Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield was recently named a winner in the Pepsi Refresh Project, entitling the school to a $25,000 grant. The grant money will be used toward the purchase and installation of bleachers in the new school gym. According to the Pepsi Refresh Project website the entire cost of the bleachers will be $43,326.
A group of 60 individuals — 48 youth and 12 adult chaperones — came to Springfield June 28-July 2 to participate in a new mission project called Just5Days. The mission is a five-day experience of service, hands-on learning activities, prayer and liturgy for community groups of middle school youth and adult leaders from Catholic parishes and schools.
CARROLLTON — In addition to being known as a long-time priest and pastor, Father Henry Schmidt can now call himself a published author. The parochial administrator of St. John the Evangelist Parish in Carrollton, All Saints Parish in White Hall and St. Michael Parish in Greenfield, Father Schmidt has published his first book, The Pastor’s Sandal Path.
On the night before he was installed as bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki was joined in Evening Prayer at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception by a cardinal, several bishops, Msgr. Carl Kemme, priests, deacons, seminarians, many members of his large family, hundreds of Catholics from all over the diocese, as well as ecumenical, interfaith, government and civic leaders.
It was a lovely day both outside and inside the newly-restored Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield on the morning of Saturday, May 29, as Cardinal Francis George, OMI, of Chicago ordained Wood River native Father Stephen A. Thompson and Ghana, West Africa native Father Paul Kala to the diocesan priesthood.
The archdiocese of Chicago has recently introduced Father Augustine Tolton’s cause for sainthood. Sometimes known as Augustus — and commonly called “Gus” — Father Tolton was the first American priest of African descent to serve in the United States.
Over 100 students from Little Flower School and St. Aloysius School, both in Springfield, took to the stage for three evening performances of Annie, Jr. on April 29, 30 and May 1. Additionally, school faculty members and students were treated to a premiere daytime performance that week.