Michael Hoerner

In the Apostles’ Creed, I pray that I believe that Jesus “descended into hell.” What is that supposed to mean?
— G.W. in Jacksonville

Sunday, 29 September 2019 10:13

Hey, Father! Why do priests wear black?

Hey, Father! Why do priests wear black?

As with most things, the clerical garb of priests (sometimes just called “clerics”) has its own history, often complex and only sometimes interesting. Already by the sixth century, though, priests in France were being distinguished by their use of the black “cassock,” or full-length tunic — a trend which eventually spread through Europe and become the normative dress for the Roman Church.

Sunday, 15 September 2019 09:04

Riverton Knights sponsor silver rose service

RIVERTON — On Sept. 1, the Knights of Columbus Marian Council 3914 of Riverton sponsored their first Silver Rose Prayer Service at St. James Church. “Participants were asked to sign and date a pledge to Our Lady of Guadalupe to be prepared to accept the gift of new life and promise to defend human life from conception until the moment when our Lord calls each person to his presence,” says Grand Knight John Marruffo.


Hey, Father! When we say at Mass: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed” — what exactly does that mean?


The Office for Catechesis of the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois, in conjunction with local parishes throughout the diocese, offers faith formation and enrichment courses for adults. These courses, which are open to everyone, are designed to help Catholics grow in faith, respond to questions about the church, and equip people to make faith-filled decisions in their lives.


Sunday, 01 September 2019 11:41

In Memoriam - Sister Anna Marie Schwieder, OSF

Sister Anna Marie Schwieder, OSF, 96, (formerly known as Sister Gerard), of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, died on Aug. 15, at St. Francis Convent in Springfield.

Sister Anna Marie was born in St. Louis, on Sept. 22, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Mary Mahoney Schwieder. She entered the congregation on Feb. 1, 1948 and professed her religious vows on Oct. 4, 1950.

Sunday, 01 September 2019 08:56

Office seeks your vote for DCJH patron saint

The diocesan Office for Pro-life Activities and Special Ministries asks that people from the Diocese of Springfield in Illinois choose a patron saint for the Diocesan Campaign for Justice and Hope (DCJH). In this issue, as in the Aug. 18 issue, we are highlighting two of the four saints. We invite everyone to vote for one of the four, either with a coupon that will run in an upcoming issue of Catholic Times, or with an online vote at www.dio.org/dcjh/patronsaint.html. Votes will be due Oct. 6.


Hey, Father! Can God change his mind, especially when we pray?

Sunday, 01 September 2019 08:49

Official Appointments

Official appointments from the Office of the Bishop


After serving 63 years in Japan, a Hospital Sister of St. Francis has returned home to America and Springfield. Sister Elreda Huser, OSF, came to Springfield earlier this year to celebrate the 100th birthday of her sister, Sister Elvon Huser, OSF, in March. While she had intended to remain in the United States until September and then return to Japan, she has requested to remain here permanently.

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