This Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleThis Easter, the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois is set to receive more than 200 peopleinto the Catholic Church. Effingham’s Rebecca McIntire was in their shoes just last year. Catholic Times checks in with her to see how things are going, what she loves about the faith, and what we can learn from her conversion story.
Our priests need our prayers and they need them consistently. That’s the mission behind Seven Sisters, a prayer group at Sacred Heart Parish in Effingham. As part of the Seven Sisters Apostolate, which has local groups in parishes throughout the world, the Effingham group started in January of 2018.
It was the lowest point of her life – having two abortions. Broken and hating herself, the Catholic Church and Rachel’s Vineyard came to her aid, setting her free. Now, Betty Parquette is telling her story to show all vulnerable and scared women, there is hope and healing.
Father Michael Gaitley, MIC, best-selling author of 33 Days to Morning Glory, will give a talk about God the Father at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Springfield on Thursday, March 19 from 7-8 p.m. During the free event that’s open to the public, Father Gaitley’s presentation will center around this book that emphasizes a total consecration to the Father through Jesus based on the Gospel of John. The book 33 Days to Morning Glory will be available for purchase, and Father Gaitley will also sign books after the talk.
Lent is the 40-day, penitential season of preparation for Easter. It begins on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 26) and ends with the paschal triduum Holy Thursday (April 9), Good Friday (April 10) and Holy Saturday (April 11).
JERSEY COUNTY — It was the impact of saints and their stories that led David and Kendel Williams to the Catholic faith in 2010 in St. Louis. After moving to Brighton, in Jersey County in 2017, the couple, who has six children, now call Ss. Peter and Paul in Alton their home parish.
A story from 1995 reports that when St. Pope John Paul II was visiting the United States, on his last day in Baltimore, the pope said that after greeting seminarians outside St. Mary’s Seminary, he wanted to spend some time inside, to pray before the Blessed Sacrament.
In December 2017, Springfield Right to Life moved into a new space, next door to Planned Parenthood. Since that move, Laura Colantino, who was hired as their new executive director last November, says Springfield Right to Life has become more active.
As we prepare for the coming of Jesus this Christmas season, let us remember he is always present to us in the Eucharist.
Here are some things to keep in mind when participating in Mass and when receiving the Eucharist:
Student demand for Illinois’ tax credit scholarship is at an all-time high. This school year, 377 students in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois received scholarships valued at $1,073,290.31 thanks to generous donations to Illinois’ tax credit scholarship program. When you learn, however, that 1,326 students in our diocese applied, it’s clear the demand is far exceeding the supply.