On March 23, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Donna Moore, director of the Office for the Missions welcomed dozens of school children from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois for the Mission Mass. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, attendance in the Cathedral was much lower than at the usual annual Mass — normally the Cathedral is full — however, many school students watched the Mass on a live-stream.
On the Friday of Easter Week, April 9, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain two seminarians to the transitional diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The ordination will take place at 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception.
During Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (March 28) Lent comes to an end before the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday, which is the beginning of the Easter triduum. The three chronological days are liturgically one day and form what the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops calls “the summit of the Liturgical Year.”
Over eight decades ago two teenagers — Kincaid native Victor Lanzotti and Taylorville native Lucille Russell — met on the town square in Taylorville. When Lucille suggested that Vic buy her an ice cream cone, Vic had a flirty response: “Sure, but just the nickel one so you won’t get fat!” As it turns out, Lucille got her ice cream and Vic got the girl.
Earlier this school year Sacred Heart-Griffin High School students began putting their faith into action by standing up for life — literally. The Cyclones for Life Club meets not in a school classroom but rather by gathering on the sidewalks outside Planned Parenthood in Springfield.
GODFREY — Two St. Ambrose School students were recently celebrated for being winners in the annual Missionary Childhood Association (MCA) national Christmas artwork contest. Mya Pickens and Kenzie Ingram were both recognized during an outdoor assembly when Donna Moore, director for Pro-Life, Missions and Special Ministries, visited the school a few weeks ago.
GODFREY — Bob Baird, the new principal of St. Ambrose School in Godfrey, says he is “very proud” of the parent community response to the school’s Saints Helping Heroes program, that recognizes and thanks local heroes with tokens of appreciation.
“This is a staff-led program that is organized by one of our PreK teachers, Lisa Jacobs,” Baird said. “The program was created last year to honor local firefighters and we have expanded this year to recognize and honor a group, organization, individual, or family each month.”
Once again, this year, people have the opportunity to help students in Catholic schools and receive a tax credit at the same time, thanks to the Invest in Kids Act. And in 2020, more than any time since the scholarship tax credit program was passed by the House and Senate and signed by the governor, more donations are needed to help Catholic school families in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
Traveling to Springfield from around the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, approximately 60 couples were at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on Oct. 25 for the annual Mass for couples married 50 years or more. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the Mass with Msgr. David Hoefler, vicar general.
GLEN CARBON — With COVID-19 keeping so many people isolated from family and friends, 5-year-old Matilda Kassel has been doing her part to provide happiness to folks who might not otherwise have much contact with the outside world. Shortly after the pandemic began, with the help of her mother, Matilda began sharing her talent — sending out her youthful and beautiful artwork to brighten the days of others.