readings move along smoothly, up to a point. Isaiah looks forward to God giving a wonderful feast for everyone. The psalmist sings of God as his good shepherd. St. Paul rejoices in being able to do everything in God who strengthens him. You couldn’t find a more comforting set of Bible texts.
Then we get to the Gospel.