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  • Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry

    Newman grants help students connect with campus ministry CHARLESTON, S.C. — The college years are an exciting and rewarding time, but they also can be difficult when it comes to young adults and their faith. Statistics show that up to 80 percent of Catholic students stop going to Mass while they are at college. A new initiative in the Diocese of Charleston aims to stop that trend. Read More
  • Pope Francis: Bishops’ 2018 synod will look to young people

    Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission entrusted by the Lord to his church. In keeping with this mission Pope Francis is introducing a new approach through a 2018 Bishops’ Synod with the topic, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.” The Catholic Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. By listening to young people, the church will once Read More
  • SDCCW announces five college scholarship winners

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has chosen five young women to receive 0 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.   Read More
  • Catholic upbringing inspired coaching legend

    Catholic upbringing inspired coaching legend “Having spent 15 years in Catholic schools, my faith life has become the foundation of my life,” Madi Connors said confidently during her testimony at the Catholic Athletes for Christ (CAC) Springboard event in Springfield. “In having the privilege of going to Marquette [Catholic High School], I have the opportunity to speak openly of my faith and my relationship with God.” Read More
  • May named to all-state academic team

    May named to all-state academic team Routt Catholic High School senior Patrick May, son of Michelle and Michael May, has been named an honorable mention recipient to the Illinois High School Association All-State Academic Team. He was chosen from 475 students who were nominated by their principals and is one of only 50 students selected.   Read More
  • SHG student named National Merit scholarship finalist

    SHG student named National Merit scholarship finalist Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield has announced that John Stegeman, the son of James and Susan Stegeman, has been named as a National Merit Scholarship finalist. Stegeman joins approximately 16,000 semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program. These academically talented high school seniors compete for 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth million to be offered this spring to National Merit Scholarship Finalists. Read More
  • Marquette team excels at engineering competition

    Marquette team excels at engineering competition ALTON — The engineering team at Marquette Catholic High School took third place at the recent “Hackathon” sponsored by World Wide Technology, an engineering firm based in St. Louis. The competition required student teams to use technology to solve a current problem at their school or in the community. Read More
  • SDCCW opens scholarship competition

    The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four 0 scholarships to recognize outstanding Catholic female high school seniors. Applicants will be judged on how they exemplify the SDCCW’s mission values of leadership, faith and service. Read More
  • QU student published by national organization

    QU student published by national organization QUINCY — Quincy University sophomore, Ian Heinze, was recently published by the National Alzheimer’s Association for a story he wrote about his grandma, who has had Alzheimer’s for a few years. His story, A Forgotten Lifetime, was published in late November. “It started off just as notes I would jot down while visiting her,” said Heinze. “These notes hastily evolved into a gnawing need for her story to be written down.” Read More
  • Waiting for God

    Last year, young Catholics praying on the streets of New York performed a short play. A young man would step away and invite Jesus to take the steering wheel of his car, but would get scared and grab the wheel before Jesus could sit on the driver’s seat. It reminded me of the times I had prayed for something, but I would not have the patience to wait for God to act. Sometimes waiting upon God’s action is difficult because we see things only from our point of view. We don’t know or understand God’s timing or plan. We know Read More
  • Teens show true meaning of Christmas

    Teens show true meaning of Christmas PITTSFIELD — Each year, Veritas, the teen group at St. Mary Parish in Pittsfield sponsors a “Christmas Giving Tree” to help where local need identifies itself to the youth. This year, the beneficiary was a local mother, and her 3-year-old and 8-month-old sons. The mother had just returned home in mid-December to recuperate from severe injuries she suffered in an automobile accident. Read More
  • Overcoming the anxiety that threatens to hold us back

    Stop! Don’t stop what you think you’re doing right now. Stop what you don’t realize you’re doing right now. Somewhere in the back of your mind, something is bothering you. Something someone said, or something you regret doing, is gnawing deep inside your chest. It could be something that happened earlier this week, it could be something that happened years ago. Either way, you can’t move past the feeling that’s holding you back. Read More
  • SHG announces 2017-2018 Illinois State Scholars

    Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield has 28 seniors recognized as 2017-2018 Illinois State Scholars. Read More
  • ‘Whole life’ approach embraced by marchers

    Before this year’s March for Life, seven major Catholic organizations sent a letter to the president and congressional leaders asking them “to prioritize human life and to promote policies that will enable life to flourish.” Read More
  • Jubilee Year of Mercy junior sacred art winners announced

    Jubilee Year of Mercy junior sacred art winners announced QUINCY — Winners were announced Nov. 19 for student artists in grades 7-12 in the Jubliee Year of Mercy sacred art exhibition at Quincy University’s Gray Gallery. Read More
  • Lessons learned through activities we love

    Every person has their own unique interests. All of us think we are more diverse in our likes than those around us. The irony of that statement is lost on most. My personal mix of interests could be combined into the most epic of weekends. In no particular order, I would sit behind home plate and watch the Baltimore Orioles; I would stand at the 50-yard line and cheer the Baltimore Ravens; I’d get the closest seats possible to see U2 in concert, and I’d get front row tickets to a Broadway show. Read More
  • SHG students to present Silver Cross recitals

    SHG students to present Silver Cross recitals Two Sacred Heart-Griffin High School students are set to present Silver Cross recitals — one in piano and one in voice — at Sacred Heart-Griffin’s Dominican Hall, 1200 W. Washington St. in Springfield. Lindsay Mattea Finnell will present her Silver Cross in piano on Saturday, May 7 at 2 p.m. Anna Benoit will present her Silver Cross in voice on Saturday, May 14 at 2 p.m. Read More
  • Inspired by pope, students spend day showing mercy

    Inspired by pope, students spend day showing mercy Edwardsville — Inspired by Pope Francis’ Jubilee Year of Mercy, Rachel Weaver’s sixth-grade class at St. Mary’s School recently devoted an entire school day putting the corporal works of mercy into practice as random acts of kindness. After starting the day at Mass, students visited an Edwardsville fire station and the Glen Carbon Police Department to deliver cupcakes and other sweets to thank the first responders for keeping the communities safe. Read More
  • Accepting help from others is accepting God’s help

    Last year, I saw a youth group doing an interesting exercise in trust. A few teenagers were using their jackets as blindfolds as their group partner guided their walk around the church’s garden back to their meeting room. The idea was for some of the teenagers to learn to guide others, while the other party learned to trust and accept help from their peers. It ultimately showed how accepting God’s loving help, even when we can’t see the path we are supposed to follow, will lead us to where we are supposed to be. Read More
  • Kathryn Bretscher to give Silver Cross recital in piano

    Kathryn Bretscher to give Silver Cross recital in piano Kathryn Marie Bretscher, daughter of David and Michelle Bretscher of Springfield, will present her Silver Cross recital in piano on Saturday, Dec. 5 at 4 p.m. in Sacred Heart-Griffin's Dominican Hall, 1200 W. Washington St., Springfield.   Read More
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