St. Antoine Hospital in Jeremie, Haiti, will soon have much needed hospital beds, surgical instruments and other hospital supplies, thanks to Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach (HSMO) in Springfield and the diocesan Office for the Missions, who responded to an appeal from the Haiti Ministry of Health for assistance in stocking and supplying the hospital with much needed items.

Saturday, 22 September 2007 20:00

Area K. of C. councils honored

Four area Illinois State Knights of Columbus council's from District 76 have been recognized as award winners for outstanding programs during the 2006-2007 fraternal year. The announcement was made at the Knights of Columbus headquarters in New Haven, Conn.

Saturday, 22 September 2007 20:00

Never alone

Just over a month after Nick's health problems began, Lisa's 22-year-old daughter Megan Reeves unexpectedly collapsed and passed away on July 15. The young woman and her fiancé had been boating on the river near Beardstown on one of the hottest days in 2006. Lisa believes the heat contributed to Megan's death.

Science labs, classrooms, a school chapel, large music room and individual practice rooms, huge multipurpose rooms, and a gymnasium are just some of the new school facilities which were built at Catholic high schools in the Springfield diocese, in part by funds raised in the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope campaign.

Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:00

Granite City Catholic schools to hold open houses

Holy Family and St. Elizabeth Catholic schools in Granite City will host coordinated open houses Sept. 16-17 to allow the public the opportunity to see first-hand the learning environment at each location.
Marquette Catholic High School is celebrating 80 years of Catholic education in Alton, first with a series of graduate decades' recognition at Marquette home football games, and then an all-school class reunion on Jan. 12, 2008 at the Commons at Lewis and Clark Community College.
Saturday, 15 September 2007 20:00

Quincy community celebrates Catholic education

Over 1,500 students, faculty and staff from local Catholic schools and families of students and supporters of Catholic education attended a Quincy All-Catholic Schools Mass Sept. 6 in the Pepsi Arena at Quincy University.

Tuition assistance totaling $120,085 from the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope education endowment is available for distribution to diocesan schools for the 2007-2008 school year. The figure represents a $21,985 increase from the previous year's total distribution of $98,100.

As the new head of Family and Youth Ministry in the Springfield diocese, Patrick O'Toole plans to rally the troops to get the word out that families and solid marriages are alive and well and flourishing.

PSR Class for Exceptional People (religion classes for the developmentally disabled) will begin later this month at Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield. The classes are open to all developmentally disabled children and adults, ages 7 and up, from the greater Springfield area.

Saturday, 08 September 2007 20:00

Christian spirituality workshop offered

A spirituality workshop under the direction of Father Albert Haase, OFM, will be held Oct. 5-7 at the new Chiara Center located on the motherhouse grounds of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Influenced by the writings of spiritual masters throughout the centuries, the workshop will examine some key themes including the true and false self, growth toward freedom, prayer, and the spiritual journey.

Twenty-six parishes in the diocese recently received checks totaling $172,559.11 in the final distribution to parishes from the Harvest of Thanks, Springtime of Hope Campaign. Final distribution of parish sharing funds was made Aug. 17 as the diocese closed the books on the campaign after completion of the fifth pledge year. Since the campaign began in January 2002, over $2.8 million has been returned to parishes - well over the $2.4 million originally estimated at the beginning of the campaign.

Eight months after a serious fire destroyed the St. Joseph altar at St. Mary Church in Paris and did considerable other damage, extensive repair and restoration work is nearly finished. Liturgical services resumed in the over 100-year-old church when Bishop George J. Lucas celebrated the 8:45 a.m. Mass on Aug. 29, and gave a blessing for the church and its parishioners.
Patty Schneier will be visiting St. Mary Catholic Church on Sunday, Sept. 16, to present an inspirational talk, "Prove it, God! ... And He Did." She will speak from 7-8:30 p.m. at St. Mary's, located at 1802 Madison Ave. Refreshments will follow the presentation.

Two diocesan seminarians spent 10 weeks of their summer break at the Institute for Priestly Formation (IPF) at Creighton University, a Jesuit Catholic University in Omaha, Neb. Steve Thompson and Joel Robert Heine, both who are about to enter their second year of theology at Mundelein Seminary, were in intensive spiritual formation from May 29 through Aug. 4.

Saturday, 01 September 2007 20:00

Freshman enrollment up 46 percent at QU

First-year student enrollment at Quincy University stands at 235, up 46 percent from last year's fall 2006 total of 161, according to QU executive vice president Patricia Laytham. This year's number is also an increase from fall of 2005, when first-year student enrollment stood at 202.
Seven men are being inducted into the 2007 Springfield Chapter Knights of Columbus on Oct. 27. A Mass, dinner and the induction will take place at Bethalto Council #4688.
Thanks to the generosity of Michael Thoresen and The Thoresen Foundation, a grass lot next to the old parish rectory across the street from the school has been transformed into a playground filled with creative and fun equipment.
Saturday, 25 August 2007 20:00

Celebration planned for long-married couples

Melissa Blankestyn - now officially Sister Melissa - completed her candidacy and was accepted as a novice by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield during the Rite of Initiation Aug. 7 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She now begins a two-year period of prayer, study, and integration into the life of the Springfield Dominican congregation.
Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Local group commissions feasibility study

Catholic School for Me (CS4Me), a group of Catholic parents, teachers, and pastors, has commissioned a feasibility study for a possible new Catholic high school in southern Madison County to serve primarily the Illinois communities of Edwardsville, Glen Carbon, Bethalto, Troy, Maryville, Collinsville, Highland, Marine and Granite City.

Saturday, 11 August 2007 20:00

Co-op Bar-B-Cue to benefit K. of C. councils

The 86th annual Knights of Columbus Cooperative Bar-B-Cue, will be hosted by Springfield Council 364 on Sunday, Aug. 26 from 2-7 p.m. at 2200 Meadowbrook Road.

Sister Janet Folkl, CDP, has been elected general superior of the Congregation of the Sisters of Divine Providence. Sister Martha Yang, CDP and Sister Monika Mrosek, CDP are the new general councilors. The

The Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary (St. Mary Parish) in Assumption is celebrating its sesquicentennial with two special Masses the week of Aug. 12.

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