Diane Schlindwein

Sunday, 14 February 2010 14:38

Life Teen to begin in Metro East area

EDWARDSVILLE — St. Mary Parish in Edwardsville is launching a Life Teen program for high school students beginning with a Life Teen Mass and a Life Night on Sunday, Feb. 21. The Mass, held at St. Mary Church, 1802 Madison St., will be celebrated by Father Tom Meyer, at 6 p.m. Following Mass, a Life Night will be held in the school from 7-9:30 p.m.

CARROLLTON — St. John the Evangelist School recently hosted a convocation as part of a long-term planning process to ensure the future of Catholic education in the area. The six-hour convocation was held during the afternoon on Sunday, Jan. 10.

Catherine Casey, Carol Muller and Father James O’Shea were three of about 100 participants who stood vigil outside Planned Parenthood on Jan. 22. They were praying against the introduction of the abortion pill RU-486 to Springfield.On Jan. 22, approximately 100 individuals took part in an all-day prayer vigil outside of Planned Parenthood in Springfield. The vigil, organized by two Springfield women and supported by Springfield Right to Life and the diocesan Office for Social Concerns, was a peaceful protest to Planned Parenthood bringing RU-486, the abortion pill, to the capital city.

Joshua (seated far right) waves to his mother as he rides on the “New Life Rises” float in the parade. Joshua was the youngest winner in a national essay contest about organ donation. GRANITE CITY — Holy Family School eighth-grader Joshua Nelson started 2010 out on a bright note by riding in the Rose Bowl Parade in Pasadena, Calif.  However, for the first half of his life Joshua couldn’t even participate in regular sports events or attend extended play dates with his friends because he suffered severe kidney disease.

Springfield Club Frontiers International is sponsoring the 35th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. breakfast at the Hilton Hotel, 700 East Adams St., on Monday, Jan. 18. This year’s speaker is Father Joseph A. Brown, SJ.

Sunday, 20 December 2009 12:47

Christmas ‘toy story’ has happy ending


When Msgr. Ossola and the people of Little Flower Parish in Springfield began collecting toys for Catholic Charities this Advent, they had no idea what an emotional roller coaster awaited them. As it turned out, they discovered people of all faiths are really in the Christmas spirit this year.

Sunday, 20 December 2009 12:43

St. Agnes principal receives national award

Father Bob Jallas, pastor of St. Agnes Parish, leads St. Agnes School faculty and students and members of the diocesan Office for Catechesis in a blessing for Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP. Father Jallas had just announced that Sister Joan is a recipient of the NCEA Distinguished Principal Award.Sister M. Joan Sorge, OP, has been selected as one of a dozen recipients of the National Catholic Education Association’s Distinguished Principal Award.

Family memories attached to fragile red, white and blue Christmas ornament

Just before Harold and Norb Wagner were to leave to go overseas during World War II, their parents Harry and Rose Wagner arranged to have this family photo taken. Shown here are (front row, l-r) twins Ron and Roy, Rose, Janet, Jerry, Harry, Carol and Jim; and (back row, l-r) Paul, Ralph, Mary, Harold, Norb, Dee and Ruth. This is the only family picture taken with all 13 children. “It was supposed to be an outside photo, but it was a hot day and things were not going well. You know, the sun was in someone’s eyes, etc.,” says Carol Wagner Wong. “So my mother said, ‘Get in the car. Let’s just go somewhere and have it taken inside.’ Harold already had his sailor uniform, so he wore it. Norb didn’t have his uniform yet. As fate would have it, Norb never came home again.”ROBINSON — Every Christmas, when Carol Wagner Wong decorates her Christmas tree, she has one ornament that brings back bittersweet childhood memories.

Sunday, 06 December 2009 00:00

YAM begins celebrating Mass at new location

The Young Adult Ministry (YAM) has just begun holding its weekly Sunday Mass at St. Viator Chapel, located within the Catholic Pastoral Center at 1615 W. Washington in Springfield.

2009_cathedral_lgSt. Joseph’s Home in Springfield has released the Official City of Springfield Ornament for 2009. The newest ornament features The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception with the words: Built on Faith 1928, Renewed in Hope 2009. It is the 17th in a series of ornaments that honor Springfield’s landmarks and are issued annually by St. Joseph’s Home. The ornament is a fund-raiser for the home for the aged.

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