Diane Schlindwein

Sunday, 18 July 2010 08:34

Youth learn leadership skills at CLI

During a day session of the 2010 Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI), a blind-folded Grace Akin of Ss. Peter and Paul Parish in Collinsville completes an obstacle course on the lawn of Benedictine University in Springfield while two of her fellow CLI attendees give directions. This obstacle course exercise was one of several activities that involve group members learning to trust each other and to work together to complete a task. Behind her is CLI adult leader Andrea Greenburg from St. Mary (Immaculate Conception) Parish in Alton.The annual Catholic Leadership Institute (CLI) was held on the campus of Benedictine University in Springfield July 5-10. The 25 participants were led by 18 adult and youth leaders who taught them leadership and communication skills, community building and group dynamics.

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.

Rachel Turner, 13, traveled from St. Mark Parish in Independence, Mo., to take part in a new mission trip program called Just5Days. Here she uses a power washer to clean a statue of St. Joseph on the grounds of St. Joseph’s Home in Springfield. With her is adult volunteer John Valene from St. Isidore Parish in Bloomingdale. 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.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki, second from left, begins Evening Prayer at 7 p.m. June 21 at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, the evening before his reception and installation as ninth bishop of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. 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.

St. Paul parishioner Dave Gall was honored with the Illinois State Council’s Knight of the Year award and fellow parishioner Darlene Rehkemper was named State of Illinois Auxiliary Lady of the Year. Both are affiliated with Highland Knights of Columbus Council 1580.HIGHLAND — Two long-time parishioners at St. Paul Parish in Highland have recently won top state awards from the Knights of Columbus. The awards were announced at the Illinois State Knights of Columbus Convention held in Peoria early last month.

After the ordination Mass, the new priests pose for pictures on the steps of the cathedral. Pictured (l-r) are:  Archbishop Gregory Kpiebaya, Father Paul Kala, Cardinal Francis George, OMI, Father Stephen Thompson and Msgr. Carl Kemme.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.

Books for hospitalized kids is goal for St. Aloysius student

Mackenzie Newhouse and her mother, Samantha, look over a box of books in the library at St. Aloysius School. Mackenzie has launched a charity called Mackenzie’s Pages of Hope that brings books to hospitalized children. She may be young, but Mackenzie Newhouse is already a girl with a mission. At just 12 years old she has founded a charity that helps hospitalized children. She calls her charity Mackenzie’s Pages of Hope, or MPoH.

Father Augustine Tolton, following his ordination on Holy Saturday, 1886.CHICAGO — A young priest who spent half of his life living, learning and serving in Quincy before finally being buried there, may one day be a saint.

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.

Sunday, 09 May 2010 12:09

Springfield schools showcase talent

Little Flower and St. Aloysius schools cooperate to perform Annie, Jr.

Above, the principal orphans from the production Annie, Jr. listen as Annie sings on the radio. Kneeling in front are Rebecca Osborn and Marjorie Mitalski, both from St. Aloysius School. Seated at the desk (l-r) are Erin Klasing, Little Flower; Esmeralda Silva, Little Flower; and Grace Trello, St. Aloysius. Seated in the chair is Alexa Huerta, Little Flower.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.

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