The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to celebrate Mass alone and share it online with their parishioners. Many of us are unsure of the year ahead and the changes still to come which may cause disruption in our lives. However, during challenging times we are called to respond as disciples. The novel coronavirus pandemic has brought a time of uncertainty, discomfort, and illness. We could never imagine empty pews at the Cathedral for Sunday Mass or asking priests to celebrate Mass alone and share it online with their parishioners. Many of us are unsure of the year ahead and the changes still to come which may cause disruption in our lives. However, during challenging times we are called to respond as disciples.
TROY — At the end of September, St. Jerome Catholic Parish will mark two anniversaries: the 150th of the parish, and the 1,600th of the death of its patron saint.
In 1870, the Catholic Christians of Troy began celebrating Mass in a rented room above a blacksmith’s shop. Priests from Highland served at Troy until the late 19th century, when the parish managed to secure a resident pastor. The parish campus has been at its present location along South Main Street since the 1890s. The current church building was dedicated in 1987.
ST. LOUIS — Sister Miriam Teresa Graczak, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 25 at St. Andrew’s at Francis Place in Eureka, Mo. She served many years in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois.
She was born June 30, 1929, in Ellisville, Mo., to Alice and Joseph Graczak. She entered the Ursulines in 1947 and professed her vows in 1952. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Xavier University in New Orleans.
The Key Club at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School in Springfield, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Springfield, has installed its new student officers for the 2020-2021 school year.
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GA. — Duane O. Haag of St. Simons Island, Ga., father of Father Michael Haag of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, passed away at his home on Aug. 22. He was 83 years old and had formerly lived in Morton.
NOKOMIS — When Pierre “Nic” Antoine arrived as the new principal of St. Louis School in Nokomis on Aug. 1, he knew challenges were ahead because of the coronavirus pandemic, one of them being financial. With large groups being unable to gather, most fundraising events are not possible. But Antoine says that he an optimist, relying on his faith and his fellow Catholics who are committed to Catholic education.
The Catechist Formation Process is a religious studies and Christian experience process for all catechists in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. The process is offered and administered by the Office for Catholic Education, and its general purpose is to provide opportunities for catechists to enrich their love and knowledge of the Catholic faith in order to be more effective communicators of the Gospel to those whom they are called to minister.
At the end of each school year, catechists in parish school of religion (PSR) programs in the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois are honored for special anniversaries. Honorees from 2019-2020 received a catechist certificate signed by Bishop Thomas John Paprocki and Kyle Holtgrave, director for Catechesis.
ST. LOUIS — Sister Genevieve Goessling, OSU, died peacefully on Aug. 12 at St. Clare Hospital in Fenton, Mo.
Born Barbara Ann on Feb. 7, 1939, in St. Louis to John Gregory and Genevieve Dennis Goessling, Sister Genevieve grew up in Alton. She entered the Ursulines in 1957 and professed her vows in 1960. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of New Rochelle in New York.
Springfield Dominican Sister M. Jeanine McGinley, OP, died on Aug. 17, just shy of her 100th birthday, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1920 to Irish-born parents, Cornelius and Sarah Carr McGinley, and baptized Catherine Patricia at St. Clement Parish. She joined the Dominicans at the age of 16, and in 1938 professed her vows at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister M. Jeanine gave almost her entire teaching ministry to kindergarten and primary school children in Illinois. She taught at St. Mary School, Assumption, and at St. Agnes and Cathedral in Springfield. In northern Illinois, she taught at parochial schools in East Moline, Chicago, and Elgin.