Sunday, 07 March 2021 00:16

Fifty years in service of the church

Margaret Antenan has been working for the Catholic Church in Springfield for 50 years including 15 years at Blessed Sacrament Parish. She started teaching at Sacred Heart Grade School in Springfield for 15 years. Antenan taught mostly second and third grades. For two years after that, she was principal at Sacred Heart Grade School. After Sacred Heart Grade School closed in 1987, she started work in parish administration for St. Patrick Parish and Sacred Heart Parish and continued as they merged into St. Katharine Drexel Parish. In 2005, then-Father David Hoefler (now Msgr. Hoefler), pastor of Blessed Sacrament, offered her the job of office manager. She has been in that position ever since.

HIGHLAND — Her picture is full of rich colors, unmistakable joy, and a deep reverence for Jesus, not to mention, it is also just a beautiful creation. But ultimately, the artwork captures the essence of keeping Christ in Christmas. It is those reasons why Camille Winkler, a third-grader at St. Paul Catholic School in Highland won first place in the national “Keep Christ in Christmas” poster contest sponsored by the Catholic War Veterans of the United States.

Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday on Springfield’s east side, you can witness the compassionate and giving face of Christ. That’s when volunteers with the St. Martin de Porres Center hand out food and clothing to dozens of individuals and families in need.

ST. MEINRAD, Ind. — Brother Stanley Rother Wagner, OSB, professed solemn vows as a Benedictine monk of St. Meinrad Archabbey in a ceremony on Jan. 25 in the Archabbey Church at St. Meinrad, Ind.

On March 31, the Chiara Center in Springfield will close permanently. The Chiara Center is a retreat and conference center on the grounds of St. Francis Convent, the home of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, at 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield.

Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:51

Ten tips to make your Lent holier

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are the three tried and true ways that Christians have prepared for Easter over the centuries. When Ash Wednesday comes, we may feel overwhelmed or unprepared for this great spiritual season. Here are 10 tips for making this Lenten season a time of growth in holiness.

Sunday, 21 February 2021 10:42

Building the Kingdom, one house at a time

Building the Kingdom, one house at a time is exactly the goal of Steve and Jodie Koch. In 2019, with their enthusiasm and financial boost, the Springfield Catholic community was able to build a Habitat for Humanity home in partnership with a wonderful, hard-working woman and her son.

Your donation also gives you 75 percent tax credit

Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarships is at an all-time high. This school year, 481 students in 30 schools across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received a scholarship to attend Catholic school thanks to $1,485,527 in generous donations.

Dive Deep, the official podcast of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, has launched season six. Several area priests join hosts Andrew Hansen, Amber Cerveny, and Father Chris House this season for several episodes as the crew covers topics ranging from Lent and the Gospel of Mark to free will and Fatima. Dive Deep is available on all the popular podcasting platforms. Go to to listen and subscribe so you never miss an episode.

Sunday, 07 February 2021 15:51

One hundred years of wisdom

Springfield resident and WWII veteran shares how his faith has guided him for a century, and the advice he has for all of us

June 6, 1944. Then 23-year-old Jasper Madonia joined 156,000 soldiers in one of the most heroic days in American military history — the Normandy landings, referred to as D-Day. The pivotal Battle of Normandy lasted from June to August and ultimately paved the way for the liberation of Europe from Nazi Germany during World War II.

Sunday, 07 February 2021 15:49

Hey, Father! is going LIVE!

Do you have a question about the Catholic faith? Confused about a Catholic Church teaching? Maybe you wonder why priests do this or why our tradition says that. The popular Hey, Father! series is going LIVE to answer your questions.

Despite cold temperatures, more than 150 students and other lay Catholics from across the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois hit the streets of downtown Springfield to march for life Jan. 29, raising their voices for the voiceless and protesting unjust laws that attack the dignity of human life. Passing the Statehouse, Illinois Supreme Court building, and Governor’s Mansion, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki led the group in peacefully praying the rosary for an end to abortion and a greater respect for human life. This year marked the 48th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the Jan. 22, 1973 U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

Sunday, 07 February 2021 14:50

Walking with moms in need: A year of service

If there was a mother who approached you and needed assistance, would you know where she could go for help? Mothers often devote themselves to their family and are ready to make sacrifices for their children. Yet, many expectant and parenting mothers face challenges such as: lack of support from the father, financial strains, and pressures from family and friends. Pregnant and parenting moms in need are in our parishes and in our communities. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone in the parish community knew where a pregnant or parenting woman could find help?

