When in England, I went to visit my nephew Dominic. He lives in a group home with several other mentally challenged young adults. Dominic, with severe Down syndrome, has no speech. On this visit it was clear that Dominic recognized me and even reached out to touch me, something he never had done before. I was deeply moved. Walking back to the subway my memory took me back to the time when he was born.
Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of July 9 and 16.
Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese.
Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of July 9 and 16.
The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has chosen five young women to receive $500 scholarships to use toward their college education. Scholarship applicants are chosen annually. Scholarship chairperson Judy Holmes said a panel of nine judges had a difficult time choosing this year’s winners out of a field of 78 applicants who applied earlier this spring.
PORTLAND, Ore. — There are many issues pertaining to justice and mercy in relation to doctrine, canon law and pastoral practices regarding marriage and divorce that have arisen, said Bishop Paprocki, from two documents issued by Pope Francis: first, his Apostolic Letter, Mitis Iudex Dominus Iesus, by which the canons of the Code of Canon Law pertaining to cases regarding the nullity of marriage were reformed, effective Dec. 8, 2015; second, his Post-Synodal Apostolic Exhortation, Amoris Laetitae, on love in the family, issued March 19, 2016.
Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on May 7 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield. She was 77 years old.
Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances Wilde Schulte. She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on Sept. 8, 1961.
Women seeking no cost pregnancy testing and ultrasound, or low cost limited sexually-transmitted disease (STD) testing can now receive those services through a mobile medical unit (MMU), driven and parked around Springfield by First Step Women’s Center. A registered nurse sonographer is available to serve women, with no appointment required.
The Dominican Sisters of Springfield welcomed 28 new associates — and expressed gratitude to Sister Paul Mary Janssens, OP, who is leaving leadership of the program after 11 years of service — during Mass at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel on May 7. Sixteen associates are residents of the diocese. They hail from Springfield, Bluffs, Auburn, Jacksonville, Illiopolis and Pana. Other new associates are from around Illinois and Jackson, Miss., where the Dominican Sisters sponsor St. Dominic Health Services.
EDWARDSVILLE — “The Mass was a huge success!” reports Kelly Bonk in describing the first ever Mass in memory of miscarried babies on April 19.
“The numbers really surprised us,” said Bonk. “We had hoped to remember 10 babies and were shocked when we receieved the names of 60 to remember with candles and prayer cards.”