QUINCY — Trying to figure out a way to disguise nine metal plates that were put into a brick wall at the parking lot at the Church of St. Peter in Quincy, Msgr. Leo Enlow, pastor, had one of those moments you could only describe as providential.
“After much thought and prayer, it came to me to have a display of Venerable Father Augustine Tolton’s life since he was a member of our parish,” Msgr. Enlow said. “So, I was looking around for an artist and one of our parishioners, Tim Haubrich, who runs PAM printers and Sunday Missal Service (in Quincy), was interested in researching and using his talents to bring to life Father Tolton’s life.”
It’s becoming a growing problem in the Catholic Church — fewer funeral Masses and a big reason has nothing to do with the faith of the deceased.
It’s a spiritual work of mercy, to pray for the living and the dead. The Catholic Church teaches that not only does Purgatory exist but praying for the souls who are being purified of their sins benefits them and hastens their journey to Heaven.
As a veteran, he could have been buried for free at Camp Butler in Springfield. As a former mayor of Springfield, it would have also made sense to be buried at Oak Ridge Cemetery. But for Ossie Langfelder, he chose to be buried alongside his wife, Midge, at Calvary Cemetery. Why? Ossie’s daughter, Julia Frevert, says it all came down to one thing: our Catholic faith.
DECATUR — The statistics are reported daily across all kinds of media outlets: How many people tested positive for COVID-19. How many are hospitalized. How many died. For Father Joe Molloy, pastor at Holy Family Parish in Decatur, he became one of those statistics on Aug. 1 when he found out he was positive for COVID-19 or also called the coronavirus.
What are you fearful of? Is something holding you back? How often do you turn to God when you face something fearful in your life? Women needing a spiritual boost during such an uncertain time and anxiety-filled world are in luck as the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is hosting “Freedom from Fear,” a women’s overnight retreat Nov. 21-22.
MORGAN COUNTY — Opening up a personal letter from a friend is always special. But when you receive a creative, colorful card from a stranger who recognizes the value of you, it’s extra special. That’s what 82-year-old Lin Beeley, a parishioner at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, has been doing for years — creating original cards with personal messages of thanks, prayer, and joy to veterans at the Illinois Veterans Home in Quincy.
She received a standing ovation from her colleagues. Tears filled her eyes. She was filled with an emotional gratitude you could hear in her voice. That was the scene on Aug. 12 at Christ the King’s parish center as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki surprised Janine Desmarteau-Morris with the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois’ first annual St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Award.
Edwardsville — Willie Jansen would have never guessed the path God had for him. Growing up in Dieterich, he went to high school in Teutopolis. Thinking about the vocation of priesthood, he studied in the seminary for our diocese for four years and graduated with a philosophy degree from Marian University in 2015.