Lent is the 40-day, penitential season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 17) and ends with the paschal triduum (Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, April 1-3). “Each year, through Mother Church, God gives us this joyful season when we prepare to celebrate the paschal mystery with mind and heart renewed … as we recall the great events that gave us new life in Christ,” Pope Francis said.

We often refer to our marriage as “Jim and Nancy’s Excellent Adventure.” If someone had told us that our married life would be a roller coaster, we might have opted to stay single! Yet, in his providence, God knew what he was doing when he brought us together through a mutual friend.

Sunday, 07 February 2021 14:34

SDCCW opens scholarship competition

The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) is offering four $500 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.

Sunday, 24 January 2021 11:12

What is the Catholic school difference?

2021 Catholic Schools Week Edition

Sunday, 10 January 2021 14:03

Our favorite photos from 2020

Here are tips to make that happen in 2021!

The two fundamentals most lacking in the spiritual lives of most people today, I believe, are curiosity and imagination.

Sunday, 27 December 2020 02:42

Ten tips to keep Christ in Christmas

When the clock strikes midnight on Dec. 26, radio stations turn off Christmas music and department stores box up their Christmas displays. But for us as Christians, Christmas has only just begun. Here are 10 tips for keeping Christ in Christmas.

EFFINGHAM — Raymond A. “Bud” Probst, of Effingham, the father of Father R. Dean Probst of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away on Dec. 7, at Lutheran Care Center in Altamont. He was 95 years old.

Raymond was born on March 31, 1925, in Island Grove, the son of Leo and Helen (Verdeyen) Probst. He married Gertrude M. Bloemer on July 12, 1947, and she preceded him in death on Oct. 31, 1992.

GODFREY — Two St. Ambrose School students were recently celebrated for being winners in the annual Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) national Christmas artwork contest. Mya Pickens and Kenzie Ingram were both recognized during an outdoor assembly when Donna Moore, director for Pro-Life, Missions and Special Ministries, visited the school a few weeks ago.

How to sign up for D.C. trip, which will look different this year

Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the March for Life pilgrimage will look a different this year. Tony Cerveny, the director of Youth and Sports Ministry and Sister M. Veritas Wilks, FSGM, the director of Youth and Women’s Ministry at the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, will be leading events in Washington, D.C., for the March for Life Jan. 28-29 for the people of our diocese.

Sunday, 13 December 2020 16:42

Beauty Series - St. Mary, Paris

Sunday, 13 December 2020 13:14

My journey with Angela

Have you ever been asked to do something out of your comfort zone? Over five years ago, due to family adversity, my sister asked me if her then 14-year-old daughter Angela could move from Wisconsin to Springfield to live with me and attend high school in Springfield. I felt God tugging at my heart to accept this new challenge. Also, I did not want to arrive at heaven’s pearly gates and have God say, “I gave you an opportunity to help someone and you refused.” I knew this was the right thing to do. Of course, I reminded God that one of the reasons I did not get married and have children was because I did not want to raise a teenager. God had the last laugh on that idea.

Since 2015, the Billiken Teacher Corps (BTC) at Saint Louis University has placed new teachers in some of St. Louis’ hardest to staff Catholic schools. Beginning in 2021, the program will send teachers to St. Patrick Catholic School in Springfield. This is the first time the BTC has partnered with a school outside of the St. Louis metropolitan area. 

Sunday, 13 December 2020 13:01

How to help children cope with stress

Anxiety advice for parents and caregivers

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, children are facing additional stress related to school, lack of sports and interaction with peers, and many new routines. Managing the stress and anxiety of so much change looks different for each child within each family.

Sunday, 13 December 2020 08:27

Preparing for Christmas

Are you saying ‘yes’ to God, especially during this pandemic?

There is a lot to learn about the spiritual life. There are different stages, types of prayer, virtues, and strategies for being Jesus’ disciples. However, we could condense being a disciple or saint simply to one word: Yes. To be a saint is to be one who constantly says “yes.” Conversely, rejecting God or his plan, sinning, or stepping off the path of discipleship could be condensed down to one word: No.

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