Nearly 1,000 students from schools and parishes across the diocese participated in the 2015 Diocesan Youth Days, which ran this year from Oct. 13-17. The Office for Catechesis, Ministry to Youth and Young Adults, sponsors Youth Days.
On Sunday, Oct. 4 about 115 long-married couples and their guests joined together at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki celebrated the annual Mass for Couples Married 50 or More Years. Not only did the couples who took part in the Mass receive certificates recognizing their long marriage, but they also attended a reception in their honor and many had their photo taken with Bishop Paprocki.
Students in several Springfield Catholic schools are putting their best feet forward by collecting shoes to help the poor.
One senior citizen said it best when he first walked into the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 7. After looking at the pews filled with uniform-clad Catholic school children from all over the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, he remarked with a smile, "Isn't this beautiful? This is our future!"
On Sept. 28, Habitat for Humanity of Sangamon County officially kicked off construction of its 99th home, in honor of Pope Francis. The blessing and kick-off was held just across the street from the build site of the home, which is on the corner of South Ninth Street and Wellesly Avenue in the Springfield neighborhood known as Harvard Park.
Now that the new school year is under way, nearly two dozen diocesan seminarians are settling in to their studies at a number of different seminaries, says Father Brian Alford, director of Vocations.
Women who will be attending the 87th annual SDCCW Convention this year will be traveling to Paris — Illinois, that is — at the invitation of the Decatur Deanery of the Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. The theme for the convention is "We are the Children of God," says Joyce Knodle, convention registration chair.
With the 2015-2016 school year just under way, 10 elementary schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are depending on new leaders — nine principals and one interim acting administrator — to guide them in a positive direction.
Many of these individuals were in the schools over the summer months and most of them were at the Catholic Pastoral Center in early August, attending the annual new principal's meeting.
The Springfield in Illinois Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has awarded $500 scholarships to five young women, all recent high school graduates. The annual awards are given to those who best exemplify the values of DCCW by bringing spirituality, leadership and service to their school, parish and community.
Totus Tuus, the weeklong parish-based Catholic summer mission program for youth in grades 1-12, recently wrapped up its seventh year in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Totus Tuus is Latin for "Totally Yours" and was the motto of St. Pope John Paul II. The program is dedicated to sharing the Gospel and promoting the Catholic faith through catechetical instruction, Christian witness, vocational discernment, Marian devotion, and eucharistic worship. The theme for this year's Totus Tuus was "Virtues and Beatitudes" and young people focused on the Sorrowful Mysteries of the rosary.