Michael Hoerner

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:17

Troy cemetery board asks for assistance

TROY — The St. Jerome (Troy) and St. John the Baptist (Blackjack) cemetery board members are looking for contacts who have information about those buried at either or both of the cemeteries.

The Dominican Sisters of Springfield are inviting all to enjoy the view from their newest meeting space at Jubilee Farm: the Creative Arts Center.

As part of their Center for Ecology and Spirituality, the new building provides space for meetings and facilities for the sister-weavers, potters and woodworkers. There is also a small gift shop, workroom, and bathroom facilities. The arts center replaces a picturesque but termite-ridden 100-year-old barn, according to the Springfield Dominicans.

Sunday, 01 October 2017 22:03

Medical group opens new Mt. Zion facility

Mt. Zion — HSHS Medical Group celebrated and cut the ribbon at its new location in Mt. Zion on Sept. 11. Father Steve Arisman, pastor of Our Lady of the Holy Spirit Parish, offered a blessing of the new state-of-the-art offices.

DECATUR — Catholic Charities of Decatur has recently named a number of new advisory board members. The officers are:  Kyle Talleur, president; Kylee Roney, vice president; Gretchen Murphy, finance officer; and Jesica Willcut, secretary.

PEORIA (CNS) — Bishop Thomas John Paprocki of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois joined other Catholic officials statewide in applauding state education funding reforms that include a scholarship tax credit program designed to provide up to $75 million a year in scholarships for qualifying students attending nonpublic schools.

Gov. Bruce Rauner signed the highly debated reforms Aug. 31 at an elementary school in Chicago.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:35

Simple but challenging logic; in a vineyard

To get the message of today’s Gospel, ask the nearest 6-year-old. The logic of Jesus’ parable is simple: If you refuse to forgive someone for a small thing they did to you, how on earth can you expect God to forgive your sins against him?

Sure, a biblical scholar could take us through the text and its background and illuminate some points. But in the end, we would come back to the same message. The challenge of the parable is not to the head but to the heart.

I can ask myself: Who has hurt me? How deeply? What injuries have those close to me suffered?

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:32

Daily Readings

Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of September 17 and 24.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:29

Diocesan Datebook

Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.

Sunday, 17 September 2017 12:26

Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of September 17 and 24.

ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

Three junior professed sisters will make their final profession of vows, three novices will make their first profession of vows and one postulant will be received into the novitiate.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, celebrated at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests.

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