Just in time to offer assistance during the holiday season and also to observe a significant anniversary, Holy Family Food Pantry along with several Springfield Catholic Charities offices, have moved to 120 S. 11th St., the southeast corner of 11th and Washington streets.
Two members of the diocesan Department for Catechetical Services were in Rome recently to attend the International Meeting on the Pastoral Plan of Evangelii Gaudium. The meeting — which began on the afternoon of Sept. 18 and ended around midday on Sept. 20 — was overseen by the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of the New Evangelization. It was held in Paul VI Audience Hall in Vatican City.
Lively young voices were raised in prayer and song Oct. 1 as approximately 700 children and their adult chaperones gathered in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield for the annual diocesan Mission Mass, hosted by the Office for the Missions.
More than 700 students from schools and parishes across the diocese participated in this year's Youth Days, which took place from Sept. 30 to Oct. 3. They gathered in different venues to learn to be "missionaries in training." This is the fifth year that Kyle Holtgrave, associate director for Youth and Young Adult Ministry for the Springfield diocese, has organized and hosted Youth Days, which began in Springfield and have grown to include many other areas.
The diocesan Office for Catechesis will present the Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference (DAEC) at the Decatur Conference Center and Hotel at 4191 US 36 West (Wyckles Road) in Decatur Nov. 16-17.
With a clear blue late summer sky and a just-warm-enough temperature, Sept. 7 would have been a lovely day for a wedding. However, for the many couples who gathered at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception that Sunday afternoon, it turned out to be a beautiful day to celebrate decades of married life.
Two Red Masses will be celebrated in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois in the upcoming few weeks: one at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield and another at St. Peter Church in Quincy.
Just as the new school year is getting under way for students of all ages, diocesan seminarians are going back to classes as well. According to Father Brian Alford, director of Vocations, 22 men are currently seminarians for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Continuing a tradition that has lasted for decades, Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield is once again offering its PSR for Exceptional People, beginning with a picnic get-together in mid-September that will kick-off the 2014-2015 academic year.
EFFINGHAM — Principal Vicki Wenthe might be new to Sacred Heart School, but she has a lot of company in that area. Due to several recent retirements and an added kindergarten class her staff of 22 individuals includes a new preschool teacher aide, new kindergarten and second grade teachers, a new music and band teacher, a new administrative assistant and a new cook.