On Saturday May 26, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained three men to the diocesan priesthood: Father Albert Allen from St. Katharine Drexel Parish in Springfield; Father Zachary Thomas Edgar from Mother of Dolors Parish in Vandalia; and Father Scott Arthur Snider from St. Francis Solanus Parish in Quincy.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Quincy native Kevin Thomas Drew, 46, was ordained a priest of the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Missouri by Bishop Robert W. Finn on May 19 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Kansas City. He was one of six men ordained that day; a member of the largest class ordained for that diocese since 1967.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki has been named LIFE Runner of the Year by the National LIFE Runners board of directors. Following the March 26 death of Joseph Castle, the man known as the patriarch of the National LIFE Runners, a memorial was established in his name. Bishop Paprocki is the chaplain for the group and is the first team member to be honored.
When some couples decide on a destination wedding, they are planning on inviting guests to a romantic island or exotic vacation spot. However, when devout Catholics Christa Davis and Olivier Bathany were married on April 21, the majority of their guests — in fact the bride and groom themselves — traveled from far-away places to take part in the nuptial Mass at St. Joseph Church on Springfield's north end.
On Saturday, April 28, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained two third-year diocesan seminarians to the transitional diaconate during a 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
MARYVILLE — Knights of Columbus Council 6625 is bidding a sad goodbye to historic Buffalo Park at the end of this month. The Knights have owned and operated the park since 1975, holding meetings, bingo and fish fries there for decades.
The Office for Marriage and Family Life will host a Diocesan White Mass at 10 a.m. on Sunday, May 27 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will celebrate the Mass, which will be followed with a lunch and presentation in the Cathedral atrium.
EFFINGHAM — More than a half-dozen choirs from St. Anthony Parish in Effingham will be featured in an All Choirs Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25 in St. Anthony Church, 101 E. Virginia Ave.
BRUSSELS — Christmas Eve 2011 brought tragedy to many Blessed Trinity parishioners when the historic Immaculate Conception (St. Mary's) Church burned, but this Easter the mood is much brighter among the people in Brussels and Southern Calhoun County. Not only are parishioners celebrating the resurrection and the Easter season, but they are rejoicing about recently announced plans to rebuild their beloved St. Mary's.
During Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (April 1), Lent ends and the Paschal triduum — a single three-day celebration of the Paschal mystery — begins with the Mass of the Lord's Supper on Holy Thursday evening.