Can you please tell us why the Feast of the Circumcision is deleted from the teaching of the Roman Catholic Church? I was raised over 70 years ago in our faith. I have the Missal with this in it. Now young Catholics have no idea it ever existed. Will you explain this?
— Joe in Jacksonville
All the readings are so serious from the Bible. Are there any readings that tell us, did Jesus have a sense of humor?
— Mike and Lynn in Sherman
RUMA — Sister Theresa Marie Braun, ASC, died Jan. 7 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and was a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 76 years.
She was born Dec. 13, 1926 in Chester, one of five children of William and Florence (Wolshock) Braun. She made her first profession on July 1, 1943, and her final vows on July 1, 1948.
Sister M. Elvon Huser, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Jan. 6, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 100 years old.
Sister Elvon, the former Marie Cecilia Huser, was born in Hanson, Wis., on March 20, 1919, the daughter of Frank and Anna Wirtz Huser. She entered the Congregation on Oct. 1, 1936 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1939.
ALTON — Sister M. Wencesla Rieger, FSGM, died on Jan. 7, at the St. Francis Convent infirmary in Alton. She was 94.
She was born on March 29, 1925, in Weigelsdorf, Kreis Reichenbach, Germany, the daughter of Joseph Rieger and Magda (Roesler) Rieger, both deceased.
ALTON — Sister Mary Gabriel Gibbons, FSGM, died on Jan. 13, at the St. Francis Convent infirmary in Alton. She was 82.
She was born on June 12, 1937, in Alton. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George in 1955, shortly after her graduation from Marquette High School. The congregation was founded in Germany. Sister Mary Gabriel was the second American-born sister. She made her first profession of vows in 1958, and her final profession of vows in 1963. She celebrated her Golden Jubilee in 2007, and her Diamond Jubilee in 2017.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Xavier Kelly died Dec. 12, 2019, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Wyoming, Ill., in 1929 to George and Sarah (Smith) Kelly, who named her Sarah Elizabeth. In 1950, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.
Sister Maretta, the former Norma Jean Kurk, was born in Quincy, on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Schaich Kurk. She entered the Congregation on Sept.12, 1951, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954.
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Knights of Columbus Council held its 13th annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest this year and 340 posters were submitted. In addition to the age groups that go on for higher level judging, the Council also has a contest for children age 4 and under. The first-place winners of the other age groups were submitted for judging at the diocesan and state levels. The Council winners were presented their awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 18.
The two fundamentals most lacking in the spiritual lives of most people today, I believe, are curiosity and imagination.
How can we grow in relationship with God if we are not the least bit curious about who he is and what he’s about?