ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the profession of final vows, first vows and the reception into the novitiate of several sisters during Mass at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.
Three junior professed sisters will make their final profession of vows, three novices will make their first profession of vows and one postulant will be received into the novitiate.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass, celebrated at Immaculate Conception (St. Mary) Church, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests.
On July 10, Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield awarded prizes in in its second “Golf Balls from Heaven” raffle.
Father Jeff Grant, pastor of Blessed Sacrament Parish, released the numbered golf balls from a helicopter over the driving range at Illini Country Club at approximately 6:45 p.m. Six hundred tickets, representing six hundred numbered golf balls, were sold for $50 each.
GODFREY — The Knights of Columbus Council 7804 and St. Ambrose Parish in Godfrey are hosting a presentation called “Fatima 2017: 100 Years Later, Mary’s Triumph, Our Hope, a Final Warning” on Saturday, Aug. 19. The event begins at 7 p.m., at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1713 Stamper Lane in Godfrey.
I had a conversation with a group of colleagues who also happened to be parents of young children, and we were sharing stories of various parenting techniques that we observed. A couple of techniques and characteristics stood out as both exemplary and very effective. “The Look” was high on our list.
Proclaiming the joy of the Gospel is the mission entrusted by the Lord to his church. In keeping with this mission Pope Francis is introducing a new approach through a 2018 Bishops’ Synod with the topic, “Young People, the Faith and Vocational Discernment.”
The Catholic Church has decided to examine herself on how she can lead young people to recognize and accept the call to the fullness of life and love, and to ask young people to help her in identifying the most effective ways to announce the Good News today. By listening to young people, the church will once again hear the Lord speaking in today’s world and glimpse which lies ahead and the paths the church is called to follow.
QUINCY — Archer Daniels Midland Co. recently donated $2,000 through its “ADM Cares” program to the Ladies of Charity in Quincy. The donation will help provide high protein additions to the food baskets distributed by the organization.
“We find it increasingly difficult to keep up with the need for meat and other high protein foods,” said Jane Haas, president of Ladies of Charity of Quincy. “With the help of ‘ADM Cares,’ we have been able to meet these demands and greatly enhance the value and quality of the food we give.”
ST. LOUIS — The Ursulines of the Central Province installed a new leadership team during a blessing ceremony held June 2 in the provincial offices in St. Louis. Team members are Sister Rita Ann Bregenhorn, OSU, provincial; Sister Maria Teresa de Llano, OSU, councilor; and Sister Jean Hopman, OSU, councilor.
Official appointment from the Office of the Bishop
When in England, I went to visit my nephew Dominic. He lives in a group home with several other mentally challenged young adults. Dominic, with severe Down syndrome, has no speech. On this visit it was clear that Dominic recognized me and even reached out to touch me, something he never had done before. I was deeply moved. Walking back to the subway my memory took me back to the time when he was born.
The Springfield Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (SDCCW) has chosen five young women to receive $500 scholarships to use toward their college education. Scholarship applicants are chosen annually. Scholarship chairperson Judy Holmes said a panel of nine judges had a difficult time choosing this year’s winners out of a field of 78 applicants who applied earlier this spring.