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Diane Schlindwein

The combined youth group of Mother of Perpetual Help Parish, Maryville and Ss. Peter and Paul Parish, Collinsville are holding their first-ever pancake and sausage breakfast on Jan. 2, 2011 at the Mother of Perpetual Help parish center.

uis-2010-011Just in time for the Christmas decorating and giving season, St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield is offering its newest city ornament for sale. The ornament, which was unveiled Oct. 13, depicts the colonnade at the University of Illinois Springfield. As is always the case, the mayor of Springfield — currently Mayor Tim Davlin — proclaimed the St. Joseph’s Home ornament the “Official City of Springfield Ornament for 2010.”

Father Augustine Tolton, also known as Augustus, is pictured in a photo from an undated portrait card. Born into slavery in Missouri, he was ordained a priest April 24, 1886. He served as pastor at St. Joseph Church in Quincy and later established St. Monica’s Church in Chicago. The canonization cause of Father Tolton, the first U.S. diocesan priest of openly African descent, was opened in Chicago earlier in March.The sainthood cause of Father Augustine Tolton (also known as Augustus) remains in the diocesan phase — or phase I in Stage I — of examining the life of a candidate for sainthood, says Jeannine Marino, a canon lawyer and program specialist in the Secretariat of Evangelization and Catechesis for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

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Nativity Festival expanding exhibits of sets

Peter-Garvey_Sister-Renita-BrummerThe Hospital Sisters of St. Francis will host the fourth annual Franciscan Nativity Festival from Dec. 3-5 at Chiara Center, located at 4875 LaVerna Road in Springfield on the grounds of the Motherhouse of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Hours are Friday, Dec. 3 from 2-7 p.m.; Saturday, Dec. 4 from noon-4 p.m.; and Sunday, Dec. 5 from noon-4 p.m.

In a session called “Ten Ways to Get Your Kids to Sing,” David Anderson spoke to a near-capacity group of teachers, choir directors and principals who are interested in getting children to sing out at Mass and in the classroom. Anderson, who is the director of music and organist for Ascension Church in Oak Park, is also a workshop presenter for GIA Publications, Inc., in Forest Park.

Veteran teacher and national Our Sunday Visitor consultant Jo Ann Paradise leads a session called “Forming a Spiritual Child” in a Secular World on the second afternoon of the Diocesan Adult Enrichment Conference. In one of the DAEC’s most highly attended sessions, Jo Ann Paradise’s Monday afternoon talk was entitled “Forming a Spiritual Child in a Secular World.”

With the holiday season fast approaching, it’s once again time to start thinking about assisting families who might otherwise do without traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas meals or simple gifts. Although the holiday season always brings extra requests for assistance, Holy Family Food Pantry supervisor Janet Nelson says 2010 is bringing more calls from larger families, along with a larger-than-usual need to fill the pantry’s shelves.

p3-theology-on-tapSpringfield Area Young Adult Ministry is bringing the faith formation program Theology on Tap to the see city on Tuesday, Oct. 26. The first meeting, “The Catholic Politician, the Catholic Voter,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. at Brickhouse Grill and Pub, located on the southeast corner of Koke Mill Road and Iles Avenue on Springfield’s far west side.

50th-ann-2In a tribute to the sacrament of marriage about 225 couples were in Springfield on the afternoon of Sunday, Sept. 26 to take part in the diocesan anniversary celebration for couples who have been married 50 years or longer.

King-Pro-Life-3Just prior to the beginning of October, which is designated as a month to celebrate life, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and hundreds of others welcomed pro-life activist Alveda King to take part in several events that were sponsored by the Office for Social Concerns, Springfield Right to Life and the Springfield Blessed Sacrament Parish Gospel of Life Committee.

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