Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
After serving 63 years in Japan, a Hospital Sister of St. Francis has returned home to America and Springfield. Sister Elreda Huser, OSF, came to Springfield earlier this year to celebrate the 100th birthday of her sister, Sister Elvon Huser, OSF, in March. While she had intended to remain in the United States until September and then return to Japan, she has requested to remain here permanently.
On June 6, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki issued a decree barring Illinois House Speaker Michael Madigan and Senate President John Cullerton from receiving holy Communion in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois and advising all Illinois Catholic lawmakers who supported extreme abortion legislation to not present themselves to receive holy Communion. The decree came as these lawmakers showed obstinate and persistent support for promoting and advancing the evil of abortion.
Edward Bonk, father of diocesan priest Father Paul Bonk, passed away on July 12 at his home in Maryville with his wife at his side.
He was born on Oct. 9, 1927 and grew up on the family farm in Posen near Nashville, the son of the late Anton and Agnes (Paszkiewicz) Bonk. He was an active member of Mother of Perpetual Help Church in Maryville, and a member of the Polish Roman Catholic Union of America, St. Stanislaus Society #1004 (Polish Hall) in Madison. He especially enjoyed attending all events involving his children and grandchildren.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary de Paul Kane died on July 18 at St. John’s Hospital in Springfield. She was born in Chicago, in 1924, to Francis and Anna Hanson Kane, who named her Marguerite. She made her profession of vows in 1951 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield.
For 15 years, Sister Mary de Paul taught in Catholic parish elementary schools. Her teaching assignments in Illinois included Sacred Heart, Granite City; St. Christina, Chicago; St. Charles Borromeo, Hampshire; and Holy Family, Decatur. She also taught at Sacred Heart School, San Diego. For 13 years, she ministered in the Hillsboro and Carlinville Religious Education Centers. From 1979 until she retired in 1992, she assisted with various responsibilities at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights.
The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Amanda Brown was installed as club president. Additional officers include Vice-President John Schmidt Jr., Secretary Anna Shea, Statistical Secretary Payton Nicoud and Treasurer Caroline Braud. The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2019-2020 school year. Amanda Brown was installed as club president. Additional officers include Vice-President John Schmidt Jr., Secretary Anna Shea, Statistical Secretary Payton Nicoud and Treasurer Caroline Braud.
I’m trying to avoid speaking poorly about others and it’s something that I get easily caught up in. How can I avoid gossiping about others?
— Margaret in Springfield
This is an often difficult and confusing moral question. The church teaches that the sexual act is expressed in accord with the intention of our Creator when it is open to the transmission of life between a man and woman united in marriage. Therefore, using chemical or physical “barriers” to interrupt one of the intended purposes of human sexuality, that of the transmission of human life (the other being the expression of love through physical unity between spouses), we change the meaning of the act of sexual intercourse, whether we know it or not.
As we celebrate Natural Family Planning (NFP) Awareness Week July 21-27, Catholic Times is highlighting the physical, spiritual, and psychological benefits of NFP, the health risks associated with birth control, and the reasons why the Catholic Church promotes NFP.
So, what is NFP? The United States Council of Catholic Bishops writes that NFP is an umbrella term for certain methods used to achieve and avoid pregnancies. These methods are based on observation of the naturally occurring signs and symptoms of the fertile and infertile phases of a woman’s menstrual cycle. Couples using NFP to avoid pregnancy abstain from intercourse during the fertile phase of the woman’s cycle. No drugs, devices, or surgical procedures are used to avoid pregnancy.
Natural Family Planning (NFP) refers to the scientific, fertility-awareness based methods of — you guessed it — family planning. Unlike artificial contraception, NFP takes an all-inclusive approach and is proven to work better than its synthetic counterparts.