Sister Maretta Kurk, OSF, of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield. She was 87 years old.
Sister Maretta, the former Norma Jean Kurk, was born in Quincy, on June 15, 1932, the daughter of Clarence and Edith Schaich Kurk. She entered the Congregation on Sept.12, 1951, and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1954.
EFFINGHAM — The Effingham Knights of Columbus Council held its 13th annual Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest this year and 340 posters were submitted. In addition to the age groups that go on for higher level judging, the Council also has a contest for children age 4 and under. The first-place winners of the other age groups were submitted for judging at the diocesan and state levels. The Council winners were presented their awards at a ceremony held on Dec. 18.
The two fundamentals most lacking in the spiritual lives of most people today, I believe, are curiosity and imagination.
How can we grow in relationship with God if we are not the least bit curious about who he is and what he’s about?
PEORIA — In the last edition of Catholic Times, there was an article announcing that Pope Francis had approved the Beatification Mass of Archbishop Fulton Sheen to take place Dec. 21 in Peoria. Hours after Catholic Times went to press, it was announced Dec. 3 the Beatification Mass would be postponed.
The exact origin of the Advent wreath is not fully known, however, there is much evidence to show that this was a Germanic tradition that dates back several hundred years, and the wreath was originally a pagan practice. The pre-Christian Germanic people would light the candles during the cold winter months to remind themselves that the light and warmth of longer days would return.
The process of gathering feedback from clergy, lay leaders and parishioners about a potential diocesan-wide capital campaign has been completed.
Springfield Dominican Sister Ann Therese Haupers died on Nov. 21, at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. She was born in Chicago in 1918 to William and Ann Theresa (Kavanaugh) Haupers, who named her Mary Elizabeth. In 1940, she made her profession of vows at Sacred Heart Convent.
Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop
My Protestant friends say if we truly believe it’s the body and blood of Christ in the Eucharist, when we receive the Eucharist, isn’t that cannibalism?
The Chiara Center is hosting their 13th annual Franciscan Nativity Festival — a display of more than 100 Nativity sets, a majority of which are new to the annual event. The event is free and open to the public on Friday, Dec. 6 from 2-7 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 7 and Sunday, Dec. 8 from noon-4 p.m., at Chiara Center, 4875 LaVerna Road, Springfield — on the grounds of St. Francis Convent.