Michael Hoerner

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.

On July 10, Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield awarded prizes in in its second “Golf Balls from Heaven” raffle.

Father Jeff Grant, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, released the numbered golf balls from a helicopter over the driving range at Illini Country Club at approximately 6:45 p.m. Six hundred tickets, representing six hundred numbered golf balls, were sold for $50 each.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 13:17

Speaker to lead presentation on Fatima

GODFREY — The Knights of Columbus Council 7804 and St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey are hosting a presentation called “Fatima 2017: 100 Years Later, Mary’s Triumph, Our Hope, a Final Warning” on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event begins at 7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane in Godfrey.

I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list.

Sunday, 23 July 2017 12:51

Daily Readings

Daily Scripture readings for the weeks of July 23 and 30.

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