QUINCY — Father John B. Kennedy, senior priest of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, died Aug. 7 at Blessing Hospital in Quincy. He was 93 years old.
He was born April 10, 1927, in Fort Scott, Kan., a son of Bernard A. and Helen M. (Keating) Kennedy.
RUMA — Sister Laura Goeckner, ASC, died July 24 at the Ruma Center. She was 93 years old and had been a professed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ for 74 years.
Sister Laura was one of nine children born to William and Rosa (Probst) Goeckner of Effingham. Five of her sisters also were Adorers.
ST. LOUIS — Sister Mary Ann Luth, OSU, died peacefully July 28, at St. Andrews at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. She was 100 years old.
The daughter of Louis H. and Marie Burke Luth, she was born May 28, 1920, in St. Louis. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in Kirkwood, Mo., in 1938, entered the Ursuline Sisters in 1940 and professed her vows in 1943. She earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of New Rochelle in New York and a master’s degree from St. Louis University.
PARIS — Evelyn Ann Ring, mother of Father Joseph Ring, passed away Aug. 9 in Paris Community Hospital. She was 93.
She was born March 24, 1927 in Edgar County, the daughter of the late Theodore and Bertha Rapp Stolz. She married James C. Ring Oct. 9, 1954 in Paris and he passed away Nov. 8, 1992.
After absolution during confession and have completed our penance, are we completely sinless at that time and point?
— Mike in Ramsey
Msgr. Thomas P. Holinga, 71, pastor emeritus and senior priest of St. Peter Parish in Petersburg and Holy Family Parish in Athens, died on July 22, at his residence.
Born in Springfield on Aug. 13, 1948 to John and Anne Marie Lebel Holinga, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois on May 25, 1974. He received the Papal Honor of Chaplain to His Holiness (Monsignor) on Feb. 19, 2002.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Diana Doyle, OP, died July 19 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Jacksonville, in 1930, to J. William and Elizabeth Mary Gillen Doyle and baptized Mary at Our Saviour Church. In 1951, she made profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
GLEN CARBON — For several years, students from Father McGivney Catholic High School have been working with an organization called the Memory Project, creating portraits for children in Malaysia who are refugees from Myanmar hoping to escape violence and persecution. The portraits were delivered by the Memory Project in March.
Diaper bag, check. Bottle, check. Books for your children, check. Children are fed, check. Everyone has used the bathroom, check. Newborn’s nap will occur right when Mass starts, check. As you drive to Mass, you are feeling pretty confident you will finally be able to be present at Mass, actually listen to the homily, pray deeply during the consecration, your children won’t disturb others, and nothing will get out of control. You even asked the saints to pray for your family so Mass isn’t crazy like last week.
It’s a common issue among Catholic families: When everyone was living under one roof, the entire family went to Mass and practiced the faith. When a child leaves home to attend college, however, attending Mass can quickly dwindle for him or her. That new routine of sporadic Mass attendance in college can then lead to zero Mass attendance after college and then to a nonexistent faith life.
With a growing number of Catholics, especially young adults, becoming former Catholics, many parents and grandparents are becoming more worried by the day about their children’s or grandchildren’s future. They want to talk to their children, but don’t know how. They want them to return to Mass and the faith, but don’t know how to approach it.