Michael Hoerner

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.

A novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception each evening at 7 p.m. except on Dec. 8 when the novena will conclude with the 5:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Each evening, there will be a holy hour consisting of exposition, a liturgy of the Word, homily, rosary, and Benediction with the novena prayer and the recitation of the Litany of Loreto after reposition. A novena to honor the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary will be celebrated Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception each evening at 7 p.m. except on Dec. 8 when the novena will conclude with the 5:15 p.m. Mass for the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. Each evening, there will be a holy hour consisting of exposition, a liturgy of the Word, homily, rosary, and Benediction with the novena prayer and the recitation of the Litany of Loreto after reposition. 

Sunday, 29 November 2020 15:43

Franciscan Nativity events going online

Due to precautions regarding COVID-19 and the restriction of visitors to the Chiara Center in Springfield, the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ Franciscan Nativity events will be an on-line experience this year via ZOOM on Dec. 4, 5 and 6. The events will be free and open to the public, and guests may request a ZOOM link for each event by sending an email to  before 4 p.m. for the particular event that is of interest.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:41

In Memoriam - Sister Marie André Dougherty, OP

Springfield Dominican Sister Marie André Dougherty, OP, died on Oct. 28 at HSHS St. John’s Hospital in Springfield.

She was born in Jerseyville in 1943 to William and Florence (Beiermann) Dougherty and baptized Agnes Marie. She joined the Dominicans in 1964 and professed her vows in 1966 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:40

In Memoriam - Sister Mary Dorothy Kiel, CDP

Sister Mary Dorothy Kiel, a Sister of Divine Providence, passed away on Nov. 11 at Stearns Nursing and Rehab Center. She was 90 years old.

Born Dec. 16, 1929 in Brussels, she was the daughter of William and Dorothy (Schmidt) Kiel.

Springfield Dominican Sister M. Melanie Roetker, OP, died peacefully on Nov. 16, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

She was born in Mattoon in 1942 to Harold C. and Elsie (Knollenberg) Roetker and baptized Mary Melanie. She joined the Dominicans in 1960 and professed her vows in 1962 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield.

The Department of Children and Family Services enhanced and streamlined its online reporting system and optimized its website for easier submissions through mobile phones to make reporting allegations of neglect and abuse even easier for the public and mandated reporters. The updated site has improved entry fields, clearer instructions, and fewer necessary clicks, reducing the time required to make reports and providing a convenient alternative to calling the 24-hour hotline.

Some states have “dying with dignity” laws. Can you please explain the Catholic Church’s teaching on physician assisted suicide?

Sunday, 15 November 2020 17:43

Helping Our Neighbors - Pass it On

‘Marriage is between a man and a woman’ Pope Francis has said

Last month, media from around the world ran a story indicating Pope Francis said that he supports civil unions during an interview in the recently released documentary Francesco. The headlines and stories created a stir around the globe, especially among the Catholic faithful. Questions about the context of the interview, what Pope Francis really said, what quotes did not make it into the documentary, and differing translations and opinions added to the chaos. Some even wrongly speculated Pope Francis was conveying his support for same-sex relations or approving of same sex-couples adopting children. This added to the confusion.

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