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  • Inviting you to participate in a new Season of Stewardship

    Inviting you to participate in a new Season of Stewardship

    The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to celebrate Mass alone and share it online with their parishioners. Many of us are unsure of the year ahead and the changes still to come which may cause disruption in our lives. However, during challenging times we are called to respond as disciples. The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to

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  • St. Jerome Parish observes anniversaries

    St. Jerome Parish observes anniversaries

    TROY — At the end of September, St. Jerome Catholic Parish will mark two anniversaries: the 150th of the parish, and the 1,600th of the death of its patron saint.

    In 1870, the Catholic Christians of Troy began celebrating Mass in a rented room above a blacksmith’s shop. Priests from Highland served at Troy until the late 19th century, when the parish managed to secure a resident pastor. The parish campus has been at its present location along South Main Street since the 1890s. The current church building was dedicated in 1987.

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  • Key Club at SHG installs student officers

    Key Club at SHG installs student officers

    The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2020-2021 school year.

     

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  • Funeral services held for father of Father Haag

    ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. — Duane O. Haag of St. Simons Island, Ga., father of Father Michael Haag of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away at his home on Aug. 22. He was 83 years old and had formerly lived in Morton.

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  • DCJH intern set to begin visiting parishes and principals

    Tom Purcell of Effingham will be serving as an intern in the Office for Pro-Life Activities and Special Ministries from September 2020 through May 2021. In his new role, Purcell will be visiting and talking to parishes and principals to increase awareness about the annual Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH) program and ways people can help increase understanding and support for DCJH. 

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  • In Memoriam - Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU

    In Memoriam - Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU

    ST. LOUIS — Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 25 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

    She was born June 30, 1929, in Ellisville, Mo., to Alice and Joseph Graczak. She entered the Ursulines in 1947 and professed her vows in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Xavier University in New Orleans.

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  • Remembering those who helped us confirm our issues with racism

    In my senior English class at Decatur St. Teresa High School (1974-1975), we read A Good Man Is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor. It did not go over well. For one thing, there is some really shocking violence. For another, there did not seem to be any sympathetic characters.

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  • Hey Father! - A recent column concerning divorce and declarations of nullity of marriage prompts this questions

     A recent column concerning divorce and declarations of nullity of marriage prompts this question: What about a practicing Catholic who divorces, has the prior marriage declared null, and then marries a divorced non-Catholic who decides they aren’t ready/comfortable with submitting the past marriage to a Catholic legal process? Is the Catholic still able to participate in the sacramental life of the church?

    — Anonymous in our diocese

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  • Bishop Paprocki's Public Schedule

    Bishop Paprocki's public schedule for the weeks of September 20 and 27.

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  • Diocesan Datebook

    Daily events occuring throughout the Diocese

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