Scott Mulford

Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:24

Tax credit scholarships: JB not a fan

The colorful graphic that pops up on the home page when you enter https://empowerillinois.org on your computer states that the Tax Credit Scholarship applications open January 15. But for how much longer?

If J.B. Pritzker’s rhetoric during his long march to the governor’s office is an indication, not long.

EFFINGHAM — With $2.8 million raised to date, Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham announced Dec. 3 it has far exceeded its own idea of what was possible in its Renew & Rejoice capital campaign.

In September, parish boosters announced an ambitious goal of $2.3 million needed to renovate and expand the church’s worship space and enable Sacred Heart Parish to complete all of their plans with no long-term debt.

Seven college students in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are among those who shared nearly $3,000 in the Father Yunker Student Assistance Fund this academic year.

“The Catholic Church has a moral obligation to provide its parishioners and the public a complete and accurate accounting of all sexually inappropriate behavior involving priests in Illinois.”

So began the Aug. 23 statement by Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan in joining Missouri’s and a growing number of state attorneys general seeking information from Catholic dioceses in the wake of the explosive grand jury report in Pennsylvania regarding priests’ misconduct.

Sunday, 02 September 2018 10:26

Sins of Adam and Eve repeated through the ages

The script for what caused the Springfield race riot was written eons before 1908: the story from the Bible everyone knows, be they Jew or Gentile. Tempted by Satan himself, Eve ate the forbidden fruit. When challenged by Adam, Eve shifts the blame and Earth’s first residents began their lives of deception; lives they passed on to their own children and future generations of Earth’s inhabitants.

Sunday, 08 July 2018 17:56

Our first, most cherished liberty

This article’s title adorned the banner behind Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as he spoke to a gathering in the Cathedral Atrium after Mass on June 24 (above) to celebrate religious freedom, a weeklong event of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Issues of religious freedom are many in Illinois and beyond, according to Bishop Paprocki who sits on the Bishops’ standing committee on religious freedom.This article’s title adorned the banner behind Bishop Thomas John Paprocki as he spoke to a gathering in the Cathedral Atrium after Mass on June 24 (above) to celebrate religious freedom, a weeklong event of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). Issues of religious freedom are many in Illinois and beyond, according to Bishop Paprocki who sits on the Bishops’ standing committee on religious freedom.

Longtime observers know that an adjournment date means little, since no bill ever, really dies in Springfield. Lawmakers still have plenty on their plates. Here’s a rundown of some items of interest to Catholics in the Springfield diocese and the other dioceses statewide.

 

After a false start on Feb. 1, Empower Illinois is once again accepting scholarship applications.

Citing what it called “extreme demand” that crashed its computers on Feb. 1, Empower Illinois said in a Feb. 19 media release that “our system has been enhanced to make it easier for families and to manage the demand expected for tax credit scholarships to private schools throughout Illinois.”

Jan. 31 was the first day that families of K-12 students who attend one of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois could apply for a “Tax Credit Scholarship” made possible by the Invest in Kids Act that was signed into law last year by the governor.

“Our schools are doing a really good job of getting information out to both donors and parents,” said Brandi Borries, diocesan superintendent of Catholic Schools. “Some even set up times in their computer labs for parents to come in and fill out the application.”

For more than 300 excited young people and adults, the pilgrimage to the nation’s capital began on or about Jan. 17 via dozens of chartered motor coaches. Once there, they became part of the estimated 300,000 voices raised to support life at the 44th annual March for Life on Jan. 19.

“What an incredible witness for life!” declared Kyle Holtgrave, diocesan director of the Office for Youth and Young Adult Ministry in a pre-march letter to parishes.

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