Diane Schlindwein

Blessed Sacrament School in Springfield held an unusual raffle this summer which required Father Jeff Grant to take his first-ever helicopter ride. “The things you do as a pastor,” Father Grant joked at the conclusion of a June Sunday Mass as he made an announcement that more raffle chances were still available.

The Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception was filled on the morning of June 25 when Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained 11 men to the permanent diaconate for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Those men are: Deacon James Robert Baxter, Deacon William Jeffrey (Jeff) Beals, Deacon John Douglas Kay, MD, Deacon Thomas Scott (Scott) Keen, Deacon Gregory Maynerich, Deacon James Michael Melton, Deacon Dominic Anthony (Mick) Palazzolo, Deacon Ricky Joe Schnetzler Sr., Deacon Neil Wayne Suermann, OFS, Deacon Jay William Wackerly Sr., and Deacon Jeffrey Kenneth Wolf.

Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will ordain 11 men to the permanent diaconate on Saturday, June 25 during 10:30 a.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. The class of 2016 is the fourth permanent deacon class to be ordained in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Previous classes were ordained in 2007, 2009 and in 2012. With this class ordained the Springfield diocese will have 57 deacons. A few of these deacons were ordained elsewhere but now serve in this diocese.

Priests in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois will gather on Tuesday, May 3 at Villa Maria Catholic Life Center on Lake Springfield for the annual Priests’ Jubilee Celebration with Bishop Thomas John Paprocki. This year’s special presenter is Msgr. Ross Shecterle, president-rector of Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology in Franklin, Wis. Msgr. Shecterle is a priest of the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and has his Ph.D. in pastoral counseling from Loyola College in Maryland.

On the Friday within the Octave of Easter, Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained four seminarians to the transitional diaconate during an evening Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield.

Hundreds of people were at the April 1 Mass to support Michael Friedel, Ronnie “Ron” Lorilla, Rafal Pyrchla and Wayne Stock as they received the sacrament of holy orders, ordaining them to the order of deacon as a transitional step toward being a priest for the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.

On Friday, April 1 Bishop Thomas John Paprocki ordained four seminarians to the transitional diaconate during 6 p.m. Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Springfield. During the last weeks of Lent, Michael Friedel, Ronnie Lorilla, Rafal Pyrchla and Wayne Stock took time to share their thoughts on their upcoming ordinations.

Over 500 people from all around the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois were at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception on the evening of March 22 as Bishop Thomas John Paprocki concelebrated the chrism Mass.

The chrism Mass is held annually in cathedrals all over the world during Holy Week. It is during this Mass that priests, who gather with their bishop in the sanctuary to concelebrate, publicly renew the promises they made at their ordinations.

The people of St. Joseph Parish in Benld will celebrate the 100-year parish jubilee on Saturday, April 9. Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will celebrate Mass at 4 p.m. Msgr. Lawrence Auda, pastor emeritus; Father Michael Haag, pastor; Father Marianna Sathuluri, parochial vicar; Father Patrick Gibbons, Father Charles Edwards and Father James Neuman will be concelebrating. Father Brian Alford will be master of ceremonies at the Mass and Deacon Sean Caveny will serve as deacon. A dinner (requiring reservations) to be held at JoDanni’s Amore Restaurant in Benld will follow the Mass.

Sunday, 20 March 2016 16:55

Church to celebrate Easter triduum

During Holy Week, which begins on Palm Sunday (March 20), Lent ends and the Easter triduum begins. The triduum is a single three-day celebration of the Paschal mystery. It opens with the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday evening, has its center in the Easter Vigil and closes with Vespers — or Evening Prayer — on the Sunday of the Resurrection.

One weekend a month for the past several months, the diocesan Office for Marriage and Family Life in conjunction with the Retirement Peace Project have been offering Retirement Peace University sessions for individuals or couples over age 50. There is still time to sign up for the next weekend session, which is scheduled to run March 19-20 at the Catholic Pastoral Center, 1615 W. Washington St., in Springfield.

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