Catholic Times received a third-place award and honorable mention from the 2021 Catholic Press Association Awards for two stories featured in Catholic Times in 2020.
The third-place award was in the category of “Best reporting of social justice issues.” The story featured Deacon Mick Palazzolo, then a deacon at St. Aloysius Parish in Springfield (now a deacon at St. James Parish in Riverton), who started a street ministry team at the parish. Deacon Palazzolo and his team hit the streets of Springfield to deliver food, clothing, and to pray with the homeless, rain or shine. Generous parishioners and other churches and individuals in the community donate the items so the street ministry team has what it needs to help those in need.
Catholic Times received an honorable mention in the “Best interview” category for a story about Regina Villafuerte, the director of music at St. Anthony of Padua Parish in Effingham, whose life journey includes the providential decision to apply for the job in Effingham and then leave Mexico, her native country, to relocate to the parish.
Catholic Times competes with diocesan magazines across the country, including archdiocesan magazines and national Catholic magazines, so we are incredibly honored to receive these recognitions. Thank you to Bishop Thomas John Paprocki for his steadfast support of Catholic Times, our talented staff, and most importantly, to everyone who reads Catholic Times.